The Sulphur Shelf is Starting to Show off, 09-26-20

I got up around 7:00 am and headed out to the American River Bend Park for a walk. By the time I got there it was really already too late and getting too warm to start a walk, so I kept my visit kind of short.

Sulphur Shelf Fungus, Western Hardwood Sulphur Shelf, Laetiporus gilbertsonii

Between seasons at the park, there’s not a whole lot to see right now, but I did get a glimpse of deer and some lovely looking sulphur shelf fungus when I first came through the gate. There were no migrating waterfowl on the river, but there were plenty of fishermen and some kayakers. One of the fisherman had caught a large Chinook salmon and was filleting it when I walked by him, the bright silvery fish in the water at his feet, its rose-orange flesh in his hands.

Fisherman filleting a Chinook Salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha, he caught on the American River

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The Acorn Woodpeckers are busy filling up and protecting their granary trees. I got to see a couple of Red-Shouldered Hawks and a Cooper’s Hawk as they lighted on branches to rest for a moment before flying off again. Along the riverside, I saw several Turkey Vultures, some of them battling for fragments of salmon the fishermen discarded. I also came across a large flock of Wild Turkeys.

When I sat at one of the tables in the picnic area, I saw several Oak Titmice and Western Bluebirds. There was also as mall swarm of Yellowjackets chewing on something on the ground. I tried to get a close look at what they were so excited about, but it just looked like wood chips to me. Maybe there was something on it that I couldn’t see… Or maybe they were gathering wood-material for their nest? Not sure.

Yellowjacket, Western Yellowjacket, Vespula pensylvanica

I was out there for about 2 hours and then headed back home. I hadn’t taken any pain pills before leaving the house, so I was hurting by the time I got back.

Species List:

  1. Acorn Woodpecker, Melanerpes formicivorus
  2. California Buckeye Chestnut Tree, Aesculus californica
  3. California Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly, Battus philenor hirsuta
  4. California Pipevine, Dutchman’s Pipe, Aristolochia californica
  5. California Scrub Jay, Aphelocoma californica
  6. Canada Goose, Branta canadensis
  7. Chinook Salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha
  8. Columbian Black-Tailed Deer, Odocoileus hemionus columbianus
  9. Common Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos
  10. Common Merganser, Mergus merganser
  11. Cooper’s Hawk, Acipiter cooperii
  12. Interior Live Oak, Quercus wislizeni
  13. Killdeer, Charadrius vociferous
  14. Live Oak Gall Wasp, 1st Generation, Callirhytis quercuspomiformis [spiky ball]
  15. Mallard duck, Anas platyrhynchos
  16. Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura
  17. Oak Apple Gall Wasp, Andricus quercuscalifornicus
  18. Oak Titmouse, Baeolophus inornatus
  19. Red-Shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus
  20. Rio Grande Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo intermedia
  21. Sulphur Shelf Fungus, Western Hardwood Sulphur Shelf, Laetiporus gilbertsonii
  22. Tree of Heaven, Ailanthus altissima
  23. Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
  24. Valley Oak, Quercus lobata
  25. Western Bluebird, Sialia Mexicana
  26. Western Fence Lizard, Blue Belly, Sceloporus occidentalis
  27. Western Tussock Moth, Orgyia vetusta [cocoons]
  28. White-Breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis
  29. Yellowjacket, Western Yellowjacket, Vespula pensylvanica