I got up around 6:00 am again and headed over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve for a walk. It was about 40° when I arrived, and it got up to about 70° by the late afternoon.
It was a lot of the usual suspects today: birds, deer, squirrels. No super-interesting standouts, but I did get to see quite a few Red-Shouldered Hawks including one that landed briefly on the ground near me to eat something small near the exhibition pond before taking off again. I’m not sure where they have their nests this year.
The Black Phoebes who, each year, build a nest in the overhang of the nature center, were working on it again. The female sat briefly on the nest, which looked almost finished to my eye, but I don’t think she has eggs yet. Any day now…
It seemed like all of the resident birds were out singing this morning, and I saw a lot of Spotted and California Towhees, wrens, Oak Titmice, and nuthatches around. The Acorn Woodpeckers were out en masse stuffing and re-stuffing acorns into their granary trees. So much chatter in the air.
The fruitless almond and plum trees in the preserve are in bloom, but not too many of the other spring plants are awake yet, and most of the other trees are still without their leaves.
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I found one solitary Giraffe’s Head henbit plant and a small patch of blooming bittercress, but not much else. Even the manroot vines there are slow-going for now.
Among the deer, there are still several boys sporting their antlers, including one 4-pointer buck. His antlers were interesting in that one of them has a prong that is turned backward, in toward his head and shoulder. I wonder if he’ll retain that into the next shed-and-growth period.
I caught a very brief glimpse of a beaver in the river(!), but it moved faster than I can walk so I wasn’t able to get into a position to see it better. I got only a blurred photo of it as it passed by. Nice to see it, though.
I walked for almost 3½ hours before heading home. This was hike #24 of my #52HikeChallenge.
- Acorn Woodpecker, Melanerpes formicivorus
- Almond Tree, Prunus dulcis
- Anna’s Hummingbird, Calypte anna
- Audubon’s Warbler, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Setophaga coronata auduboni
- Azolla, Water Fern, Azolla filiculoides
- Beaver, American, Beaver, Castor canadensis
- Bewick’s Wren, Thryomanes bewickii
- Bittercress, Hairy Bittercress, Cardamine hirsuta
- Black Phoebe, Sayornis nigricans
- California Ground Squirrel, Otospermophilus beecheyi
- California Manroot, Bigroot, Marah fabaceus
- California Scrub Jay, Aphelocoma californica
- California Sycamore, Platanus racemose
- California Towhee, Melozone crissalis
- Canada Goose, Branta canadensis
- Cherry-Plum Tree, Prunus cerasifera
- Columbian Black-Tailed Deer, Odocoileus hemionus columbianus
- Common Goldeneye, Bucephala clangula
- Common Merganser, Mergus merganser
- Common Sunburst Lichen, Golden Shield Lichen, Xanthoria parietina [yellow-orange,on wood/trees]
- Eastern Fox Squirrel, Sciurus niger
- European Honeybee, Western Honeybee, Apis mellifera
- European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris
- Giraffe’s Head, Henbit Deadnettle, Lamium amplexicaule
- Golden-Crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia atricapilla
- Green Shield Lichen, Flavoparmelia caperata
- Hoary Rosette Lichen, Physcia aipolia
- Interior Live Oak, Quercus wislizeni
- Lace Lichen, Ramalina menziesii
- Mallard Duck, Anas platyrhynchos
- Mediterranean Stork’s-Bill, Erodium botrys
- Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata
- Oak Titmouse, Baeolophus inornatus
- Periwinkle, Greater Periwinkle, Vinca major
- Red-Shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus
- Red-Tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis
- Rio Grande Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo intermedia
- Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Regulus calendula
- Spotted Towhee, Pipilo maculatus
- Tule, Common Tule, Schoenoplectus acutus
- Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
- Valley Oak, Quercus lobata
- White Horehound, Marrubium vulgare
- White-Breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis