The Usual Suspects at Effie Today, 03-02-21

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.

A four-pointer Columbian Black-Tailed Deer, Odocoileus hemionus columbianus, buck with wonky antler.

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.

A really blurry photo of a Beaver, American, Beaver, Castor canadensis, swimming in the river.

I walked for almost 3½ hours before heading home. This was hike #24 of my #52HikeChallenge.

Species List:

  1. Acorn Woodpecker, Melanerpes formicivorus
  2. Almond Tree, Prunus dulcis
  3. Anna’s Hummingbird, Calypte anna
  4. Audubon’s Warbler, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Setophaga coronata auduboni
  5. Azolla, Water Fern, Azolla filiculoides
  6. Beaver, American, Beaver, Castor canadensis
  7. Bewick’s Wren, Thryomanes bewickii
  8. Bittercress, Hairy Bittercress, Cardamine hirsuta
  9. Black Phoebe, Sayornis nigricans
  10. California Ground Squirrel, Otospermophilus beecheyi
  11. California Manroot, Bigroot, Marah fabaceus
  12. California Scrub Jay, Aphelocoma californica
  13. California Sycamore, Platanus racemose
  14. California Towhee, Melozone crissalis
  15. Canada Goose, Branta canadensis
  16. Cherry-Plum Tree, Prunus cerasifera
  17. Columbian Black-Tailed Deer, Odocoileus hemionus columbianus
  18. Common Goldeneye, Bucephala clangula
  19. Common Merganser, Mergus merganser
  20. Common Sunburst Lichen, Golden Shield Lichen, Xanthoria parietina [yellow-orange,on wood/trees]
  21. Eastern Fox Squirrel, Sciurus niger
  22. European Honeybee, Western Honeybee, Apis mellifera
  23. European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris
  24. Giraffe’s Head, Henbit Deadnettle, Lamium amplexicaule
  25. Golden-Crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia atricapilla
  26. Green Shield Lichen, Flavoparmelia caperata
  27. Hoary Rosette Lichen, Physcia aipolia
  28. Interior Live Oak, Quercus wislizeni
  29. Lace Lichen, Ramalina menziesii
  30. Mallard Duck, Anas platyrhynchos
  31. Mediterranean Stork’s-Bill, Erodium botrys
  32. Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata
  33. Oak Titmouse, Baeolophus inornatus
  34. Periwinkle, Greater Periwinkle, Vinca major
  35. Red-Shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus
  36. Red-Tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis
  37. Rio Grande Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo intermedia
  38. Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Regulus calendula
  39. Spotted Towhee, Pipilo maculatus
  40. Tule, Common Tule, Schoenoplectus acutus
  41. Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
  42. Valley Oak, Quercus lobata
  43. White Horehound, Marrubium vulgare
  44. White-Breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis