Only a Few Things, 06-28-21

The dog got me up about 2:30 am needing to go potty, so I let him outside, then he and I went back to bed until about 5:30 am. I still had a slight touch of vertigo, but really felt I HAD to get outside and moving. So, I got myself up and dressed, and headed over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve for a walk. I told myself that, if at any time, the vertigo increased or interfered with my driving and walking, I’d call my sister Melissa for assistance. Thankfully, I didn’t need to call.

It was 58° when I got to the preserve, but it warmed up quickly to 73° before I left it. I wasn’t expecting to see a lot; mostly just wanted the exercise. I didn’t see a whole lot today, but there were a few standouts.

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The first thing I saw was a small group of female Wild Turkeys on the golf course with about a half dozen poults scrambling around them. It’s always a treat to see the babies; the moms usually protect them so well you hardly ever get to actually see them.

Rio Grande Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo intermedia, poult

In the trees along the trail there was a family of Red-Shouldered Hawks yelling at each other. I think there was a pair of parents and two fledglings that were just learning to fly. The youngsters would cry from their branches, and the parents would call loudly to try to get them to fly out just a little bit further. The fledglings hopped-flew from one tree to the next, then would just sit and cry some more. It was sooooo noisy!

A young Red-Shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus

In another area, I saw a group of deer: a buck in his velvet and four does. One of the does looked VERY pregnant. There should be fawns around this time of year, but I haven’t spotted one yet.            

Columbian Black-Tailed Deer, Odocoileus hemionus columbianus. One doe helping to groom another.
Columbian Black-Tailed Deer, Odocoileus hemionus columbianus. Buck in his velvet.

I walked for about three hours and then headed back home. This was walk #57 in my hike challenge.

Species List:

  1. Acorn Woodpecker, Melanerpes formicivorus
  2. American Robin, Turdus migratorius
  3. Anna’s Hummingbird, Calypte anna
  4. Armenian Blackberry, Rubus armeniacus [pink flower]
  5. Bay Laurel Tree, Laurus nobilis
  6. Black Phoebe, Sayornis nigricans
  7. California Manroot, Bigroot, Marah fabaceus
  8. California Mugwort, Artemisia douglasiana
  9. California Pipevine, Dutchman’s Pipe, Aristolochia californica
  10. California Quail, Callipepla californica [heard]
  11. California Scrub Jay, Aphelocoma californica
  12. California Towhee, Melozone crissalis
  13. California Wild Grape, Vitis californica
  14. Columbian Black-Tailed Deer, Odocoileus hemionus columbianus
  15. Cooper’s Hawk, Acipiter cooperii [heard]
  16. Crow, American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos
  17. Cudweed, California Cudweed, Pseudognaphalium californicum
  18. Curlycup Gumweed, Grindelia squarrosa
  19. Eastern Gray Squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis
  20. European Honeybee, Western Honeybee, Apis mellifera
  21. Goldenrod Crab Spider, Misumena vatia
  22. Grape Erineum Mite, Colomerus vitis
  23. Interior Live Oak, Quercus wislizeni
  24. Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura
  25. Mullein, Great Mullein, Verbascum thapsus
  26. Northern Flicker, Colaptes auratus
  27. Oak Titmouse, Baeolophus inornatus
  28. Poison Oak, Pacific Poison Oak, Western Poison Oak, Toxicodendron diversilobum
  29. Red-Shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus
  30. Rio Grande Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo intermedia
  31. Showy Milkweed, Asclepias speciosa
  32. Spotted Towhee, Pipilo maculatus
  33. Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
  34. Valley Oak, Quercus lobata
  35. Western Fence Lizard, Blue Belly, Sceloporus occidentalis
  36. Western Redbud, Cercis occidentalis
  37. White Alder, Alnus rhombifolia
  38. White Horehound, Marrubium vulgare
  39. White-Breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis
  40. Yellow Starthistle, Centaurea solstitialis
  41. ?? spider in bay leaves