I got up around 7:00 this morning and headed over to the American River Bend Park for a walk. It was a chilly and dampish 46º at the river. I actually do better in cool weather, so I was out for quite a while.
I was hoping to find some birdsnest or coral fungus but struck out on those (might not be wet enough yet). I did find some other fungi, however. I found my first Purple Core (Blewit) of the season. I was a young one and still had a lot of its lavender color. I also found several different kinds of inkcap, some Cavaliers, Sweetbread mushrooms, and Purple- Edged Bonnets (which were new to me).
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At one point, I came across a Great Blue Heron on a rock in the river below the trail, and stopped to get photos of it. It was joined by Turkey Vultures, a Herring Gull, a couple of Double-Crested Cormorants, and a tiny Spotted Sandpiper.
They all played musical chairs among the stones while a Common Goldeneye watch them from the water. Very cool. I was able to get still shots and a few video snippets.
I also saw a few deer, including a pair of yearling fawns with their mom that passed the road in front of my car as I was leaving the park. The mom was being harassed by a buck who was sniffing after her to see if she was in estrus. When they had all crossed the road and were on the driver’s side of my car, I heard the doe give a low bleat, and her fawns took off in different directions.
I think the idea that the buck would kill the fawns is a myth, although if mom was in estrus the buck might deliberately chase the fawns away. The fawns I saw were big enough, I think, to fend for themselves, but their mom was still protective of them.
I was out for 4½ hours, so was pretty tired by the time I got home. This was hike #89 of my annual hike challenge.
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- Acorn Woodpecker, Melanerpes formicivorus
- Audubon’s Warbler, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Setophaga coronata auduboni
- Barometer Earthstar, Hygroscopic Earthstar, Astraeus hygrometricus
- Bewick’s Wren, Thryomanes bewickii
- Blewit Mushroom, Purple Core, Lepista nuda
- Bottlebrush Frost Lichen, Physconia detersa
- Bracket-Forming Polypore, Perenniporia sp.
- Bumpy Rim-Lichen, Lecanora hybocarpa [tan to brown apothecia]
- Bushtit, American Bushtit, Psaltriparus minimus
- California Buckeye Chestnut Tree, Aesculus californica
- California Towhee, Melozone crissalis
- Canada Goose, Branta canadensis
- Cavalier Mushroom, Melanoleuca sp.
- Chocolate Tube Slime Mold, Stemonitis splendens
- Columbian Black-Tailed Deer, Odocoileus hemionus columbianus
- Common Button Lichen, Buellia erubescens [small black dots on wood, by themselves or on a background of white, gray, etc.
- Common Goldeneye, Bucephala clangula
- Common Merganser, Mergus merganser
- Deer Mushroom, Western Deer Mushroom, Pluteus exilis [heavy, dark cap and white stipe and gills]
- Double-Crested Cormorant, Phalacrocorax auratus
- Dryad’s Saddle, Hawk’s Wing, Polyporus squamosus
- False Turkey-Tail, Stereum ostrea
- Farinose Cartilage Lichen, Ramalina farinacea [like Oakmoss but very thin branches]
- Flocculose Inkcap, Coprinellus flocculosus
- Gem-Studded Puffball, Common Puffball, Lycoperdon perlatum
- Gold Dust Lichen, Chrysothrix candelaris
- Golden-Haired Inkcap Mushroom, Parasola auricoma
- Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias
- Green Shield Lichen, Flavoparmelia caperata
- Hare’s Foot Inkcap Mushroom, Coprinopsis lagopus
- Herring Gull, Larus argentatus [spot on bill, gray legs, pale eye]
- Hoary Rosette Lichen, Physcia aipolia [hoary, brown apothecia]
- Hooded Rosette Lichen, Physcia adscendens [hairs/eyelashes on the tips of the lobes]
- Interior Live Oak, Quercus wislizeni
- London Plane Tree, Platanus × acerifolia
- Magpie Inkcap, Common Inkcap, Coprinopsis picacea
- Mallard Duck, Anas platyrhynchos
- Mealy Pixie Cup, Cladonia chlorophaea
- Milk-White Toothed Polypore, Irpex lacteus
- Moss, Wood Bristle-Moss, Lewinskya affinis
- Oakmoss Lichen, Evernia prunastri [like strap but with soredia]
- Pin-Cushion Sunburst Lichen, Polycauliona polycarpa [bright orange, apothecia, close, piled]
- Pleated Inkcap Mushroom, Parasola plicatilis
- Powder-Edged Speckled Greenshield, Flavopunctelia soredica
- Purple-Edge Bonnet Mushroom, Mycena purpureofusca [like little red Marasmius]
- Rio Grande Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo intermedia
- Rosellinia Fungi, Rosellinia sp. [a plant pathogen, looked like cement; was hard like crampballs]
- Shrubby Sunburst Lichen, Polycauliona candelaria
- Speckled Greenshield Lichen, Flavopunctelia flaventior
- Spotted Sandpiper, Actitis macularius
- Strap Lichen, Western Strap Lichen, Ramalina leptocarpha [without soredia]
- Stubble Rosegill Mushroom, Volvopluteus gloiocephalus
- Sweetbread Mushroom, Clitopilus prunulus
- Telegraphweed, Heterotheca grandiflora [soft felted leaves, yellow flowers]
- Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
- Two-Horned Gall Wasp, unisexual gall, summer generation, Dryocosmus dubiosus [small, green or mottled, on back of leaf along the midvein]
- Wolf’s Milk Slime Mold, Lycogala epidendrum
- ?? Mushroom with brown cap, tan gills and tan/brown stipe
- ?? Mushroom with dark brown cap, white gills and twisted stipe