I got up around 7:00 am and headed out to the American River Bend Park again. It was 34ºF when I got there. I went to a different part of the park today than I did earlier in the week — still seeking fungi. The area I chose went from oak forest to a grove of buckeye trees.
Buckeyes are notorious for being poisonous. “… It is toxic to all classes of livestock and wildlife. The bark, leaves, stems, fruits, and seeds all contain glycosidal compounds which cause haemolytic action on red blood cells and depress the central nervous system when ingested…” So, I wasn’t sure I’d see much of anything around them. I did find quite a few lichen on the trees but no fungi there.
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Because I wasn’t seeing much, I cut my walk short and only did 2 hours. My sister was really surprised when I came home so early. Hah!
This was hike #90 of my annual hike challenge.
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- Bewick’s Wren, Thryomanes bewickii
- Boreal Button Lichen, Buellia disciformis [pale gray to bluish with black apothecia on wood]
- Bufflehead Duck, Bucephala albeola
- California Mycena, Mycena californiensis [red, like the Bleeding Fairy Helmet, but they bleed orange not red]
- California Pipevine, Dutchman’s Pipe, Aristolochia californica
- California Wild Grape, Vitis californica
- Collared Parachute Mushroom, Marasmius rotula
- Common Button Lichen, Buellia erubescens [small black dots on wood, by themselves or on a background of white, gray, etc.
- Crawfish Lichen, Ochrolechia parella
- Deer Mushroom, Western Deer Mushroom, Pluteus exilis [heavy, dark cap and white stipe and gills]
- Doveweed, Turkey Mullein, Croton setiger
- European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris
- False Turkey-Tail, Stereum hirsutum [thin, flattish, brown underside]
- Farinose Cartilage Lichen, Ramalina farinacea [like Oakmoss but very thin branches]
- Frosted Rim-Lichen, Lecanora caesiorubella [white with white apothecia]
- Green Shield Lichen, Flavoparmelia caperata
- Hoary Rosette Lichen, Physcia aipolia [hoary, brown apothecia]
- Hooded Rosette Lichen, Physcia adscendens [hairs/eyelashes on the tips of the lobes]
- Horsehair Fungus, Gymnopus androsaceus [thin black stipe, on leaf litter]
- Interior Live Oak, Quercus wislizeni
- Lace Lichen, Ramalina menziesii
- Milk-White Toothed Polypore, Irpex lacteus
- Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliate [primary leaves showing]
- Moss, Capillary Thread-Moss, Ptychostomum capillare
- Northern Flicker, Colaptes auratus
- Oak Titmouse, Baeolophus inornatus
- Pin-Cushion Sunburst Lichen, Polycauliona polycarpa [bright orange, apothecia, close, piled]
- Pleated Inkcap Mushroom, Parasola plicatilis
- Poison Pie Mushroom, Hebeloma crustuliniforme
- Powder-Edged Speckled Greenshield, Flavopunctelia soredica
- Rio Grande Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo intermedia
- Rosy Navel Mushroom, Contumyces rosellus
- Shrubby Sunburst Lichen, Polycauliona candelaria
- Silky Pink Gill Mushroom, Nolanea sericea (Entoloma sericeum ssp. sericeum) [very dark brown cap with a nipple on top]
- Speckled Greenshield Lichen, Flavopunctelia flaventior
- Strap Lichen, Western Strap Lichen, Ramalina leptocarpha [without soredia]
- Tall Psathyrella Mushroom, Psathyrella longipes [tan cap that often splits, dark tan gills]
- Turkey Tail Fungus, Trametes versicolor
- Valley Oak, Quercus lobata
- Yellow Fieldcap Mushroom, Bolbitius titubans
- ?? Rim Lichens, Lecanora sp. [green interior on apotheca]