Mostly Lichen on a Frosty Morning, 12-10-21

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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Species List:

  1. Bewick’s Wren, Thryomanes bewickii
  2. Boreal Button Lichen, Buellia disciformis [pale gray to bluish with black apothecia on wood]
  3. Bufflehead Duck, Bucephala albeola
  4. California Mycena, Mycena californiensis [red, like the Bleeding Fairy Helmet, but they bleed orange not red]
  5. California Pipevine, Dutchman’s Pipe, Aristolochia californica
  6. California Wild Grape, Vitis californica
  7. Collared Parachute Mushroom, Marasmius rotula
  8. Common Button Lichen, Buellia erubescens [small black dots on wood, by themselves or on a background of white, gray, etc.
  9. Crawfish Lichen, Ochrolechia parella
  10. Deer Mushroom, Western Deer Mushroom, Pluteus exilis [heavy, dark cap and white stipe and gills]
  11. Doveweed, Turkey Mullein, Croton setiger
  12. European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris
  13. False Turkey-Tail, Stereum hirsutum [thin, flattish, brown underside]
  14. Farinose Cartilage Lichen,  Ramalina farinacea [like Oakmoss but very thin branches]
  15. Frosted Rim-Lichen, Lecanora caesiorubella [white with white apothecia]
  16. Green Shield Lichen, Flavoparmelia caperata
  17. Hoary Rosette Lichen, Physcia aipolia [hoary, brown apothecia]
  18. Hooded Rosette Lichen, Physcia adscendens [hairs/eyelashes on the tips of the lobes]
  19. Horsehair Fungus, Gymnopus androsaceus [thin black stipe, on leaf litter]
  20. Interior Live Oak, Quercus wislizeni
  21. Lace Lichen, Ramalina menziesii
  22. Milk-White Toothed Polypore, Irpex lacteus
  23. Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliate [primary leaves showing]
  24. Moss, Capillary Thread-Moss, Ptychostomum capillare
  25. Northern Flicker, Colaptes auratus
  26. Oak Titmouse, Baeolophus inornatus
  27. Pin-Cushion Sunburst Lichen, Polycauliona polycarpa [bright orange, apothecia, close, piled]
  28. Pleated Inkcap Mushroom, Parasola plicatilis
  29. Poison Pie Mushroom, Hebeloma crustuliniforme
  30. Powder-Edged Speckled Greenshield, Flavopunctelia soredica
  31. Rio Grande Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo intermedia
  32. Rosy Navel Mushroom, Contumyces rosellus
  33. Shrubby Sunburst Lichen, Polycauliona candelaria
  34. Silky Pink Gill Mushroom, Nolanea sericea (Entoloma sericeum ssp. sericeum) [very dark brown cap with a nipple on top]
  35. Speckled Greenshield Lichen, Flavopunctelia flaventior
  36. Strap Lichen, Western Strap Lichen, Ramalina leptocarpha [without soredia]
  37. Tall Psathyrella Mushroom, Psathyrella longipes [tan cap that often splits, dark tan gills]
  38. Turkey Tail Fungus, Trametes versicolor
  39. Valley Oak, Quercus lobata
  40. Yellow Fieldcap Mushroom, Bolbitius titubans
  41. ?? Rim Lichens, Lecanora sp. [green interior on apotheca]