A Nature Walk with Bryan and Larry, 02-19-22

I got up around 6:30 AM and waited until a little before 8:00 AM when family friends Bryan and Larry came over for a visit. Although we keep in touch via Facebook, we haven’t seen each other in person, we figured, for almost 30 years! When they arrived at the house, Bryan was wearing a sweatshirt Mom had cross-stitched for him with his name in Klingon. Hah!

We went over to Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve and walked a few of the trails there. We got to see lichen, and some galls, deer (including a 3-pointer buck and a matriarchal doe), a pair of Red-Shouldered Hawks and their nesting site, and a family of California Ground Squirrels.

We also saw lots of birds including Acorn Woodpeckers, Western Bluebirds, Dark-Eyed Juncos, Yellow-Rumped Warblers, and a handsome Red-Breasted Sapsucker.

We were walking for a little over 3 hours, and my adrenalin was so high, I hardly felt it.

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After our walk the boys, who are both vegans, took me to a restaurant called Plant Power. We had burgers, fries and coffee-flavored milkshakes — everything plant-based.  I usually turn my nose up at vegan food because it tastes weird to me and the textures are “all wrong”, but, wow, the food at this place was fantastic!

The boys got me to eat vegan food!

Then we went back to the house to visit with my sister Melissa for a while, and let the boys meet my dog Esteban and Melissa’s dogs Abbey and Gibson.

Species List:

  1. Acorn Woodpecker, Melanerpes formicivorus
  2. Almond Tree, Prunus dulcis
  3. Audubon’s Warbler, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Setophaga coronata auduboni
  4. California Ground Squirrel, Otospermophilus beecheyi
  5. California Scrub Jay, Aphelocoma californica
  6. Columbian Black-Tailed Deer, Odocoileus hemionus columbianus
  7. Dark-Eyed Junco, Junco hyemalis
  8. Giraffe’s Head, Henbit Deadnettle, Lamium amplexicaule
  9. Golden-Crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia atricapilla
  10. Miner’s Lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata
  11. Oak, Coast Live Oak, Quercus agrifolia
  12. Oak, Interior Live Oak, Quercus wislizeni
  13. Red-Breasted Sapsucker, Sphyrapicus ruber
  14. Red-Shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus
  15. Towhee, California Towhee, Melozone crissalis
  16. Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Pipilo maculatus
  17. Two-Horned Gall Wasp, unisexual gall, summer generation,  Dryocosmus dubiosus [small, green or mottled, on back of leaf along the midvein]
  18. Western Bluebird, Sialia Mexicana

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