I got up around 6:00 AM and headed over to the Sailor Bar County Park to check out the oak trees there for galls. I also wanted to see the pond there. My insides had been acting up this morning. I had to go to the bathroom around 5:00 AM, then again at 6:00 when I got up, and as soon as I got to the park, I had to go again. It was a rush to the porta-potty, but I made it. After that, things seemed to settle down a lot. I don’t know what that was about, but I was glad when it was over. [TMI, I know. Hah! Sorry about that.] It was partly cloudy and about 60º when I got to the park and started inspecting the trees.
The park has a mix of blue oaks, valley oaks, and both interior and coast live oak trees. I was happy to see all of the young blue oak saplings around, many of them protected by fencing.
I spent all of my time at the park looking for galls and walking partway around the pond. I couldn’t do the whole route around the water because I didn’t have my cane with me, and the trail was really narrow and slanted toward the water in parts.
I found a few galls on the blue oaks here that I didn’t find on Old Blue including: Clustered galls, a Gray Midrib gall, Striped Volcano galls, and a single Disc Gall which was sitting underneath a Urchin gall.
On the live oak trees had some Live Oak Apple galls, a few Two-Horned galls, and a few Kernel Flower galls. So, I was happy with my excursion.
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Oh, and as I was poking through the branches of one of the trees, a tan praying mantis jumped down onto my hand! So, I was able to get some photos of it, including some facial close-ups. Yay!
I walked for about 3 hours and then headed back home. This was hike #45 of my #52HikeChallenge for the year; and for the Summer Series, this was 3 more hours of a required 20 hours for the challenge. So I made it to 23½ hours. Woot!
- Acorn Gall Wasp, Andricus chrysobalani [stunted growth, acorn may look pushed in or sideways]
- American Frogbit, Limnobium spongia [floating water plant]
- Ash-Throated Flycatcher, Myiarchus cinerascens
- Azolla, Water Fern, Azolla filiculoides
- Beaver, American, Beaver, Castor canadensis [sign on trees, den]
- Belted Kingfisher, Megaceryle alcyon [flyover]
- Black Phoebe, Sayornis nigricans
- Blackberry, Armenian Blackberry, Rubus armeniacus [red canes]
- California Jumping Spider, Phidippus californicus [light rust, white and black on abdomen]
- Cattail, Broad-Leaved Cattail, Typha latifolia
- Club Gall Wasp, Atrusca clavuloides
- Clustered Gall Wasp, Andricus brunneus
- Common Madia, Madia elegans elegans
- Crown Whitefly, Aleuroplatus coronata
- Crystalline Gall Wasp, Andricus crystallinus
- Disc Gall Wasp, Andricus parmula [round flat, “spangle gall”]
- Dotted Knotweed, Persicaria punctata [white flowers]
- Downy Thornapple, Jimsonweed, Datura innoxia
- Duckweed, Common Duckweed, Lemna minor
- Flat-Topped Honeydew Gall Wasp, Disholcaspis eldoradensis
- Grasses, Dallis Grass, Paspalum dilatatum
- Gray Midrib Gall Wasp, Cynips multipunctata
- Green Lacewing, Chrysopa coloradensis
- Hair Stalk Gall Wasp, Andricus pedicellatus [thread gall on blue oak]
- House Finch, Haemorhous mexicanus
- Iris, Yellow Iris, Iris pseudacorus
- Irregular Spindle Gall Wasp, Andricus chrysolepidicola [on white oaks, Blue, Valley, etc.]
- Kernel Flower Gall Wasp, Callirhytis serricornis
- Live Oak Apple Gall Wasp, Summer Generation, Amphibolips quercuspomiformis [spiky ball]
- Live Oak Erineum Mite Gall, Aceria mackiei
- Mallard Duck, Anas platyrhynchos
- Mantis, Arizona Mantis, Stagmomantis limbata [large ootheca]
- Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura
- Oak, Blue Oak, Quercus douglasii
- Oak, California Scrub Oak, Quercus berberidifolia
- Oak, Coast Live Oak, Quercus agrifolia
- Oak, Interior Live Oak, Quercus wislizeni
- Oak, Valley Oak, Quercus lobata
- Pacific Poison Oak, Toxicodendron diversilobum
- Plate Gall Wasp, Andricus pattersonae
- Pokeweed, American Pokeweed, Phytolacca americana
- Purpletop Vervain, Verbena incompta
- Red Cone Gall Wasp, Andricus kingi
- Ruptured Twig Gall Wasp, Callirhytis perdens [on live oaks]
- Saucer Gall Wasp, Andricus gigas
- Spanish Clover, Acmispon americanus [looks like baby lotus]
- Spined Turban Gall Wasp, Cynips douglasii [summer gall, pink, spikey top]
- Striped Volcano Gall Wasp, Andricus atrimentus, Summer generation [looks like a tiny volcano]
- Towhee, California Towhee, Melozone crissalis
- Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Pipilo maculatus [heard]
- Two-Horned Gall Wasp, unisexual gall, summer generation, Dryocosmus dubiosus [small, green or mottled, on back of leaf along the midvein]
- Urchin Gall Wasp, Cynips quercusechinus
- Wood Duck, Aix sponsa
- Yellow Star-Thistle, Centaurea solstitialis
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