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Found More Fungi Than We Expected To, 11-19-21

I got up around 6:30 again this morning and got myself ready to go out to the American River Bend Park for a walk with my friend Roxanne. I was hoping to see some fungi and some slime molds. We got the fungi but no slime molds.

It was drizzly and overcast, but the rain was nice to us. It rained a lot as we stopped for coffee and headed in toward the park, but once we got moving along the trails, it stopped. I’d brought an umbrella with me, but didn’t really need it.

When we got to the gates of the park, there was cadre of male Wild Turkeys walking by, blocking the road. This time of year, the males travel in bachelor groups and vie with one another for supremacy over roosting spots in the winter.

Besides the turkeys, we didn’t really see a lot of birds. I could hear Northern Flickers, California Quail, and Oak Titmice, but I couldn’t see them to get a photo. I did get a photo of a Spotted Towhee early in our walk, and a couple of a Lark Sparrow we saw on our way out of the park. We’d stopped to get photos of some Telegraphweed plants and were surprised when the sparrows showed up. We hardly ever get to see Lark Sparrows (which I think is the prettiest of the sparrows in California) so we’re always excited when we get the chance to see one.

We went into the first turn-out, near the manicured lawn and picnic tables, and looked through some of the rougher areas around the lawn for fungi.  We found some nice specimens of  Honey Fungus, Yellow Fieldcaps, Scaly Rustgill mushrooms and Dryad’s Saddle polypores among others.

On the lawn we found some Death Caps, which are sort of in the same family of deadly mushrooms as the Destroying Angels. Unlike the angels, which are pure white all over, the Death Caps have a yellow cap. I don’t think I’d ever seen them in that lawn before, so that was a nice find.

When photographing some lichen, Rox found a nice crop of the reddish-orange “moles” of the Orange Hobnail Canker, a plant pathogen that was discovered in 1916 by Stephen Bruner. We also found Green Shield lichen, Shrubby Sunburst, and  Hoary Rosette Lichen. We weren’t really focused on lichen on this trip, so I’m sure there were a lot more that I missed recording.

One of the trees we found clumps of sandy “mud” on the side of a tree, and then red woody sawdust on another tree… I think it might have been termite signs, but I’m not sure.

Mustard Yellow Polypore, Fuscoporia gilva, a type of bracket fungus

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We then went over to equestrian area to see if we could find any jelly fungi, but there weren’t any out yet. As we drove out of there, we saw some “melted” inkcap mushrooms in one of the fields, and stopped to get pictures of those. The inkcaps have a high water content so as they age, their gills liquify and leave a black inky sluice on your skin.

Then we drove toward the camping area (and restrooms) and looked around the fields there. On the way we came across a Columbian Black-Tailed doe and her two fawns. Sooooo beautiful. 

In the fields I was looking for some earthstars but didn’t see any.  We DID find some False Turkey-Tail fungus, puffballs, and horsehair fungus, and Roxanne found a lovely specimen of Oak Mazegill.

We walked for almost 3½ hours which I thought was pretty good for me considering my “depleted” state, especially with all of the bending over and climbing over fallen logs that we had to do. It was exhausting but fun.

We then went over to Brookfield’s Restaurant in Rancho Cordova for lunch. Rox had a Rueben sandwich and sweet potato fries and I had a French dip and regular fries. I also had coffee and a mimosa. So yummy! Thank you, Roxanne.

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Species List:

  1. Acorn Woodpecker, Melanerpes formicivorus
  2. Brown Jelly Fungus, Leafy Brain, Phaeotremella foliacea
  3. Bufflehead Duck, Bucephala albeola
  4. California Camouflage Lichen, Melanelixia californica [dark green with brown apothecia, on trees]
  5. California Quail, Callipepla californica
  6. California Scrub Jay, Aphelocoma californica
  7. Cavalier Mushroom, Melanoleuca sp.
  8. Columbian Black-Tailed Deer, Odocoileus hemionus columbianus
  9. Common Ink Cap, Coprinopsis atramentaria [large]
  10. Crow, American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos
  11. Dark-Winged Fungus Gnat, Bradysia sp. [larvae]
  12. Deathcap Mushroom, Amanita phalloides [yellow cap, everything else is white]
  13. Dryad’s Saddle, Hawk’s Wing, Polyporus squamosus
  14. Eastern Fox Squirrel, Sciurus niger
  15. False Turkey-Tail, Stereum hirsutum [thin, flattish, brown underside]
  16. Foothill Shoulderband Snail, Helminthoglypta cypreophila
  17. Fragrant Funnel Mushroom, Clitocybe fragrans
  18. Gold Dust Lichen, Chrysothrix candelaris
  19. Goldenhaired Inkcap Mushroom, Parasola auricoma [like parasol mushrooms but with a goldish button in the middle of the cap]
  20. Green Trichoderma Mold, Trichoderma viride
  21. Harvestmen,  Order: Opiliones [tiny clear “spider” on the gills of a mushroom]
  22. Hoary Rosette Lichen, Physcia aipolia [hoary, brown apothecia]
  23. Honey Fungus, Honey Mushroom, Armillaria mellea
  24. Horsehair Fungus, Gymnopus androsaceus [thin black stipe]
  25. Lark Sparrow, Chondestes grammacus
  26. Meadow Puffball, Lycoperdon pratense [pure white, smooth surface]
  27. Mock Strawberry, Potentilla indica
  28. Mustard Yellow Polypore, Fuscoporia gilva [bracket type fungus]
  29. Northern Flicker, Colaptes auratus
  30. Oak Mazegill, Daedalea quercina
  31. Oak Titmouse, Baeolophus inornatus
  32. Oak-loving Gymnopus, Gymnopus dryophilus [tan-orange with pale gills; cap can be flat or curved up as it ages]
  33. Oakmoss Lichen, Evernia prunastri [like strap but with soredia]
  34. Ocre Spreading Tooth Fungus, Steccherinum ochraceum
  35. Orange Hobnail Canker, Endothia gyrosa [hard reddish-orange pimples on trees]
  36. Peeling Oysterling Mushroom, Crepidotus mollis [small oyster mushroom on sticks/bark]
  37. Rio Grande Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo intermedia
  38. Scaly Rustgill Mushroom, Gymnopilus sapineus [rusty red top, yellowish gills that turn rusty with age]
  39. Scaly Shield Mushroom, Pluteus petasatus
  40. Shrubby Sunburst Lichen, Polycauliona candelaria
  41. Speckled Greenshield Lichen, Flavopunctelia flaventior
  42. Spotted Towhee, Pipilo maculatus
  43. Sulphur Shelf Fungus, Western Hardwood Sulphur Shelf, Laetiporus gilbertsonii
  44. Tall Psathyrella Mushroom, Psathyrella longipes [tan cap that often splits, dark tan gills]
  45. Telegraphweed, Heterotheca grandiflora [soft felted leaves, yellow flowers]
  46. Toothed Crust Fungus, Antrodia sp.
  47. Western Deer Mushroom, Pluteus exilis [heavy, dark cap and white stipe and gills]
  48. White Clover, Trifolium repens
  49. Yellow Fieldcap Mushroom, Bolbitius titubans
  50. ?? mold on deer scat
  51. ?? Sandy mud on the bark of a tree

Nature Showed Us a Lot, 11-15-21

I got up around 6:30 this morning and got myself ready to go out to the Cosumnes River Preserve with my friend Roxanne. Roxanne had a new camera she’d gotten for her birthday, a Lumix, and she wanted to test it out.

Certified California Naturalist Roxanne, testing her new camera on photographing Red-Winged Blackbirds among the tules.

My cancer pain level was at about a 2 or 3 (instead of an 8 or 11), so I was hoping to do some real walking; I was hoping to make a mile — which I haven’t been able to do since my surgery on October 8th. We weren’t really looking for anything in particular; we really just wanted to get outside and moving so we were open to anything Nature wanted to show us. And she showed us quite a bit: birds, squirrels, lichen, galls, fungi, even a slime mold. Cool.

It was cool outside with some lingering fog and a dense overcast. Not really “cold” but I did need to wear my jacket while I was out of the car.

We took Franklin Road to Twin Cities rather than going along the freeway (because a lot of the freeway on/off ramps were closed for construction). At one cow pasture, we could see hundreds of birds flying overhead and collecting on the roof of the pasture’s hay barn. Starlings. Their noise was incredible.

A little further along the road, we saw a pair of ravens in the top of a tree. They were touching beaks, but I couldn’t tell if they were “kissing” or if one was feeding the other.  I know ravens are monogamous; maybe this was a male/female pair strengthening their pair bond.

Among the raptors, we saw Red-Tailed Hawks, Red-Shouldered Hawks, Kites, Kestrels and Northern Harriers, and some Turkey Vultures.

Among the smaller birds, we saw Savannah Sparrows, House Finches, White-Crowned and Golden Crowned Sparrows, Brewer’s Blackbirds, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Meadowlarks, Black Phoebes, and Magpies.

In some of the fields, we saw Sandhill Cranes (usually among flocks of Greater White-Fronted Geese that had settled onto the ground at their feet). There were also a few Snow Geese in the mix, some of them juveniles still in their “blue goose” coloring.

In the shallow waters we also saw Black-Necked Stilts, Least Sandpipers, Greater Yellowlegs, and Long-Billed Dowitchers and several Great Egrets. And among the ducks we saw were Green-Winged Teals, Cinnamon Teals, Mallards, Northern Pintails and Northern Shovelers… Oh, and American Coots.

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We chanced across a few of the common, early season mushrooms including Meadow Mushrooms, Scurfy Twiglets, some kind of chanterelle, Yellow Fieldcaps, some tiny Oak Leaf Pinwheels (which I, at first, mistook for Horsehair Fungi), and some pretty little Peeling Oysterlings.  We weren’t really looking for them, so they were a nice surprise.

The slime mold we found was an almost-used-up specimen of Chocolate Tube Slime, Stemonitis splendens. It was right on the verge of going totally to spore. We found it on a stick laying by the road.

Checking out other sticks and stumps we found a variety of crust fungi, including some Giraffe Spot, and some really beautiful tooth fungi: one bright yellow orange, and one pure white with huge “teeth”.  There was also some bright green Trichoderma viride fungi thrown in the mix of things on the sticks.

Among the lichens we found were Green Shield, Common Sunburst, Hooded Rosette, and Western Strap Lichen. All of those are pretty common and visible almost everywhere in this area.

Common Sunburst Lichen, Golden Shield Lichen, Xanthoria parietina, and Hooded Rosette Lichen, Physcia adscendens [hairs/eyelashes on the tips of the lobes]

Because of the lingering fog and overcast, I was hoping to see some Orbweaver spider webs decorated with dew, but no such luck. We DID find sheet web and funnel webs with the droplets on them, however.

Grass reflected in dew drops on the web of a Sheet Weaver Spider, Family: Linyphiidae

We came across several Eastern Fox Squirrels, some of them foraging in the leaf litter, others pulling down twigs and leaves to make their dreys. They’re so accustomed to humans along the trail that they let us get pretty close to them before scurrying off.

Between the drive and the walking we did along the River Trail at the preserve, we were out for almost 6 hours! Although I was totally exhausted at the end of the walk (I hadn’t done that much in weeks), I was very happy and exhilarated that I was able to do it.  Nature heals.

This was hike #85 of my annual hike challenge.

Before going home, we stopped at Huckleberry’s restaurant in Elk Grove for a late breakfast-for-lunch lunch. Everything on the menu looked sooooo appetizing; whoever took the photos for that did an excellent job. I wanted to eat EVERYTHING. I ended up ordering the steak and eggs combo with potatoes and huckleberry tea. Ummm… And a bacon Bloody Mary, of course. Hah! Oh…and green fried tomatoes. Never had them before and they were super yummy. Both Rox and I noticed they featured catfish on the lunch menu, so we’ll need to go back soon and get some of that. I love catfish.

We got back home around 3:30 pm, so it was a long but very fun day. Thank you, Rox.  And thank you, too, to Melissa who kept an eye on Esteban all day.

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Species List:

  1. Alcoholic Flux bacteria, Foamy Canker, Slime Flux, Phytophthora sp. X other bacteria [white, brown or black ooze with a yeasty, sour beer smell.]
  2. American Coot, Fulica americana
  3. American Kestrel, Falco sparverius
  4. Ash Flower Gall Mite, Ash Key Gall Mite, Aceria fraxiniflora
  5. Belted Kingfisher, Megaceryle alcyon [heard]
  6. Black Phoebe, Sayornis nigricans
  7. Black-Necked Stilt, Himantopus mexicanus
  8. Black Walnut, Eastern Black Walnut, Juglans nigra
  9. Brewer’s Blackbird, Euphagus cyanocephalus
  10. Briar Rose, Sweet Briar, Rosa rubiginosa [rose hips]
  11. California Scrub Jay, Aphelocoma californica
  12. California Wild Grape, Vitis californica
  13. Chanterelle Mushroom, Cantharellus sp.
  14. Chocolate Tube Slime Mold, Stemonitis splendens
  15. Cinnamon Teal, Spatula cyanoptera
  16. Clustered Gall Wasp, Andricus brunneus
  17. Coast Live Oak, Quercus agrifolia
  18. Common Sunburst Lichen, Golden Shield Lichen, Xanthoria parietina [yellow-orange,on wood/trees]
  19. Cottonwood Petiole Gall, Poplar Petiole Gall Aphid, Pemphigus populitransversus
  20. Coyote Brush Bud Gall midge, Rhopalomyia californica
  21. Coyote Brush, Baccharis pilularis
  22. Crow, American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos
  23. Double-Crested Cormorant, Phalacrocorax auratus
  24. Dunlin, Calidris alpina
  25. Eastern Fox Squirrel, Sciurus niger
  26. European Praying Mantis, Mantis religiosa [flat body in adults; ootheca is like a football shape, most common one we see]
  27. European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris
  28. Flat-Topped Honeydew Gall Wasp, Disholcaspis eldoradensis
  29. Fremont’s Cottonwood, Populus fremontii
  30. Funnel Weaver Spider, Family: Agelenidae
  31. Giraffe Spots Crust Fungus, Peniophora albobadia
  32. Golden-Crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia atricapilla
  33. Great Egret, Ardea alba
  34. Greater White-Fronted Goose, Anser albifrons
  35. Greater Yellowlegs, Tringa melanoleuca
  36. Great-Tailed Grackle, Quiscalus mexicanus [heard/glimpsed in parking lot]
  37. Green Shield Lichen, Flavoparmelia caperat
  38. Green Trichoderma Mold, Trichoderma viride
  39. Green-winged Teal, Anas crecca
  40. Hoary Rosette Lichen, Physcia aipolia [hoary, brown apothecia]
  41. Hooded Rosette Lichen, Physcia adscendens [hairs/eyelashes on the tips of the lobes]
  42. House Finch, Haemorhous mexicanus
  43. House Wren, Troglodytes aedon [nesting box]
  44. Interior Live Oak, Quercus wislizeni
  45. Jumping Oak Gall Wasp, Neuroterus saltatorius
  46. Killdeer, Charadrius vociferous
  47. Least Sandpiper, Calidris minutilla
  48. Mallard Duck, Anas platyrhynchos
  49. Marsh Wren, Cistothorus palustris
  50. Meadow Mushroom, Agaricus campestris [white, collared, pink/dark gills]
  51. Mediterranean Mantis, Iris Mantis, Iris oratoria [thin narrow ootheca]
  52. Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura
  53. Mushroom Fungus, Syzygites megalocarpus
  54. Northern Harrier, Marsh Hawk, Circus hudsonius
  55. Northern Pintail, Anas acuta
  56. Northern Shoveler, Anas clypeata
  57. Oak Apple, California Gall Wasp, Andricus quercuscalifornicus
  58. Oak-Leaf Pinwheel Mushroom, Collybiopsis quercophila [tiny, on leaf litter]
  59. Ocre Spreading Tooth Fungus, Steccherinum ochraceum
  60. Orange Crust Fungus, Mycoacia sp.
  61. Peeling Oysterling Mushroom, Crepidotus mollis [small oyster mushroom on sticks/bark]
  62. Raven, Common Raven, Corvus corax
  63. Red Cone Gall Wasp, Andricus kingi
  64. Red-Shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus
  65. Red-Tailed Hawk, Western Red-Tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis calurus
  66. Red-Winged Blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus
  67. Rice, Oryza sativa
  68. Rio Grande Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo intermedia
  69. Rough Cocklebur, Xanthium strumarium
  70. RRD, Rose Rosette Disease, Emaravirus sp. [excessive thorniness]
  71. Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Regulus calendula
  72. Sandhill Crane, Grus canadensis
  73. Savannah Sparrow, Passerculus sandwichensis
  74. Say’s Phoebe, Sayornis saya
  75. Scurfy Twiglet Mushroom, Tubaria furfuracea [small, pale orange, wide gills]
  76. Seven-Spotted Lady Beetle, Coccinella septempunctata
  77. Sheet Weaver Spiders, Family: Linyphiidae
  78. Snow Goose, Chen caerulescens
  79. Spined Turban Gall Wasp, Cynips douglasii [summer gall, pink, spikey top]
  80. Spotted Towhee, Pipilo maculatus [heard]
  81. Stable Fly, Stomoxys calcitrans
  82. Strap Lichen, Western Strap Lichen, Ramalina leptocarpha [without soredia]
  83. Toothed Crust Fungus, Antrodia sp.
  84. Tule, Common Tule, Schoenoplectus acutus
  85. Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura
  86. Valley Oak, Quercus lobata
  87. Water Hyacinth, Eichhornia crassipes
  88. Western Meadowlark, Sturnella neglecta
  89. White Ash Tree, Fraxinus americana
  90. White Tailed Kite, Elanus leucurus
  91. White-Crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia leucophrys
  92. Willow Apple Gall Sawfly, Pontania californica
  93. Willow Bead Gall Mite, Aculus tetanothrix
  94. Yellow Fieldcap Mushroom, Bolbitius titubans
  95. Yellow-Billed Magpie, Pica nuttalli
  96. ?? moss on a downed log
  97. ?? oak with “sunburned” leaves
  98. ?? tiny insects on willow leaves

Along Staten Island Road, 11-08-21

I got up around 7:00 this morning and had a light breakfast of toast and black coffee before heading out for a drive to Staten Island Road with my friend and fellow naturalist Roxanne. We left the house around 8:00 am. I was in pain and moving slowly but figured I could handle an outing during which I didn’t have to walk a lot.

I told the Universe I wanted to see a species of bird I’d never seen before (it IS migrating season after all) and a Snipe. I got the snipe; two, in fact. I don’t know why those odd little birds make me happy, but they do.

We saw quite a few raptors on the drive including several Red-Tailed Hawks, a Red-Shouldered Hawk, a couple of American Kestrels and Northern Harriers. That’s the most of them we’ve seen in a long time.

In the fields were flocks of Canada and Cackling Geese and Greater White-Fronted Geese. There were Sandhill Cranes in the fields, too, even among the cattle. Overhead, too, there were so many flocks moving around, some of them very large, that the air was filled with noise.

Cackling Geese, Branta hutchinsii, and Red-Winged Blackbirds, Agelaius phoeniceus

Along the fences we saw tons of House Finches, Brewer’s Blackbirds, and Red-Winged Blackbirds. We also came across a Black Phoebe and a Say’s Phoebe, some White-Crowned Sparrows and Savannah Sparrows.

And in one of the sloughs, we saw a pair of Great Blue Herons. It’s unusual to see two so close together, and I wondered if they were a mated pair or siblings.

In the flooded fields we saw Northern Shovels, Ruddy Ducks, Canvasback ducks, Tundra Swans and Mute Swans, Killdeer, American Pipits, a Bufflehead, a Greater Yellowlegs, a Black-Necked Stilt, and American Coots in the water.

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We were out for about 3 hours before I started to get hungry and in pain, so we quit the road and headed into town to look for somewhere to have lunch.  The first place we came across was Olive Garden. I haven’t eaten there in ages, and their all-you-can-eat soup and salad lunch really appealed to me. So, I had the Zuppa Toscana soup, salad and breadsticks, a spinach-artichoke dip appetizer with flatbread crisps, iced tea, and Italian donut puffs with raspberry sauce. Sooooooooooo yummy.

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Species List:

  1. American Coot, Fulica americana
  2. American Kestrel, Falco sparverius
  3. American Pipit, Anthus rubescens
  4. Belted Kingfisher, Megaceryle alcyon
  5. Black Angus Cattle, Bos taurus var. Black Angus
  6. Black Phoebe, Sayornis nigricans
  7. Black-Necked Stilt, Himantopus mexicanus
  8. Brewer’s Blackbird, Euphagus cyanocephalus
  9. Bufflehead Duck, Bucephala albeola
  10. Cackling Goose, Branta hutchinsii
  11. Canada Goose, Branta canadensis
  12. Canvasback Duck, Aythya valisineria
  13. Desert Cottontail Rabbit, Sylvilagus audubonii
  14. Eared Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis
  15. Eurasian Collared Dove, Streptopelia decaocto
  16. Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias
  17. Great Egret, Ardea alba
  18. Greater White-Fronted Goose, Anser albifrons
  19. Greater Yellowlegs, Tringa melanoleuca
  20. House Finch, Haemorhous mexicanus
  21. Killdeer, Charadrius vociferous
  22. Mute Swan, Cygnus olor
  23. Northern Harrier, Marsh Hawk, Circus hudsonius
  24. Northern Pintail, Anas acuta
  25. Northern Shoveler, Anas clypeata
  26. Red-Shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus
  27. Red-Tailed Hawk, Western Red-Tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis calurus
  28. Red-Winged Blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus
  29. Rio Grande Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo intermedia
  30. Ruddy Duck, Oxyura jamaicensis
  31. Sandhill Crane, Grus canadensis
  32. Savannah Sparrow, Passerculus sandwichensis
  33. Say’s Phoebe, Sayornis saya
  34. Snowy Egret, Egretta thula
  35. Tundra Swan, Cygnus columbianus
  36. Western Meadowlark, Sturnella neglecta
  37. White Tailed Kite, Elanus leucurus
  38. White-Crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia leucophrys
  39. Wilson’s Snipe, Gallinago delicata

A Short Walk at Effie, 11-05-21

I got up a little after 7:00 this morning and was planning to get out for a walk, even though I haven’t done one for a month. I was hurting from constipation and my (now normal) morning pain, but was determined to get out, even if it was just for a little while.

I left the house around 8:00 am and headed over to the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve. It’s relatively close to the house and the trails are all flat, so I figured I could walk there without too much of a strain — and could get home quickly again if I needed to. It was partly cloudy and 45º when I got there.

Because I was stiff and hurting, it was hard to focus on the nature around me, but I still relished being outside. I saw quite a few deer, including  couple of large bucks, and a pair of does with a fawn between them. I thought the bucks might joust, but they didn’t. They were pretty well matched in age and size, but one of them had a narrow gash on its neck from a previous fight, so I don’t think it was too keen to start another one. Along with their heavy racks of antlers, the mature bucks are also sporting their thick “hormone necks”; they have so much testosterone surging through their bodies that their necks and muscles all bulk up.

I was surprised by the number of ravens I saw at the refuge, and they all seemed very chatty, cawing and clicking to one another from the tree tops. One of the ravens had gone up into the granary tree of some Acorn Woodpeckers and they kept trying to chase it out.

I could hear Flickers calling from the surrounding trees, too, but their camouflage is better than the ravens’ so they were very difficult to see.

I only saw a few fungi including some Sulphur Shelf, a few puff balls, and some Pleated Inkcaps, but I was actually kind of surprised there wasn’t more. I was in pain and moving pretty slowly, though, so I didn’t cover much ground. I was out for about 90 minutes and headed back to the car.

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Even though it was early when I got back to the house, I made myself a bowl of soup and had it with some crackers for brunch. Then I crashed for the rest of the day.

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Species List:

  1. Acorn Woodpecker, Melanerpes formicivorus
  2. California Scrub Jay, Aphelocoma californica
  3. California Towhee, Melozone crissalis
  4. Canada Goose, Branta canadensis [flyover]
  5. Coast Live Oak, Quercus agrifolia
  6. Columbian Black-Tailed Deer, Odocoileus hemionus columbianus
  7. Conical Brittlestem Mushroom, Mower’s Mushroom, Parasola conopilea
  8. Coyote Brush, Baccharis pilularis
  9. Dark Jerusalem Cricket, Ammopelmatus fuscus [nest hole in ground]
  10. European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris
  11. Liquid Ambar, American Sweetgum, Liquidambar styraciflua
  12. Live Oak Gall Wasp, Summer Generation, Callirhytis quercuspomiformis [spiky ball]
  13. Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura
  14. Northern Flicker, Colaptes auratus
  15. Paltry Puffball, Puffball Fungus, Bovista californica
  16. Pleated Inkcap Mushroom, Parasola plicatilis
  17. Raven, Common Raven, Corvus corax
  18. Spotted Towhee, Pipilo maculatus [heard, glimpsed]
  19. Sulphur Shelf Fungus, Western Hardwood Sulphur Shelf, Laetiporus gilbertsonii
  20. Valley Oak, Quercus lobata