Writing things down in Redwood

Went for a walk around Redwood Regional Park again this past weekend. With Spring close to done, there aren't a lot of new things to photograph, so I decided that in lieu of madly photographing every cool flower and bug I came across, I'd just try writing things down for once. The trail down from Skyline to the creek was actually pretty hoppin' with birds and some flowers, including my first fringecups, which definitely merited some pics. The Pac-slope Flycatcher by the creek was a beautiful little sighting too. I hiked back along the eastern ridge in the park (not sure if it has a name), which I was surprised to find almost entirely devoid of life, at least in the scrub. Very dry. I kind of wonder if gets even less moisture than other areas due to being the lee of the ridge to its west. The northern part of this ridge near the Skyline parking lot actually seemed like it might make for good birding. Lots of widely spaced pines and sparse mid-level canopy. Might be worth an early-morning trip.

Posted by kueda kueda, June 03, 2009 03:09 PM

Observations

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Fringe Cups (Tellima grandiflora)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009 03:57 PM PDT

Description

How cool is this? I've been hoping to see this flower this season, and there it was, blooming abundantly along the stream trail, from the scrubby areas near the Skyline trailhead all the way through the redwoods. I also was NOT expecting it to be red.

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No photos or sounds

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Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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California Towhee (Melozone crissalis)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Description

I think this might have been the first time I ever took the time to positively ID an Empidonax. The large eye ring and yellowish color were quite clear, and it was flycatching around a forest stream, which is apparently typical. I didn't hear it sing, but the identical Cordilleran Flycatcher doesn't live around here, apparently.

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No photos or sounds

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Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Wrentit (Chamaea fasciata)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Common Raven (Corvus corax)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Western Star Flower (Lysimachia latifolia)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Paintbrushes (Genus Castilleja)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Pacific Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Description

In the same spot as last time. Not as many in bloom, but still blooming.

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Western Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Orange Bush Monkeyflower (Diplacus aurantiacus)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Silver Lupine (Lupinus albifrons)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Description

Still a few stragglers blooming in the scrubbier areas, to my surprise.

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Forget-Me-Nots (Genus Myosotis)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Crevice Alumroot (Heuchera micrantha)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Ithuriel's Spear (Triteleia laxa)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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California Beeplant (Scrophularia californica)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

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Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)

Observer

kueda

Date

May 30, 2009

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