Winter in Las Trampas, East Side

Oaken Ghosts
Deciduous California black oaks looking ghostly amid their evergreen kin

Headed to Las Trampas today, one of my favorite parks in the East Bay. Not sure why I love it so much, since it pales in comparison to Diablo in pretty much every way, but it has a lot of the same feel and many of the same habitats. It's just a nice piece of land with fine views and some beautiful chamise chaparral.

Anyway, I'd never been to the Ringtail trailhead before so my hiking companion and I headed there and started the day off with a fine Sharp-tailed Snake. Never a bad sign. Surprising number of people on the trail, both a good and bad thing, as we discussed. Macrofungi were few in number and diversity, perhaps they need a few days to dry out and breath. We were treated to some vulture companions at lunch and a pond full of newts further down the trail, and, I have to admit it, some very comely cows and their adorable calfs. Mostly it was just grand to drink in the verdant landscape and to see all the plants getting ready for spring.

And, of course, I failed to write down any questions and I've just forgotten them all, even though I recall saying "I don't know" several times.

Just another day in the East Bay

Posted by kueda kueda, January 15, 2017 06:36 AM

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Sharp-tailed Snake (Contia tenuis)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 14, 2017 12:12 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Western Club Coral Fungus (Clavariadelphus occidentalis)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 14, 2017 04:57 PM PST

Place

Alamo, CA (Google, OSM)
Fungi

Photos / Sounds

What

Hongos (Kingdom Fungi)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 14, 2017 12:35 PM PST

Place

Alamo, CA (Google, OSM)
Fungi

Photos / Sounds

What

Hongos (Kingdom Fungi)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 14, 2017 03:42 PM PST

Description

Garrya leaf curling gall. This might be first time seeing this in the bay area.

Photos / Sounds

What

Coral Tooth Fungus (Hericium coralloides)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 14, 2017 04:59 PM PST

Place

Alamo, CA (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

What

California Golden Chanterelle (Cantharellus californicus)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 14, 2017 04:42 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Blewit (Lepista nuda)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 14, 2017 03:37 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Silky Shoulderband Snail (Helminthoglypta diabloensis)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 14, 2017 12:41 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 14, 2017 12:58 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

Observer

kueda

Date

January 14, 2017 01:18 PM PST

Description

Probably developing sporophytes and not yet identifiable.

Photos / Sounds

What

Peppered Moon Lichen (Sticta fuliginosa)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 14, 2017 01:21 PM PST

Description

My first time seeing this in the East Bay, though I knew to look for it because of Cat's observations. Thanks, Cat!

Photos / Sounds

What

Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 14, 2017 01:44 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Oak-loving Elfin Saddle (Helvella dryophila)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 14, 2017 02:10 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Muffin Gall Wasp (Disholandricus chrysolepidis)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 14, 2017 02:12 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 14, 2017 02:14 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Gall Wasps (Family Cynipidae)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 14, 2017 03:36 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

Observer

kueda

Date

January 14, 2017 03:36 PM PST

Description

I suspect this is H. pacificus, but I guess I can't rule out a solitary H. malus.

Photos / Sounds

What

Pacific Madrone (Arbutus menziesii)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 14, 2017 03:44 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

Observer

kueda

Date

January 14, 2017 03:51 PM PST

Description

Otidea smithii? Doesn't seem to be Peziza praetervisa b/c the lower surface isn't pale. Growing near oak on a dry, sandy ridge, but not necessarily under it. Also chamise nearby.

Photos / Sounds

What

California Newt (Taricha torosa)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 14, 2017 04:13 PM PST

Description

Tons in this pool, tons. Didn't see any chorus frogs but I imagine they'd be out if we returned at night.

Photos / Sounds

What

Western Jack-O'-Lantern (Omphalotus olivascens)

Observer

kueda

Date

January 14, 2017 05:04 PM PST

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