Poor Planning on the Cataract Trail

February 13, 2014 10:02 PM - February 14, 2014 05:02 AM
| Latitude: 37.99 | Longitude: -122.661 | Radius (m): 12722 | Duration: 420 minutes |

I figured doing a loop on the Cataract Trial wouldn't take too long, but I was probably gauging that on doing the same route solo in the past, and I usually just completely lose track of time by myself. Nevertheless, poor planning turned into some pleasant night hiking and crepuscular frog listening.

Posted by kueda kueda, February 19, 2014 10:12 PM

Target List

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Redwood Sorrel (Oxalis oregana)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 02:19 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

California Fetid Adderstongue (Scoliopus bigelovii)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 02:22 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Western Jack-O'-Lantern (Omphalotus olivascens)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 02:28 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Milkmaids (Cardamine californica)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 02:48 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Imshaug's Tube Lichen (Hypogymnia imshaugii)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 03:34 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Dendroalsia Moss (Dendroalsia abietina)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 03:37 PM PST

Description

foo

Photos / Sounds

What

Brittle Bladderfern (Cystopteris fragilis)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 03:45 PM PST

Description

Not typical, but what else could it be? Growing on a ferny / grassy ledge overlooking a waterfall.

Photos / Sounds

What

Tuckerman's Coral Lichen (Sphaerophorus tuckermanii)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 04:06 PM PST

Description

can't recall the name of this genus

Photos / Sounds

What

Beaked Spindle Gall Wasp (Heteroecus pacificus)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 04:10 PM PST

Description

Unisexual generation gall, at totally the wrong time of year.

Photos / Sounds

What

Mylitta Crescent (Phyciodes mylitta)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 04:16 PM PST

Description

lots if these flitting about a grassy field with bracken

Photos / Sounds

What

Golden Chinquapin (Chrysolepis chrysophylla)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 04:34 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Bearberries and Manzanitas (Genus Arctostaphylos)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 04:43 PM PST

Description

no noticeable burl

Photos / Sounds

What

Herre's Ragged Lichen (Platismatia herrei)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 04:45 PM PST

Description

A bit like Evernia but with lots of marginal ... isidia?

Photos / Sounds

What

California Newt (Taricha torosa)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 04:57 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Buckbrush (Ceanothus cuneatus)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 05:01 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

California Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon californicum)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 05:03 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

California Pitcher Sage (Lepechinia calycina)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 05:04 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Coast Silk Tassel (Garrya elliptica)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 05:07 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 05:07 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Imshaug's Tube Lichen (Hypogymnia imshaugii)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 05:15 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Pacific Newts (Genus Taricha)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 05:21 PM PST

Description

dark around the eye but pointed nose and protuberant eyes, so probably torosa.

Photos / Sounds

What

Sierran Tree Frog (Pseudacris sierra)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 05:48 PM PST

Description

Small pond with reeds. Near-deafening chorus.

Photos / Sounds

What

Yellow-eyed Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii ssp. xanthoptica)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 06:46 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Square-legged Camel Cricket (Tropidischia xanthostoma)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 07:26 PM PST

Description

Probably the biggest and most colorful one I've seen. Card is credit card-sized, so 85.60 × 53.98 mm.

Photos / Sounds

What

Aquatic Garter Snake (Thamnophis atratus)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 02:05 PM PST

Description

Despite exercising some care, it still got me pretty good. Coloration is pretty atratus-ish, but 8 upper labials. CORRECTION: both elegans and atratus have 8 upper labials (usually). The count is a way to separate them from sirtalis. T. atratus should not have 6 and 7 enlarged, though, as elegans does.

Photos / Sounds

What

Coyote (Canis latrans)

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 02:04 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

Observer

kueda

Date

February 13, 2014 07:04 PM PST

Description

10-15 mm

Comments

Thank you for teaching me a wonderful new word: crepuscular.

Posted by godutchbaby over 8 years ago (Flag)

Thanks for reminding me to add my sound recording of the frogs!

Posted by kueda over 8 years ago (Flag)

so no pileateds?

Posted by loarie over 8 years ago (Flag)

Heard a pileated, didn't record an obs, did add to check list. Still pretty bare boned, so the check list isn't showing whether or not things were observed.

Posted by kueda over 8 years ago (Flag)

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