34
taxa
22 plants
1 other animal
6 mollusks
1 bird
2 mammals
1 reptile
1 insect
14
life list firsts

Photos / Sounds

Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 07:44 AM PDT

Description

I actually observed a centrally oriented sucker this time (on the ventral surface, no photo, sadly). My cursory searches didn't turn up any pics of this species out there, so if my ID is right, you're welcome, Internet.

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Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 07:46 AM PDT

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Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 08:08 AM PDT

Description

Since Brenna was collecting for her phycology class, I asked her to teach me one sea weed, so of course she insisted on doing two, neither of which I've been able to remember over the course of the weekend, despite many attempts. The feathery one at the top is Microcladia coulteri (I did write them down). It's an epiphyte, and here it's growing on a species of Pyronitis.

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Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 08:09 AM PDT

Description

These are two different species of Mazzaella. I think the brown one is splendens, but I need to confirm. I should really learn them since I use them both as nudibranch backgrounds all the time.

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Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 08:10 AM PDT

Description

M. flaccida is the green one on the right. M. splendes is the brown one on the left.

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Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 08:41 AM PDT

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Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 09:08 AM PDT

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Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 09:09 AM PDT

Description

Is this California oat grass?

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What

Gopher Snake Pituophis catenifer

Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 09:48 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Yellow-billed magpie Pica nuttalli

Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 12:41 PM PDT

Description

Wasn't aware they made it this far west.

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Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 01:18 PM PDT

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Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 01:20 PM PDT

Description

Sadly none of it was in flower yet.

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What

hummingbird sage Salvia spathacea

Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 01:22 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

imbricate phacelia Phacelia imbricata

Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 01:23 PM PDT

Description

Pretty sure the leaf is dissected and not truly compound.

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What

western vervain Verbena lasiostachys

Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 01:46 PM PDT

Description

I guess this is right. Looks pretty different from the last time I saw this species, but maybe it's a different subspecies.

Photos / Sounds

What

French lavender (Lavandula stoechas) Lavandula stoechas

Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 01:48 PM PDT

Description

I'm pretty sure this was a garden escape, since I just saw it growing in someone's front yard in Berkeley. But, wot izit?

Photos / Sounds

What

white sage Salvia apiana

Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 04:48 PM PDT

Description

I was glad I drove up Refugio Rd, or I wouldn't have seen this! I think it's pretty common, but it's still a pretty awesome sage. The road supposedly goes much farther, but I was runing a bit low on gas. Maybe next time.

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Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 04:55 PM PDT

Description

I'm thinking Encelia californica, but I'm not sure it was really a bush. Growing in shade near chaparral.

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What

wishbone plant Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia

Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 04:56 PM PDT

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Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 04:58 PM PDT

Description

Another one for my ever-lengthening bugguide queue...

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Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 05:00 PM PDT

Description

Phacelia cicutaria, perhaps?

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What

Scorpionweeds Genus Phacelia

Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 05:01 PM PDT

Description

Actually maybe this is P. cicutaria. So confusing!

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Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 05:12 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

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What

canyon sunflower (Venegasia carpesioides) Venegasia carpesioides

Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 05:18 PM PDT

Description

Common in shady understory, perennial, woody base.

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What

Bobcat Lynx rufus

Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 05:31 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

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What

cudweeds Genus Gnaphalium

Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 06:26 PM PDT

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What

tree tobacco Nicotiana glauca

Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 06:32 PM PDT

Description

Non-native from South America.

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What

sacred datura Datura wrightii

Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 06:41 PM PDT

Description

Pretty sure I've got the right Datura here. Flowers were massive.

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What

Ngaio (Myoporum laetum) Myoporum laetum

Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 06:52 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

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What

sacred datura Datura wrightii

Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 07:25 PM PDT

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What

Onion-Leafed Asphodel Asphodelus fistulosus

Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 07:28 PM PDT

Description

Not making any progress on CalFlora. Growing coastal grassland/scrub right above the beach. Some kind of lily-ish thing...

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What

gray whale Eschrichtius robustus

Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011 07:34 PM PDT

Description

The similarity to some of the classic Loch Ness Monster pics is wonderful. Earlier in the day some folks on the beach pointed out what they said was a whale at the north side of the beach. I saw what looked like a baby whale fin flapping out in the kelp, so I excitedly ran and got my camera and hustled up the beach to try and get a pic. My baby whale turned out to be a diver's flipper. I laughed. Later, I saw a grebe, lifted my binocs, and, in classic grebe fashion, caught a great look at some post-dive ripples. "Well," I thought to myself, "at least there's a nice whale in the background there. Hm, whale. WHALE!"

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Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011

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No photos or sounds

Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011

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No photos or sounds

Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011

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No photos or sounds

Observer

kueda

Date

May 6, 2011