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Himalayan blackberry Rubus armeniacus

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aclay232

Date

April 1, 2012

Description

Not too abundant in this wet climate; deeper in the forest, only saw traces of it in comparison to locations like the burke gilman trail. Definitely more used to seeing it in disturbed areas truer to its description. Looks like its been munched on by a slug or other critter.

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salmonberry Rubus spectabilis

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aclay232

Date

April 1, 2012

Description

Growing among Nootka Rose and Snowberry (most dominant) on the less marshy side of the trail. Beautiful pink flowers, will produce orange berries later in year.

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stinging nettle Urtica dioica ssp. holosericea

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aclay232

Date

April 1, 2012

Description

I only saw one shoot about 2 ft tall nearby Nootka Rose, Indian Plum, and Snowberry. Perhaps because the area is not as "disturbed" as a place like discovery park where this plant is abundant. But it sounds like disturbed means locations such as roadsides, avalanche tracks, etc. Is it easier for this species to grow in these areas? Why, because it is more moist/drier?

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Creeping Buttercup Ranunculus repens

Observer

aclay232

Date

April 1, 2012

Description

This was only a few inches off the ground and had no flowers on it so I assumed it wasn't native to the PNW. Looking more closely at the tri-leaflet, lobed pattern, I think it's Buttercup. It is supposed to be common at low elevations, although the leaves were very large compared to those of the same species I've seen in the past.

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Nootka rose Rosa nutkana

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aclay232

Date

April 1, 2012

Description

Abundant on the side of the boardwalk, grew large bushes of this for a stretch; apparently this is what it looks like in winter, usually having lost its leaves and only branches and red hips. Also fitting with a description, it cohabits this area with equally large amounts of Snowberry; pretty sure they were on the outer edges of the refuge where the ground may be less moist?

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Red Elderberry Sambucus racemosa

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aclay232

Date

April 1, 2012

Description

No berries on this one yet. About 5' tall, on the side of the stream/creek running through the wetlands. If this ID is right, it should get red berries which if cooked are edible.

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Canada Goose Branta canadensis

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aclay232

Date

April 1, 2012

Description

An adult pair of these was standing/walking in the water that runs through the wetlands. There were also a few others earlier on the trail, and I'm wondering if they were from the same flock or not.

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Salamander... Order Caudata

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aclay232

Date

April 1, 2012

Description

Very small, about 2in long or smaller. Found dead on the trail with marsh/wetland on either side. I wonder if it was a baby. Skin was dried so it's hard to tell what color it was on top, but I think mostly black everywhere else. Possibly yellow or green stripe down back?

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Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

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aclay232

Date

April 1, 2012

Description

Sitting on a branch nearby and facing towards the open span of wetland. Maybe two feet in height not sure what age but probably more mature; most likely hunting for food; moved once while we were there nearer to the marsh.

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Spotted Owl Strix occidentalis

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aclay232

Date

April 1, 2012

Description

From its rounded and flatter face, this seemed characteristic of a Spotted owl. There were three of them sitting in either a maple or cottonwood tree, I'm not sure. In marshy habitat off trail.

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Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia

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aclay232

Date

April 1, 2012

Description

We could tell this was a song sparrow by its distinct "zeet zeet zee..." It was perched in the wetland brush just off the trail at home in the marshy habitat. I don't know whether it was communicating with another of its kind or making noise at us, like squirrels do. Do birds do that?

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