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California Poppy Eschscholzia californica

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aclay232

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

Cup-like orange flowers, not super abundant here, but were all along the burke gilman trail. Three leaflets, toothed, growing next to fence, these plants don't usually seem to need a lot of space.

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Pacific poison oak Toxicodendron diversilobum

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aclay232

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

Only a little of this growing on the side of the trail, leaves come in threes, toothed but very rounded, highly poisonous; growing in the same area as the Gary Oak stand, but I don't know if they're related.

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Western Columbine Aquilegia formosa

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aclay232

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

Red-orange flowers opening downwards, with yellow anthers coming out of center of flower; five petals below, and things that look like bowling pins above, not sure what they're for (maybe nectar?).

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western hemlock Tsuga heterophylla

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aclay232

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

Very tall, needles mostly lost on lower part of tree, some left in parts, not especially abundant in the location I was in.

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Viburnum trilobum Viburnum opulus

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aclay232

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

A few parts of this plant already had berries, but most had white flowers in clusters with tiny buds clustered in the center. Leaves toothed, three lobed.

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youth on age Tolmiea menziesii

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aclay232

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

Looks a lot like fringe cup, but has copper colored flowers, blooming, five lobed leaves.

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Gadwall Anas strepera

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aclay232

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

Female looked a lot like that of a mallard, but male swimming very close by was mostly gray with brown feathers on back. Swimming in the shallow water off lake shore.

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orange honeysuckle Lonicera ciliosa

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aclay232

Date

May 26, 2012

Description

Bright orange-red flowers short and tube-like, coming out of two opposite leaves, growing near lake shore.

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American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

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aclay232

Date

May 29, 2012

Description

Tried for awhile to get a good picture but zoom wasn't working. Beautiful bright yellow bird sitting up in a tall shrub at almost the tip, with black on head and wings.

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pill bugs Family Armadillidiidae

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aclay232

Date

May 29, 2012

Description

Walking along the Burke Gilman trail, this guy was crawling on the pavement on the side. Gray-brown, with about nine shell separations, shiny on the back, lots of little legs. Almost looks like he has spots too, apparently feeds on decaying plant matter, which explains why he was so close to the edge of the trail where the dirt and dead leaves are.

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Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis

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aclay232

Date

May 29, 2012

Description

These were hopping around on the ground, most likely feeding; they were light brown with darker brown flecks all over. Apparently they had yellow patches on their heads, but I could not see this from far away.

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Queen Anne's Lace Daucus carota

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aclay232

Date

May 29, 2012

Description

The shape of this plant is really cool, especially after it's all dried out, like it was today. It's been like this for almost a month now, I wonder when it will flower. It was brown, and almost snowflake-like, with little mini flake clusters of dried flowers on the ends.

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Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

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aclay232

Date

May 29, 2012

Description

Perched on this leafless tree, singing "I seee you" with a fan-like tail, mostly black body aside from the red bands on the upper wings. It's interesting, they seem to like to perch in places that are open with a lot of visibility such as this tree, and more often the cattails. They kind of sit at a funny angle, not always straight up, or maybe their tail feathers make them look this way.

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Yellow Flag Iris pseudacorus

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aclay232

Date

May 29, 2012

Description

Lots of these growing about four feet tall (stalks), bright yellow flowers, growing around a large patch of cattails, intermingled with tall grass.

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American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

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aclay232

Date

May 24, 2012

Description

Fully black body, perched on shrub in open grassy field. I didn't realize how smart these birds were until I heard about the mask experiment that involve parents teaching across generations.

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Turkey-tail Trametes versicolor

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aclay232

Date

May 24, 2012

Description

Greenish-brown, fanlike, thick, growing on log with a moss on the side of the trail.

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Trembling Aspen Populus tremuloides

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aclay232

Date

May 24, 2012

Description

Didn't know these grew too much around here; pale green heart-shaped leaves, this was a smaller, younger tree only about 8 ft tall.

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willow Genus Salix

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aclay232

Date

May 24, 2012

Description

Shiny leaves, rounded on most ends, serrated/toothed; whitish-brown flowers look fuzzy from far away.

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Garden Lupin Lupinus polyphyllus

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aclay232

Date

May 24, 2012

Description

Deep purple flowers, leaves, 10~leaflets on each, in full sunlight, bumblebee on flowers.

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Dove's foot cranesbill Geranium molle

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aclay232

Date

May 24, 2012

Description

Small pink flowers, leaves five lobed, growing along side of path near thimbleberry, and red clover.

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white clover Trifolium repens

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aclay232

Date

May 24, 2012

Description

Lots of this in a clearing along path, cohabiting with red clover. White flowers and green leaves in threes with a lighter green ring like pattern on each leaflet.

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aclay232

Date

May 24, 2012

Description

Hiding in spit, yellow-green coloring on body, black eyes.

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Yellow-spotted Millipede Harpaphe haydeniana

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aclay232

Date

May 12, 2012

Place

Index, WA (Google, OSM)

Description

Black and shiny body, yellow spots along the length of sides, crawling on log, this guy had a ton of legs, dozens of segments.

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aclay232

Date

May 12, 2012

Place

Index, WA (Google, OSM)

Description

This was growing in a very moist area, under tree cover, near false lily of the valley, devil's club, and hooker's fairybell. 3 times pinnate, ~ten pairs of leaflets.

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red alder Alnus rubra

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aclay232

Date

May 12, 2012

Description

Leaves toothed, shiny similar to that of beaked hazelnut, alternate, eliptical; bark, gray, splotchy; catkins on some parts of the tree, brown and hanging down; veins prominent.

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Herb robert Geranium robertianum

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aclay232

Date

May 12, 2012

Description

Small pink flowers, creeping, abundant; if you crush up the leaves they give off an unpleasant smell; mostly in clearings.

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vine maple Acer circinatum

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aclay232

Date

May 12, 2012

Description

Leaves seven lobed, toothed, taller shrub, about 20ft tall, no flowers yet.

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Japanese knotweed Fallopia japonica

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aclay232

Date

May 12, 2012

Description

Apparently non-native and very weedy, this plant grew about five-seven feet tall; red coloring at base of leaf, otherwise green rounded triangle shaped leaves, stems growing erect.

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Honey Bee Apis mellifera

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aclay232

Date

May 12, 2012

Description

Flying around area with lots of Scotchbroom and Cottonwood trees, orange back, black head, furry/fuzzy body.

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Scotch broom Cytisus scoparius

Observer

aclay232

Date

May 12, 2012

Description

Lots of yellow flowers, pod-like, apparently need heavier bees to pollinate the popping mechanism of the plant. Abundant, is invasive, growing near river and under cottonwood trees.

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