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leather oak OOZ Quercus durata

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Date

August 27, 2012

Description

Primary purpose is showing the sap oozing from the acorn. I believe this is from a fungus that is parasitic one of the oak gall wasps. My understanding is one of the wasps parasitizes the acorn and then the fungus does the same to the wasp larva which produces this black ooz that drips down onto everything and is difficult to remove. Any body else heard this?

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Kellogg's yampah Perideridia kelloggii

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Date

August 27, 2012

Description

I thought I had photos but guess I lost them. In the swale below the enclosure on trail 15.

I found the photos and hope you agree with the ID.

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funnel weavers Family Agelenidae

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Date

August 27, 2012

Description

Lots of webs within the brown grasses.

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California Ebony Tarantula Aphonopelma eutylenum

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Date

August 27, 2012

Description

large hole lined with silk. It is getting to be mating season! Large enough to put my thumb down into it. Not that I did mind you, just to give you an idea of the size.

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western yellowjacket Vespula pensylvanica

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Date

August 27, 2012

Description

The remains of a ground nest dug out by a creature looking for tasty morsels. Raccoon?

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California Poppy Eschscholzia californica

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Date

August 27, 2012

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Dusky-footed Woodrat Neotoma fuscipes

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Date

August 27, 2012

Description

well developed site of a wood rat nest

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turkey-mullein? Croton setigerus

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Date

August 27, 2012

Description

Help me on this one.

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beaked twig gall wasp Disholcaspis plumbella

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Date

August 27, 2012

Description

So far I have found these only on Q. durata

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leather oak Quercus durata

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Date

August 27, 2012

Description

Strange to see these small trees doing so well this year. A fair number of acorns. Some of the trees have just finished blooming, while some are still in the midst of blooming.

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California buckthorn Frangula californica

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Date

August 27, 2012

Description

Through the drought these plants have fought to produce larger berries than normal. A good crop this season

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Bicolored Carpenter Ant Camponotus vicinus

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Date

August 27, 2012

Description

Numerous ant holes surrounded with chaff, the husks of the grass seeds they have been harvesting.

I saw five swarming ant groups and they may have all been part of the same colony since all were within a 10' radius.

Correction on the ID: It was not Messor. Under glass this had head and gastor black and a brown/orange rounded thorax and one petiole, 8-10mm as per: California Academy of Sciences Identification Key to 16 Common Ants of The San Francisco Bay Area.

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Black-tailed Deer Odocoileus hemionus ssp. columbianus

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Date

August 27, 2012

Description

A doe and last season's fawn

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Narrowleaf milkweed Asclepias fascicularis

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Date

August 27, 2012

Description

A dozen plants right in and near the fire road. I don't remember seeing them there before. There were also a dozen or more seedlings spread around also.

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Yellow starthistle Centaurea solstitialis

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Date

August 27, 2012

Description

Unfortunately this plant is taking over. I even see a few creeping into the serpentine zone where they were very rare before.

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hayfield tarweed Hemizonia congesta

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Date

August 27, 2012

Description

The smell of California in the late summer and fall. In full bloom now and the smell sticks to your clothing from the plant oils attaching to your pant legs as you walk along.

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Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

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Date

August 27, 2012

Description

I didn't actually see a bird but found lots of turkey feathers and fresh poop.

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Coast Redwood Sequoia sempervirens

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Date

August 23, 2012

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(Somewhere...)

Description

Delightful new cones developing on the redwoods along Alpine Road

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cicadas Family Cicadidae

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Date

August 23, 2012

Description

The discarded exoskeleton of a developing cicada hanging out on a fence post.

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toyon Heteromeles arbutifolia

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Date

August 23, 2012

Description

Nicely developing fruit which normally turns red in December.

Second photo also shows the remains of a Wild Cucumber, Marah, vine.

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California buckeye Aesculus californica

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Date

August 23, 2012

Description

Developing fruit. Unusual to see three fruit on the same flowering stem.

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Common Snowberry Symphoricarpos albus

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Date

August 23, 2012

Description

All along Alpine Road. Those with fruit were in the sunnier areas along the path

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California black bear Ursus americanus ssp. californiensis

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Date

August 4, 2012

Place

CAMINO, CA (Google, OSM)

Description

Same story as the Mountain lion. This was visitor #2. Not certain if this is U. americanus or U.americanus californienis. Even though I live in a highly populated area I think I'll get me one of these cameras.

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North American Cougar Puma concolor ssp. couguar

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Date

August 4, 2012

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(Somewhere...)

Description

My son had butchered a goat and rather than burying the remains dumped them on the ground and set up his camera.

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California Gall Wasp Andricus quercuscalifornicus

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Date

August 20, 2012

Description

Q. lobata with gall opened to reveal larva cases (3). Most of the interior is spong/styrofoamlike.

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Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

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Date

August 20, 2012

Description

Scurrying across the bridge to avoid my treading upon it. It was all of about 1.5 inches.

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Pacific poison oak Toxicodendron diversilobum

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Date

August 20, 2012

Description

All along the fence line and creeping into the path again. Colors rapidly fading. Everywhere from 1' to 10' high

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stinkwort Dittrichia graveolens

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Date

August 20, 2012

Description

Along Alpine Road in the disturbed areas along the new trail. So if it is nearing 3' tall. No flowers yet but the strong odor if you touch the plant or brush against it. I understand it is highly invasive. I want to catch some of the flowers before seeking permission to harvest these plants.

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crows and jays Family Corvidae

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Date

August 6, 2012

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Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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Date

August 8, 2012

Description

two flew over the car as we were leaving the area.

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