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What

King Bolete Boletus edulis

Observer

kueda

Date

November 22, 2009 11:37 AM PST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Photos / Sounds

Observer

kueda

Date

November 4, 2009 05:08 PM PST

Description

About 1 cm long, observed at Scott Creek State Beach near Santa Cruz, CA, in the rock intertidal.

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What

Deathcap Amanita phalloides

Observer

kueda

Date

November 28, 2009 04:32 PM PST

Description

Althought they're an odd color, I believe these are deathcaps. These were probably the most abundant mushroom blooming in Anthony Chabot, or perhaps anywhere, this weekend

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Observer

kueda

Date

November 29, 2009 12:10 PM PST

Description

Very beautiful black mushrooms, growing under tanoak in El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve in San Mateo county, CA, USA. Lens cap is 5.5 cm in diameter.

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What

Questionable Stropharia Stropharia ambigua

Observer

kueda

Date

November 28, 2009 04:17 PM PST

Description

First East Bay Stropharia for me!

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What

Shaggy Mane Coprinus comatus

Observer

kueda

Date

November 29, 2009 11:42 AM PST

Description

One of a couple we found. Charming mushrooms.

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What

garlic mushroom Mycetinis copelandii

Observer

kueda

Date

November 29, 2009 01:07 PM PST

Description

Kei was taking pics of some sulphur tufts when she said, "I think I might be crazy but I smell garlic." A bit of rooting around in the leaf litter and sure enough, we found the garlic mushrooms! They really are incredibly pungent.

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What

Red-cracking Bolete Xerocomellus chrysenteron

Observer

kueda

Date

November 27, 2009 01:54 PM PST

Description

B. truncatus is the other possibility, as far as I can tell, and this definitely didn't have an immediate blue-staining reaction like that species is supposed to.

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What

variable wrinkle-lichen Tuckermannopsis orbata

Observer

kueda

Date

November 27, 2009 02:10 PM PST

Description

I got a big book on lichens. We'll see how far I get on this one. Next time I need to bring a hand lens.

Well, the key wasn't terribly useful, but this seems like the right one. Definitely looks a lot like the greener specimens I've seen in photographs.

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What

California Vole Microtus californicus

Observer

kueda

Date

November 27, 2009 01:50 PM PST

Description

I fear this vole is not long for this world. For some reason it just sat there as I got closer and closer. Pretty soon it's gonna be an owl pellet.

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No photos or sounds

What

Ensatina Ensatina eschscholtzii

Observer

kueda

Date

November 27, 2009

Description

One little guy under a log. Didn't snap a pic.

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What

Ladder Lichen Cladonia cervicornis ssp. verticillata

Observer

kueda

Date

November 22, 2009 02:22 PM PST

Description

So weird!

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What

Coral Fungi Genus Ramaria

Observer

kueda

Date

November 22, 2009 01:13 PM PST

Description

I think it's another Ramaria

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What

Coral Fungi Genus Ramaria

Observer

kueda

Date

November 22, 2009 01:18 PM PST

Description

Again, assuming Ramaria, given the size (> 10 cm), fleshiness, and branching.

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What

Toothed Jelly Fungus Pseudohydnum gelatinosum

Observer

kueda

Date

November 22, 2009 01:05 PM PST

Description

Yay! Always wanted to find this. Such an odd little fungus.

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What

Ensatina Ensatina eschscholtzii

Observer

kueda

Date

November 22, 2009 01:44 PM PST

Description

Not a great pic, but it shows the noticeable overhang of the male ensatina's upper lip.

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What

blue knight Albatrellus flettii

Observer

kueda

Date

November 22, 2009 02:25 PM PST

Description

I love blue mushrooms. These were new to me! Sort of like a bolete except... not.

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What

Manzanita bolete Leccinum manzanitae

Observer

kueda

Date

November 21, 2009 02:56 PM PST

Description

I was under the impression this was Boletus edulis (or maybe B. aereus, given that it was under tanoak), but now I'm starting to think that "dirtiness" on teh stem is actually the "scabers" of Leccinum. This isn't the best pic, but you can sort of see how they are elevated on the sides. I didn't notice any particular staining when I was cutting it (thought you can see some blue-grey blush here), it did turn very dark after drying.

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What

Scaly Chanterelle Turbinellus floccosus

Observer

kueda

Date

November 21, 2009 01:56 PM PST

Description

Gomphus floccosus was blooming in abundance! It's not edible, and apparently not even closely related to the true chanterelles (or so the Intarwebs tell me), but it is nevertheless an impressive sight to behold.

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What

pig's ears Gomphus clavatus

Observer

kueda

Date

November 22, 2009 12:56 PM PST

Description

A new Gomphus for me! Collin found these near some readwoods. The books says they're tasty but usually filled with maggots. It wasn't wrong about the latter, so I opted out of testing the former. Very pretty, though.

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What

Coccora Amanita calyptroderma

Observer

kueda

Date

November 15, 2009 04:08 PM PST

Description

Another edible Amanita I have no intention of ever trying. Beautiful though, and they smelled quite nice. Blooming abundantly under one oak.

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Observer

kueda

Date

November 15, 2009 03:45 PM PST

Description

A supposedly edible Amanita I often find in Huckleberry. I also often find plenty of the closely related Death Caps.

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Observer

kueda

Date

November 14, 2009 03:02 PM PST

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What

Fairy Fingers Clavaria fragilis

Observer

kueda

Date

November 15, 2009 04:34 PM PST

Description

A welcome sight! These were poking up all over the place in moist patches under the oaks.

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Dunlin Calidris alpina

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

Description

Down-turned bill. This is the key. Also bigger than the Western and Least sandpipers, though that's pretty hard to see unless you have them side by side.

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No photos or sounds

What

Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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No photos or sounds

What

Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Great Egret Ardea alba

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009
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