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Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) Larus delawarensis

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tessaf

Date

August 8, 2012 12:09 PM PDT

Description

Seagull with two black bands on its beak and black tail feathers

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Yellow-faced Bumblebee Bombus vosnesenskii

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tessaf

Date

July 30, 2012 12:02 PM PDT

Description

Noticed that this bee was vibrating quite a bit. I think it was trying to warm itself up and it flew away a little after I took this picture.

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Date

July 26, 2012 02:01 PM PDT

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Yellow-faced Bumblebee Bombus vosnesenskii

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Date

June 21, 2012 02:07 PM PDT

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Alpine Enchanter's-nightshade Circaea alpina

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tessaf

Date

June 2, 2012

Description

For more information on the habitat and vegetation of Schmitz Park and on the weather that day, please see the journal entry for June 2, 2012 here on iNaturalist. This plant was all over the place in this park and I thought it was pretty.

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Red Clover Trifolium pratense

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Date

June 2, 2012 07:45 PM PDT

Description

For more information on the habitat and vegetation of Schmitz Park, the area this was found, and on the weather that day, please see the journal entry for June 2, 2012 here on iNaturalist. This red clover was growing in a small patch out of a large amount of Himalayan blackberry. I didn't see this anywhere else along the trail, but what I did see was flowering.

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Date

June 2, 2012 07:44 PM PDT

Description

For more information on the habitat and vegetation of Schmitz Park, the area this was found, and on the weather that day, please see the journal entry for June 2, 2012 here on iNaturalist. This plant had beautiful purple flowers growing in a large cluster at the top of the stalk. It was growing out of a large thicket of Himalayan blackberry along with a few others like it. I don't know what it is, but I thought it was really neat looking.

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White Clover Trifolium repens

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tessaf

Date

June 2, 2012 07:42 PM PDT

Description

For more information on the habitat and vegetation of Schmitz Park, the area this was found, and on the weather that day, please see the journal entry for June 2, 2012 here on iNaturalist. This white clover was another common plant along the trail in Schmitz Park. They were all in bloom and the bees in the area seemed to really love them.

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Meadow spittlebug (Philaenus spumarius) Philaenus spumarius

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tessaf

Date

June 2, 2012 07:37 PM PDT

Description

For more information on the habitat and vegetation of Schmitz Park, the area this was found, and on the weather that day, please see the journal entry for June 2, 2012 here on iNaturalist. Spittlebugs like this one were all over the nettles and other plants in Schmitz Park. They were an extremely common sight along the path. Spittlebugs are called such because, in their nymph form, they use plant sap to produce this frothed up covering visible in the picture.

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Stinging Nettle Urtica dioica

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tessaf

Date

June 2, 2012 07:36 PM PDT

Description

For more information on the habitat and vegetation of Schmitz Park, the area this was found, and on the weather that day, please see the journal entry for June 2, 2012 here on iNaturalist. I learned that this was stinging nettle the hard way, unfortunately. It was growing in a huge patch outside the path leading through Schmitz Park and in an even bigger patch inside the forest, dominating the ground in that area. It was also growing in other places individually along the path with salmonberry and other taller plants. I had no idea what it was at first so I reached out to touch it and get a closer look. I was rewarded with a thumb full of tiny painful needles.

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youth on age (Tolmiea menziesii) Tolmiea menziesii

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tessaf

Date

June 2, 2012 07:11 PM PDT

Description

For more information on the habitat and vegetation of Schmitz Park, the area this was found, and on the weather that day, please see the journal entry for June 2, 2012 here on iNaturalist. A plant with small, delicate, fluted purple flowers and heart shaped leaves with jagged edges. The plant grew straight upward and was growing in regular patches along with other flowering plants, salmonberry, and ferns.

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water parsley (Oenanthe sarmentosa) Oenanthe sarmentosa

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tessaf

Date

June 2, 2012 07:04 PM PDT

Description

For more information on the habitat and vegetation of Schmitz Park, the area this was found, and on the weather that day, please see the journal entry for June 2, 2012 here on iNaturalist. This odd plant was present in a huge clump on one side of the path. It grew very close to the ground and its stalk looked quite a bit like celery. When broken, the stalk emitted a sharp scent somewhat like that of celery as well.

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Creeping Buttercup Ranunculus repens

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Date

June 2, 2012 07:01 PM PDT

Description

For more information on the habitat and vegetation of Schmitz Park, the area this was found, and on the weather that day, please see the journal entry for June 2, 2012 here on iNaturalist. Buttercups like this one were growing all over either side of the path through Schmitz Park. They were a common sight among the plants growing on the forest floor. They first begin to flower in spring. This plant is not native to this area, but to Europe and is very poisonous.

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Rock Dove Columba livia

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Date

May 31, 2012 03:46 PM PDT

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Rock Dove (Columba livia) Columba livia

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tessaf

Date

May 31, 2012 03:46 PM PDT

Description

A strange white pigeon. I'm not sure if it's just a weird rock dove or what.

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Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor

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Date

May 31, 2012 11:53 AM PDT

Description

Small birds with blue backs and white bellies. There was a huge group of them flying around near the law building today on campus. I couldn't get a picture because they wouldn't stop swooping in circles around me or land anywhere nearby.

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Pond Slider (Trachemys scripta) Trachemys scripta

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tessaf

Date

May 29, 2012 03:20 PM PDT

Description

It's sort of hard to see, but it's in the center.

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Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum

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tessaf

Date

May 29, 2012 01:19 PM PDT

Description

A small bird with a light brown chest, gray wings, and yellow and black on its tail and face. This bird was sitting high in a tree near the water's edge at Union Bay Natural Area. It was just sitting up there, but I could not get a picture with my iPhone.

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European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

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tessaf

Date

May 24, 2012 03:43 PM PDT

Description

It is difficult to tell from the picture, but these starlings were juveniles as they were brown with black beaks. They made the harsh trilling call that adult black european starlings make, which led me to the conclusion that they were younger birds. There were a ton of them all over the field in a giant flock with adult starlings among them.

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Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

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tessaf

Date

May 24, 2012 03:33 PM PDT

Description

Was flying in circles around me as I walked out of UBNA. It was difficult to get a picture, but it had a deep blue back and head and a light orange belly. I'm not sure what they were doing, but a bunch of these were flying around me and got within inches of me a few times.

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Honey Bee Apis mellifera

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Date

May 24, 2012 12:18 PM PDT

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Date

May 13, 2012 05:43 PM PDT

Description

For more information on the habitat, vegetation, and weather of this beach, please see the journal entry for May 13, 2012 here on iNaturalist. These little sand fleas (also called beach hoppers) are a common sight on the higher parts of the intertidal zone. They like to burrow under dried up and rotting seaweed to hide from the hot sun during the day. Tiny fleas like this one bite surprisingly hard and can cause all kinds of dangerous infections. They will often travel in large groups, though this one was on its own. This flea was only about a centimeter long but could jump fairly high despite its size.

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geoduck Panopea generosa

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tessaf

Date

May 13, 2012 05:33 PM PDT

Description

For more information on the habitat, vegetation, and weather of this beach, please see the journal entry for May 13, 2012 here on iNaturalist. This observation was a surprising and exciting find for me. I have never seen a live geoduck before, and these geoduck siphons are the closest I've ever come. There were about six of them in a small group poking above the surface in the soft sand. They were visibly sucking in water, which is because the geoducks are trying to eat the plankton in the water. When poked, these little siphons would bury themselves in the sand and come back up after a few seconds. Geoducks are the largest bivalves in the Puget Sound, the largest burrowing clam in the world, and one of the longest living animals on earth (they can live up to 146 years).

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Aggregating Anemone Anthopleura elegantissima

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tessaf

Date

May 13, 2012 05:22 PM PDT

Description

For more information on the habitat, vegetation, and weather of this beach, please see the journal entry for May 13, 2012 here on iNaturalist. These little anemones were in groups buried in the sand all over the beach. It was odd to me because I had only ever seen them living on rocks, not in the sand. A few of them, like the one in the second picture, had their tentacles out, which were light green with pink tips. Each anemone was about an inch across and the one in the picture was one of only a few that was on its own, the rest were in large groups. Occasionally, they would squirt water at me from surprisingly great distances.

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shield limpet (Collisella pelta) Collisella pelta

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tessaf

Date

May 13, 2012 05:16 PM PDT

Description

The striped shell is the shield limpet. For more information on the habitat, vegetation, and weather of this beach, please see the journal entry for May 13, 2012 here on iNaturalist. I only saw a few of these limpets of this same coloration on the rocks in the tide pools at this beach. There were others, but they were of different species or had different coloration. This limpet caught my eye because of its odd black stripes. Limpets are a species of sea snail that have very simple, flat shells. They stick themselves to rocks, just like this one in particular was.

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Date

May 13, 2012 05:13 PM PDT

Description

For more information on the habitat, vegetation, and weather of this beach, please see the journal entry for May 13, 2012 here on iNaturalist. These blue mussels can be distinguished from the more common California mussel by their size. Blue mussels are much smaller in comparison. These blue mussels were covering a few of the rocks in the tide pools and were much less common than the larger California mussels. This little guy had fallen off his rock, so I picked it up for a picture. It was only about an inch long and two centimeters wide and its shell was a dark blue with no markings.

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Date

May 13, 2012 05:12 PM PDT

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checker lily (Fritillaria affinis) Fritillaria affinis

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Date

May 12, 2012 03:22 PM PDT

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Indian paintbrush Castilleja coccinea

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Date

May 12, 2012 03:09 PM PDT

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Lewis's mock-orange Philadelphus lewisii

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Date

May 12, 2012 02:39 PM PDT
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