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Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus

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wendy5

Date

August 14, 2017 08:16 AM PDT

Description

This female Pileated Woodpecker arrived a minute after her mate, and like he did, she tapped at the railing. The first photo shows her tongue sticking out when she tapped-- maybe for an insect? She stayed at the bird bath while he ate suet, then he flew off, and she followed.

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Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus

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wendy5

Date

August 14, 2017 08:15 AM PDT

Description

The male Pileated Woodpecker arrived first, tapped at the railing, and gorged on suet for a few minutes. He was followed by his mate. When he flew away, she followed. It was the first time I've ever seen a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers!

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Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens

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wendy5

Date

August 14, 2017 08:17 AM PDT

Description

This female Downy Woodpecker surprised me for two reasons-- all the yellow feathers, and that she perched just a foot away from a male Pileated Woodpecker, waiting for the suet!

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Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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wendy5

Date

August 13, 2017 05:20 PM PDT

Description

This Bald Eagle flew overhead when I was walking on the beach

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Yellow Glandweed Bellardia viscosa

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wendy5

Date

August 10, 2017 06:49 PM PDT

Description

This non-native Parentucellia viscosa (Yellow Parentucellia) was growing on a disturbed gravelly road near a wetlands.

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Marsh Jaumea Jaumea carnosa

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wendy5

Date

August 9, 2017 12:32 PM PDT

Description

I'd never noticed this native succulent, Marsh Jaumea, before, although I've been involved in a research project at this lagoon for two years. Today it was in bloom, intermingled with all the pickleweed.

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North American River Otter Lontra canadensis

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wendy5

Date

August 8, 2017 11:39 AM PDT

Description

Could this be the skull of a Harbor Seal?

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wendy5

Date

August 8, 2017 10:56 AM PDT

Description

This Aequorea spp. (Water Jelly) has a central tubelike projection I hadn't seen on one before.

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wendy5

Date

August 7, 2017 11:16 AM PDT

Description

Sarcodiotheca gaudichaudii (Sea Noodles) is one of the most beautiful red seaweeds we have around here

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North American River Otter Lontra canadensis

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wendy5

Date

August 7, 2017 12:30 PM PDT

Description

This River Otter relaxed on a boulder during low tide

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wendy5

Date

August 7, 2017 11:14 AM PDT

Description

These flies-- Coelopa?-- were swarming on tiny empty crab molts and kelp. Each was <1/4" long, with pretty patterns and shiny wings.

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Aggregating Anemone Anthopleura elegantissima

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wendy5

Date

August 7, 2017 11:30 AM PDT

Description

Anthopleura elegantissima (Pink-tipped Anemone) has so many different ways of being. They are beyond abundant on this beach. These four photos show some of its many moods, including one showing some living inside empty barnacle shells, which I'd never seen until today.

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wendy5

Date

August 3, 2017 02:56 PM PDT

Description

This unusual insect was having a hard time walking with its very long legs, but it toppled along quite rapidly and was hard to photograph with its constant movement. Could it be Tipula paludosa (European Crane Fly)?

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Western Featherbells Stenanthium occidentale

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wendy5

Date

August 3, 2017 12:16 PM PDT

Description

These are the first and only Stenanthium occidentale I've ever found. They were growing beside the semi-shaded trail near the first lake.

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Crome Sphagnum Sphagnum squarrosum

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wendy5

Date

August 3, 2017 12:24 PM PDT

Description

I wonder if this peat moss, growing with tiny horsetails in a wetlands by a lake, is Sphagnum squarrosum (Spread-leaved Peat Moss)?

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Sooty Grouse Dendragapus fuliginosus

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wendy5

Date

August 3, 2017 08:03 AM PDT

Description

One Sooty Grouse was by the road before we reached the trailhead

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Pacific stonecrop Sedum divergens

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wendy5

Date

August 3, 2017 02:09 PM PDT

Description

Sedum divergens (Spreading Stonecrop) was growing at the highest point of the trail on a sunny, rocky cliff

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Brook Trout Salvelinus fontinalis

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wendy5

Date

August 3, 2017 12:58 PM PDT

Description

Many Salvelinus fontinalis (Brook trout) were jumping to eat the tiny insects flying over the lake. I like their white-edged pink fins.

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bog wintergreen Pyrola asarifolia

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wendy5

Date

August 3, 2017 12:31 PM PDT

Description

Pyrola asarifolia (Pink Wintergreen) was common in the shady forest

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White Bog-orchid Platanthera dilatata

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wendy5

Date

August 3, 2017 12:36 PM PDT

Description

Platanthera dilatata (White Bog-orchid) was growing near both lakes

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Leafy Lousewort Pedicularis racemosa

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wendy5

Date

August 3, 2017 02:15 PM PDT

Description

Pedicularis racemosa (Sickletop Lousewort) was thriving at the highest point of the trail

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Ichneumon Wasps Family Ichneumonidae

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wendy5

Date

August 3, 2017 08:48 AM PDT

Description

I'm guessing this might be Neobellamira delicata (Flower Longhorn) on Pearly Everlasting at the sunny trailhead?

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Brook Saxifrage Micranthes odontoloma

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wendy5

Date

August 3, 2017 12:26 PM PDT

Description

I'd never seen the flowers in full bloom of the Micranthes odontoloma aka Saxifraga odontoloma (Steam aka Brook Saxifrage)

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Stag's-horn Clubmoss Lycopodium clavatum

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wendy5

Date

August 3, 2017 04:28 PM PDT

Description

This is one of the best places to find the beautiful Lycopodium clavatum (Running aka Stag's-horn Clubmoss)

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twinflower Linnaea borealis

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wendy5

Date

August 3, 2017 09:10 AM PDT

Description

Linnaea borealis (Twinflower) was abundant along the trail

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Leather-leaf Saxifrage Leptarrhena pyrolifolia

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wendy5

Date

August 3, 2017 12:22 PM PDT

Description

This unusual wildflower, Leptarrhena pyrolifolia (Leatherleaf Saxifrage), was growing beside both of the lakes in moist areas.

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northern oak fern Gymnocarpium dryopteris

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wendy5

Date

August 3, 2017 10:47 AM PDT

Description

Gymnocarpium dryopteris (Oak Fern) is abundant and beautiful along this trail

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Willowherbs Genus Epilobium

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wendy5

Date

August 3, 2017 12:25 PM PDT

Description

I wonder if this is an Epilobium, growing in a wetland beside a small lake

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Fireweed Chamerion angustifolium

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wendy5

Date

August 3, 2017 08:45 AM PDT

Description

Epilobium angustifolium (Fireweed) was abundant at the trailhead

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Prince's Pine Chimaphila umbellata

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wendy5

Date

August 3, 2017 10:04 AM PDT

Description

I didn't look closely at these Chimaphila umbellata (Prince's-pine) blossoms, and only noticed later they were sprinkled with tiny insects!

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