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Brewer's willow Salix breweri

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 7, 2014

Description

This mature willow was observed growing in the floodplain of the riparian zone. Its height was about three meters. The entire leaves are lanceolate and about seven cm long. Catkins had apparently appeared before leaves.

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Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 7, 2014

Description

This Juncus was seen at the edge of the Coast redwood forest along a small drainage swale. Plant height is 90 cm, and the inflorescence is non-terminal and somewhat diffuse. The dark brown stem diameter is 2.3 mm above the sheaf.

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wood ferns Genus Dryopteris

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 7, 2014

Description

Seen in the understory of this oak dominated riparian woodland.

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Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 7, 2014

Description

Seen in bloom in the upper riparian zone westerly of the flowing stream.

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Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 7, 2014

Description

Seen in the upper riparian area growing in association with some ferns. This woody shrub stood about 1.6 meters high, and exhibited the customary stiff, leathery leaves in a chaparral portion of the habitat.

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Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 7, 2014

Description

This substantial rush was seen immediately adjacent to the flowing stream water. Height of these rush plants is about 120 cm, and they exhibit the diagnostic spiny, stout tips. Flowers are substantial and located per jepson description on the stem. This occurrence is in southwestern Santa Clara County, a county of known occurrence of this taxon per Calflora.

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Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 7, 2014

Description

Seen in the riparian zone within the floodplain of this stream. The specimen height of this young plant was about thirty cm. Stems are armed with sharp stout straight prickles.

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Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 7, 2014

Description

This moss was draping from a dead tree not far from the main trail.

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Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 7, 2014

Description

There are few lichen specimens hosted by living Coast Redwood trees, compared with the abundance of lichens found in oak forests, for example. This hard adnate crustose lichen was one of the few seen during this hike, and it was seen on a standing dead tree in this Coast redwood/Tanoak forest. The host tree here is not clear, but is likely a Tanoak.

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What

Coast redwood Sequoia sempervirens

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 7, 2014

Description

The tallest of the pictured Coast redwoods were at least 45 meters tall. Coast redwood is the dominant tree in this part of the forest near the ruins of the historic Miller Lodge.

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Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 7, 2014

Description

Seen as part of the landscaping near the Gizdich Farm Pie Shop.

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Apple Malus domestica

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 7, 2014

Description

The trees in this cultivated apple orchard are part of the Gizdich Farm, a notable part of the agricultural heritage of Watsonville. The height of these trees is about 5.5 meters.

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What

Tanoak Notholithocarpus densiflorus

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 7, 2014

Description

This relatively young Tanoak was seen near the trail as an element of the Coast redwood/Tanoak forest. The height of this specimen is about 2.4 meters.

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Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 7, 2014

Description

This Lamp rush sighting is quite near the Santa Cruz/Santa Clara County line. The microtopography is a landform depression. The specimen height is ninety cm, and the seed diameter is four mm. The leaves are rather supple, yet somewhat wiry.

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amen2stamens

Date

April 6, 2014 12:47 PM PDT

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Borage Family Family Boraginaceae

Observer

amen2stamens

Date

April 6, 2014 02:18 PM PDT

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Ceanothus sp. Genus Ceanothus

Observer

amen2stamens

Date

April 6, 2014 12:57 PM PDT

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amen2stamens

Date

April 6, 2014 01:02 PM PDT

Description

Crazy smell of fruit menthol

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amen2stamens

Date

April 6, 2014 12:54 PM PDT

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amen2stamens

Date

April 6, 2014 12:47 PM PDT

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Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor

Observer

james3

Date

March 31, 2014

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Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus

Observer

gyrrlfalcon

Date

March 3, 2014 03:02 PM PST

Description

Staked-out rarity

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Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya

Observer

gyrrlfalcon

Date

February 22, 2014 02:30 PM PST

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Botta's Pocket Gopher Thomomys bottae

Observer

gyrrlfalcon

Date

February 22, 2014 04:11 PM PST

Description

Near the Watsonville Wetlands Environmental Center. My first guess would be California Ground Squirrel, based on their relative abundance here

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Western Terrestrial Garter Snake Thamnophis elegans

Observer

james3

Date

February 18, 2014

Description

Very black specimen.

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California Alligator Lizard Elgaria multicarinata ssp. multicarinata

Observer

james3

Date

February 7, 2014

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American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

Observer

james3

Date

February 6, 2014

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American Kestrel Falco sparverius

Observer

james3

Date

February 4, 2014

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Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

Observer

james3

Date

February 4, 2014

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Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii

Observer

james3

Date

February 4, 2014