This Great Blue Heron was hunting by the edge of the water.
These spiky yellow wildflowers (asters?) were abundant along the path and by the parking area.
The Mimulus aurantiacus (Sticky Monkey Flower) is, indeed, sticky.
This was the only Snowy Egret we saw.
This beautiful pink flower (a lily?) was one of two growing near the path.
This Penstemon heterophyllus (Beardtongue) was very easy to ID as it had a label beside it!
A couple dozen Black-necked Stilts were feeding, along with a few adorable babies.
There were a few American Avocets feeding in the late afternoon.
The Aesculus californica, California buckeye, was in full bloom.
When I first saw these little critters, my first impression was mealybug. But someone at the park told me that it was probably a larva of a black beetle in Scymninae. They really do get around quickly, not slow like mealybugs.
There are lots of them all over two very old bunya-bunya trees (Araucaria bidwillii) here in Fremont. The trees have lots of what looks like scale (so lots of food?). I've never seen these except on these two bunya-bunya trees.
I only took movies today and so i've uploaded a screen shot of the movie. Anyway to upload the movie?
Following up on a reported observation in the email list [calphoto] Digest Number 3804 (25 Apr 2015 09:09:26). Estimated 650 square feet with 10-20 plants per sqft.
Lot with grass, an asteraceae, and other small forbs, litter, tire marks.
Asteraceae: Fremont mystery. Found with many Downingia pulchella and some Lythrum hyssopifolia as well as annual grasses.
Stem: rhizome, ascending shoots from the rhizome rarely branching
Leaf: sessile (no petiole), cauline opposite and clasping, simple, entire, linear, 1-3 mm long. Very occasional hairs visible with hand lens.
Inflorescence ~5 mm in diameter
Phyllaries ~10 in 1 series, fused, Under hand lens there surface of the phyllaries have occasional hairs, while the margins are quite hairy. Leaf like.
Receptacle: domed up with bumps where the fruit join. Do these count as paleae?
Disciform as far as i can tell.
Fruit 2 mm with a pappus about 0.5 mm long (crown?) of apparently plumose bristles
Not Amblyopappus pusillus because A. pusillus has phyllaries that are free, and A. pusillus seems to branch much more than these specimens. Also, Fremont is far outside of range.
Not Cotula sp because Cotula sp has phyllaries in 2–3+ series with scarious tips and margins, and the fruit seems all wrong.
Composite detail image, clockwise from bottom: full sample, cellphone 60x microscope image of pappus, phyllaries and receptacle, head and seed with scale, alternate image of full sample.
IPhone shot in the nectar garden.
Kit, near den. For additional photos please see: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1307059
Very young fox, about 3 weeks old.