I saw a group of 4 Ring-necked Ducks in Heather Farms large pond (3 females, 1 male).
This was a male sitting on the bank along Tice Creek, Walnut Creek (next to Trader Joe's).
Stealth bird; being harassed and chased by a western bluebird. Was not in view for more than 20 seconds. called softly a couple times a rapid twittering tititititittititi much like a gray kingbird.
Growing in moss (Kindbergia?). Fibrilose stem, no obvious bruise or smell.
In full and glorious bloom on the north side.
My first of the year.
Soredia laminal, pseudocyphellae abundant and obvious. On oak bark, Q. lobata I think.
Juvenile that was under a slab of asphalt .
Several in the area were in early to near peak bloom .
At this location all were past peak bloom except this individual . This plant lacks the red petioles of nearby plants . Any ID on the insect in the larger photo ?
See only a few in bloom .
In a canyon , in bloom . See many elsewhere today at Mount Diablo .
This colony is listed as a hybrid zone between Polypodium calirhiza and P. glycyrrhiza in The Flowering Plants and Ferns of Mount Diablo , California ( Ertter and Bowerman ). This is based on a chromosome count . Note the very large size and the pinnae being slightly pointed .
In bloom .
They seem hit pretty hard, maybe by the drought.