I thought for sure it was a little twig! It wriggled and was spinning silk
growing on a stump with other amazing fungi (subsequent entries)
huge fungi! Growing on a dead tree near a stream.
It kind of smelled like oregano. stiff foliage that can withstand exposure on a hot face of the mountain
maybe a wooly sunflower or something?
growing on a chaparral portion of the mountain
I'm very open to changing the identification on this one.
is this just the craziest healthy morning glory vine you've ever seen or is this something else? It was beside a stream.
About 2" Dia. On side of log.
Hear them at night starting in late Jan in the ponds. Males calling for females
Growing on soil under mixed evergreen forest, specifically under Douglas Fir. These mushrooms were alongside the trail. Gilled, cap not wet or slimy. Appeared to be yellow in color, staining black in age. Younger showed yellow, while older rotting specimen were pure black. I think this could be a form of waxy cap, something I've heard called a 'Blackening Waxy Cap' but I don't know and certainly don't know the scientific name.
Just emerging. More in area farther along in phenology. Apple orchard trail
Many of these right along the trail amongst the other ferns. Since the rains the tell-tale gold spores haven't been notable.
Amongst the other birds I saw two goldfinches, but didn't and still don't know what kind. I'm still new at this and will learn more and more as I go.
Definitely saw one. Two other birds that were probably thrushes were already around. They were in the brush under the trees rather than out in the meadow like the other birds this walk.