Found this guy gliding across the road, nearly crushed by a car before I gently plopped him onto the grass.
Found at the Stub Stewart State Park hike in camp. Explained to the scouting group present how millipedes were crucial to the area and aided in breaking down dead things.
Wild trillium spotted while mountain biking at Stub Stewart State Park
Funky Tree Growths
Seen along trail from Fairview Community Park to Salish Ponds.
It is a Trillium that is 4-merous. Shall I call it a Quadrillium?
Going on flower color for species. Will check fruit later.
Wonder which lungwort variety this is?
A bee, or a look-alike?
It was under a piece of plywood that had been left out all winter.
Witnessed it crawling across the ground on the sunny day. It froze, tucked in it's legs when nudged onto some paper for a photo. After a few minutes it popped out its legs and scurried back to the sand where it quickly burrowed.
Found on my car handle. He was hiding underneath it. When we dropped him on the ground he played dead.
Saw an Anna's hummingbird at a feeder. It was sunny and approximately 55 degrees with no wind. I identified it based on its pink iridescent feathers at its throat and the green ieridecent feathers on its back, which aren't clear in the picture. It was feeding until it noticed that people were approaching, upon which it flew off to a nearby park with flowering trees. I saw this hummingbird several times throughout the week and every time a flew off to the direction of the park. Maybe it's nest is in one of the flowering trees?
At 2:00pm is was approximately 65°, there was no wind and it was very sunny. I was walking along the sidewalk in a residential area along a fairly busy road, thick blackberry bushes without any leaves on them surrounded the road. A Western Scrub Jay flew from the pines on the other side of the road and into the blackberry bushes. It quickly made its way to the center of the bush where it then perched. It didn't appear to be foraging for food so maybe it was using the thorny blackberry bushes as protection against a predator? I identified the bird as as Western Scrub Jay because of the bright blue feathers on the back of the head and the bird's wings, as well as the pale gray and white patches on the bird's stomach and on its throat.
At 7:00 it was 63°F with no wind and no clouds, the sun was setting. I identified the Red Tailed Hawk based on the mostly brown feathers on its torso and head, as well as its large size. The hawk was also perched at the top of a telephone pole along NW 9th street, and I know that the top of poles is a common place to see these kind of hawks. It was probably using the high vantage point to look for prey in the grassy field with low laying trees on the other side of the road.
Anyone know what this is?
Doesn't look like much but it's a bushtit nest, birds seen going in and out.
its very nice city!
At 5PM saw a Western Gray Squirrel run up a pine tree in a heavily wooded area. It was sunny outside with little to no wind and approximately 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
I identified the squirrel based on its light gray coloring and its large bushy tail in comparison to the size of its body.
It was probably running up the tree because it heard a group of people approaching, by the time I could look at it it was already at least twenty feet up the tree. Either that or it was exhibiting some type of foraging behavior and was trying to get at the pine cones at the higher portion of the pine tree it was in. I couldn't discern which because of how fast it ran up the tree and how far it was above the tree.
Saw a Black-tailed Deer in a residential area with thick tree cover, mostly pines, at 5pm. It was sunny with no wind and approximately 55 degrees Fahrenheit. The deer was entirely brown on its torso and head. A large black spot covered a majority of the deer's tail, no white was visible, which is how I differentiated it from a Mule deer.Also black tailed deer are more commonly found in wooded areas, such as this one, than Mule deer.
The deer was moving along the edge of the back yards, grazing on bushes that were used as fencing. It seemed small in comparison to an adult deer, so it seems likely that it was a juvenile. I am surprised that there weren't other deer around, since most of the time I see deer they are traveling in groups unless the deer is male. Perhaps this is a juvenile male?
At black light.