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Tricholoma imbricatum

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 11, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

A trio of mushrooms of the same taxon were seen growing on the leaf litter in this mixed oak woodland. Chief oak species here are Quercus agrifolia, Q. kelloggii and Q. garryana.

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California Polypody Polypodium californicum

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 11, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen in an old rock quarry area. This specimen was only about twelve cm long in blade length.

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Tricolored Blackbird Agelaius tricolor

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 11, 2014

Place

Lake Ralphine (Google, OSM)

Description

This bird was seen terrestrially near the boat ramp area of Lake Ralphine.

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California Ground Squirrel Otospermophilus beecheyi

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

April 11, 2014

Place

Lake Ralphine (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen scampering about in a rocky area near the southern shoreline of Lake Ralphine.

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Violet-Green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina

Observer

dave-barry

Date

April 9, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

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Canada Goose Branta canadensis

Observer

dave-barry

Date

April 9, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

Description

I liked the white ring on the neck.

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Bullock's Oriole Icterus bullockii

Observer

dave-barry

Date

April 9, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

Description

male

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Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor

Observer

dave-barry

Date

April 9, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

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Chestnut-backed Chickadee Poecile rufescens

Observer

dave-barry

Date

April 9, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

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Arroyo Willow Salix lasiolepis

Observer

dave-barry

Date

April 9, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

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Anna's hummingbird Calypte anna

Observer

dave-barry

Date

April 9, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

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Red-eared Slider Turtle Trachemys scripta

Observer

dave-barry

Date

April 9, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

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Three-cornered Leek (Allium triquetrum) Class Liliopsida

Observer

dave-barry

Date

April 9, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

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Genus Vinca

Observer

dave-barry

Date

April 9, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

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Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

Observer

dave-barry

Date

April 9, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

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Oregon Ash Fraxinus latifolia

Observer

dave-barry

Date

April 9, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

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Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Observer

dave-barry

Date

April 9, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

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Western Pond Turtle Actinemys marmorata

Observer

dave-barry

Date

April 9, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

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Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus

Observer

dave-barry

Date

April 9, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

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Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus

Observer

dave-barry

Date

April 9, 2014

Place

Spring Lake Regional Park (Google, OSM)

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Family Verrucariaceae

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 28, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

This chinky lichen was seen adnate on a large rock not far from Lake Ralphine.

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Family Pottiaceae

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 28, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen growing on a large boulder not far from the lake.

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Greenshields Genus Flavoparmelia

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 28, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen growing on the trunk of an oak tree. The colony size of this adnate foliose lichen is about eight by seven cm.

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Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 25, 2014

Place

Lake Ralphine (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen along the shoreline of the southern part of the lake perching on a rock in slight drizzle.

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American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 18, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen in flight and perching in a leafless tree.

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Salix sitchensis

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 18, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen with catkins and leaves.

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Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 25, 2014

Place

Lake Ralphine (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen on land near the shoreline of the lake.

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Polypodium californicum

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 25, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

Growing on the forest floor in a shady, rocky part of the mixed oak woodland here. The deltate leaf blades are about 13 cm long.

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Xanthoparmelia conspersa

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 25, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen adnate upon a large boulder. This foliose lichen has apothecia with dark brown centers. Specimen size is about 20 cm across.

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american robin Turdus migratorius

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 18, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen in the understory leaf litter not far from the lake shoreline.

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plums, cherries, and allies Genus Prunus

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 18, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen in bloom, this woody shrub measures about 3.5 meters high, and is situated along the main lakeside trail. This taxon does not appear to be a native plant.

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Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 18, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen perching and in flight near the lake perimeter.

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Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) Junco hyemalis

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 18, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

This small bird was seen looking for food opportunistically on a paved area west of the lake.

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Genus Sonchus

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 18, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

This non-native was seen in a ruderal area near the trail. About twenty similar specimens were seen in sunny locations nearby.

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Flowering Plants Phylum Magnoliophyta

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 18, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen invading a lawn area west of the lake. This delicate, supple stemmed is a fairly common lawn weed in the region, but i cant speciate it.

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Green Heron (Butorides virescens) Butorides virescens

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 18, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen perching on a tree limb overhanging the west bank of the lake. This is a sizable bird, whose body mass is attested by his choice of a succession of sturdy branches for perching.

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Medicago arabica

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 18, 2014

Place

Spring Lake, Santa Rosa (Google, OSM)

Description

This non-native was seen quite well naturalized in a grassy area on the west side of the lake.

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American Sweetgum Liquidambar styraciflua

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 18, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

This liquidambar tree was pushing out new leaves and flowers. I have taken the liberty to pose a dried fruit from last year upon the branch for comparison to size of new flowers. This tree was most likely planted here as part of the park waterfront landscaping, as if nature needs this kind of tampering.

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phlox-leaved bedstraw (Galium andrewsii) Galium andrewsii

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 17, 2014

Place

Howarth Park (Google, OSM)

Description

This minute Galium measures no more than eleven cm high, with leaves in whorls of four. The leaf measures about three by one mm. The habitat is a mixed oak woodland/ chaparral ecotone.

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Order Rosales

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 17, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

This shrub is just beginning to produce flower buds. The leaves of this shrub are quite large, measuring about 14 cm in length. The height of the shrub is around 2.5 meters.

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Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 17, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

This junco was seen foraging terrestrially in an area of bare ground not far off a main trail.

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Cirsium occidentale

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 17, 2014

Place

Spring Lake, Santa Rosa (Google, OSM)

Description

The rosette of this new thistle has formed in the past week or so.

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California Black Oak Quercus kelloggii

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 17, 2014

Place

Spring Lake (Google, OSM)

Description

New leaves are just emerging on this Quercus kelloggii.

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Lepiota aspera

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 12, 2014

Place

Spring Lake, Santa Rosa (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen growing along the lakeside trail in a somewhat disturbed grassy area. The cap of this hemispheric mushroom is about six cm in diameter, and the stalk length is only about 4.5 cm, including the engorged base.

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California Incense Cedar Calocedrus decurrens

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 12, 2014

Place

Spring Lake, Santa Rosa (Google, OSM)

Description

Several sizable incense cedar trees were seen at the northern entrance to Spring Lake. This tree is not in its native range here, and it belongs in mountainous areas such as the Sierra Nevada. It is likely that these trees, now measuring up to 23 meters high, were planted in the mid twentieth century.

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Raphanus raphanistrum

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 12, 2014

Place

Spring Lake, Santa Rosa (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen in a ruderal grassy area.

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Lesser Duckweed Lemna minor

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 12, 2014

Place

Spring Lake, Santa Rosa (Google, OSM)

Description

This thin layer of duckweed was seen at the slackwater shallow fring of Spring Lake.

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Scirpus microcarpus

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 12, 2014

Place

Spring Lake, Santa Rosa (Google, OSM)

Description

Seen in dry form from last year's growth, at the waterline edge. Now everyone knows that i use recycled pocket calendars for my field notes :)

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Western Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 12, 2014

Place

Spring Lake, Santa Rosa (Google, OSM)

Description

This Western scrub-jay was seen perching in a willow tree, that was just beginning to produce leaves and catkins.

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Genus Salix

Observer

c_michael_hogan

Date

March 12, 2014

Place

Spring Lake, Santa Rosa (Google, OSM)

Description

Growing not far from the shoreline in a low-lying land spit that protrudes into the lake. Catkins and leaves seem to be appearing more or less at the same time. This will has a laterally spreading form, with an effective length of the main stem of about six meters.

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