Redwood Sorrel (Oxalis oregana) growing under conifer forest
Seen while exploring Boeing Creek and Shoreview Park on a sunny afternoon in March.
Here are Corella willmeriana (aka rugosa) or Transparent Tunicates living on a dock. You can see inside their bodies! I have seen Corella inflata (Brooding Transparent Tunicates) before in this marina, but not these.
This may be Eudendrium californicum or Brown Bushy Hydroid, based on the photo and description in Andy Lamb's book. There were masses growing under water off the end of a dock, about 6" long.
Here's a rolled up Hermissenda crassicornis or Opalescent Nudibranch, found clinging to a fender I turned over in the marina. It was about an inch across. I wish I'd had a container to see it better! The orange-tipped cerrata are the typical bright orange, unlike the pale Hermissenda crassicornis I found recently in the same area.
Here's a Neoesperiopsis rigida or Orange Finger Sponge, found growing on a thin line hanging off the dock at the marina. It was about 2" tall at the longest place. Apparently some fish lay their eggs inside these sponges.
This cluster of large, brown, gilled mushrooms was growing on the mossy trunk of a conifer, probably a Douglas Fir. (I was so surprised by the mushrooms, I forgot to observe the tree!) A friend confirmed they're Honey Mushrooms and probably an Armillaria. They are darker brown than the photo in my book, and the stems were separate, not clumped together. I didn't notice rings around the thick stems, but do see one in my photo.
Here are two photos of Northern (aka Spiny) Wood Fern (Dryopteris expansa) found growing at the base of stumps in a shady mixed conifer forest. The smaller ferns were about 3" long and the one in the hand about 6" long.
Here's Evernia prunastri or Antlered Perfume, on this site Oakmoss. I like the Antlered Perfume name because it ties in with its historical uses in the perfume industry centuries ago. I found this clump on the ground, and photographed it later.
I was fascinated to find a mass of Porella navicularis or Tree-ruffle Liverworts growing on a trunk with hundreds of visible black spore capsules. I'd never seen them before. Apparently they last a short time.
Dozens of Licorice Ferns (Polypodium glycyrrhiza) cascaded down the shady bank of the bike path. I was surprised to find them on the ground instead of in a tree or on a rocky cliff.
The American Crow is an important member of the intertidal zone, acting much like a gull. A small group of crows monitors North Beach daily.
I noticed four Blood Stars (Henricia leviuscula) at low tide, and this one was about 5" across. Some, like this one, have blotches of the lighter coloration, but I've heard it doesn't affect their health. It's wonderful seeing a few back on the beach after most died with SeaStar Wasting Syndrome.
This group of Buffleheads included two males and six females and/or juveniles. It's amazing that they nest in woodpecker holes when they go north to breed in summer!
I wonder if this beautiful worm is some type of Eudistylia? The sunset-orange crown looks very feathery, and measured about 1" across. Its tube is short, just about 2" long, and covered in bits of material that must have adhered to it. I noticed it under water at low tide, living beside a Pink-tipped Green Anemone.
Here's one of just a few Horned Grebes diving for fish near the beach. I don't see as many of these beautiful red-eyed birds as I remember seeing a few years ago.
This project is a warehouse for natural history observations in the Puget Sound country. The project is being launched to support a new natural history course at the University of Washington, but we welcome all naturalists to this project. The platform will be used by the class to record observations in the Puget Sound region and communicate about Puget Sound natural history. For the course, ...more ↓
This project is a warehouse for natural history observations in the Puget Sound country. The project is being launched to support a new natural history course at the University of Washington, but we welcome all naturalists to this project. The platform will be used by the class to record observations in the Puget Sound region and communicate about Puget Sound natural history. For the course, please photograph, geo-reference, and identify a minimum of 100 different species during the 10 weeks of the spring 2012 quarter. Observations that include significant natural history content (phenology, habitat, behavior etc) will get specific recognition (if you are in the class). If you want to get involved but are not in the class, no problem! log in, add observations, make comments on our observations, and add natural history! less ↑