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Redwood-sorrel Oxalis oregana

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brewbooks

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March 3, 2015 02:29 PM PST

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Redwood Sorrel (Oxalis oregana) growing under conifer forest

Seen while exploring Boeing Creek and Shoreview Park on a sunny afternoon in March.

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House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus

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brewbooks

Date

March 3, 2015 02:40 PM PST

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Seen in a wetland area while exploring Boeing Creek and Shoreview Park on a sunny afternoon in March.

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Black Turnstone Arenaria melanocephala

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wendy5

Date

March 4, 2015

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Black Turnstones on a dock in the marina. I'd never noticed that they all stand on one leg when resting/sleeping!

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wendy5

Date

March 4, 2015

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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.

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wendy5

Date

March 4, 2015

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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.

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wendy5

Date

March 4, 2015

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Here's a rather silty Halocynthia pyriformis or Pacific Sea Peach, attached to a thin line that was hanging off the dock at the marina. It was about 2" long.

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wendy5

Date

March 4, 2015

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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.

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wendy5

Date

March 4, 2015

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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.

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wendy5

Date

March 4, 2015

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I think this is a colony of Wine-glass Hydroids, Obelia spp., growing under water off a dock at the marina. They were just 2-3" long.

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wendy5

Date

March 4, 2015

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It's always fun to find a Schizobranchia insignis or Split-branch Feather-duster at the marina. This was about 3" long.

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wendy5

Date

March 4, 2015

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The Serpula columbiana or Red-trumpet Calcareous Tubeworm is one of my favorite tubeworms!

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wendy5

Date

March 1, 2015

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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.

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wendy5

Date

March 1, 2015

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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.

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Red-flowering Currant Ribes sanguineum

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wendy5

Date

March 1, 2015

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Here is the first Red-flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum) I've seen blooming this spring!

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wendy5

Date

February 27, 2015

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Here's Cladonia furcata or Many-forked Cladonia, a lichen found growing in patches on the shady ground beside Frog Pelt.

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Oakmoss Evernia prunastri

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wendy5

Date

February 27, 2015

Description

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.

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wendy5

Date

February 27, 2015

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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.

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Licorice Fern Polypodium glycyrrhiza

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wendy5

Date

February 23, 2015

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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.

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wendy5

Date

February 23, 2015

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Here's Alaria marginata or Broad-winged Kelp, with the "broad wings" visible near the holdfasts. Alaria is a beautiful kelp, and apparently delicious and nutritious, too.

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American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

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wendy5

Date

February 23, 2015

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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.

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Black Oystercatcher Haematopus bachmani

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wendy5

Date

February 23, 2015

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Here are two of the five Black Oystercatchers I saw at low tide feasting on limpets.

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wendy5

Date

February 23, 2015

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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.

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Bufflehead Bucephala albeola

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wendy5

Date

February 23, 2015

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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!

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wendy5

Date

February 23, 2015

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Here's Egregia menziesii aka Feather Boa Kelp in what must be a young stage, as it will grow very long by summer.

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wendy5

Date

February 23, 2015

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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.

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wendy5

Date

February 23, 2015

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Here's a 6" square (more or less) patch of Halichondria panicea, called Yellow-green Encrusting Sponge, noticed on a boulder at low tide.

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Haliclona permollis Haliclona cinerea

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wendy5

Date

February 23, 2015

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Here's a beautiful example of Haliclona cinera or Purple Intertidal Sponge, growing on two rocks with barnacles of different sizes.

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Gadwall Anas strepera

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wendy5

Date

February 23, 2015

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A pair of Gadwall were swimming along the shore at low tide. Here's the male. It's a gorgeous duck!

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Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus

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wendy5

Date

February 23, 2015

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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.

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Mew Gull Larus canus

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wendy5

Date

February 23, 2015

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There are abundant Mew Gulls here except for during the summer months when they fly north. They are a lovely gull!

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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 ↓

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