Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve

I hadn't been to this site since the 2008 Martin Fire. Bush poppies have now become much more abundant in the burned area. Silver Bush Lupine and Ceanothus papillosus were blooming. Saw a couple of very interesting mosses.

We heard Pileated Woodpeckers frequently as we walked through this area, but could never get a good look at one, just a quick glance as one flew out of sight. Saw many Hairy Woodpeckers, as well as an Acorn Woodpecker and a Northern Flicker. Other bird I saw or heard include American Robin, Dark-eyed Junco,Wrentit, Orange-crowned Warbler, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, and Red-breasted Nuthatch. Heard one intriguing song I couldn't identify.

Lots of Bombyllids of varying sizes and colors were out today. Lester got photographs of one. Failed to get good looks at the few butterflies and bees we saw. I collected at least two species of ants and I'm eager to put them under a microscope to key them out.

Posted by barbarab barbarab, April 04, 2011 05:04

Observations

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Bush Poppy (Dendromecon rigida)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 3, 2011

Description

Many, many of these have grown in since the 2008 Martin Fire.

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Greater Bee Fly (Bombylius major)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 3, 2011

Description

There were many Bombyliids in the area today of varying sizes and colors.

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Myrmicine Ants (Subfamily Myrmicinae)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 3, 2011

Description

Extremely small ants. Saved specimens to ID under microscope, but if anyone out there wants to guess what family, genus or species, go right ahead.

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Silver Lupine (Lupinus albifrons)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 3, 2011

Description

In area burned in Martin Fire of June, 2008.

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Termites (Epifamily Termitoidae)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 3, 2011

Description

Found these when I picked up a rock.

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Observer

barbarab

Date

April 3, 2011

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Bonny Doon Manzanita (Arctostaphylos silvicola)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 2011

Description

Not sure about this one, but I know this area is known for this endemic species.

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Woodland Strawberry (Fragaria vesca)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 3, 2011

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Wartleaf Ceanothus (Ceanothus papillosus)

Observer

barbarab

Date

April 3, 2011

Description

Blooming in area burned in 2008.

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