Chaparral excercise

Chaparral Species observed:

Indian paintbrushes- I saw these growing along the trail, their pale leaves may help them deflect intense sun rays.

Anna's Hummingbird- I saw them feeding among the manzanitas, they are able to take advantage of this winter nectar source in the chaparral.

Western Fence Lizard- as ectotherms, these lizards are able to maintain temperatures through behavioral thermoregulation, basking when cold, and staying in the shade during the hottest part of the day.

Honey bee- I saw these also foraging among the manzanitas, like the hummingbirds, they are able to take advantage of this winter nectar source.

Turkey Vulture- I saw these flying all around Mt. Diablo, they are probably able to visualize carcasses well in the low vegetation cover of the chaparral.

Posted by cellardoor cellardoor, February 18, 2013 00:37

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)

Observer

cellardoor

Date

February 16, 2013

Place

Mt. Diablo (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

What

Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna)

Observer

cellardoor

Date

February 16, 2013

Place

Mt. Diablo (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

What

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Observer

cellardoor

Date

February 16, 2013

Place

Mt. Diablo (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

What

Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)

Observer

cellardoor

Date

February 16, 2013 12:54 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Paintbrushes (Genus Castilleja)

Observer

cellardoor

Date

February 16, 2013 01:10 PM PST

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