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wendy5

Date

October 28, 2020 08:56 AM PDT

Description

These gilled mushrooms were growing beneath Western Redcedars and Douglas Firs. Maybe Cortinarius gentilis? It gave a golden brown spore print, the same color as the cap.

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Boletes Family Boletaceae

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wendy5

Date

October 28, 2020 08:56 AM PDT

Description

These small boletes with scaly caps were growing beneath Western Redcedars. The largest was 1.5" across. It gave a dark brown spore print.

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Pine Siskin Spinus pinus

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wendy5

Date

October 28, 2020 03:27 PM PDT

Description

About 200 Pine Siskins gathered in two large Red Alder trees, then flew in flocks down to forage on the beach. A small hawk chased them all, and they flew around in the sky in a huge changeable cloud of birds, not an organized flock.

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Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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wendy5

Date

October 27, 2020 05:06 PM PDT

Description

This Bald Eagle watched from a tall Doug Fir, then flew down and was eating something on a distant rock, then flew past me.

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Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus

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wendy5

Date

October 27, 2020 05:06 PM PDT

Description

Four Northern Flickers flew out of some trees and shrubs. Only this female remained in a tree.

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California Gull Larus californicus

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wendy5

Date

October 27, 2020 05:06 PM PDT

Description

One of five California Gulls who gathered with a larger group of the smaller Mew Gulls.

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Mew Gull Larus canus

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wendy5

Date

October 27, 2020 05:06 PM PDT

Description

About 20 Mew Gulls gathered on the shore with five California Gulls. These seemed to be stirring up the sand for food, as they walked together toward the beach, looking down into the water.

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wendy5

Date

October 27, 2020 05:06 PM PDT

Description

I think this beautiful seaweed may be Callophyllis spp. as I found no veins.

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Kelp Flies Family Coelopidae

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wendy5

Date

October 27, 2020 05:06 PM PDT

Description

Many pieces of kelp and seaweed were surrounded by hundreds of little holes that looked like someone had poked the sand with a sharp pencil. In some places, there were holes without any kelp or seaweed around. I didn't see any insects, but not long ago there were millions of what may have been Coelopidae (Kelp Flies) along this beach. I wonder if they've now dug into the sand?

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Pacific Lion's Mane Jelly Cyanea ferruginea

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wendy5

Date

October 27, 2020 05:06 PM PDT

Description

I saw six of these in one mile-- Cyanea ferruginea. Four were still in the sea, two on the beach, all about 12" across. This one had the most tentacles, and seemed in good shape.

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Rugosa Rose Rosa rugosa

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wendy5

Date

October 27, 2020 04:37 PM PDT

Description

Rosa rugosa (Rugosa Rose) looks beautiful in autumn. It's abundant between the big lagoon and the beach.

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American Wigeon Mareca americana

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wendy5

Date

October 27, 2020 04:37 PM PDT

Description

About 30 American Wigeons flew by.

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American Robin Turdus migratorius

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wendy5

Date

October 27, 2020 04:37 PM PDT

Description

Fifteen American Robins were feasting on the Madrona berries.

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Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator

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wendy5

Date

October 27, 2020 04:37 PM PDT

Description

The Red-breasted Mergansers are back! I counted 16, then 60 more flew into the bay.

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Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

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wendy5

Date

October 27, 2020 04:37 PM PDT

Description

This is the same brownish Great Blue Heron I've seen in this exact location twice. I saw five others on Indian Island.

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Green-winged Teal Anas crecca

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wendy5

Date

October 27, 2020 04:37 PM PDT

Description

About 60 Green-winged Teals were gathered on the lagoon. Unfortunately a few were on the shore near the beach, and when I looked at them, they flew to the far side.

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Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca

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wendy5

Date

October 27, 2020 04:37 PM PDT

Description

This Fox Sparrow was hiding in a shrub.

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Bufflehead Bucephala albeola

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wendy5

Date

October 27, 2020 04:37 PM PDT

Description

Lots of Buffleheads are back for the winter.

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wendy5

Date

October 24, 2020 10:48 AM PDT

Description

These white gilled mushrooms, with caps up to 3" across, were clustered in just one spot along the trail, below conifers, I think Tsuga heterophylla (Western Hemlock).

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Speckled Tar Spot Rhytisma punctatum

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wendy5

Date

October 24, 2020 12:12 PM PDT

Description

Rhytisma punctatum (Tar Spot Fungus) was growing on almost all the Bigleaf Maple leaves.

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Green Reindeer Lichen Cladonia arbuscula ssp. mitis

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wendy5

Date

October 24, 2020 01:36 PM PDT

Description

One enormous boulder above the waterfalls of the Dosewallips River was covered in a pale lichen-- Cladina Mitis (Coastal Reindeer Lichen)?

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Mustard Yellow Polypore Fuscoporia gilva

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wendy5

Date

October 24, 2020 01:58 PM PDT

Description

This cluster of polypores on a large cut log measured about 12" across. The pores underneath were paler than the rich brown colors above.

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Harebell Campanula rotundifolia

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wendy5

Date

October 24, 2020 01:58 PM PDT

Description

This must be the last Campanula rotundifolia (Bluebell Bellflower) of the year! Two were blooming beside the trail.

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Hairy Woodpecker Dryobates villosus

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wendy5

Date

October 24, 2020 09:55 AM PDT

Description

This Hairy Woodpecker was pecking on a log beside the trail.

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Pacific Wren Troglodytes pacificus

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wendy5

Date

October 24, 2020 01:40 PM PDT

Description

I saw two Pacific Wrens near the trail and heard three more. It's very dark along the trail.

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American Dipper Cinclus mexicanus

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wendy5

Date

October 24, 2020 03:49 PM PDT

Description

Two American Dippers were not in the Doseallips River, but in a calm pool near the trail. One flew off, the other stayed and repeatedly submerged itself pursuing prey-- aquatic insects maybe.

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Roosevelt Elk Cervus canadensis ssp. roosevelti

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wendy5

Date

October 24, 2020 04:23 PM PDT

Description

We saw about 50 Roosevelt Elk near the Brinnon Elementary School, including bulls with antlers, a female with a radio collar, and juveniles. Some were calling softly to each other. They crossed the road in groups. I wonder how to find out background about the female, tagged #73?

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Isabella Tiger Moth Pyrrharctia isabella

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wendy5

Date

October 21, 2020 11:12 AM PDT

Description

We counted 24 Pyrrharctia isabella (Banded woolly bear caterpillar) of these caterpillars this afternoon walking along the Elwha River road. This had a normal midsection, unlike the second observation. I recently counted 180 of these caterpillars on a 12-mile bike ride.

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Goldback Fern Pentagramma triangularis

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wendy5

Date

October 21, 2020 10:16 AM PDT

Description

A surprise to find a single Pityrogramma triangularis (Goldenback Fern) along the trail.

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Vine Maple Acer circinatum

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wendy5

Date

October 21, 2020 11:25 AM PDT

Description

Acer circinatum (Vine Maple) was not as beautiful this autumn as other years, not sure why.

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