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Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata

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wendy5

Date

October 17, 2017 12:18 PM PDT

Description

Dozens of Northern Shovelers were close to shore at the lagoon.

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Northern Pintail Anas acuta

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wendy5

Date

October 17, 2017 11:59 AM PDT

Description

Hundreds of ducks were swimming and resting at the lagoon, and only this one Northern Pintail.

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Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes

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wendy5

Date

October 17, 2017 12:05 PM PDT

Description

This sole Lesser Yellowlegs was foraging close to shore.

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Green-winged Teal Anas crecca

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wendy5

Date

October 17, 2017 12:33 PM PDT

Description

Many Green-winged Teal were right by the shore digging their bills into the mud for food.

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Flaky Freckle Pelt Lichen Peltigera britannica

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wendy5

Date

October 15, 2017 02:49 PM PDT

Description

Peltigera britannica (Freckle Pelt) shows its fruiting bodies in autumn

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Devil's Club Oplopanax horridus

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wendy5

Date

October 15, 2017 02:45 PM PDT

Description

Oplopanax horridus (Devil's Club) leaves had turned pale yellow with the colder autumn weather

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stairstep moss Hylocomium splendens

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wendy5

Date

October 15, 2017 01:18 PM PDT

Description

Hylocomium splendens (Step Moss aka Stair Step Moss) was glowing and the steps were obvious

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northern oak fern Gymnocarpium dryopteris

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wendy5

Date

October 15, 2017 03:46 PM PDT

Description

Gymnocarpium dryopteris (Oak Fern) were almost all mottled beige like these with the colder autumn weather

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Hard-fern Blechnum spicant

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wendy5

Date

October 15, 2017 03:06 PM PDT

Description

Only one frond of this Blechnum spicant (Deer Fern) has turned white with the colder autumn weather, all the others I saw were dark green

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dicots Class Magnoliopsida

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wendy5

Date

October 15, 2017 02:31 PM PDT

Description

I can't figure out what this plant is, with the white berries and complex leaves

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lady fern Athyrium filix-femina

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wendy5

Date

October 15, 2017 03:10 PM PDT

Description

Most of the Athyrium filix-femina (Lady Fern) were mottled like these with the colder autumn weather

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lady fern Athyrium filix-femina

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wendy5

Date

October 15, 2017 03:04 PM PDT

Description

The only pure white Athyrium filix-femina (Lady Fern) I saw, turning color with the colder autumn weather

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western maidenhair fern Adiantum aleuticum

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wendy5

Date

October 15, 2017 03:18 PM PDT

Description

This Adiantum aleuticum (Western Maidenhair Fern) was becoming paler with the colder autumn weather

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Vine Maple Acer circinatum

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wendy5

Date

October 15, 2017 04:04 PM PDT

Description

Acer circinatum (Vine Maple) leaves have turned brilliant red or bright yellow with the colder autumn weather

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American Shrew-mole Neurotrichus gibbsii

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wendy5

Date

October 14, 2017 04:45 PM PDT

Description

This 4" mole, which I think may be an American shrew mole (Neurotrichus gibbsii), was sadly found dead at the edge of my garden. In recent months moles have dug up almost my entire garden, but never eating the plants. My garden is filled with burrows and mounds. It's fascinating to see its little red nose and long nails on pudgy hands.

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cluster rose Rosa pisocarpa

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wendy5

Date

October 10, 2017 10:20 AM PDT

Description

Rosa pisocarpa (Clustered Wild Rose) showed clusters of rosehips. Many bushes were growing right beside the lake, and others just a few feet from the shore.

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mints Genus Mentha

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wendy5

Date

October 10, 2017 09:54 AM PDT

Description

Mentha arvensis (Field Mint) was growing close to the lake shore

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Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus

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wendy5

Date

October 9, 2017 03:44 PM PDT

Description

I saw this Ring-necked Pheasant when driving past. Almost exactly a year ago I saw a pair in the exact same location. I'd never noticed the funny tufts behind its eye.

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Tunicates Subphylum Tunicata

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wendy5

Date

October 9, 2017 02:41 PM PDT

Description

This very strange knobby tunicate (?), about 1.5" long and 1" tall, was on the beach. It had a few bright orange protrusions, and looked like it may have been attached to a bryozoan colony and/or barnacles (third photo is underneath).

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lacy crust bryozoan Membranipora villosa

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wendy5

Date

October 9, 2017 02:44 PM PDT

Description

Membranipora villosa (Kelp-encrusting Bryozoan), some measuring 6" across, is battered this time of year on large kelp fronds.

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Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

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wendy5

Date

October 9, 2017 02:17 PM PDT

Description

Often I see Great Blue Herons balancing on kelp offshore. This heron had a hard time staying upright.

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Bryozoans Phylum Bryozoa

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wendy5

Date

October 9, 2017 02:37 PM PDT

Description

I found this same Bryozoan on several Feather Boa straps that had washed ashore.

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Shiner Surfperch Cymatogaster aggregata

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wendy5

Date

October 9, 2017 11:20 AM PDT

Description

Dozens of Shiner Perch were feeding on the remains of a Dungeness Crab in the marina.

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Harbor Porpoise Phocoena phocoena

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wendy5

Date

October 9, 2017 10:41 AM PDT

Description

We saw five or six Harbor Porpoises today, swimming in groups of two or three.

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Lion's Mane Jellyfish Cyanea capillata

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wendy5

Date

October 9, 2017 10:56 AM PDT

Description

This 2' wide Lion's Mane Jelly was floating by the marina entrance.

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Pacific Loon Gavia pacifica

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wendy5

Date

October 9, 2017 09:56 AM PDT

Description

It was very special to see six or seven Pacific Loons, still in breeding plumage.

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Common Murre Uria aalge

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wendy5

Date

October 9, 2017 09:58 AM PDT

Description

The Common Murres were abundant. We even heard a chick calling out to its father. (I never would've known what it was, but an expert birder was aboard.)

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Polychaetes Class Polychaeta

Observer

wendy5

Date

October 5, 2017 11:26 AM PDT

Description

This iridescent marine worm emerged from the sand when I was wading in a few inches of water. I couldn't see any protruding mouth parts, and the bristles are very short. I gently pulled it from the sand, and it measured about 8". When I placed it back on the sand, still underwater, it seemed to "bleed" from its head. Very upsetting! The only match I can find in Andy Lamb is Scoletoma zonata (Iridescent zoneworm)?

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Mossy Chiton Mopalia muscosa

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wendy5

Date

October 5, 2017 11:19 AM PDT

Description

Two empty Mopalia muscosa (Mossy Chiton), probably eaten by a Black Oystercatcher, a gull, or a crow at low tide.

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wendy5

Date

October 5, 2017 11:04 AM PDT

Description

I saw two Mitrocoma cellularia (Cross Jellyfish) while wading in shallow water. These photos are all of the same individual, covered in sand for some reason.

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