I thought for sure it was a little twig! It wriggled and was spinning silk
Sitting very still in sun on bark, around 1 pm at school. Camouflaged very well. About 1.5 inch wingspan.
growing on a stump with other amazing fungi (subsequent entries)
huge fungi! Growing on a dead tree near a stream.
It kind of smelled like oregano. stiff foliage that can withstand exposure on a hot face of the mountain
maybe a wooly sunflower or something?
growing on a chaparral portion of the mountain
I'm very open to changing the identification on this one.
is this just the craziest healthy morning glory vine you've ever seen or is this something else? It was beside a stream.
Growing on soil under mixed evergreen forest, specifically under Douglas Fir. These mushrooms were alongside the trail. Gilled, cap not wet or slimy. Appeared to be yellow in color, staining black in age. Younger showed yellow, while older rotting specimen were pure black. I think this could be a form of waxy cap, something I've heard called a 'Blackening Waxy Cap' but I don't know and certainly don't know the scientific name.
Many of these right along the trail amongst the other ferns. Since the rains the tell-tale gold spores haven't been notable.
Amongst the other birds I saw two goldfinches, but didn't and still don't know what kind. I'm still new at this and will learn more and more as I go.
Definitely saw one. Two other birds that were probably thrushes were already around. They were in the brush under the trees rather than out in the meadow like the other birds this walk.
Chased off another (unknown) bird from the top of a fruit tree. Sat there like a sentinel then took off.
Not in bloom.
Newer pretty turkey tails growing down a downed log. Underside bright white and pored.
Buds that I'd been seeing earlier on other walks, here were turned purple and opened up to flowers. Took pictures that I will post.
Before he appeared there was a lot of chatter in the meadow. As soon as he came out all the chatter stopped and he lazily flew around and then away. I actually saw another hawk later much farther away that I think was also red shouldered but can't be sure due to the distance.
4 of these (2 male, 2 female) hopping on the ground in front of me as I walked along the trail.
Unknown which variety - I thought it was coastal. Took several photos that I'll add.