Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…

May Bird Walk…

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The month of May and TM’s bird walk, with me tagging along, was once again close to home. It could not have been better weather, too. The site was Mt. Diablo, where it can get very hot and water is a must to carry, but our walk had perfect weather. . .in fact it was so pleasant we took the hike two Saturdays in a row. We arrived from the town of Clayton on Mitchell Canyon Road. The day-use fee of this park is $6.00 and there is a lovely picnic area, a park headquarters for trail maps, and a demonstration garden of native plants. We didn’t actually need the garden because we saw examples of native plants all along the trail, plus a couple of new (to us), very showy types.

On the first part of the hike we got a view of the quarry that is just outside of the boundaries of the park (what man can do to a mountain…)

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Many types of oaks…

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and a demonstration of how Monkey flowers (Mimulus aurantiacus) can evidently grow anywhere and with very little water…

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While the birders looked for the small, flitting birds (here they are looking for a Lazuli Bunting)…

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I looked on the trail for insects, wildflowers, and blooming plants…found a Swallowtail…

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I found Ithurial’s spear (Triteleia laxa)

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California buckeye (Aesculus californica)

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California wild rose (Rosa californica)

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Chinese houses (Collinsia heterophylla)

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The unique Globe Lily Mt. Diablo Fairy Lantern (Calochortus pulchellus)…(new to me)…

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and the Wind poppy (Stylomecon heterophylla) that I had never seen before…

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This one I did not know…please identify if you know it…

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The trail was easy…

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We passed a bushtit nest by the side (talk about small, flitting birds that are hard to photograph…the story of my day!)…

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Finally, at the end of the hike I was able to get a photo of the Lazuli Bunting…with a lot of cropping you can kind of see the blue…

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Author: loisreynoldsmead

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4 thoughts on “May Bird Walk…

  1. I love your pics of the birdie w/the blue head. I still have the porcelain pin you made years ago of the blue-footed boobie.
    Thanks,
    ~Kata

  2. So nice to see plants and birds surviving the draught.

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