Field Journal: 14 - 20 April 2019 - First Reptile of Spring! Edition

I spotted my first reptile of the year at Roy's Redwoods this week!

Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)

I came across this Western Fence Lizard basking on a boulder alongside Roy's Redwoods Loop Trail. These lizards are a common sight on sunny trails in the warm months here.

FUNGI

In the deep shade of the redwood forest, the fungi are still fruiting.

Orange Bonnet (Mycena acicula)
Unidentified Agaricales
Cherry-Red Waxy Cap (Hygrocybe laetissima)
Thimblecap Morel (Verpa conica)
Unidentified Agaricales

PLANTS

It was a good week for forest wildflowers, too. In the mixed evergreen forest, Checker Lilies are sending up tall, leggy flower stalks.

Checker Lily (Fritillaria affinis)
Checker Lily (Fritillaria affinis)

Strange orchids are blooming here, too.

Striped Coralroot (Corallorhiza striata)

Striped Coralroot is a parasitic orchid. They don't photosynthesize; in fact, they lack chlorophyll (and green leaves) entirely. Instead, they feed on mycorrhizal (tree-partner) fungi growing on roots underground. These were growing in an area that's especially mushroom-abundant in winter, near Douglas-fir and Coast Live Oak.

Norway Spruce (Picea abies) (It's news to me that there are any spruce in the preserve at all. I still haven't found the tree.)
Genus Iris
Miner's Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata)

ANIMALS

California Slender Salamander (Batrachoseps attenuatus)
Banana Slug (Genus Ariolimax)
Redwood Sideband (Monadenia infumata)
Small mammal bones / Owl pellet
Wing-tapping Cicadas (Genus Platypedia)
Wing-tapping Cicadas (Genus Platypedia)
Wing-tapping Cicadas (Genus Platypedia)

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