Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 9, 2012

Pt. Reyes: Chimney Rock Wildflowers & Birds 4/9/12

We went to Chimney Rock at Point Reyes to see wildflowers today. Although the bloom was definitely below average for Chimney Rock there were still plenty of flowers in bloom, especially out near the end of the trail.  The Pussy-ears star-tulip/Calochortus tolmiei is in bloom. There were many Douglas Iris flowering.  No large displays but many species (see plant list below). There was a fair amount of bird activity as well. Mule Deer and Elephant Seals are also around.  The park service has closed off many of the secondary trails that go close to the cliffs. I guess they are getting very cautious. Here are some photos, plant and animal lists.

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Chimney Rock Plant List April 9, 2012

Calochortus tolmiei                                                                   Pussy-ears star-tulip

Calystegia purpurata ssp. purpurata                                     Morning-glory

Camissonia ovata                                                                       Sun-cups

Castilleja wightii                                                                        Wight’s Paintbrush (pale yellow)

Castilleja subinclusa ssp. franciscana                                  Franciscan Paintbrush (red)

Cerastium arvense                                                                     Spring-snow

Claytonia perfoliata                                                                    Miners’ Lettuce

Erigeron glaucus                                                                         Seaside Daisy

Erysimum menziesii ssp. concinnum                                    Wallflower

Eschscholzia californica                                                            CaliforniaPoppy

Fragaria chiloensis                                                                     Beach Strawberry

Fritillaria affinis var. affinis                                                     Checkered Mission Bells

Grindelia stricta var.platyphylla                                             Prostrate Gumplant

Heracleum lanatum                                                                    Cow Parsnip

Iris douglasiana                                                                           Douglas’ Iris

Lasthenia californica ssp,. californica                                   Goldfields

Lasthenia  californica ssp. macrantha                                   Giant Goldfields

Lomatium dasycarpum                                                              Hog-fennel

Marah fabaceus                                                                            Man- root

Mimulus guttatus                                                                         Seep Monkey-flower

Prunella vulgaris var. lanceolata                                              Self-heal

Ranunculus californicus                                                            California Buttercup

Rubus ursinus                                                                               Native Blackberry

Sanicula arctopoides                                                                   Footsteps-of-Spring

Sidalcea malviflora                                                                      Checkerbloom

Sisyrinchium bellum                                                                    Blue-eyed-grass

Stachys ajugoides var. rigida                                                     Woodland Hedge-nettle

Stellaria media                                                                               Chickweed

Trifolium sp.                                                                                   Clover

Viola adunca                                                                                  Blue-purple Violet

Wyethia angustifolia                                                                    Mule’s Ears

Used Marin CNPS: Short list -NATIVE WILDFLOWERS and SHRUBS – POINT REYES HEADLANDS-SPRING 2004  and CHIMNEY ROCK AREA  compiled by Doreen L. Smith* ( last updated  17 Feb. 2005). for plant names and ID

Bird List for Pt. Reyes–Chimney Rock, Marin, US-CA Apr 9, 2012
17 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose
Surf Scoter
Bufflehead
loon sp.
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Brown Pelican
Turkey Vulture
Western Gull
Mourning Dove
Anna’s Hummingbird
Common Raven
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Also seen Mule Deer and Elephant Seals.

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