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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 23, 2012

Pt. Reyes: Abbotts Lagoon: Wildflowers and Birds 7/22/12

Abbott’s Lagoon at Pt. Reyes still has many flowers in bloom. There was less in bloom than last year but plenty to see. The sun, wind and high grasses along the trail made for less than ideal photographic conditions. Two of the most dominant plants along the trail were California Poppies (yellow coastal variety) and Yarrow. White-crowned Sparrows were plentiful and singing almost continually. The dominant species in the sand and dunes areas were Dune Gumplant and Coast Buckwheat. To see lists of all flowers and birds identified today click read more below.

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ABBOTT’S LAGOON Plant list for July 22, 2012

I used the  Marin CNPS list for Abbott’s Lagoon for reference.   It  is found at the following link: (http://www.marin.edu/cnps/ABBOTTS_LAGOON_PUBLIC_TRAIL2009.html).  I have only listed the plants I was able to identify (with help) .  All errors are mine.  Includes off-trail area to North of the trail as far as edge of the freshwater lagoon, the sand-dunes and the bluffs to the S. of the bridge. This ridge to the East of, and overlooking, the brackish lagoon, is especially rich in coastal wildflowers in April and May.  List 1B plants are rare, threatened or endangered species, decimal additions are more recent clarifications of the estimated degree of rarity, 1B.1 being the rarest.    Alien species, or weeds, are marked  *.  All other plants are Californian natives.

ANACARDIACEAE (SUMAC FAMILY)
Toxicodendron diversilobum            Poison Oak

APIACEAE/UMBELLIFERAE (PARSLEY FAMILY)
Angelica hendersonii                        Coastal Angelica
Conium maculatum                            Poison Hemlock            *
Heracleum maximum                        Cow Parsnip

ASTERACEAE/COMPOSITAE (SUNFLOWER/COMPOSITE FAMILY)
Achillea millefolium                                     Yarrow
Agoseris apargioides                         Seaside Dandelion
Anaphalis margaritacea                        Pearly Everlasting            *
Artemisia pycnocephala                        Beach Sagebrush
Baccharis pilularis var. pilularis         Coyote Brush
Cirsium occidentale var. occidentale            Cobweb Thistle
Cirsium vulgare                                          Bull Thistle                    *
Grindelia stricta var. platyphylla            Dune Gumplant
Solidago canadensis                                  Canada Goldenrod

BRASSICACEAE/CRUCIFERAE (MUSTARD FAMILY) coroponifolia

Brassica rapa                                    Field Mustard            *
Raphanus sativus/ R. raphanistrum            Wild Radish            *

CRASSULACEAE (STONE-CROP FAMILY)
Dudleya farinosa                                    Sea-bluff-lettuce

FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (PEA FAMILY)
Lathyrus latifolius                                Everylasting Pea        *
Lotus sp.                                                 a yellow lotus
Lupinus arboreus                                 Yellow Bush Lupine
Lupinus chamissonis                         Fragrant Dune Lupine

LAMIACEAE/LABIATAE (MINT FAMILY)

Monardella undulata var. undulata            Curly-leaved Monardella            LIST4.2
Monardella villosa var. franciscana            Franciscan Pennyroyal
Prunella vulgaris var. lanceolata            Large-flowered Self-heal
Stachys chamissonises                            Giant Coast Hedge Nettle

NYCTAGINACEAE (FOUR O’CLOCK FAMILY)
Abronia latifolia            Yellow Sand-verbena

ONAGRACEAE (EVENING PRIMROSE FAMILY
Camissonia cheiranthifolia                        Beach Suncup

PAPAVERACEAE (POPPY FAMILY)
Eschscholzia californica                        California Poppy, coastal yellow

PLUMBAGINACEAE (LEADWORT FAMILY)
Armeria maritima ssp. californica   Sea Thrift

POLYGONACEAE (BUCKWHEAT FAMILY)
Eriogonum latifolium                        Coast Buckwheat
Polygonum paronychia                    Sandy Knotweed
Rumex crispus                                    Curly Dock

PORTULACEAE (PURSLANE FAMILY)
Claytonia sibirica                                    Candy Flower

PRIMULACEAE (PRIMROSE FAMILY)
Anagallis arvensis                                    Scarlet Pimpernel            *

RANUNCULACEAE (BUTTERCUP/CROWFOOT FAMILY)
Ranunculus orthorhynchus var. orthorhyncus            Large Marsh-buttercup

ROSACEAE (ROSE FAMILY)
Potentialla anserina ssp. pacifica     Cinquefoil

SCROPHULARIACEAE (FIGWORT FAMILY)
Mimulus guttatus                                  Monkey-flower
Scrophularia californica                     Bee Flower

ABBOTT’S LAGOON Bird list for July 22, 2012

As my focus was mainly on flowers today I am confident a serious birder would have had many more species.

California Quail
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Gulls (not identified to species)
White Pelicans
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Raven
Cliff Swallow
Wrentit (heard)

Also seen Brush Rabbit and Mule Deer

For more information on Pt. Reyes and Abbotts Lagoon click on this list:  Pt. Reyes Posts on Natural History Wanderings

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