We went to Abbott’s Lagoon at Pt. Reyes today primarily to see wildflowers. Spring Wildflowers are out. There may be less than in better years but there was still a lot in bloom. Abbott’s Lagoon is a place for lots of species rather than large displays. Flowers are still somewhat sparse along the trail out. Be sure to go out to the dunes and up to the headland south of the bridge as those areas have most of the flowers at present. Pussy Ears (Calochortus tolmeii) are in bloom on the headland. Most numerous on the beach were Beach Strawberry and Sand Verbena.
Song and White-crowned sparrows were active and often singing. Red-winged Blackbirds were putting on great displays showing their red color. Waterbirds were very scarce today. The birds of the day were a pair of Ospreys that we observed high up in their nest driving through the park on our way home.
Today’s highlight species was a River Otter, who crawled out by the sand dunes and rolled around for a while. Also seen were mule deer and brush rabbits.
We drove out Lucas Valley Road to get to Pt. Reyes and found many California Buttercups and Milkmaids along the road.
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Abbott’s Lagoon Plant List 3/24/12
(Trail, Dunes and Headlands South of the Bridge)
Aster (not sure which one)
Baby Blue-eyes (along trail to headland)
Beach Evening Primrose
Big Marsh Buttercup
California Poppy (yellow coastal form)
Coast Fiddleneck (barely starting)
Cow Parsnip (just starting)
Douglas Iris (just a few)
Footsteps-of-Spring (on headland)
Goldfields (on trail to on headland and at the headland)
Lupine, blue (just a few)
Suncups (on headland)
Wild Cucumber ( 2 species)
Yellow Sand Verbena
and a pink pea or vetch (that didn’t identify)
Also seen alien Mustard and Radish,
Bird List for Abbotts Lagoon, Pt. Reyes Mar 24, 2012
Clark’s Grebe (though possibly a Western Grebe)
Marsh Wren (heard only)
Common Yellowthroat (heard only)