Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 17, 2011

Point Reyes Wildflower Blitz

This past Sunday (May 15), we did a wildflower blitz of Point Reyes.  Even with periodic spurts of rain we kept going.  We were doing a scouting trip with naturalist Suzanne Swedo for an upcoming Wildflower Identification  workshop on May 29 for  Point Reyes Field Seminars.  Our goal was to scout a number of  easily accessible wildflower areas and identify as many plants as possible for the workshop.   We even did some plant ID from photos for a couple of hours afterwards.  Plant ID is mainly from the Plant Checklist for Pt. Reyes, the CNPS plant lists for Abbott’s Lagoon and Chimney Rock/Lighthouse areas, and Marin Flora.    I made my own plant lists which are more comprehensive than usual and you can see my clicking Read More below.  I even managed to ID a few common birds and animals.  I didn’t take a lot of photos and didn’t use a tripod as photography was not a high priority today.   I still managed to take a few photos that were not just for identification.

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To see Wildflower and Bird lists click read more


Abbott’s Lagoon Wildflower List for 5/14/11 (includes trail, headland and beach/dunes)

Yellow Bush Lupine
California Poppy
Coastal Fiddleneck
Cow Parsnip
Yarrow
Giant Bob Lupine
Salmon Berry
Owl’s Clover
Manroot
California Blackberry
Checkermallow
Flax
Hedge Nettle
Marsh Buttercup
Candy Flower
Coastal Field Chickweed
Shore Chickweed
Wild Strawberry
California Buttercup
Douglas Iris
Tomcat Clover
Goldfields
Prostrate Perennial Lupine
Prostrate Perennial Lupine
Johnny Tuck
Baby Blue-eyes
Blue-eyed Grass
Ithuriel’s Spear
Beach Dandelion
Shore Cinquefoil
Beach Evening Primrose
Rocket
Sand Verbena
Many Leaf Gilia
Gumplant
Beach Layia
Silverleaf Lupine
Dune Knotweed
Wooly-headed Spine Flower
Beach Strawberry
Coast Wallflower
Sea Thrift
Beach Pea
Pearly Everlasting
Heliotrope
Beach Morning Glory

Abbott’s Lagoon Bird and Animal  List for 5/14/11

California Quail
Song Sparrow
Turkey Vulture
Raven
Red-winged Blackbird
Mallard
Canada Goose
Gadwall
Great Egret
Gulls (specie not identified)
White-crowned Sparrow
Brewers Blackbird

The all yellow Point Reyes Meadowfoam (Limnanthes douglassi ssp.sulpurea)
was seen just past “B” Ranch along the road and in the fields to the left.

Curving Hillside (Just over 1/2 mile past “B” ranch on left side of Road

Mule Ears
a lupine
Cow Parsnip
California Buttercup
Yarrow
Hedge Nettle
Wild Strawberry
Morning Glory
Johnny Tuck
Blue-eyed Grass
Pussy Ears
Checker Mallow
Coastal Field Chickweed
California Poppy
Tomcat Clover
Footsteps-of-Spring

Lighthouse Parking Lot Plant List (hillside behind lighthouse rest room)

Perennial Goldfields
Douglas Iris
Blue-eyed Grass
a blue-purple lupine
Yellow Bush Lupine
Yarrow
Cow Parsnip
Hedge Nettle
Franciscan Thistle
California Buttercup
California Poppy
California Phacelia
Coast Wallflower
Seaside Daisy
Gumplant
Coast Rock Crest
Salal
Baby Blue-eyes
Sea Thrift
Pearly Everlasting
Paintbrush
Sand Pygmy-weed
Cream Cups
Miners Lettuce
Coast Fiddleneck
California Blackberry
Wild Strawberry
Tomcat Clover
Purple Sand-spurrey
a ceanothus

a Weasel

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Responses

  1. Mazer,

    Thanks for raising the question. I did some more research and here is what i found according to wikipedia “Brush Rabbit (Sylvilagus bachmani), or Western Brush Rabbit, is a species of cottontail rabbit found in western coastal regions of North America” Looks like we are both right. I notice the Pt. Reyes species lists do use “Brush Rabbit”

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  2. Thanks for the posting. Nice shots.
    BTW- I was always told those little rabbits were called bush rabbits. In times of drought they have been known to nibble the leaves of the lupine, which Im told is not good since the lupine is poisonous to them – Just thought I would share.

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