Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 1, 2015

Mt. Diablo: Mitchell Canyon Wildflowers & Birds 4/30/15

Yesterday we went two miles up Mitchell Canyon on a hot sunny day. Just as one of the docents had reported, it was an especially good year for the Mt. Diablo Fairy Lanterns/Calochortus pulchellus. It was also a good day for birds and butterflies. The trail is a heavily wooded and the shade was much appreciated. Trees include Valley Oak, Blue Oak, Buckeye, and Gray Pine.  Also there is plenty of poison oak. There are Buckeye trees that are very flowery.

Click read more to see flower, bird and butterfly lists

Flower Bloom List

Mt. Diablo Fairy Lantern
Blue Dick
Ithuriel’s Spear
Poison Oak (flower and fruit)
Cow Parsnip
Wooly Sunflower
Blue Elderberry
Lotus crassifolius
Yerba Santa
California Buckeye
Pitcher Sage
Wood Mint
Winecup Clarkia
Elegant Clarkia
California Poppy
Blue Larkspur
California Wild Rose
Chinese House
Bush Monkeyflower

Bird List

California Quail
Turkey Vulture
Wild Turkey
Mourning Dove
Acorn Woodpecker
Nuttall’s Woodpecker
Hutton’s Vireo
Stellar Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
Western Bluebird
Townsend’s Warbler
Spotted Towhee
California towhee
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch

Butterfly List

Western Swallowtail
Two-tailed Swallowtail
Pale Swallowtail
California Sister
Painted Lady
Variable Checkerspot
Orange Spot
California Ringlet
Unidentifed Blue

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