Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 4, 2015

Abbott’s Lagoon Wildflowers and Birds 5/3/15

Yesterday I was at Abbott’s Lagoon at Point Reyes. It was a foggy day with mild to moderate wind and the temperature remained in the 50’s. The wildflower season is progressing. There was less in bloom than about three weeks ago but later season flowers are now blooming. Waterbirds and shorebirds were mostly absent. Highlights of the day included seeing a Red Phalarope, a first for me and excellent specimens of Beach Pea. Other flowers that were especially good were the Giant Marsh Lupine and Yellow Sand-verbena. The Yellow Bush Lupine bloom is beginning to increase. The was a nice display of Douglas Iris south of the trail on the other side of the fence.

Click read more to see the lists of flowers in bloom and birds seen.

Abbott’s Lagoon Plant List 5/3/15

Poison Hemlock/Conium maculatum
Yarrow/Achillea millefolium
Seaside Dandelion/Agoseris apargioides var. eastwoodiae
Seaside Daisy/Erigeron glaucus
Goldfields/Lasthenia californica ssp. californica
Fiddleneck/Amsinckia sp.
Cream-white Wallflower/Erysimum concinnum
Hybrid Wild Radish/Raphanus sativus X R. raphanistrum
Catchfly/Silene sp.
Sea-bluff-lettuce/Dudleya farinosa (NF)
Green-flowered Manroot/Marah fabacea
Beach Pea/Lathyrus littoralis
Yellow Bush Lupine/Lupinus arboreus
Annual Lupine/Lupinus bicolor
Fragrant Dune Lupine/Lupinus chamissonis
Giant Marsh Lupine/Lupinus polyphyllus var. polyphyllus
Douglas Iris/Iris douglasiana
Checkerbloom/Sidalcea malviflora ssp.laciniata
Candyflower/Claytonia sibirica
Yellow Sand-verbena/Abronia latifolia
Beach Suncup/Camissoniopsis cheiranthifolia
California Poppy/Eschscholzia californica (coastal yellow form)
Ribwort Plantain/Plantago lanceolata
Spine-flower/Chorizanthe cuspidata
California Buttercup/Ranunculus californicus
Large Marsh Buttercup/Ranunculus orthorhynchus var. platyphyllus
Beach Strawberry/Fragaria chiloensis
Salmonberry/Rubus spectabilis
Ithuriel’s Spear/Triteleia laxa

Abbott’s Lagoon Bird List 5/3/15

Canada Goose
California Quail
Double-crested Cormorant
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Red Phalarope
Western Gull
Black Phoebe
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Marsh Wren
California Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
American Goldfinch

Plus Common Merganser in Nicasio Reservoir on the way home

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