Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 12, 2017

Pt. Reyes Wildflowers, Birds & Photos: Abbotts Lagoon 3/12/17

Today we explored Abbott’s Lagoon. We hiked the trail to the bridge at the end of the maintained trail, went up on the headlands above the bridge at the end of the trail and the lower part of the dunes. Although it is early a number of species of wildflowers were out. The only displays were small patches of Goldfields. Expect a lot more in about two weeks.

In our quest to see how many of the Bay Area Calochortus species we can find this year, we found our second species. Pussy-ears Star Tulip/Calochortus tolmiei has started to bloom.

The best flowers were on the headland but if you go up there watch out for poison oak as it is plentiful and sometimes small and not obvious. There is also poison oak along the trail but if you stay on the trail you should be OK.

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You can see large size files of the photos at flickr at

The most abundant bird was White-crowned Sparrow. Waterbirds were scare and Shore birds non-existent scare. In addition to the birds listed there were a number of bird sounds I was unable to identify so I am sure more species were around.

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Abbotts Lagoon Flower list 3/12/17

Miner’s Lettuce
Salmon Berry
California Poppy
Spring Beauty
Marsh Buttercup
California Blackberry
Douglas Iris
Footsteps-of- Spring
Beach Strawberry
Hog Fennel
Johnny Tuck
Red Maids
Pussy-ears Star Tulip/Calochortus tolmiei
Beach Suncups
Beach Wallflower


Abbotts Lagoon bird list 3/12/17

White-crown Sparrow
Turkey Vulture
Song Sparrow
California Quail
Red-winged Blackbird
Pied-billed Grebe
American Coot
California Scrub Jay
Western Meadowlark
Black Phoebe

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