Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 11, 2020

Pt. Reyes Abbotts Lagoon: Wildflowers, Birds & Other Wildlife 3/10/20

On March 10 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 part of the dunes. Although it is early a good number of species of wildflowers were in bloom. Expect a  more in about two weeks.

Some of 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.

CLICK READ MORE TO SEE PLANT, BIRD AND ANIMAL LIST

ABBOTTS LAGOON Includes trail, headland, and sand dunes

AIZOACEAE (CARPETWEED FAMILY)

Carpobrotus sp.                          Ice Plant

APIACEAE (CELERY FAMILY

Heracleum maximum                   Cow Parsnip
Lomatium utriculatum                  Spring Gold
Sanicula arctopoides                    Footsteps-of-spring

ASTERACEAE (ASTER FAMILY)

Agoseris apargioides var. eastwoodiae Northern California Seaside Dandelion
Anaphalis margaritacea                Pearly Everlasting
Cotula coronopifolia                    Brass Buttons
Erigeron glaucus                         Seaside Daily
Grindelia stricta                          Gum Plant
Lasthenia californica ssp californica Goldfields

BORAGINACEAE (BORAGE FAMILY)

Amsinckiasp.                              Fiddleneck
Plagiobothrys trachycarpus            Headland Popcorn

BRASSICACEAE (MUSTARD FAMILY)
Brassica rapa                              Field Mustard
Cakile maritima                           Sea Rocket
Erysimum concinnum                  Cream-White Wallflower
Raphanus sativus X R. raphanistrum  Wild Radish

CRASSULACEAE (STONECROP FAMILY) Crassula connata

Dudleya farinosa                          Sea-Bluff Lettuce

CUCURBITACEAE (CUCUMBER FAMILY)

Marah fabacea                            Green-flowered Manroot
Marah oregana                            White-flowered Manroot

FABACEAE (BEAN FAMILY)

Lupinus  sp.

GERANIACEAE (GERANIUM FAMILY) Erodium botrys

Erodium sp.

LILIACEAE (LILY FAMILY)

Calochortus tolmiei                      Pussy-ears Star Tulip

MONTIACEAE (MINERS-LETTUCE FAMILY)

Montia fontana                           Miners Letttuce
Claytonia sibirica                         Candy Flower

NYCTAGINACEAE (FOUR O”CLOCK FAMILY)

Abronia latifolia                          Yellow Sand-verbena

ONAGRACEAE (EVENING-PRIMROSE FAMILY)

Camissoniopsis cheiranthifolia       Beach Suncup
Taraxia ovata                              Suncups

PAPAVERACEAE (POPPY FAMILY)

Eschscholzia californica                California Poppy, coastal yellow form

PLUMBAGINACEAE (LEADWORT FAMILY)

Armeria maritima ssp. Californica  Sea -pink, Thrift

PRIMULACEAE

Anagallis arvensis                      Scarlet Pimpernel

 

RANUNCULACEAE (BUTTERCUP FAMILY

Ranunculus californicus                California Buttercup
Ranunculus flammula var. ovalis    Creeping Marsh Buttercup

ROSACEAE (ROSE FAMILY)

Fragaria chiloensis                       Beach Strawberry
Oemleria cerasiformis                  Osoberry
Rubus spectabilis                         Salmonberry
Rubus ursinus                             California Blackberry

SOLANACEAE (NIGHTSHADE FAMILY)

Solanum sp.

 

BIRD LIST

Raven
California Quail
Mallard
Great Egret
Song Sparrow
White Crown Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
Turkey Vulture
Double-crested Cormorant
Gull sp.
Hawk sp.
Killdeer
Black Phoebe

OTHER ANIMALS

Black-tailed Deer
Brush Rabbit
Bobcat (seen along road)

 


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