Monday, April 30, 2007

BioBlitz 2007--All Creatures Great and Small

I decided I was too impatient to wait a half hour for each of my pictures to load for my BioBlitz I give a picture of moi BioBlitzer as a young child, doing her first BioBlitz. I still love dandelions, especially big fat juicy happy ones covering a lawn(mine).

I'll share the photos another time. (I have tracks, skulls, drawings, holes and middens!)

Again, if it has an asterisk *, it means I have observed these critters at other times of the year. I know they are resident, and wanted to include them. On the other hand, if there is no *, it means I saw it, or its fresh tracks.

Varied Thrush(Ixoreus naevius)
American Robin(Turdus migratorius)
Mountain Quail (Oreortyx pictus)
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) I've seen these roosting in the oaks when they are eating on something in the cow pasture. It is a wonder how they fly with their (up to) 6' wingspan through the gnarly oak branches.
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
Rufous Hummingbird(Selasphorus rufus)
Red Breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus rubber)
Northern Flicker(Colaptes auratus)
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)
Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Common Raven(Corvus corax)
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)These like to perch of the very tops of the firs, and so would I, if I could.
White Crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) In the summertime, these guys sing all through the night.
Golden Crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)
Dark Eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
Spotted Towhee(Pipilo maculatus)
Wild Turkey These (yummy when smoked) birds perch in the low hung large branches of the maples at night.
Pacific Slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis)
Hairy Woodpecker(Picoides sitkensis)

Year-round Birds:
*Black-Capped Chickadee (Parus atricapillus)
*Red-Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
*Brown Creeper (Certhia Americana)
*Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
*Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis) occasional, nested on the hill 2001, 2002
*Ruby Crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)
*Belted Kingfisher
*Red Tailed Hawk

Summer Birds:
*Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)--proof that heaven exists
*Yellow-Rumped Warbler (Dendroica coronata)
*Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)
*Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)
*American Goldfinch (Cardeulis tristis)
*Black Headed Grosbeak(pheucticus melanocephalus)
*Evening Grosbeak(Coccothraustes vespertinus)

Freak One-Time Sighting:
*Marbeled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) at least I was told it had to be "freak", they do come this far inland, but it "had to be" lost.

Oregon Megophix(Megophix hemphilli) small pale snail ???
Small ochre snail
Puget Oregonian (Cryptomastix devia) rusty snail ???
(I found a great online field guide to snails/slugs, so I’ll have fun gathering shells and figuring out what they are. There are a variety of rusty snails, so I’ll start collecting snail shells).

(I'm not very good with bugs, I don't have a big bug field guide)
Clown Millipede(Harpaphe haydeniana)
Black Millepede
Carrion Beetle
Acorn Weevil
Box Elder Bug
Black Ground Beetle
Goldenrod Crab Spider (Misumena vatia)
Woolly Bear Caterpillars(in various combinations of striping)
House Fly
Crane Fly
Bumble Bee
Yellow Jacket
Tiny Red Spider-Mite that lives in fir bark

Bugs Seen Other Times
*Rain Beetle(Pleocoma spp.)
*Preying Mantis
*California Prionus (Prionus californicus)
*Metallic golden flies on cow poop
*A large variety of wasps and bees
*Polyphemous Moth (Antheraea plyphemous)
*Lorquin's Admiral Butterfly (Liminitis lorquini)
*Red Admiral Butterfly(Vanessa atalanta--what a pretty name!!)
*Mourning Cloak Butterfly (Nymphalis antiopa)
*Spring Azure Butterfly (Celastrina ladon)
*Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)
*Oregon "Old World" Swallowtail (Papilio machaon oregonius)

Blacktailed Deer(Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) tracks, beds--the deer sleep on the east side of the hill in winter(protected from the wind and rain) and on the west side of the hill in summer(nice cool breezes), so Indian Hill is a kind of deer hotel. They also like to hang out in the oaks on the west side during the day.
Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus) S, O, df cone middens, and they leave nibbled boletes atop mossy rocks
Douglas Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii)C, cone middens
Townsend’s Chipmunk(Tamias townsendii) C, cone middens
Trowbridge Shrew(Sorex trowbridgii) mature C, dead in path
Vagrant Shrew (Sorex vagrans) dead in path

*Short-tailed Weasel(Mustela erminea) road kill
*Pacific Jumping Mouse (Zapus trinotatus) W, C(cats drag in)
*Coyote(tracks, scat, calls)
*Raccoon (tracks)
*Mountain Lion(sighting, tracks, carcass)
*Striped Skunk(Mephitis mephitis)tracks, road kill
*Bobcat(Lynx rufus)sightings, tracks, scat
*Deer Mouse(Peromyscus maniculatus)

There are a variety that live very nearby--there is a vernal pool full of frog life, and the snakes love the grass, and the lizards love the rock wall. But I've never happened across a snake on the hill(too moist and coniferous?), or a frog--even a tree frog(too dry and oaky?).

Lastly, I will do a wrap-up post, with a final tally of species, thoughts, and a bibliography. Just trying to be scholarly.


Bpaul said...

You are blessed to be at such a place, nice list.

You sure about the Whitetailed deer? They're not Blacktails? I know there are some populations of Whitetails in the state but Blacktails are much more common.

If you want I can dig up some info on how to tell the difference, tired as all get out right now and need to nap.

wyldthang said...

HI! You're probably right, I'll check...I'll change it, ha, I'm kinda tired all that latin. The deer are hiding out for the past few weeks, probably their bellies are feeling VERY full(I remember the feeling myself). Thanks!!!

wyldthang said...

Back again, I think I did get the latin name right, just got sloppy on the common name ;0). And just for fun...the second latin name of Black Tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) means "half-ass"--how's that for comeuppance?

Bpaul said...

Woohoo! hehe

burning silo said...

Very nice lists of flora and fauna there. Definitely a very rich level of biodiversity. I can well understand why you love living there! Great bioblitz effort!