View Full Version : Skyline Serpentine Prairie

Sandy S
04-21-2013, 10:37 PM
Skyline Serpentine Prairie is is a restored and protected are in Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, CA. This is the forth year in a row that I have visited at this time of year and it was by far the driest and least flowery. We identified seventeen species in bloom (including a couple of introduced flowers). Most of the area is protected by fence, but there are some flowers outside the fences, which allow for close-up photography.

It was very bright and sunny so the best bets for photos were close-ups with a diffuser or back-lit flowers. The most dominant flowers were Goldfields and California Poppy. There were some very small displays, but the grasses have grown quite a bit around them.

I was also able to identify nine bird species but heard and saw more. The most interesting birds today were the Western Bluebirds and Tree Swallows.

You can see photos, plant and birds lists at: http://naturalhistorywanderings.com/2013/04/21/skyline-serpentine-prairie-wildflower-report-42113/