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Old 03-16-2014, 11:24 PM
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Default Pt. Reyes: Abbotts Lagoon

Today was my first trip to Abbott's Lagoon this year. Wildflowers are on the early side but are starting to bloom. There are a good number of species in bloom but no displays. Along Sir Francis Drake and Tomales Pt. Road there are Elderberry, California Poppies and Douglas Iris.

Along the trail going out to Abbott's Lagoon from the parking lot the most abundant plant was Manroot or Wild Cucumber. Also in bloom were California Poppy, Salmon Berry, Checker Mallow, Marsh Buttercup, California Buttercup, Sun Cups, Blackberry, Osoberry, and Douglas Iris.

Crossing over the bridge to the sandy area including the dunes it gets more flowery. There we found Sea Rocket, Beach Strawberry, Yellow Sand Verbena, Beach Suncups, Beach Dandelion, Baby Blue-eyesYarrow, Yellow and Purple Shrubby Lupines, Gumplant, Artemesia, and Wallflower. The Sedum foliage on the dunes was very color.

Going up to trail to headlands south of the bridge we saw Goldfields, Baby Blue-eyes, California Buttercup, a purple lupine, Foot-steps-of-Spring, Yellow Lomation, a purple or vetch and the plant of the day Pussy Ears Calochortus tolmei.

Watch for Poison Oak as it along both sides of the trail and is abundant on the headlands.

Although the main focus of the day was flowers and flower photography, we did see some birds. At Abbott's Lagoon there were White-crowned Sparrows (easily the most abundant bird of the day), Red-winged Blackbirds, Northern Harrier, Turkey Vulture, Great Egret, Raven, American Crow, Song Sparrow, Marsh Wren, Wrentit, Bufflehead, Surf Scoter, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, American Coot, Western Gull, and Pied-billed Grebe.

Our best bird sightings were on the drive out. We saw an Osprey near a nest and a large group of Marbled Godwits, Willets, Ring-billed Gulls and one Dowitcher feeding.

see slideshow at: Abbott's Lagoon 3/16/14

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