La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve

Made my first visit today to Lower La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve, near the hamlet of La Honda. There with other iNaturalist addicts @dpom and @leslie_flint , as well as @tui and Doug. We saw the desired Vesper Sparrow, but so much more - a beautiful stand of Golden-eye Lichen, a Coyote, and an active Northern Harrier.

We then went to the eastern end of Gazos Creek Road, where we failed to find the recently reported American Dipper. We did, however, explore the rich lichen and fungi in the area. At one point, some hikers emerged from a previously unnoticed and unknown (to us) trail, and saw how we were looking at the lichens. They knew their lichens! AND, best of all, they recommended that we use iNaturalist! LOL! It was as if we had been transported into a future parallel universe, in which everyone cared about nature and everyone used iNat!

Posted by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon, January 22, 2018 06:06

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Golden-eye Lichen (Teloschistes chrysophthalmus)

Observer

gyrrlfalcon

Date

January 21, 2018 08:22 AM PST

Photos / Sounds

What

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)

Observer

gyrrlfalcon

Date

January 21, 2018 08:57 AM PST

Description

Final picture shows the two Vesper Sparrows in front, with the Savannah Sparrow behind; good contrast in overall shading of color

Photos / Sounds

What

Coyote (Canis latrans)

Observer

gyrrlfalcon

Date

January 21, 2018 09:34 AM PST

Description

Distant

Photos / Sounds

What

Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)

Observer

gyrrlfalcon

Date

January 21, 2018 09:44 AM PST

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