Sweeny Ridge

Hiked Sweeny Ridge with some friends today. We got a new telephoto lens this week - our old one has been broken since about April - which was great to test out. Fun to take photos of birds for a change. Also not much of interest in the plant world. Sweeny Ridge is interesting because you hike by the spot where the Portola Expedition discovered the SF Bay. I've been there before when it was totally socked in with fog (as it usually is) so there would be no Bay Discovering. But today was a gorgeous clear day and you could see as far as Mount Diablo without any trouble.

Posted on December 05, 2011 12:28 AM by loarie loarie

Observations

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Leathery Polypody (Polypodium scouleri)

Observer

loarie

Date

December 4, 2011

Description

the only place I know where to find these native ferns is epithetic on introduced eucalyptus!

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Hutton's Vireo (Vireo huttoni)

Observer

loarie

Date

December 4, 2011

Description

Thanks to kueda for helping with the kinglet v. vireo tips

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Common Raven (Corvus corax)

Observer

loarie

Date

December 4, 2011

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Coast Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans ssp. terrestris)

Observer

loarie

Date

December 4, 2011

Description

Dead next to trail

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California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)

Observer

loarie

Date

December 4, 2011

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Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)

Observer

loarie

Date

December 4, 2011

Description

skulking

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Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)

Observer

loarie

Date

December 4, 2011

Description

Lots of these around

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West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella)

Observer

loarie

Date

December 4, 2011

Description

few of these flying around

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Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)

Observer

loarie

Date

December 4, 2011

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