Grant County Park - 5/28/2021

On a whim, I decided to hike a part of Grant that burned last year, and I've not really been to. Went in Twin Gates, up Cañada de Pala, around the Pala Seca loop, and back again. Most of it is very open grassland, punctuated by Oaks, including some notably large, old, and lovely ones. The most common flowers by far were yarrow (lots, including over large areas) and yellow Mariposa Lilies, as well as many patches of what I think are narrowleaf Mule's Ears, mostly past prime but occasionally with some sunny blooms. Also quite a few scattered Harvest Brodiaeas, Madia, occasional Grindelias, and a few others, including several new to me.

The best part was doing the Pala Seca loop. There were many of the same flowers as along Cañada de Pala, but more and fresher, along with some different ones. Then you come to something very different, an arroyo, much more lush and diverse, with some huge Valley Oaks, very different plants, even several nice patches of Seep Monkeyflower. As it flattens out, a large area is covered in stripes of moisture-loving plants like rushes and sedges, unfortunately combined with many invasives. So many more birds and butterflies here, it was super interesting, a relative oasis in the dry grassland, and would make a great site for restoration.

I'd definitely do the Pala Seca loop again, but would probably get there via Halls Valley and Los Huecos, to make it more loopy, and provide more diversity. It would also be interesting to do a one-way between Twin Gates and Washburn, going around Pala Seca loop in the middle.

I've got a backlog of iNat, will hopefully process photos from this hike soon.

Posted by newtpatrol newtpatrol, May 29, 2021 05:20

Observations

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What

Gorgon Copper (Tharsalea gorgon)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 07:51 AM PDT

Description

On yellow Mariposa Lily (Calochortus luteus)

Photos / Sounds

What

Narrowleaf Mule-Ears (Wyethia angustifolia)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 08:09 AM PDT

Description

Quite a few nice patches of these, many past prime and going to seed.

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What

Coronis Fritillary (Speyeria coronis)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 08:21 AM PDT

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Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 08:26 AM PDT

Description

Grant lake isn't far away, yet it's interesting to me how very many red-winged blackbirds I've seen hang out in the big Oaks a couple miles away. I always thought they mostly stuck with ponds, but just learned that they do congregate in large roosts during the non-breeding season.

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What

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 08:29 AM PDT

Description

Two of them, foraging on the trail

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What

Black-tailed Bumble Bee (Bombus melanopygus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 08:31 AM PDT

Description

On Hawksbeard (Crepis)

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What

Common Hareleaf (Lagophylla ramosissima)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 08:34 AM PDT

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What

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 08:42 AM PDT

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Convergent Lady Beetle (Hippodamia convergens)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 08:42 AM PDT

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What

Convergent Lady Beetle (Hippodamia convergens)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 08:43 AM PDT

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What

Beaked Hawksbeard (Crepis vesicaria)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 08:51 AM PDT

Description

A lot of it in this part of the park too, likely more earlier in the month, when it was exploding on other trails.

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What

Harvest Brodiaea (Brodiaea elegans)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 08:58 AM PDT

Description

Quite common on this hike, but usually just a few at a time

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What

Summer Lupine (Lupinus formosus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 09:06 AM PDT

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What

Yellow Mariposa Lily (Calochortus luteus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 09:09 AM PDT

Description

Lots of these in scattered patches

Photos / Sounds

What

Hairy Gumweed (Grindelia hirsutula)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 09:19 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Narrowleaf Mule-Ears (Wyethia angustifolia)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 09:27 AM PDT

Description

Quite a few nice patches of these, many past prime and going to seed.

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What

Armyworm Moths (Genus Spodoptera)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 09:31 AM PDT

Description

Saw quite a few of these, large caterpillars

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What

Ookow (Dichelostemma congestum)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 09:34 AM PDT

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What

Big Squirreltail (Elymus multisetus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 09:42 AM PDT

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What

Coast Tarweed (Madia sativa)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 09:51 AM PDT

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What

Convergent Lady Beetle (Hippodamia convergens)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 10:00 AM PDT

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What

Barestem Biscuitroot (Lomatium nudicaule)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 09:55 AM PDT

Description

Some sort of Lomatium? All seed, no flowers.

Photos / Sounds

What

Narrowleaf Mule-Ears (Wyethia angustifolia)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 10:04 AM PDT

Description

Quite a few nice patches of these, many past prime and going to seed.

Photos / Sounds

What

Yellow Mariposa Lily (Calochortus luteus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 10:06 AM PDT

Description

Lots of these in scattered patches

Photos / Sounds

What

Saint John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 10:09 AM PDT

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What

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 10:12 AM PDT

Description

So much yarrow! Including some relatively large patches.

Photos / Sounds

What

Hairy Gumweed (Grindelia hirsutula)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 10:29 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 10:34 AM PDT

Description

Looked rather like Monardella villosa, but the leaves were different, and it had far less scent, and not particularly minty. It was in a funny little spot where the soil seemed different, growing near Sticky Western Rosinweed, so perhaps serpentine?

Photos / Sounds

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 10:33 AM PDT

Description

On Monardella (not sure of the species yet)

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Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 10:48 AM PDT

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What

Sticky Western Rosinweed (Calycadenia multiglandulosa)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 10:37 AM PDT

Description

Small, I'm not quite sure if it's this species.

Photos / Sounds

What

Summer Lupine (Lupinus formosus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 10:50 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Sheep's Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 10:53 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Harvest Brodiaea (Brodiaea elegans)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 10:57 AM PDT

Description

Frequently seen, scattered along the trail

Photos / Sounds

What

California Goldenbanner (Thermopsis californica)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 11:07 AM PDT

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What

Seep Monkeyflower (Erythranthe guttata)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 11:17 AM PDT

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What

American Yellowrocket (Barbarea orthoceras)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 11:19 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Fuller's Teasel (Dipsacus sativus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 11:27 AM PDT

Description

Several large patches of them, unfortunately

Photos / Sounds

What

Yellow Mariposa Lily (Calochortus luteus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 11:31 AM PDT

Description

Many of them seen that day

Photos / Sounds

What

Harvest Brodiaea (Brodiaea elegans)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 11:36 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 11:45 AM PDT

Description

What a cool shape! In a relatively moist depression, with Seep Monkeyflower and others.

Photos / Sounds

What

Coffeeberry (Frangula californica)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 11:46 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

California Ground Squirrel (Otospermophilus beecheyi)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 12:03 PM PDT

Description

This squirrel had a palace in and under and around a very large, wonderful Valley Oak.

Photos / Sounds

What

Rough Hedgenettle (Stachys rigida)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 12:11 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Selfing Willowherb (Epilobium cleistogamum)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 12:17 PM PDT

Description

On the side of the trail, mixed in with several other small, interesting plants, in an area that's relatively moist, with a creek and nearby wetland/meadow.

Photos / Sounds

What

Mesamints (Genus Pogogyne)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 12:21 PM PDT

Description

Small. Wonderful, potent minty scent. Mixed in with several other small, interesting plants, in an area that's relatively moist, with a creek and nearby wetland/meadow.

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What

Western Vervain (Verbena lasiostachys)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 12:26 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Spiny Leaf Gall Wasp (Diplolepis polita)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 12:28 PM PDT

Description

On a native rose

Photos / Sounds

What

Fuller's Teasel (Dipsacus sativus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 12:34 PM PDT

Description

One of many exotics in this highly invaded creek/wetland area, would be a wonderful place to do restoration, since it's an oasis in the dry, hot grassland.

Photos / Sounds

What

Narrowleaf Milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 12:36 PM PDT

Description

Ugh, weird color metering.

Photos / Sounds

What

Blue Elder (Sambucus cerulea)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 12:38 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

White Brodiaea (Triteleia hyacinthina)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 12:41 PM PDT

Description

In an area that's relatively moist, with a creek and nearby wetland/meadow.

Photos / Sounds

What

Currants and Gooseberries (Genus Ribes)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 12:53 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Small Heliothodes Moth (Heliothodes diminutiva)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 12:40 PM PDT

Description

On White Brodiaea (Triteleia hyacinthina)

Photos / Sounds

What

Stinking Mayweed (Anthemis cotula)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 12:55 PM PDT

Description

One of many exotics in this highly invaded creek/wetland area, would be a wonderful place to do restoration, since it's an oasis in the dry, hot grassland.

Photos / Sounds

What

Woolly Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 12:57 PM PDT

Description

One of many exotics in this highly invaded creek/wetland area, would be a wonderful place to do restoration, since it's an oasis in the dry, hot grassland.

Photos / Sounds

What

Downy Pincushionplant (Navarretia pubescens)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 28, 2021 01:26 PM PDT

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