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.

Publicado el mayo 29, 2021 05:20 MAÑANA por newtpatrol newtpatrol

Observaciones

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newtpatrol

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2021 a las 07:51 MAÑANA PDT

Descripción

On yellow Mariposa Lily (Calochortus luteus)

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Orejas de Mula (Wyethia angustifolia)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 08:09 MAÑANA PDT

Descripción

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

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 08:21 MAÑANA PDT

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Tordo Sargento (Agelaius phoeniceus)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 08:26 MAÑANA PDT

Descripción

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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Gorrión Arlequín (Chondestes grammacus)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 08:29 MAÑANA PDT

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Two of them, foraging on the trail

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 08:31 MAÑANA PDT

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On Hawksbeard (Crepis)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 08:34 MAÑANA PDT

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Milenrama (Achillea millefolium)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 08:42 MAÑANA PDT

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Catarina Convergente (Hippodamia convergens)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 08:42 MAÑANA PDT

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Catarina Convergente (Hippodamia convergens)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 08:43 MAÑANA PDT

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Almirón (Crepis vesicaria)

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newtpatrol

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2021 a las 08:51 MAÑANA PDT

Descripción

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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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 08:58 MAÑANA PDT

Descripción

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

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 09:06 MAÑANA PDT

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newtpatrol

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2021 a las 09:09 MAÑANA PDT

Descripción

Lots of these in scattered patches

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 09:19 MAÑANA PDT

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Orejas de Mula (Wyethia angustifolia)

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newtpatrol

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2021 a las 09:27 MAÑANA PDT

Descripción

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

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Gusanos Soldados Y Cogolleros (Género Spodoptera)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 09:31 MAÑANA PDT

Descripción

Saw quite a few of these, large caterpillars

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 09:34 MAÑANA PDT

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 09:42 MAÑANA PDT

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Madi (Madia sativa)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 09:51 MAÑANA PDT

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Catarina Convergente (Hippodamia convergens)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 10:00 MAÑANA PDT

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 09:55 MAÑANA PDT

Descripción

Some sort of Lomatium? All seed, no flowers.

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Orejas de Mula (Wyethia angustifolia)

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newtpatrol

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2021 a las 10:04 MAÑANA PDT

Descripción

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

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 10:06 MAÑANA PDT

Descripción

Lots of these in scattered patches

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Hierba de San Juan (Hypericum perforatum)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 10:09 MAÑANA PDT

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Milenrama (Achillea millefolium)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 10:12 MAÑANA PDT

Descripción

So much yarrow! Including some relatively large patches.

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 10:29 MAÑANA PDT

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 10:34 MAÑANA PDT

Descripción

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?

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 10:33 MAÑANA PDT

Descripción

On Monardella (not sure of the species yet)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 10:48 MAÑANA PDT

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 10:37 MAÑANA PDT

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

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 10:50 MAÑANA PDT

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Sangre de Toro (Rumex acetosella)

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newtpatrol

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2021 a las 10:53 MAÑANA PDT

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newtpatrol

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2021 a las 10:57 MAÑANA PDT

Descripción

Frequently seen, scattered along the trail

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 11:07 MAÑANA PDT

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Lantén Cimarrón (Erythranthe guttata)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 11:17 MAÑANA PDT

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 11:19 MAÑANA PDT

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Cardón de Indias (Dipsacus sativus)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 11:27 MAÑANA PDT

Descripción

Several large patches of them, unfortunately

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 11:31 MAÑANA PDT

Descripción

Many of them seen that day

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 11:36 MAÑANA PDT

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newtpatrol

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2021 a las 11:45 MAÑANA PDT

Descripción

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

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 11:46 MAÑANA PDT

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Ardillón de California (Otospermophilus beecheyi)

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newtpatrol

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2021 a las 12:03 TARDE PDT

Descripción

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

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 12:11 TARDE PDT

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 12:17 TARDE PDT

Descripción

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.

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newtpatrol

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2021 a las 12:21 TARDE PDT

Descripción

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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newtpatrol

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2021 a las 12:26 TARDE PDT

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newtpatrol

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2021 a las 12:28 TARDE PDT

Descripción

On a native rose

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Cardón de Indias (Dipsacus sativus)

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newtpatrol

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2021 a las 12:34 TARDE PDT

Descripción

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.

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Algodoncillo de Hojas Delgadas (Asclepias fascicularis)

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newtpatrol

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2021 a las 12:36 TARDE PDT

Descripción

Ugh, weird color metering.

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Saúco Azul (Sambucus cerulea)

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newtpatrol

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2021 a las 12:38 TARDE PDT

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newtpatrol

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2021 a las 12:41 TARDE PDT

Descripción

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

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Grosellas Y Capulincillos (Género Ribes)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 12:53 TARDE PDT

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 28, 2021 a las 12:40 TARDE PDT

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On White Brodiaea (Triteleia hyacinthina)

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newtpatrol

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2021 a las 12:55 TARDE PDT

Descripción

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.

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Gordolobo Común (Verbascum thapsus)

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newtpatrol

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2021 a las 12:57 TARDE PDT

Descripción

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.

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newtpatrol

Fecha

Mayo 28, 2021 a las 01:26 TARDE PDT

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