Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks / Giant Sequoia National Monument

Hmm, observation selection is kind of broken.

August 5-7, 2012.

I guess I'd heard "high Sierras" in the parks' descriptions and gotten the impression that the whole area was up over 7000 feet and would have perfect weather midsummer, but that was not the case! The foothills and canyon were blazingly hot. I went in the (lovely green, breathakingly cold) Kings River and within two minutes of getting out was completely air-dried. Also surprisingly populated for a weekday trip; all the reserveable campsites were completely full and I slept "dispersed" in the conveniently-adjacent national forest.

Particularly nice:
Star-filled night sky.
View from Moro Rock.
White-throated swifts shooting noisily past at approx. mach 3.

Caddisfly cases?
Leavis Flat campground by a creek.

Publicado por sea-kangaroo sea-kangaroo, 11 de agosto de 2012

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Codorniz Californiana (Callipepla californica)

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 5, 2012

Descripción

A good-sized group of immature quail with little crests under an oak tree. Not that the photo turned out at all.

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Carpintero Bellotero (Melanerpes formicivorus)

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 5, 2012

Descripción

Lots and lots of these all along the roads up in here, though they mostly eluded my camera.

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Arañas de Jardín Y de Granero (Género Araneus)

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

Leavis Flat Campground.

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sea-kangaroo

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Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

Leavis Flat Campground.

Small. When resting (didn't get a photo), held its legs bunched together and straight out, in a sort of T or X (I forget).

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

Leavis Flat Campground.

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Frigáneas (Orden Trichoptera)

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

Leavis Flat Campground.

I guess these are caddisfly larva cases? They seem kind of square, though. They were pretty small, stuck on securely, and had no discernible openings. They were on boulders in the creek, both above and below the water line.

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Ardilla Gris (Sciurus griseus)

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

Trail of 100 Giants.

Saw several.

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Ardilla de Manto Dorado (Callospermophilus lateralis)

Observ.

sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

Trail of 100 Giants.

Saw lots, including a couple groups of juveniles/immatures. (the photo is an adult, though)

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Ardilla de San Bernardino (Neotamias speciosus)

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

Trail of 100 Giants.

Photo isn't great, but there were a lot of these guys and I got a pretty good look at most of them. All quite small, lots of white on the backs of the ears and behind the ears, stripes dark brown/bright white, tails reddish with black tips.

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Secuoya Gigante (Sequoiadendron giganteum)

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

Trail of 100 Giants.

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

Trail of 100 Giants.

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

Trail of 100 Giants.

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Cedro Colorado (Calocedrus decurrens)

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

Trail of 100 Giants.

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

Trail of 100 Giants.

Yellow wings, blue on the "calf" of the jumping legs, sometimes but not always made sounds when flying away.

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

Trail of 100 Giants.

I think this is the aphid and not the fungus (Exobasidium vaccini) because of the two different gall shapes, and because I don't recall the flatter ones being convex on the reverse side.

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Chalchuanes (Género Erigeron)

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

Trail of 100 Giants.

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

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Trail of 100 Giants.

Didn't get a photo of the leaves.

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

Just past Trail of 100 Giants/Redwood Meadow Campground.

Slithering rather slowly and awkwardly. Not sure if it was having trouble getting purchase on the road, if it was trying to keep on eye on me and escape at the same time, or if rattlesnakes are naturally kinda dopey (hadn't seen one actually moving before, usually they just sit).

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Garza Real (Ardea alba)

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

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Toloache Sagrado (Datura wrightii)

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

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Toloaches (Género Datura)

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

Several species here, but I mean this for the orange one.

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Margaritas, Achicorias, Cardos Y Parientes (Familia Asteraceae)

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

Crescent Meadow.

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Oso Negro Americano (Ursus americanus)

Observ.

sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

Evening in the Crescent Meadow area.

Only one cub. Saw a different mother/single cub pair farther west along the road, too.

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Ardilla de Douglas (Tamiasciurus douglasii)

Observ.

sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

Crescent Meadow area.

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No hay fotos o sonidos

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Vencejo Pecho Blanco (Aeronautes saxatalis)

Observ.

sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

Lots of them hunting and twittering over Moro Rock.

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

Moro Rock.

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Hongos de Saco, Levaduras Y Parientes (Filo Ascomycota)

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

Lots of this brilliant yellow lichen (also in Kings Canyon, I assume the same kind). Streaks of it visible from the main road far below.

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

Next to the road in a little meadowlet somewhere between Giant Forest Museum and Wolverton Road.

Only Rudbeckia on the NPS checklist.

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Secuoya Gigante (Sequoiadendron giganteum)

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

General Sherman.

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Adelfilla de Hoja Estrecha (Chamaenerion angustifolium)

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 7, 2012

Descripción

Near Big Meadow.

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Mirlo Primavera (Turdus migratorius)

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 7, 2012

Descripción

Big Meadow Campground unit 4.

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No hay fotos o sonidos

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Bajapalos Pecho Canela (Sitta canadensis)

Observ.

sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 7, 2012

Descripción

Big Meadow Campground unit 4.

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Trepadorcito Americano (Certhia americana)

Observ.

sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 6, 2012

Descripción

Trail of 100 Giants.

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Focha Americana Común (Fulica americana)

Observ.

sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 7, 2012

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Pato Norteño (Anas platyrhynchos)

Observ.

sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 7, 2012

Descripción

Just starting to get mature plumage.

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 7, 2012

Descripción

Big fat dark snail on the lake edge. Opening sealed up tight by the snail inside.

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Rayadora de Doce Manchas (Libellula pulchella)

Observ.

sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 7, 2012

Descripción

Not 100% sure, but seems like a good fit-- three dark areas on each wing, fat skimmer-like body.

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Zumbadores (Género Selasphorus)

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 7, 2012

Descripción

An incessant swarm on the feeders at Kings Canyon Lodge. "Tzippity-zippity-zip!"

Allen's or Rufous, not sure which. There were a whole lot of them of all different maturities and sexes, constantly switching places and running each other off, plus they tended to be either backlit or reflective. Definitely did not see any with all-rufous backs, though of course that doesn't necessarily mean anything.

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Trucha Común (Salmo trutta)

Observ.

sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 7, 2012

Descripción

Zumwelt Meadow area.

Black spots all over the back.

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Enea (Typha latifolia)

Observ.

sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 7, 2012

Descripción

Zumwelt Meadow.

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Rosales (Género Rosa)

Observ.

sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 7, 2012

Descripción

Zumwelt Meadow.

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Aguililla Cola Roja (Buteo jamaicensis)

Observ.

sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 7, 2012

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Secuoya Gigante (Sequoiadendron giganteum)

Observ.

sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 7, 2012

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 7, 2012

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Mariposas Y Polillas (Orden Lepidoptera)

Observ.

sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 7, 2012

Descripción

Cocoon.

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Ardilla de San Bernardino (Neotamias speciosus)

Observ.

sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 7, 2012

Descripción

Red tail with black tip, lots of white behind ears/on backs of ears, brown/white stripes.

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Flor de Borrego (Eriogonum nudum)

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 7, 2012

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sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 7, 2012

Descripción

A sort of a purple cloud lining the road.

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No hay fotos o sonidos

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Ratón Saltador Occidental (Zapus princeps)

Observ.

sea-kangaroo

Fecha

Agosto 5, 2012

Descripción

Tiny little kangaroo rat-type thing bouncing across a mountain road at night. Didn't get a good look beyond that and the fact that it was brown, but this is the only hopping mouse species in range. (jumps were all very short and shallow, like a dropped ping pong ball just before it stops)

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