Category Archives: identification

Comparing Leaves

On a recent walk up Harbor Mountain, I was reminded (by doing it) that I sometimes mistake Geranium (Geranium erianthum) leaves for monkshood (Aconitum delphiniifolium). Strangely, I don’t recall ever making the mistake in the other direction, which is probably … Continue reading

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Two Canada Geese

This past winter a flock of geese could be found out at Starrigavan. As best I could tell, they were all Canada Geese, though some of them seemed distinctly smaller than others. The picture above shows two of the mis-matched … Continue reading

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White Nudibranch

Last week Rowan found a small white nudibranch at John Brown’s Beach. It was one I had not seen before (which isn’t not particularly notable, since I haven’t spent a lot of time on marine life), but it seemed reasonably … Continue reading

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Western Gull?

Long-line season opened a little later this year, just late last week as I understand it (I recently learned that the season can open anywhere between the end of February and the end of March). As a result, there have … Continue reading

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Reminder of things to look for this summer…

Gymnocarpium disjunctum is supposed to be the common one, but so far I’ve only been able to find and photograph Gymnocarpium dryopteris. Is Indian River Valley atypical? am I blind? Is something else going on? Perhaps some of Luzulas I’ve … Continue reading

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Sparrows

These two sparrows posed nicely for comparing the differences between first year Golden-crowned Sparrow and White-crowned Sparrow. The differences seem obvious to me now, but I remember the first time I found White-crowned Sparrows I had a hard time figuring … Continue reading

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