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Common Redpoll Acanthis flammea

Observer

gwenlh

Date

February 13, 2013 12:08 PM PST

Description

A few of these birds visited our feeders at this time. I understand small flocks visit the Squamish Estuary some winters, but they seldom come uphill to our property.

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Observer

gwenlh

Date

February 10, 2020 04:03 PM PST

Description

This polypore seems to be dead - it was woody and very crumbly when I broke a piece off to show a profile. It was about 20 cm across, on the ground about 2 m from the trunk of a large western hemlock. There were at least 4 layers (?pileus) concentric. The rosette effect suggested Phaeolus schweinitzii, but the surface seemed to match the "soft velvety" described for O. tomentosa. Not easy to tell with such an old specimen.

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Hairy Bracket Trametes hirsuta

Observer

gwenlh

Date

December 30, 2019 02:00 PM PST

Description

This branch was lying on the ground on a wet day and it caught my eye because of the similarity to the Trametes versicolor we see commonly here. The colours are muted and less distinct, and there are bands of hairs of different lengths. It is very soft to the touch. Note the white rot on the broken end of the branch. (The first photo shows a specimen that let dry - the rest are wet as I found them.)

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Hair Ice Exidiopsis effusa

Observer

gwenlh

Date

January 9, 2020 04:16 PM PST

Description

We found this hair ice at a higher elevation than our previous observations near the Mamquam River. It was the first time I had seen the ice on a standing tree trunk, likely a red alder, rather than on or close to the ground.

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Pine Siskin Spinus pinus

Observer

gwenlh

Date

January 26, 2020 10:13 AM PST

Description

For the past two weeks we have been visited by a large flock of pine siskins - 100 or more. This is unusual for us, especially in winter. The photo of the tree against the dark sky shows a small part of the flock.

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus

Observer

gwenlh

Date

April 23, 2011 09:04 AM PDT

Description

When I asked our local birders about this visitor, one recalled a sighting in 2006. These birds are normally not seen on the west side of the Coast Range in our area. It fed, had some water, and was gone within the hour, so I felt fortunate to have seen it and to have captured some record shots.

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Fan-shaped Jelly-Fungus Dacryopinax spathularia

Observer

gwenlh

Date

January 9, 2020 04:19 PM PST

Description

The icy snow on the trunk of the alder masked some of shape of the "fans", but the ?fluted edges of the fans show. I realize that the jelly fungi are hard to identify, but these look to me very much like benkeen's observation 37048647.

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Globular Springtails Order Symphypleona

Observer

gwenlh

Date

December 30, 2019 03:27 PM PST

Description

I was photographing detail of a bark barnacle lichen on an alder branch and this tiny insect moved into view. It was perhaps 2 mm long and I would never have seen it but for my macro lens. Jeff Brown (Bugguide) suggested the order Symphypleona. This photo is not good enough to help with a species-level id but I find it interesting nonetheless.

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Red-shouldered Stink Bug Thyanta custator

Observer

gwenlh

Date

July 14, 2019 02:29 PM PDT

Description

Ken Volgemuth (Bugguide) has suggested Thyanta. The closest id I can find is T. custator, which I understand is a highly-variable species. The brown form is described as sometimes overwintering.

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Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius

Observer

gwenlh

Date

December 28, 2019 02:38 PM PST

Description

This year the Varied Thrushes came to our yard and feeders during our first cold snap and a few have stayed despite the warmer weather and absence of snow. We have heavy snow forecast so no doubt the number in our yard will increase. One winter we had 16 - this year the maximum we have seen is 7.

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Chestnut-backed Chickadee Poecile rufescens

Observer

gwenlh

Date

December 29, 2019 03:21 PM PST

Description

Most winters we have a small flock of these chickadees visiting our feeders. They usually flock with Black-capped Chickadees.

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What

Hair Ice Exidiopsis effusa

Observer

gwenlh

Date

December 23, 2019 04:08 PM PST

Description

We spotted some of this ice in the same area in Jan 2019. The base is likely alder - all the branches are quite small but it is hard to tell. There is cottonwood in the same area. The ice that has fallen on the ground looks like combings from a Samoyed, but possibly someone couldn't resist touching.

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Witch's Butter Tremella mesenterica

Observer

gwenlh

Date

December 25, 2019 05:09 PM PST

Description

This caught my eye as a bright spot on the forest floor. When I picked it up I was surprized to see the Tremella growing wrapped up in a pair of alder leaves. I peeled a bit of a leaf back to be sure that the fungus wasn't loose. It seemed old as the shape wasn't as defined as a fresh sample I found in my yard. There are some dark spots which I have seen in other observations of this species. I wonder what they are.

I reviewed many of the observations in iNaturalist and found one other growing on leaves.

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Observer

gwenlh

Date

November 5, 2019 03:28 PM PST

Description

I posted an observation of this same phenomenon a year ago, from the same area of a nature trail. I am posting again because of the intensity of colour - this photo is completely unaltered. Detail shot plus setting shot. The water in this part of the floodplain forest seems to be very iron-rich.

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Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis

Observer

gwenlh

Date

December 27, 2019 11:21 AM PST

Description

This bird normally flies quickly in and out of the feeder but this morning paused for a few minutes and stayed put. I could see the spurs on her feet and decided to shoot this picture through the window just to capture that detail. The female has a much lighter breast than the male.

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Crumpled Rag Lichen Platismatia tuckermanii

Observer

gwenlh

Date

December 25, 2019 04:52 PM PST

Description

Two things about this lichen caught my eye: the yellowish-brown colour colour and the round forms (largest upper left and smaller lower right). It seemed very different from the Platismatia glauca that is common here. (I think there is some of that at the very left side of the photo.) Photos 2 and 3 show another specimen from a nearby branch.

The id is suggested by Kueda's observation 2509542.

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Observer

gwenlh

Date

December 25, 2019 04:52 PM PST

Description

I picked up a piece of branch to look at a rag lichen that was unusual. Only after I loaded the file did I see that there were several different types of lichen in an area of a few sq cm. This barnacle lichen was on both outer edges of the photo, included as the third photo here. I reshot to get better details of the fruiting bodies.

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Sweet Cherry Prunus avium

Observer

gwenlh

Date

April 12, 2019 03:56 PM PDT

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Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus

Observer

gwenlh

Date

April 18, 2019 09:39 AM PDT

Description

A bit fuzzy, taken through a window.

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Northern Red Oak Quercus rubra

Observer

gwenlh

Date

November 6, 2019 05:30 PM PST

Description

This little tree caught my eye because of the bright red leaves - not what I expected for an oak, which it appeared to be because of the leaf shape. The points on the leaf and the colour led me to this id. The site is near cultivated areas. Position approximate but close.

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Bearberry Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Observer

gwenlh

Date

November 6, 2019 05:00 PM PST

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English Oak Quercus robur

Observer

gwenlh

Date

November 5, 2019 04:17 PM PST

Description

This little tree was growing out of a vertical rock face.

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Common Fiber Vase Thelephora terrestris

Observer

gwenlh

Date

November 6, 2019 04:36 PM PST

Description

Apologies for the poor quality of this photo. It seems that this species varies considerably, but I'm guessing at this id.

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Common Fiber Vase Thelephora terrestris

Observer

gwenlh

Date

November 1, 2019 03:43 PM PDT

Description

This specimen wasn't fresh - there was soil and moss on it, but the flat form and purple colouring with fringed edges suggest the id.

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Blood Red Russula Russula rosacea

Observer

gwenlh

Date

November 6, 2019 04:29 PM PST

Description

Red cap and creamy gills with a reddish pink stem . Surface concave and blotched with white in older specimen. (I did not dare to taste.)

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Mealy Pixie Cup Cladonia chlorophaea

Observer

gwenlh

Date

November 15, 2019 03:40 PM PST

Description

I took a break from cleaning gutters before the heavy rains hit and noticed this little patch of lichen. I will try to get a better photo when conditions improve.

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Witch's Butter Tremella mesenterica

Observer

gwenlh

Date

November 15, 2019 02:36 PM PST

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Chum Salmon Oncorhynchus keta

Observer

gwenlh

Date

November 13, 2019 05:04 PM PST

Description

This salmon with almost no damage was laying beside the trail on the Mamquam dike. It was as though someone had put it there for the eagles and other wildlife. We saw salmon swimming up river on the east side of the west fork of the river and a few in the northernmost spawning channel. There were almost no spawned out fish in the water.

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Dragon Horn Cladonia squamosa

Observer

gwenlh

Date

November 1, 2019 03:16 PM PDT

Description

The first image was taken on the north side of the stump and the second on the south side.

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Dog Vomit Slime Mould Fuligo septica

Observer

gwenlh

Date

August 16, 2018 05:41 PM PDT

Description

This lemon-sized growth appeared on a concrete wall in my garden. It looked like a dried orange peel. When I touched it the outer surface dissipated and everything was very dry. I had no idea what it was. A similar growth appeared on the soil a year later, a few feet away.

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