Journal archives for August 2021

August 11, 2021

North side - 08/11/21

Wednesday 9:30-11:25 am: no newts.
Weather - warm.
Other roadkills: none. maybe because it was so quiet - not too many cars. I met a bike rider who told me he just saw a little fox crossing the road. A minute later I looked into the vegetation where the biker was, and saw a gray fox. I took some photos, and he ran into the bushes. Then a second individual, possibly smaller, arrived, and I was able to photograph it as well. Later I also saw a fence lizard crossing the road. I've added them all to the new project - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/still-alive-crossing-alma-bridge-rd.
Coverage: from the parking lot to the second stop sign.
Traffic: 16 trucks, 22 cars, 8 bikes, 10 pedestrians, and 25 cars parked by the road and in the parking lots (0 cars at the far lot).
A link to all my observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2021-08-11&place_id=any&user_id=merav&verifiable=any

Posted on August 11, 2021 22:53 by merav merav | 2 comments | Leave a comment

August 01, 2021

North side - 07/29/21

Thursday 9:20-11:10 am: no newts.
Weather - hot.
Other roadkills: a few wasps, Jerusalem cricket, fence lizard. I saw a young Steller's Jay on a wire, next to a California Scrub-Jay, and a flicker just took off from that area when I got there. Maybe they had an important meeting.
Coverage: from the parking lot to the second stop sign.
Traffic: 4 trucks, 76 cars, 14 bikes, 11 pedestrians, and 22 cars parked by the road and in the parking lots (2 cars at the far lot). There were no cars parked by limekiln, a few cars by the boat club. A large group of kids getting ready for camp at the first parking lot.
So apparently the gravel road I saw last week wasn't work in progress, it was the new road. This week it was already painted. Not sure why, but they repaved the entire north section (possibly more), including all parts that were repaved in the fall. This road is different - it feels like loose gravel, there is no top layer of tar. I wonder why they did that, and I hope that people won't like it and chose not to drive there...

In a way it feels safer - now that it's painted, even though they paved a wider road, they left wider shoulders, leaving us some space to walk. Thanks County Roads for thinking about us :)
A link to all my observations of the day -
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2021-07-29&place_id=any&user_id=merav&verifiable=any

Posted on August 01, 2021 15:36 by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

August 04, 2021

North side - 08/03/21

Tuesday 8:45-10:25 am: no newts.
Weather - perfect (low seventies).
Other roadkills: a few wasps, another fence lizard.
I saw a doe crossing the road, and then a fawn near limekiln, and a brush rabbit after the boat club.
Coverage: from the parking lot to the second stop sign.
Traffic: 3 trucks, 34 cars, 10 bikes, 9 pedestrians, and 20 cars parked by the road and in the parking lots (2 cars at the far lot).

A link to all my observations of the day -
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?nelat=37.237279165733675&nelng=-121.6919300502168&on=2021-08-03&place_id=any&subview=map&swlat=37.16207547349263&swlng=-122.17258190568555&user_id=merav&verifiable=any

Posted on August 04, 2021 16:50 by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

August 27, 2021

North side - 08/19/21

Thursday 1:00 -2:30 pm: no newts.
Weather - warm!
Other roadkills: a moth and a dead bird. The bird was covered with yellow jackets, which got a bit upset when I took one too many photos.
Coverage: from the parking lot to the second stop sign.
Traffic: 1 truck, 16 cars, 12 bikes, 1 pedestrians, and 7 cars parked by the road and in the parking lots (0 cars at the far lot).
A link to all my observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?on=2021-08-19&place_id=any&user_id=merav&verifiable=any

Posted on August 27, 2021 04:54 by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

North side - 08/26/21

Thursday 9:45 -11:30 am: one newt?
Weather - warm,
Other roadkills: a caterpillar and a dying moth. And a newt - very dry, by the shoulder. Is it a fresh roadkill, or did it die a few months ago? I think we'd need to check photos from the area and compare it to this one.
Coverage: from the parking lot to the second stop sign.
Traffic: 10 truck, 20 cars, 6 bikes, 12 pedestrians, and 19 cars parked by the road and in the parking lots (6 cars at the far lot - a new record! maybe we need another parking lot across the street after all? there were only 27 free spots left).
A link to all my observations of the day - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?nelat=37.23642646243241&nelng=-121.69548148928267&on=2021-08-26&place_id=any&swlat=37.16122192025383&swlng=-122.18536014376265&user_id=merav&verifiable=any

Posted on August 27, 2021 05:15 by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment