May 27, 2020

May 27th, 2020

May 27th, 2020 (Wednesday) 9:30 am – 11:30 am: no newts today! This is the first day with no newts, except for 2 weeks ago, where there were no newts, but then the road had been scrapped so they might have been removed.
It was already getting warm when I started, when I was done it was really hot. The whole week has been hot, no rain (but it might rain this Saturday).
Other roadkills - small frog (possibly a tree frog), a few honey bees, many darkling beetles, ants, crickets. Jerusalem cricket, harvestman. Also Western Whiptail - looked very fresh, and there was a live individual right next to it (not on the road). It's the first time I've seen them around this road.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Rainfall: (MTD: 1.18 in; YTD: 21.65 in). Data from - http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php
Traffic: 10 truck, 24 cars, 17 bikes, 1 motorcycle, 6 pedestrians. I saw a road-sweeping truck parked by the side of the road not too far away from the boat club.
All county park parking lots were open, no street parking near the first County Park parking lot.

Posted on May 27, 2020 23:23 by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

May 21, 2020

Interesting read from the New York Times

With the World on Pause, Salamanders Own the Road - https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/science/salamanders-amphibians-wildlife-migration.html
In the East Coast, Covid was well-timed with amphibian migration. Not here, unfortunately...

Posted on May 21, 2020 02:22 by merav merav | 2 comments | Leave a comment

May 20th, 2020

May 20th, 2020 (Wednesday) 9:30 am – 11:30 am: I found 4 new dead newts, 1 juvenile. They were all new, as I removed all dead newts the week before.
It was a bit cold. It rained on Sunday and Monday in San Jose.
Other roadkills - large frog, a bumblebee, honey bees, many darkling beetles, ant, earthworm.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Rainfall: (MTD: 1.18 in; YTD: 21.65 in). Data from - http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php
Traffic: 10 truck, 22 cars, 9 bikes, 13 pedestrians, 1 dog (including a MidPen pickup). Two of the trucks didn't go into the quarry. Some of the cars (and trucks) were speeding, and it was quite scary.
All county park parking lots were open, no street parking near the first County Park parking lot.

Posted on May 21, 2020 01:43 by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

May 14, 2020

North side - 5/13/2020

May 13th, 2020 (Wednesday) 9:20 am – 11:00 am: I found 5 new dead newts, 2 of them were very small. They were all new, as I removed all dead newts 2 weeks earlier. The dead newt I left down the road 2 weeks ago was now gone.
The weather was a bit cool. It rained Saturday or Sunday night in San Jose.
Other roadkills - a bumblebee, honey bees, a darkling beetle, a dead butterfly, and a dead caterpillar.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Rainfall: (MTD: 0.43 in; YTD: 20.90 in). Data from - http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php
Traffic: 12 truck, 22 cars, 5 bikes, 9 pedestrians, 4 jets! (including a county parks pickups)
All county park parking lots were open, no street parking near the first County Park parking lot.

Posted on May 14, 2020 05:50 by merav merav | 2 comments | Leave a comment

May 08, 2020

North side - 5/6/2020

May 6th, 2020 (Wednesday) 9 am – 11:30 am: no new dead newts, but the road was scraped very recently - it was very clean, and the sides of the roads were cleared of vegetation along most of the road. The dead newt I left on the road the week before was still around, but was scraped as well - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/45241409.
The weather was a bit cool at first, got a bit warmer later.
Other roadkills - a bumblebee, honey bees, a few darkling beetles, a fly, a wasp, a cricket, and a dried slender salamander hugging many dead carpenter ants.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Rainfall: (MTD: 0 in; YTD: 20.47 in). Data from - http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php
Traffic: 1 truck, 23 cars, 1 motorcycle, 10 bikes, 9 pedestrians. (including some county parks and roads something pick ups)
All county park parking lots were open, no street parking near the first County Park parking lot.

Posted on May 08, 2020 06:10 by merav merav | 2 comments | Leave a comment

April 30, 2020

North side - 4/29/2020

April 29th, 2020 (Wednesday) 9 am – 11:00 pm: 2 new dead newts.
The weather was a bit cool, overcast.
All newts observed today were new, as I removed everything last week, and did so again today.
Other roadkills - some bumblebees, honey bees (at least 3 more than the documented ones), a beetle, a small scorpion, a centipede (I saw another one crossing the road), a caterpillar.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign. There's a dead newt right after the stop sign, so technically I'm not supposed to document it. I thought I'd leave it there and add it to the decomposition study and remove it from this project - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/44318202
Rainfall: (MTD: 2.4 in; YTD: 20.40 in). Data from - http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php
Traffic: 5 trucks, 21 cars, 14 bikes, 19 pedestrians.
All county park parking lots were open.

Posted on April 30, 2020 00:10 by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 23, 2020

North side - 4/22/2020

April 22nd, 2020 (Wednesday) 10 am – 11:30 pm: 9 new dead newts, 1 juvenile.
The weather was nice.
All newts observed today were new, as I removed everything last week, and did so again today.
Other roadkills - a large alligator lizard, a fence lizard, a few beetles, a wolf spider with its babies...
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Rainfall: (MTD: 2.39 in; YTD: 20.46 in). Data from - http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php
Traffic: 1 truck, 30 cars, 2 motorcycles, 10 bikes, 15 pedestrians.
All county park parking lots were open.
So they're still out and about...

Posted on April 23, 2020 05:58 by merav merav | 2 comments | Leave a comment

April 16, 2020

South/Aldercroft side - 4/15/2020

Coverage: Aldercroft Heights Road intersection to stop sign.
3:48pm - 5:20pm

Dead newts: 7, almost all on the side of the road away from the reservoir again
Other critters: 2 dead butterflies (that looked like they were mating at the time!), 1 dead garter snake, 2 dead fence lizards, 1 dead grasshopper (I think that's what it was)

Vehicles: 41
Bikes: 11
Pedestrians: 3

Weather: Warm and clear, in the 80s, hasn't rained in a while
Rainfall: MTD 2.35in, YTD 20.42in (per http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php?year=2020)

I removed from the road all of the dead reptiles I found.

More flowers blooming along the road. No ticks on me this time.

Posted on April 16, 2020 04:41 by newtpatrol newtpatrol | 3 comments | Leave a comment

April 15, 2020

North side - 4/14/2020

April 14th, 2020 (Tuesday) 8:45 am – 10:25 pm: 10 new dead newts, 2 of them juveniles.
The weather was nice. There was no rain in the past week.
All newts observed today were new, as I removed everything last week, and did so again today.
Other roadkills - some earthworms, a millipede a cricket, moth, caterpillars, beetles, bumblebees, cicada, harvestman. Ants were feeding on some of the dead arthropods on the road.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Rainfall: (MTD: 2.35 in; YTD: 20.42 in). Data from - http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php
Traffic: 5 trucks, 20 cars, 11 bikes, 8 pedestrians.
The first county park parking lot (near the Jones trailhead) was closed, but the one in the middle of Alma Bridge Rd was open.
The creek near the lime kiln trail was dry, after running for the first time last week.

Posted on April 15, 2020 05:02 by merav merav | 3 comments | Leave a comment

April 12, 2020

South/Aldercroft side - 4/9/2020

Coverage: Aldercroft Heights Road intersection to stop sign.
3:10pm - 5:01pm

Dead newts: 15, almost all on the side of the road away from the reservoir
Other critters: 1 fuzzy caterpillar, alive

Vehicles: 49 (!!!)
Bikes: 14

Weather: Cloudy, with occasional moist spit
Rainfall: MTD 2.34in, YTD 20.41in (per http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php?year=2020)

So many cars! People entertaining themselves at the reservoir with the time off, I suppose. Had a good chat with one person who asked what I was doing.

And so many ticks! I looked down at one point and had 6 crawling up my leg.

Weird stuff keeps happening when I try to upload the photos from this week, they'll get up eventually.

Posted on April 12, 2020 03:07 by newtpatrol newtpatrol | 0 comments | Leave a comment