From an email by Jocie to the Botany Group on May 14.
Last Monday (May 9) we enjoyed a rare sunny day at Kin Beach Provincial Park. There were lots of plants in bloom. Special thanks to Helen R. for helping lead the group, and for showing us a secret patch of camas!
Though we had our heads down looking at plants most of the time, the birders in our group noticed a pairing of American Kestrels atop a Douglas-fir tree! This was a highlight. Thanks to Kim D. for passing along the falcon pics.
Here are a few photos from this outing (click a photo to enlarge it):
- Menzies’ larkspur (Delphinium menziesii)
- Western buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis)
- Small-flowered woodland star (Lithophragma parviflorum)
- Barestem desert parsley, also known as barestem biscuitroot, and formerly as Indian consumption plant (Lomatium nudicaule)
- Small camas (Camassia quamash)
- Streambank springbeauty (Claytonia parviflora): the most uncommon of 5 species of miners’ lettuce that are found in Kin Beach park!
- Coastal mugwort (Artemisia suksdorfii)
- Botany Group in action!
- American Kestrel pair (Falco sparverius). Photos courtesy Kim D.