Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks / Giant Sequoia National Monument

Hmm, observation selection is kind of broken.

August 5-7, 2012.

I guess I'd heard "high Sierras" in the parks' descriptions and gotten the impression that the whole area was up over 7000 feet and would have perfect weather midsummer, but that was not the case! The foothills and canyon were blazingly hot. I went in the (lovely green, breathakingly cold) Kings River and within two minutes of getting out was completely air-dried. Also surprisingly populated for a weekday trip; all the reserveable campsites were completely full and I slept "dispersed" in the conveniently-adjacent national forest.

Particularly nice:
Star-filled night sky.
View from Moro Rock.
White-throated swifts shooting noisily past at approx. mach 3.

Caddisfly cases?
Leavis Flat campground by a creek.

Publicado por sea-kangaroo sea-kangaroo, 11 de agosto de 2012, 11:04 PM

Observações

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What

Codorniz-da-Califórnia (Callipepla californica)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 5, 2012

Descrição

A good-sized group of immature quail with little crests under an oak tree. Not that the photo turned out at all.

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

What

Pica-Pau-Das-Bolotas (Melanerpes formicivorus)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 5, 2012

Descrição

Lots and lots of these all along the roads up in here, though they mostly eluded my camera.

Fotos / Sons

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Leavis Flat Campground.

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Leavis Flat Campground.

Small. When resting (didn't get a photo), held its legs bunched together and straight out, in a sort of T or X (I forget).

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Leavis Flat Campground.

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

What

Frigânios (Ordem Trichoptera)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Leavis Flat Campground.

I guess these are caddisfly larva cases? They seem kind of square, though. They were pretty small, stuck on securely, and had no discernible openings. They were on boulders in the creek, both above and below the water line.

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

What

Esquilo-Cinzento-Ocidental (Sciurus griseus)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Trail of 100 Giants.

Saw several.

Fotos / Sons

What

Esquilo-Terrestre-de-Manto-Dourado (Callospermophilus lateralis)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Trail of 100 Giants.

Saw lots, including a couple groups of juveniles/immatures. (the photo is an adult, though)

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

What

Tâmia-de-Lodgepole (Neotamias speciosus)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Trail of 100 Giants.

Photo isn't great, but there were a lot of these guys and I got a pretty good look at most of them. All quite small, lots of white on the backs of the ears and behind the ears, stripes dark brown/bright white, tails reddish with black tips.

Fotos / Sons

What

Sequóia-Gigante (Sequoiadendron giganteum)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Trail of 100 Giants.

Fotos / Sons

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Trail of 100 Giants.

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Trail of 100 Giants.

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

What

Calocedro (Calocedrus decurrens)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Trail of 100 Giants.

Fotos / Sons

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Trail of 100 Giants.

Yellow wings, blue on the "calf" of the jumping legs, sometimes but not always made sounds when flying away.

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Trail of 100 Giants.

I think this is the aphid and not the fungus (Exobasidium vaccini) because of the two different gall shapes, and because I don't recall the flatter ones being convex on the reverse side.

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Trail of 100 Giants.

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Trail of 100 Giants.

Didn't get a photo of the leaves.

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

What

Cascavel-Do-Pacífico-Norte (Crotalus oreganus ssp. oreganus)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Just past Trail of 100 Giants/Redwood Meadow Campground.

Slithering rather slowly and awkwardly. Not sure if it was having trouble getting purchase on the road, if it was trying to keep on eye on me and escape at the same time, or if rattlesnakes are naturally kinda dopey (hadn't seen one actually moving before, usually they just sit).

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

What

Garça-Branca-Grande (Ardea alba)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Fotos / Sons

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Several species here, but I mean this for the orange one.

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

What

Asteráceas (Família Asteraceae)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Crescent Meadow.

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

What

Urso-Negro (Ursus americanus)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Evening in the Crescent Meadow area.

Only one cub. Saw a different mother/single cub pair farther west along the road, too.

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

What

Esquilo-de-Douglas (Tamiasciurus douglasii)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Crescent Meadow area.

Fotos / Sons

Nenhuma foto ou som

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Lots of them hunting and twittering over Moro Rock.

Fotos / Sons

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Moro Rock.

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

What

Ascomicetos (Filo Ascomycota)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Lots of this brilliant yellow lichen (also in Kings Canyon, I assume the same kind). Streaks of it visible from the main road far below.

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Next to the road in a little meadowlet somewhere between Giant Forest Museum and Wolverton Road.

Only Rudbeckia on the NPS checklist.

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

What

Sequóia-Gigante (Sequoiadendron giganteum)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

General Sherman.

Fotos / Sons

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 7, 2012

Descrição

Near Big Meadow.

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

Nenhuma foto ou som

What

Tordo-Americano (Turdus migratorius)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 7, 2012

Descrição

Big Meadow Campground unit 4.

Fotos / Sons

Nenhuma foto ou som

What

Trepadeira-Azul-Do-Canadá (Sitta canadensis)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 7, 2012

Descrição

Big Meadow Campground unit 4.

Fotos / Sons

What

Trepadeira-Americana (Certhia americana)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 6, 2012

Descrição

Trail of 100 Giants.

Fotos / Sons

Nenhuma foto ou som

What

Galeirão-Americano (Fulica americana)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 7, 2012

Fotos / Sons

What

Pato-Real (Anas platyrhynchos)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 7, 2012

Descrição

Just starting to get mature plumage.

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 7, 2012

Descrição

Big fat dark snail on the lake edge. Opening sealed up tight by the snail inside.

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 7, 2012

Descrição

Not 100% sure, but seems like a good fit-- three dark areas on each wing, fat skimmer-like body.

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 7, 2012

Fotos / Sons

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 7, 2012

Descrição

An incessant swarm on the feeders at Kings Canyon Lodge. "Tzippity-zippity-zip!"

Allen's or Rufous, not sure which. There were a whole lot of them of all different maturities and sexes, constantly switching places and running each other off, plus they tended to be either backlit or reflective. Definitely did not see any with all-rufous backs, though of course that doesn't necessarily mean anything.

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

What

Truta (Salmo trutta)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 7, 2012

Descrição

Zumwelt Meadow area.

Black spots all over the back.

Fotos / Sons

What

Tabua-de-Folha-Larga (Typha latifolia)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 7, 2012

Descrição

Zumwelt Meadow.

Fotos / Sons

What

Roseiras (Género Rosa)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 7, 2012

Descrição

Zumwelt Meadow.

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

What

Búteo-de-Cauda-Vermelha (Buteo jamaicensis)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 7, 2012

Fotos / Sons

What

Sequóia-Gigante (Sequoiadendron giganteum)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 7, 2012

Fotos / Sons

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 7, 2012

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

What

Borboletas e Mariposas (Ordem Lepidoptera)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 7, 2012

Descrição

Cocoon.

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

What

Tâmia-de-Lodgepole (Neotamias speciosus)

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 7, 2012

Descrição

Red tail with black tip, lots of white behind ears/on backs of ears, brown/white stripes.

Fotos / Sons

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 7, 2012

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 7, 2012

Descrição

A sort of a purple cloud lining the road.

Etiquetas

Fotos / Sons

Nenhuma foto ou som

Observador

sea-kangaroo

Data

Agosto 5, 2012

Descrição

Tiny little kangaroo rat-type thing bouncing across a mountain road at night. Didn't get a good look beyond that and the fact that it was brown, but this is the only hopping mouse species in range. (jumps were all very short and shallow, like a dropped ping pong ball just before it stops)

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