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Big Basin Berry Creek Falls in November

November on the Berry Creek Falls Loop (BCFL) Trail in the Forest of Big Basin State Park.
Route was clockwise except where stated otherwise. Report is by J. Zimmerman except where stated otherwise.

Flower are our stars 2008 (counter-clockwise).
Flower are our stars 2007 (counter-clockwise).
Flower are our stars 2006. Also 2006 Big Basin State Park Prescribed Burn.
Flower are our stars 2005
Flower are our stars 2004 by J. Zimmerman and Scott Peden.
Flower are our stars 2003 by J. Zimmerman and Scott Peden.
Flower are our stars 2002 by Scott Peden.

Flower are our stars 7-year summary of flower-slug-newt data.
Flower are our stars Flower-slug-newt count graph.
Flower are our stars Wildflower species calendar on BCFL Trail.
Flower are our stars Walk With Scott Peden in Big Basin State Park.
NEW AUGUST 2005 Paces calibration (Berry Creek Falls Loop Trail).
Redwoods are our stars Life History and Ecological Guide to the Coast Redwood by Daniel J. Miller.
Courting banana slugs by Scott Peden

Courting banana slugs © Scott Peden.
November is often a peak month for slug viewing.

Designation of "unique": In these reports, "unique" refers to any species that was seen in a single location on the reported day.

Designation of New flower added to our spotting: In these reports, New flower added to our spotting ("New") refers to a flower that was not spotted by us in previous years.


Thursday, November 6, 2008 - counter-clockwise.

Report by J. Zimmerman.

Flowers (alphabetically) seen on the hike:

  1. California hedge nettle (Stachys bulleta) Not a true nettle, so you may touch it painlessly. Rose/blue/purplish flowers.
  2. Coast Boykinia (a.k.a. Brook Foam), Boykinia Elata (5 open white petals).
  3. Hawkweed (white; similar growth pattern to madia).
  4. Sensitive manzanita (in chaparral).
  5. Sugar scoop (saxifrage, sometimes called False Mitrewort), Tiatella unifoliata (white).


Thursday, November 1, 2007 - counter-clockwise.

Report by J. Zimmerman.


No flowers at HQ.

Taking Dool Trail toward Sunset Trail - beginning our counter-clockwise exploration.

By Middle Ridge Fire Road: 0 new slugs (0 total).

  1. Hawkweed (white; similar growth pattern to madia).

    By Sky-Line-to-the-Sea Trail Connector on Sunset Trail: 8 new slugs (8 total).

    By West Waddell Creek Bridge on Sunset Trail: 48 new slugs (56 total).

    By Timms Creek Trail on Sunset Trail: 3 new slugs (59 total).

    By East Berry Creek Bridge: 16 new slugs (75 total). .

  2. ["unique"] Sensitive manzanita (in chaparral).

    By Sunset camp Connector trail: 3 new slugs (78 total).

  3. Sugar scoop (saxifrage, sometimes called False Mitrewort), Tiatella unifoliata (white).

    By Silver Falls: 5 new slugs (83 total).

  4. ["unique"] Redwood violet (Viola sempervirens) (yellow).

    By Berry Creek Falls view from Seat: 12 new slugs (95 total).

  5. Coast Boykinia (a.k.a. Brook Foam), Boykinia Elata (5 open white petals).

    By West Waddell Creek Bridge: 3 new slugs (98 total).

  6. California hedge nettle (Stachys bulleta) Not a true nettle, so you may touch it painlessly. Rose/blue/purplish flowers.
  7. California Harebell (Stachys bulleta).
    First time we have seen it so late in the season.

    By Timms Creek Trail: 30 new slugs (128 total).

    By West (Lower) End of Connector trail: 14 new slugs (142 total).

    By East (Upper) End of the Connector trail: 11 new slug (153 total).

    By Kelly Creek Bridge: 15 new slugs (168 total).

    By Sunset Connector: 17 new slug (185 total).

    By Middle Ridge Fire Road: 11 new slugs (196 total).

  8. ["unique"] Cat's ear (yellow composite; chicory tribe).

    Arriving back via Sky-Line-to-the-Sea Trail at Park Head Quarters: 6 new slugs (202 total).

Wednesday, November 1, 2006.

Report by J. Zimmerman.


Zero flowers at Ranger Station HQ.

Take Sky-Line-to-the-Sea Trail toward Middle Ridge Fire Road. Slug count so far is 0.

A Pileated Woodpecker pounding a tall about 15 minutes down the trail from HQ.

By Middle Ridge Fire Road: 1 new slug, 2 total.

Masses of scarlet berries on hairy honeysuckle.

By Sunset Connector Trail junction: 1 new slug, 2 total.

Black Beetle with a red spot on each side of his head, eating an Ocean Spray leaf, at upland meadow just after the Sunset Connecter trail.

By Kelly Creek Bridge: 2 new slugs, 4 total.

Berries on Branched Solomon's Seal, burning bush, rose.

By East End (upper) of the side trail: 5 new slugs, 9 total.

Lots of plump scarlet berries on Hooker's fairy bell.

Also berries on Spikenard (Elks Clover) and Branched Solomon's Seal.

By West End (lower) of the side trail: No new slugs, 9 total.

Short new catkins starting on the hazelnut, along with the remnants of the previous season of catkins.
Fruit on Bluing Balls (blue) and Hookers Fairy Bells (red).

By Timms Creek Trail: 5 new slug, 14 total.

  1. ["unique"] California hedge nettle (Stachys bulleta). Not a true nettle, so you may touch it painlessly.

  2. ["unique"] Coast Boykinia (Boykinia Elata) (white). A.k.a. Brook Foam. (5 open white petals).

  3. Sugar scoop (saxifrage, sometimes called False Mitrewort), Tiatella unifoliata (white).

    Red berries of burning bush.

    By West Waddell Creek Bridge: 6 new slugs, 20 total.

  4. Hawkweed (white; similar growth pattern to madia).

  5. Alum root (white), Heuchera micrantha; a.k.a. crevice heuchera or small-flowered heuchera.

    By Berry Creek Falls first view (at Seat): No new slugs, 20 total.

    The hiker who turned back at this point (and is our strongest banana slug spotter) kindly kept track of the number of banana slugs seen solo: 13.

    The difference from the number seen outbound (20) is possibly caused by fewer slugs being out at noon than at mid-morning.

    However, our experience is that each of our team, no matter how observant, misses slugs that others spot. In a team of four, about half of the slugs are spotted by someone behind the lead observer, mostly by the second observer, with perhaps 10% spotted by someone after the second observer.

    By Berry Creek Bridge saw another Varied Thrush.

    By Berry Creek Falls viewing platform and bench: No new slugs, 20 total.

    A spray bow halfway up the Falls (12:10 p.m. from the platform).

    By Silver Falls: 6 new slugs, 26 total.

    Yellow Spotted Millipede digging his way out of a hole under a step at the top of Silver Falls.

    By Sunset Camp Connector Trail junction with Sunset Trail: 3 new slugs, 29 total.

    Coffee Berry with indigo berries. Toyon with immature fruit (it will turn red).

    By East Berry Creek Bridge: No new slugs, 29 total.

    By Timms Creek Trail junction with Sunset Trail: No new slugs, 29 total.

    By West Waddell Creek Bridge: No new slugs, 29 total.

    By Sky-Line-to-the-Sea Trail Connector junction with Sunset Trail: No new slugs, 29 total.

    By Middle Ridge Fire Road: No new slugs, 29 total.

    By Dool Trail: No new slugs, 29 total.

    By HQ: No new slugs, 29 total.

Sunday, November 6, 2005.

Report by J. Zimmerman.


We saw our first banana slug at Ranger HQ, so this bodes to be a high count day. Zero flowers (except on lichens) at Ranger Station HQ:

Take Sky-Line-to-the-Sea Trail toward Middle Ridge Fire Road. Slug count so far is 1.

  1. Redwood violet (Viola sempervirens) (yellow).
  2. ["unique" ] Thistle.

    By Middle Ridge Fire Road: 1 new slug, 2 total.

    Masses of scarlet berries on hairy honeysuckle.

    By Sunset Connector Trail junction: 12 new slugs, 14 total.

  3. Hawkweed (white; similar growth pattern to madia).
  4. California hedge nettle (Stachys bulleta). Not a true nettle, so you may touch it painlessly.

    By Kelly Creek Bridge: 35 new slugs, 49 total.

    Berries on Branched Solomon's Seal.

    By East End (upper) of the side trail: 17 new slugs, 66 total. Also 3 newt.

    Lots of plump scarlet berries on Hooker's fairy bell.

    Astonishingly, a carnivorous banana slug, eating the duff off the bottom of a dead one.

    By West End (lower) of the side trail: 23 new slug, 89 total.

  5. Sugar scoop (saxifrage, sometimes called False Mitrewort), Tiatella unifoliata (white).

    By Timms Creek Trail: 21 new slugs, 110 total.

  6. Coast Boykinia (Boykinia Elata) (white). A.k.a. Brook Foam. (5 open white petals).

    Red berries of pawn brokers bush (burning bush).

    By West Waddell Creek Bridge: 22 new slugs, 132 total. 1 new newt; 4 total.

    By Berry Creek Falls first view (at Seat): 3 new slugs, 135 total.

    By Berry Creek Falls viewing platform and bench: 2 new slugs, 137 total.

  7. Trail Plant (white)

    By Silver Falls: 24 new slug, 161 total. 4 new terrestrial newts and 2 aquatic newts; 10 total.

    By Sunset Camp Connector Trail junction with Sunset Trail: 1 new slug, 162 total.

    By East Berry Creek Bridge: 0 new slugs, 162 total.

    By Timms Creek Trail junction with Sunset Trail: 10 new slugs, 172 total.

    By West Waddell Creek Bridge: 2 new slug, 174 total.

    By Sky-Line-to-the-Sea Trail Connector junction with Sunset Trail: 10 new slugs, 184 total.

    By Middle Ridge Fire Road: 6 new slug, 190 total.

    By Dool Trail: No additions.

    By HQ: No additions.

Thursday, November 4, 2004.

Report by J. Zimmerman and Scott Peden, Photographer and Docent at Big Basin State Park.

Designation of "unique": In this report, the designation of "unique" is given to those species that were seen in a single location.


No flowers visible by the Ranger Station HQ.

Take Sky-Line-to-the-Sea Trail toward Middle Ridge Fire Road.

By Middle Ridge Fire Road: slug count so far is 0.

  1. Hawkweed (white; similar growth pattern to madia).

    By Sunset Connector Trail junction: 15 new slugs, 15 total.

    By Kelly Creek Bridge: 29 new slugs, 44 total. And 2 terrestrial newts, 2 total.

  2. ["unique"] Redwood violet (Viola sempervirens) (yellow; flowers closed but buds open).

    By East End (upper) of the side trail: 9 new slugs, 53 total.

    By West End (lower) of the side trail: 31 new slugs, 84 total. And 1 more terrestrial newt, 3 total.

    By Timms Creek Trail: 26 new slugs, 110 total. And 2 more terrestrial newts, 5 total.

    First sighting of the uncommon 'Shield Fern' - a close relative of the 'Sword Fern'.

  3. Sugar scoop (saxifrage, sometimes called False Mitrewort), Tiarella unifoliata (white).
  4. Coast Boykinia, Boykinia Elata (white). A.k.a. Brook Foam. (5 open white petals). [Beside West Waddell Creek Bridge.]

    Also saw the showy and fiery 3-winged-seed 'pawn broker's bush' or Burning Bush.

    By West Waddell Creek Bridge: 41 new slugs, 151 total. And 1 more terrestrial newt, 6 total.

    By Berry Creek Falls first view (at Seat): 2 new slugs, 153 total.

    By Silver Falls. 53 new slugs, 206 total; And 2 more terrestrial newts (at Silver Falls), giving 8 total.

    By Sunset Camp Connector Trail junction with Sunset Trail: 7 new slugs, 213 total.

  5. ["unique"] Several small-leaved Manzanita (Sensitive Manzanita) in bloom.

    By East Berry Creek Bridge: 3 new slugs, 216 total. And 1 more terrestrial newt, 9 total.

    By Timms Creek Trail junction with Sunset Trail: 9 new slugs, 225 total. At this point one observer was half hour ahead of the rest of the team; is is possible that an entrained pair of slugs (seen by the first observer) became the mating pair in a ring (similar to those in Scott Peden's photos from previous years) seen by the rest of the team.

    By West Waddell Creek Bridge: 6 new slugs, 231 total.

    By Sky-Line-to-the-Sea Trail Connector junction with Sunset Trail: 15 new slugs, 246 total. The last two slugs were a mating pair in a ring, similar to those in Scott Peden's photos from previous years.

    By Middle Ridge Fire Road: 11 new slugs, 257 total.

    By Dool Trail: 1 new slugs, 258 total.


November 2003.

Two reports this month, both shown below: Wednesday, November 12, 2003 (by Scott Peden) and Friday, November 28, 2003 (by J. Zimmerman).

Wednesday, November 12, 2003.

Report by Scott Peden.

148 Nanners, 5 Newts (1 with gills in a pool of water, left side of the trail near suicide bridge - 
this is a bridge where a newt once escaped JZ's observation by leaping off the bridge). 
4 flowers:
(1) Coyote Brush flowers at park HQ. 
(2) A sugar Scoop (Saxifrage, look for the scoop, and the petal sepals stick way out,
    the flower petals stick out too) (RH side just after Timms Ck). 
(3) A California Hedge Nettle (just before the W. Waddell bridge on Sky Sea Tr). 
(4) A large bunch of Alum Roots (Saxifrages) on the RH side of the trail between BC Falls, 
    and the next bridge. Their sepals stick out, but the flower petals curl back, 
	giving it a blimp shape, sticking its tongue out. They grow away from the water. 
	The leaves are real similar to the Sugar scoops. 
	[All of the Boykinia I saw had only dried flowers left; these have 
	a row of flowers on branching stems, and are right down in the water, 
	often near sugar scoops.]
Water flow has barely improved, due to the minimal drizzle we had last month. 
Only 3-4 downed trees on the trail, and all only minor inconveniences.

Friday, November 28, 2003. (Additional hike.)

Report by J. Zimmerman.

2 flowers:
(1) Coyote Brush flowers at park HQ. 
(2) Several small-leaved Manzanita in bloom (Sensitive Manzanita).

Quite dry since the hike earlier this month; as a result, less of everything.
Saw a (winter?) wren about 4 miles from HQ on Sunset Trail.
Still 3-4 downed trees on the trail; only minor inconveniences.
Worrisome to see signs of wild pig activity, in overturned dirt beside Sunset Trail
from about 4.5 miles from HQ to about 2 miles from HQ. (Reported this at HQ,
which is keeping a record of sightings.)

November 2002

Two reports this month, both shown below: Saturday, November 9th, 2002 and Thursday, November 21st 2002.

Thursday, November 21st 2002 - What we saw.

THE HIGHLIGHTS

On the trail with me today are Sally, Dougie, and Tony, all very sharp eyed individuals! 
Sally and Dougie probably got 15-17 Banana Slugs that I and Tony would have missed, 
and Tony saw at least 8 more that I didn't. 

Just myself, I might have seen 145 to 150. They were everywhere! A good many 
of these had a greenish color to them, which isn't usual here, and I am still noticing a lot of 
lumps under their hoods. I have put a couple of pictures to the Picture site. Thanks to Sally for 
keeping the running track of where we were at on our Banana Slug count!
 
Note: Funguses and Mushrooms are protected just as all of the flowers, trees and shrubs are. 
This is a State park, and these are here for all of us to enjoy. No one is allowed to pick or 
harm any feature in the park or to take anything home, etc. There are penalties for this. 
Last January on Tuesday the 15th I walked to Berry Creek Falls, and counted dozens of fungus 
and mushroom. I took  pictures as my trophies.  I walked to the falls again on Friday the 18th 
of Jan 2002,  3 days later, and there were only 6 mushrooms left, even the poisonous ones were gone. 
 
Latin Names and more information are posted with each picture on my picture site.
I load pictures to that on-line portfolio (see how to access Scott's Flower Photos) 
as time permits. 

THE PARTICULARS!

Park HQ up Skyline to the Sea Trail to Middle Ridge Fire Road
*  5 different types of Mushrooms and 2 different types of Funguses
 
Middle Ridge Fire Road to Sunset Trail Connector
Banana Slugs 14
 
Sunset Trail Connector to Kelly Creek bridge
20 Banana Slugs, total 34
 
Kelly Creek Bridge to east end of the Loop Trail
*  5 different types of mushrooms
15 Banana Slugs, total 49, we are already over last months totals
 
East end of Loop Trail to west end of Loop Trail
*  One mushroom and one fungus
*  I took a few neat pictures of one Banana Slug eating a Trillium ovatum leaf (Western Wake Robin).
   It will make the picture web site
16 Banana Slugs, total 65.  The Banana Slug count is now officially in 2nd place over July 2002 (62), 
   but 123 is the record in May 2002
 
West end of Loop Trail to Timms Creek Trail
*  Red Berries on the Branched Solomon's Seal
*  Bead Lily/Bluing Balls
*  A recently downed, and cut through for the trail Tan Oak, has several types of funguses/mushrooms 
   on it, This is really going to town in the decomposition department!
Banana Slugs 18, total 83!
 
Timms Creek Trail to Berry Creek Falls viewing bench
*  5 different mushrooms and 1 Shelf Fungus
1. Burning Bush
2. Alum Root/ Crevice  Heuchera, Heuchera micrantha
3. Sugar-scoop
Newts 4
23 Banana Slugs, total 106!
 
Berry Creek Falls viewing bench to Silver Falls
*  Egg Shell at the viewing bench, almost looks as though it may have been a chicken egg 
   but I couldn't get close enough to verify that
*  The 'spray bows' on the Berry Creek Falls were really nice today, and one picture turned out 
   good enough for the Picture Web Site
*  Red berries of the Branched Solomon's Seal
Sugar-scoop
*  After the little bridge crosses West Berry Creek, look in East Berry Creek, in the first pool of water, 
   I have been observing either a California Newt, or a Pacific Salamander in its aquatic stage, 
   I am unsure of which it is, but there it is, swimming around the last 3 months or so.
4. Coast boykinia/Brook Foam, Boykinia elata
*  The dried remains of the Halloween Pumpkin Fungus (I don't know the real name)
*  Bluing Balls/Bead Lily
*  Three different types of Funguses and 3 different types of Mushrooms too (includes the Halloween Fungus)
34 Banana Slugs, More than we have seen in most months! Total 140.
We now have a new record of number of Banana Slugs seen in a day. Previous record was 123 in May 2002.
7 Newts, total 11 
 
Silver Falls to Sunset Camp Trail Connector
*  Silver falls are still real nice after the rain fall 2 weeks ago
5 Banana Slugs, total 145
 
Sunset Camp Connector Trail to West Berry Creek bridge
*  Bright red berries of the Toyon, aka California Christmas Tree, as the berries turn red 
   at this time of the year ( the Madrone's berries do too)
5. Manzanita, one of the smaller leaved varieties (there are probably 5 different Manzanitas 
   out here in the Chaparral area, blooming at different times)
*  Salal dark Blue berries
*  One mushroom type
 
West Berry Creek bridge to Timms Creek Trail
*  Bark Boring Beetles patterns in a standing redwood snag. They are really interesting, 
   like a hound's-tooth pattern so numerous and close together 
11 Banana Slugs, total 151
 
Timms Creek Trail to West Waddell bridge
*  A patch of really tiny Mushrooms, .1 to .5 inches across!
 
West Waddell bridge to Skyline to the Sea Connector trail
*  One mushroom type, and 2 different funguses. One of them looks like it is dissolving the Tan Oak log!
21 Banana Slugs, total 172!
 
Skyline to the Sea Connector Trail to Middle Ridge Fire Road
*  We were getting the last of our sun, and the red sunset on the base of one of the Redwood Trees 
   was just amazing, Thanks Dougie for pointing this out!
3 Banana Slugs, for a grand total of 175!
 
Middle Ridge Fire Road to Park HQ
*  It was getting quite dark, but we weren't using flashlights yet (do you always carry one?) 
   though in the flat area next to the creek, the party got off of the trail
   once. When it is low on light, or dark, a flat area is the easiest time to lose the trail 
   from my experience, since you can not see the well walked path, and everything is an even brownish black.
 
We left:
        Park HQ at 8:05 AM
        Middle Ridge Fire Road 8:38 AM 
        BC Falls viewing bench Arr 11:44 AM, left 12:07 PM   (255 pictures taken so far)
        Sunset Camp Trail marker 1:48  (420 pictures taken) Note: My knee began giving me problems 
		       going down hill, and this slowed down the whole group. 
        Skyline to the Sea Connector Trail 4:40 PM
        Middle Ridge Fire Road 4:50 PM
        Arrive Park HQ 5:20 PM,  (514 pictures total, or 94 pictures on the last half of the trip)
9 hours and 15 minutes total trail time, and my bad knee possibly lengthened the trip by up to an hour.


Saturday November 9th, 2002 - What we saw.

Dave spotted 2 banana Slugs that I hadn't and probably 8-10 Newts that I would have easily 
missed. Most of the Banana Slugs that I observed had a small lump under their hood, so I wonder 
if the renewed moisture has stirred up a mating search? This is the first time that I have done 
this walk on a weekend. Of course it rained for the previous 3 days (I can't wait to see the water Falls!) 
and where I live 12 miles away, I was told it was dreary and wet. HERE it was sunny and gorgeous!!! 
Such are the mountains! Big Basin had 5.5 inches of rain in the last 3 days (7.5 at my house in Ben Lomond). 

David (the Newtman!) joined up with me early on and stayed till Timms Creek Trail, hence the high Newt count! 
The Falls were in greater splendor than last month, and everything out here looked like it had enjoyed drinking 
from the sky. A tremendous amount of Shelf Fungus's, and everything had such a bright look to it. Please visit 
when it has rained!  Last Month everything was carped with a layer of Tan Oak leaves, this month it is 
  Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) 
and Redwood needles, just like everything has been redecorated! I met 27 people on the trail today, they still 
didn't out number the Banana Slugs, and just barely the Newts!
 
Note: Funguses and Mushrooms are protected just as all of the flowers, trees and shrubs are. This is a State Park, 
and these are here for all of us to enjoy. No one is allowed to pick or harm any feature in the park or to take 
anything home, etc. There are penalties for this. Last January (2002) on Tuesday the 15th I walked to Berry Creek Falls, 
and counted dozens of fungus and mushroom. I took  pictures as my trophies.  I walked to the falls again on Friday 
the 18th of Jan 2002,  3 days later, and there were only 6 mushrooms left, even the poisonous ones were gone. 

THE HIGHLIGHTS

Park HQ up Skyline to the Sea Trail to Middle Ridge Fire Road:
*  More Fungus's and Mushrooms in evidence than there were last month
*  The bridge that was damaged last winter has been replaced, and the old portion of the trail is back in use again. 
   Bridge picture is on the web site! Nice work State Trail Crew guys!
 
Middle Ridge Fire Road to Sunset Trail Connector
*  On this side of the ridge the leaf litter is deeper than on the 'Basin' side of this ridge.
Banana Slugs  2
 
Sunset Trail Connector to Kelly Creek bridge
Banana Slugs 10, total 12
Newts 8!
 
Kelly Creek bridge to east end of Loop Trail
Nothing noted
 
East end of Loop Trail to West end of Loop Trail
*  Some more interesting fungus or Mold? I am not sure which it is!
Banana Slugs 4, total 16
Newts 4, total 12
 
West and of Loop Trail to Timms Creek Trail
*   Some more funguses and Mushrooms. I am going to have to get a book on these and see how many 
    I can tell you the names of.
*  Bead Lily/Bluing Balls
Banana Slugs 2, total 18
Newts 9, total 21, Newts lead by three! Newtman David leaves me to go up Timms Creek Trail, for his favorite walk.
 
Timms Creek Trail to Berry Creek Falls viewing bench
1. Burning Bush
*  Several  interesting Lichens, from higher in the forest canopy are down on the ground after the storm
*  Witches Butter, one of the Fungus's that I can identify!
*  Many more fungus's that I can't identify
*  I have one picture with a Banana Slug and a newt together, the Newt was just trying to get away from me, 
   though the Nanner was just hanging out!
*  I can tell the water level is up, some of the small side streams that didn't dry up are moving with 
   a greater flow than they have in months! Berry Creek Falls from the viewing bench easily has 3-4 times 
   the water flow that it had last month. I'll post a copy of last month and this month to the picture website.
Banana Slugs 9, total 27
Newts 2, total 23
 
Berry Creek Falls viewing bench to Silver Falls
*  Poison Oak, bright green and looking like it will never change colors. I am beginning to believe 
   that this may be one of the varieties that doesn't turn color, and may not lose all of its leaves
   at the same time (evergreen)
2. Sugar-scoop
*  Bluing Balls/Bead Lily
*  A couple of varieties of Shelf Fungus
*  The creek below Silver falls is about 3 inches deep right now, but the vegetation shows that 
   the level was well over 1 foot deep at some point during the storm
*  Silver Falls show about double the flow (This is on West Berry Creek; Berry Creek Falls has both 
   Berry Creeks join above the top of the falls.)
Banana Slugs 9, total 36
Newts 1, total 24
 
Silver Falls to Sunset Camp Connector Trail
Banana Slugs 2, total 38
Newts 2 total 26
 
Sunset Camp Connector Trail to east Berry Creek bridge
*  Bright blue/black berries of the Huckleberries, that manage to grow here in the chaparral. 
   They even look different than the ones that grow in the redwood Forest
*  Yellow Slim Mold
Banana Slugs 1, total 37
 
East Berry Creek bridge to Timms Creek Trail
*  Loads of Fungus's growing on down logs, mostly Tan Oaks
*  Witches Butter, this is bright yellow, and really interesting! I will get one to the picture website.
*  Bright red Rose Hips
Banana Slugs 1, total 38
 
Timms Creek Trail to West Waddell bridge
*  Heard what I think is several hawks hunting cries
 
West Waddell Creek bridge to Skyline to the Sea Connector Trail
*  Lichens? 4 different varieties in a short distance growing on the uphill side of the trail, 
   where it has been cut into the ground
*  Dewy looking shelf fungus's, Looks like nectar coming out of them! Of course there are more 
   varieties that I have noticed this time.
*  Termite with wings, interesting creature. I only saw one, so I don't know if it was the beginning 
   or the end of a swarm.
*  Yellow Spotted Millipede
* Heard the almost 'jungle' call of the Pileated Wood Pecker
Banana Slugs 7, total 45
 
Skyline to the Sea Connector trail to HQ
More funguses but that is about all.
 
Departure times. Left:
        Ranger station 8 AM
        Middle Ridge Fire Road 8:38 AM
        Berry Creek Falls viewing platform 1:15 PM
        Sunset Camp Trail 2:09 PM
        Middle Ridge Fire Road 4:57 PM

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