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Modified 4-Feb-17
Created 4-Feb-17
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Spring is really here -- the hound's tongue is blooming!

From the JR main gate, more spring views as January dissolves. Flowers: Indian warrior (we do need a better name!), dirca, blue witch, and the legendary hound's tongue. Birds: a flock of hooded mergansers in breeding plumage; junos playing around; a northern flicker taking off; and several more, even a pair of white-tailed kites. Leaves bursting forth; buckeye taking root. Evidence of a deer's (two deer?) unhappy encounter with a predator. Water over the dam.

What happened to winter?

Check out a nearby folder for evidence of January springtime from the other side of Jasper Ridge, out of Escobar Gate.
Welcome to Jasper RidgeWhite-tailed Kites (Elanus leucurus) in FlightValley Oak (Quercus lobata) near Visitors' Parking LotFrost on Poles with Valley OakGrassland Experiment with Valley OakNorthern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) Takes OffNorthern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) Takes OffNorthern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) Spreads its WingsValley Oak (Quercus lobata)Valley Oaks (Quercus lobata)Valley Oak (Quercus lobata)Buckeye BudValley Oaks (Quercus lobata) and Lace Lichen (Ramalina menzieesii)Lichen in the OakPacific Coast Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri stelleri(Pacific Coast Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri stelleri( (Detail)Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)VistaLace Lichen (Ramalina menziesii) on Valley Oaks (Quercus lobata)