Hillside walk, 30 September 2016

This was an early morning walk, beginning at 7:15 a.m., when the sun had risen and the air was crisp. The environment was delightful.

The autumn bloom has indeed begun. Adding to the mulefat (Baccharis salicifolia), this week we have the first flowers of California brickellbush (Brickellia californica). This species has several plants in Canyon 1, with one of the plants adjacent to Lida Street and others at the bottom of the steep slope down from the road.

Other observations were essentially the same as last week.

Noteworthy on this week's walk was the turkey vulture, with a number of these huge birds sitting in a dead tree on the ridge between Canyons 4 and 5, adjacent to the power line that goes up that ridge. There must be a dead animal at that spot. I didn't notice this until I was heading into Canyon 3, so didn't get to see any detail.

Puente Hills

Turkey vultures

California brickellbush


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