Dropped into Camassia today to check on the progression of the wild flower phenology. The Fawn Lilies are just about bloomed out, Trillium ovatum is gone except for a few wilting stragglers, while albidium is still found in fine shape. Rooting around in the duff i found Wild Ginger in bloom. Fringe Cups are coming out and the first False Solomon’s Seal is unfolding. Blue-eyed Mary, Early Saxifrage, and Rosy Plectritis are still in their prime.
The best find of the day: California Darner! Not a record early flight (15 April) but my earliest by 6 days. The eyes are still grey so it is recently emerged, just past teneral.
As an update: earlier i identified a geranium as Dove’s Foot Geranium. Well, when i was checking on it today the population had been eradicated. I talked to one of the naturalists there and she said it was actually Shiny Geranium, an invasive. In my defense — none of the floras i consult (see references page) has Shiny Geranium listed — oy vey!