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Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring
updated: Mar 18, 2017, 6:40 PM

By Charles Brewster

The browns are gone as color returns to the foothills. Taken near the Vedanta Temple.

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Here are a few “wild things” I spied on my trail walk on Friday. The flat fungi are ones I have never before seen. The larger ones are approximately 3-4” in diameter. The wildflower is Pholistoma auritum aka Blue fiestaflower. A few days ago here on Edhat we saw a terrific pic of this same species of beetle (Eleodes obscurus), but I just had to show you this little guy trekking across the sandy trail. He was moving at a good pace. Eleodes comes from the Greek for “olive-like.” These beetles are also known as Darkling beetles, Stink beetles, Clown beetles. Lastly, I witnessed a pair of Northern flickers (medium-sized woodpeckers) chasing each other, circling non-stop, through the trees. Too bad I couldn’t get a photo. (I am adding an online photo of a Northern flicker to show you why I found this particular sighting so exhilarating.)

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By Julia Di Sieno

Proof that spring time wildlife baby season has sprung.

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 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 06:53 PM

Thank you, not only for the very nice photos but also for explaining them. Small wonder you were excited to see the birds, what a beauty. That stink bug does actually look like a Kalamata, appropriate they picked the Greek name for olive . The bugs really look funny when they raise up their rear end, maybe when they feel threatened..

 

 COMMENT 764408P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 09:14 PM

One online site likens those beetles, in their defensive posture, to lowriders.

 

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2017-03-19 07:45 AM

Thank you for this exceptional Spring gallery. It must be great to go on a hike and return with beautiful pictures like these :)

 

 COMMENT 764451 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-19 12:45 PM

We look forward to seeing Vedanta in full bloom, Steven sure did a nice job planting bulbs all those years to share with everyone. Thanks!

 

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2017-03-19 12:46 PM

Is that a Northern Flicker ? Beautiful shot !

 

 COMMENT 764471P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-19 05:13 PM

The eastern flickers are called "Yellow-shafted flickers." We have the orangey shafted ones here in California. Lucky us.

Flickers eat mainly ants, but also other insects and some fruits and nuts. Love these birds.

 

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