A sea of Dutchmen's breeches is now carpeting the cliffs of Eagle Heights Woods on the northern slopes. With the cooler weather now they should stay for a little while. Further up the path big clumps of mayapples are spreading.
On his morning walks through Bill's Woods, some surprise often awaits David Liebl. On April 11, he observed "one Barred Owl coming off the nest .... The other arrived with fat rat in its beak. We moved away, and waited to watch the second BADO carry the rat to the nest hole, drop it inside and then fly off." That was a good start of the day for the owlets in the nest hole.
David Liebl and Glenda Denniston, when visiting Bill's Woods this weekend, sent photographs of the same patch of Bloodroot and also discovered Hepatica in brilliant shades of purple. The Bill's Woods wildflower trail begins at the top of the hill, across the service road from Heritage Oak. Other early natives are also emerging, such as wild leeks, shooting stars, trout lilies, dutchmen breeches and more. Take a walk and send your photos to preserveFriends@gmail.com
Gisela Kutzbach and contributors