Mineral Creek

On September 18, 2017, Rebecca and I ventured up the Mineral Creek Trail to a point above the major waterfall on Mineral Creek.  Along the way we found a spring and a smaller waterfall.   

The walk allowed me some time to photograph some of the common flora species like, Western Goldenrod, Oscillatoria (in the process of identifying [an identification I am not at all sure of] this plant I discovered two things - its not a plant, but rather a bacteria and secondly there are very few images of masses of the creature, rather a focus on the individual strands and cells), Fleabane Daisy, and Bailey’s Yucca.  We also saw Wandbloom Penstemon (photo below), a species which we do not see that often.

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The trail was very “birdy” (Bridled Titmouse, Northern [Red-shafted] Flickers, Downy Woodpeckers, Acorn Woodpeckers (photo below), White-breasted Nuthatches (photo below), Turkey Vulture, Plumbeous Vireo, Painted Redstart, Swainson’s Thrush, Wilson’s Warbler, unidentified Quail, …etc.

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Although there were various species of butterfly about I was only able to photograph a Red-spotted Purple, Limenitis arthemis, (photo below and at the species link).

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We walked to the point on the trail (1.78 miles in) where we could look down on the waterfall.

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Considering the day started with MacGillivray’s Warbler (photo below) in our yard in Hillsboro, the 18th was a pretty good day.

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© Robert Barnes 2017