Monday, October 6, 2008

Tiny purple lily and other delights

The new flower we found, just over twice natural size. Haven't IDd it yet, seems to be a member of the lily family. Found it some time later... Autumn Squill: Scilla autumnalis

Gazelles: group of six grazing on the hillside north of the west end of gazelle field, one was adult buck. A further two in east field, from relative sizes, mother and quite well grown young, ran up windsurfer hill along a track as we approached
hyrax: not seen active today

House sparrows:already flying to roost as we took off shortly after
laughing doves: about the street
Hooded crows: up top of hill by A Ram, grating call
Jackdaws: flying over, and calls from the east
Eurasian Jays: vocal, and foraging as individuals or pairs about woods and olive grove as usual,
Greenfinches: flying between trees at canopy top level
Blackbirds: 'chak' alarm calls
Chukars: heard from down in north valley
sunbird: heard hard 'tack' call and seen foraging in the Bauhinia, a female
Syrian woodpeckers: calls various places in the pines and cypress
White spectacled Bulbuls: calls

Ragwort continues to bloom and seed at the same time and its easy to sense the pollen in the air from them. The low broom still blooms, I found a single tiny purple flower on the tip of an Echium spike and the mullein by the pumping station is still producing a few perfect yellow flowers on new shoots grown just this season. The main shoots have already dried up as have the mulleins growing by valley road.

I found an unfamiliar purple flower growing in a few small clusters amongst the rocks up the hillslope just east of the lower east valley trail and not far below the tree line. Each dainty flower, just half a centimeter across, had six pointed petals of a lovely purple hue, 6 short dark topped anthers. They were waving in the wind on stems about six inches long which made it tricky to get an unblurred shot though we shielded as much as possible. Top of page.

In searching for ID on this, managed to ID a few other flowers we've seen lately. The yellow star flower we found on the way to the quarry turns out to be Chiliadenus iphionoides though haven't found English name for it. A member of the Aster family. The white forget-me-nots we found some time ago are members of genus Heliotropum, (borage family)
The pink we found seems most likely to be Dianthus tripunctatum, told by the three spots on each petal.

nice fungal growth on a tree stump in the eucalyptus grove

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