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You know it’s spring when…

March 15, 2013
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The California Coast Live Oak starts to bloom! In less than 10 days, a dark-leaved almost skeletal tree that lost a lost of leaves in the last windstorm…is suddenly turning gold! No wonder this is such a “migrant trap”. Already, warblers and kinglets are coming here to sing…and feed. See the little holes in the gall? The tiny wasps have drilled their way out of their winter home. Every time I look out the window there’s a bird in this tree.

photos by LucienP

Coast Live oak catkins

Coast Live oak catkins

Oak gall houses small wasps during winter.

Oak gall houses small wasps during winter.

Catkins and new sprouts on Coast Live oak.

Catkins and new sprouts on Coast Live oak.

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