Twin Peaks is still enrobed in spring.
The brilliant oxalis now shares its glory with the golden glow of California poppy, the elegant blue spikes of lupin, spots of pink where the wild hollyhock blooms and the dusty purple of the ceanothus. The bumble bees that feasted on oxalis earlier in the season are now checking out the lupin and ceanothus. The honeybees are on to the wild mustard.
Some white-crowned sparrows hang out in the shrubs and sing; others hang out in the parking lot with the pigeons. A meadowlark perched on a bush, commenting “quick!” at intervals. A couple of ravens did the tourist thing, landing on top of a peak and looking at the scenery, but it may have been territorial rather than aesthetic appreciation.
The butterflies acted territorial as well. Two butterflies were air-dancing, but they were of different species. It soon became clear it wasn’t a dance, it was a fight. A Red Admiral buzzed an Anise Swallowtail, looking for all the world like a crow buzzing a hawk. Apparently some butterflies are territorial and belligerent. Not sure what it achieved; neither butterfly left the hillside.
And what would spring be with only blossoms, birds, bees, and butterflies?
Native Areas must have herbicides. The Garlon’s back. It’s unclear if they missed the earlier spraying (12-16 March), or if they just feel the hillsides need more Garlon 4 Ultra. The date on the new notice in 15-29 March.
One of the notices for the spraying of this toxic herbicide hung next to a No Smoking sign, and just in front of another sign informing us this was a sanctuary for the Mission Blue butterfly.
Edited to Add: As of 5 April ’10, the Pesticide notices were still up on Twin Peaks, still with the March 29 date. It was not clear whether the spraying was ongoing or had been done, or had been rescheduled. It also wasn’t clear how they were going to spray, since the presumably desirable native plants and the hated non-natives were all growing in the same area…