Doc Long area
East side of Sandias
Saturday, 14 April, 2007
David & Terri
We returned to the same area visited during the last two weekends (see index)
There were 6-8 inches of fresh snow. Although air temp was well below
freezing when we arrived, the day warmed quickly and the snow was
Along with the usual polypores and the ubiquitous orange jelly fungus
Tremella mesenterica, we saw lots of Auricularia auricula (wood ears), and
Cryptoporus volvatus (common on dead piņon).
There may have been fungi on the ground prior to the snowfall,
but probably not much. Give it another week or two.
No sightings of furry things, but lots of tracks in the fresh snow.
A Rufous-sided Towhee (not exactly uncommon, but nice to look at) was
the only bird of note that we saw. We heard some chickadees and Steller's
2007 Hikes, Field Trips, & Condition Reports