July 02, 2020

July 1st, 2020

July 1st, 2020 (Wednesday) 8:30-10:00 am: no newts today! This is the 6th week with no newts.
The weather was nice, even cool in the shade.
Other roadkills - only a couple of honey bees and a beetle were found today. Maybe it was windy, and the wind got everything?
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Rainfall: (MTD: 0 in; YTD: 21.78 in). Data from - http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php
Traffic: 5 trucks, 18 cars, 11 bikes, 20 pedestrians.
The rowing club was open. All county park parking lots were open, no street parking near the first County Park parking lot.

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June 24, 2020

June 23rd, 2020

June 23rd, 2020 (Tuesday) 9:00 am – 11:00 am: no newts today! This is the 5th week with no newts.
The weather was hot (the weekend was ok, but otherwise it's been hot).
Other roadkills - honey bees, ants, beetles, centipede, moth, spider, fly.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Rainfall: (MTD: 0.01 in; YTD: 21.78 in). Data from - http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php
Traffic: 12 trucks, 32 cars, 16 bikes, 13 pedestrians.
The rowing club was open, with people inside. I didn't notice it was open last week.
All county park parking lots were open, no street parking near the first County Park parking lot.

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June 19, 2020

June 17th, 2020

June 17th, 2020 (Wednesday) 9:00 am – 10:30 am: no newts today! This is the 4th week with no newts.
The weather was hot (a new heat-wave just began).
Other roadkills - honey bees, ants, beetles, one caterpillar.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Rainfall: (MTD: 0.01 in; YTD: 21.78 in). Data from - http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php
Traffic: 8 trucksb (4 of which PG&E headed south on the road), 27 cars, 8 bikes, 6 pedestrians, and 3 horses.
All county park parking lots were open, no street parking near the first County Park parking lot.

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June 13, 2020

June 12th, 2020

June 12th, 20 (Friday) 9:00 am – 10:45 am: no newts today! This is the 3rd week with no newts.
The weather was nice (it was hot on Tuesday-Thursday).
Other roadkills - two rodents, not too far away from each other, but they were not the same. A few honey bees, ants, a fly, spider, beetles.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Rainfall: (MTD: 0.01 in; YTD: 21.78 in). Data from - http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php
Traffic: 10 trucks, 25 cars, 35 bikes, 15 pedestrians.
All county park parking lots were open, no street parking near the first County Park parking lot.

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June 04, 2020

June 3rd, 2020

June 3rd, 2020 (Wednesday) 9:00 am – 11:00 am: no newts today! This is the second week with no newts.
It was very hot (heat advisory from Tuesday-Thursday). It was already 25C at 9 am. No rain in a while.
Other roadkills - no vertebrates, a few honey bees, ants, crickets, a scorpion, flies, true bugs, and many beetles: darkling beetles, a large Predaceous Diving Beetle, small ironclad beetles, and unknown beetles.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Rainfall: (MTD: 0 in; YTD: 21.77 in). Data from - http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php
Traffic: 10 truck, 25 cars, 15 bikes, 6 pedestrians.
All county park parking lots were open, no street parking near the first County Park parking lot.

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May 27, 2020

May 27th, 2020

May 27th, 2020 (Wednesday) 9:30 am – 11:30 am: no newts today! This is the first day with no newts, except for 2 weeks ago, where there were no newts, but then the road had been scrapped so they might have been removed.
It was already getting warm when I started, when I was done it was really hot. The whole week has been hot, no rain (but it might rain this Saturday).
Other roadkills - small frog (possibly a tree frog), a few honey bees, many darkling beetles, ants, crickets. Jerusalem cricket, harvestman. Also Western Whiptail - looked very fresh, and there was a live individual right next to it (not on the road). It's the first time I've seen them around this road.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Rainfall: (MTD: 1.18 in; YTD: 21.65 in). Data from - http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php
Traffic: 10 truck, 24 cars, 17 bikes, 1 motorcycle, 6 pedestrians. I saw a road-sweeping truck parked by the side of the road not too far away from the boat club.
All county park parking lots were open, no street parking near the first County Park parking lot.
The little "pool" by the Limekiln trailhead looked almost dry, for the first time.

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May 21, 2020

Interesting read from the New York Times

With the World on Pause, Salamanders Own the Road - https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/science/salamanders-amphibians-wildlife-migration.html
In the East Coast, Covid was well-timed with amphibian migration. Not here, unfortunately...

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May 20th, 2020

May 20th, 2020 (Wednesday) 9:30 am – 11:30 am: I found 4 new dead newts, 1 juvenile. They were all new, as I removed all dead newts the week before.
It was a bit cold. It rained on Sunday and Monday in San Jose.
Other roadkills - large frog, a bumblebee, honey bees, many darkling beetles, ant, earthworm.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Rainfall: (MTD: 1.18 in; YTD: 21.65 in). Data from - http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php
Traffic: 10 truck, 22 cars, 9 bikes, 13 pedestrians, 1 dog (including a MidPen pickup). Two of the trucks didn't go into the quarry. Some of the cars (and trucks) were speeding, and it was quite scary.
All county park parking lots were open, no street parking near the first County Park parking lot.

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May 14, 2020

North side - 5/13/2020

May 13th, 2020 (Wednesday) 9:20 am – 11:00 am: I found 5 new dead newts, 2 of them were very small. They were all new, as I removed all dead newts 2 weeks earlier. The dead newt I left down the road 2 weeks ago was now gone.
The weather was a bit cool. It rained Saturday or Sunday night in San Jose.
Other roadkills - a bumblebee, honey bees, a darkling beetle, a dead butterfly, and a dead caterpillar.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Rainfall: (MTD: 0.43 in; YTD: 20.90 in). Data from - http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php
Traffic: 12 truck, 22 cars, 5 bikes, 9 pedestrians, 4 jets! (including a county parks pickups)
All county park parking lots were open, no street parking near the first County Park parking lot.

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May 08, 2020

North side - 5/6/2020

May 6th, 2020 (Wednesday) 9 am – 11:30 am: no new dead newts, but the road was scraped very recently - it was very clean, and the sides of the roads were cleared of vegetation along most of the road. The dead newt I left on the road the week before was still around, but was scraped as well - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/45241409.
The weather was a bit cool at first, got a bit warmer later.
Other roadkills - a bumblebee, honey bees, a few darkling beetles, a fly, a wasp, a cricket, and a dried slender salamander hugging many dead carpenter ants.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Rainfall: (MTD: 0 in; YTD: 20.47 in). Data from - http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php
Traffic: 1 truck, 23 cars, 1 motorcycle, 10 bikes, 9 pedestrians. (including some county parks and roads something pick ups)
All county park parking lots were open, no street parking near the first County Park parking lot.

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