North side - 1/28/20

January 28, 2020 (Tuesday) 9:15 am – 12:30 pm: 464 dead newts, 1 injured, 1 alive. Most newts are not fresh, but many were freshly killed.
It was cold when I started, but half way through it got warmer. Started raining when I left. It wasn't rainig in San Jose the night before. I documented 1 injured and 464 dead newts. The injured newts seemed fine at first, was walking towards the hills, on the side of the road. When I picked it up to check if it's a male or a female, I saw its eye was injured. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/38101655. I also saw a live individual for the first time this year in the little pond near the Limekiln trailhead. Last year I would see 1-3 individuals there often. This year I have been checking the pond every time, but this was the first time I saw one (documented here - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/38071235).
I found a few other roadkills - 2 dead snakes, another animal, some beetles, millipedes, and Jerusalem crickets. I tried to pay more attention to dead insects on the road.
Coverage: north part - the county park parking lot till the second stop sign.
Rainfall: (MTD: 2.84 in; YTD: 15.19 in) cold, dry. Data from - http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php
Traffic: 7 trucks (including one driving to the rowing club and a tractor driving further down the road), 30 cars (including a few maintenance pickups - county parks and road works), 8 bike, 17 pedestrians, and 1 motorcycle.

Posted by merav merav, January 29, 2020 22:05

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OMG - that's devastating news, @merav.
I just don't understand why the County doesn't do something to stop this carnage.

Posted by truthseqr about 2 months ago (Flag)
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yes, there were so many that day!

Posted by merav about 2 months ago (Flag)
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I've added a comment about a live individual I found during the survey

Posted by merav about 2 months ago (Flag)
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and another comment - I saw a chipmunk trying to eat something on the road near the Limekiln trailhead. I think it was trying to eat seeds out of a gray fox scat :)

Posted by merav about 2 months ago (Flag)
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Nature is so interesting!

Posted by truthseqr about 2 months ago (Flag)
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:)

Posted by merav about 2 months ago (Flag)

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