The Native Flowers
I turned up today a plant I collected at Pigeon Point in the spring of 1885, namely Convolvulus subacaulis. I must have gotten it on the little ledge that outcrops in Captain Chinn_s field. Probably it is long extinct there. _ Nov. 19, 1936.
On Apr. 12, 1936, came a letter from Millard Sharpe, son of Geo. [George] Sharpe: _I was up in Gates Canyon yesterday and I wished you might be there: it was beautiful and a lot of flowers in bloom. They have fixed the road and you_d be happy there for a day._ _I was by the old house the other day. It is pretty on the plain now. The Tidy Tips are all out and so on._
-Early in the spring, the first native flower to come in the orchard at Little Oak was Montia perfoliata. There was a great deal of it.
-Flight speed. Canada geese, 44 miles an hour. About 45 miles. Duck hawk in Cal., 165 to 180 miles chasing its prey. Canvasback (chased by airplane in Cal.) 72 miles per hour. Mallards in Cal., 55 miles per hour. _ Cal. Ranger, v. 1, no. 47.
-The woodpeckers, especially El Carpintero, was a common bird amongst our oaks. What delight to equal that of the playground oaks _ the Valley Oaks with the ground covered with acorns, the bark studded with acorns set in holes dug by industrious El Carpintero. And how smugly and securely he fits the nuts into the pockets. He cannot be excelled as a carpenter. One cannot pull out with his fingers a nut that thus set to save him!
-cf. _The College at the foot of the Hill,_ pp. 20-21.
-Quail were numerous in early day California. Flocks of 500 were