English Plantain

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There were more weeds than grass in the “lawn” surrounding my childhood home in Western Pennsylvania. It got mowed and was green so no one in our family was particularly concerned about the dandelion, English plantain, knotweed and other such … Continue reading

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Inquiline Modified Gall

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Parasites also have parasites. Along Ash Creek near the Lower Campground (Lassen County CA) I noticed a wild rose (did not attempt to identify the scraggly, dried up plant) covered with round, green galls. Galls are tumor-like growths that form … Continue reading

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Black Medic

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Black medic (Medicago lupulina), introduced from Eastern Europe and Asia, is found throughout most of North America. Originally planted as fodder, this annual (or short-lived perennial) now invades lawns, gardens, roadsides, waste areas and disturbed sites. Black medic has value … Continue reading

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Mixed Company

Nuthatch and Chickadee

Nuthatch and Chickadee

Red-breasted nuthatches (Sitta canadensis) and mountain chickadees (Poecile gambeli) are often difficult to photograph, at least for me, because these little birds are constantly on the move. By the time I focus my camera, my subject is out of the frame.

To my delight, while watching the “bird bath willow” along Ash Creek (Lassen County CA), I not only saw and photographed a bathing yellow warbler female (see “Bathing Warbler” 08-22-14), but was able to capture a red-breasted nuthatch and mountain chickadee in the same picture. Two with one click!

There really is nothing more to add as I covered these two birds in previous posts (“Mountain Chickadee” 10-21-12; “New Tenants” 05-05-14; “Red-breasted Nuthatch” 06-02-14 and “Nesting Red-breasted Nuthatch” 06-04-14) – simply sharing a happy moment.




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Bathing Warbler

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Many birds use shallow water to drink, cool off, and bathe. Shallow puddles, the edges of ponds, lakes and slow-moving streams, irrigation or drainage ditches and various kinds of man-made bird baths are among the sources of water for birds. … Continue reading

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This post has nothing to do with the State of Ohio or a tree. Rather, in this case, buckeye, common buckeye or “the buckeye” refers to a colorful butterfly. There are over a hundred species of buckeyes throughout the world, … Continue reading

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Piliated Woodpecker Continued

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A little more about piliated woodpeckers (Dryocopus pileatus): Piliated woodpeckers feed on insects including ants, wood boring beetles, termites, flies and caterpillars with carpenter ants being a primary food source. They chip bark from trees to get at the insects … Continue reading

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