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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Buckeye

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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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Piliated Woodpecker

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I am one happy camper! While hiking alone along the Pacific Crest Trail near Burney Falls (Shasta County CA) yesterday I finally managed to photograph piliated woodpeckers (Dryocopus pileatus, formerly Picus pileatus). Piliated woodpeckers are common in the Southeastern States, … Continue reading

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