Giant Sequoia Continued

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The giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron gigantea) introduced in my previous post (see “Giant Sequoia” on 08-18-19) has small cones and leaves relative to its massive size. The leaves of this evergreen are 1/8th to 1/4th of an inch long, awl or … Continue reading

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Giant Sequoia

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“Redwoods” first made their appearance in the Lower (or Early) Cretaceous between 146 and 100 million years ago. Of over 80 “redwood” species that have been described, all are extinct except three. The coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) inhabits the north … Continue reading

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Rufous Hummingbird Migration

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From the time they arrive in May until they leave in early August, Bullock’s orioles (Icterus bullockii) use the hummingbird feeder outside my kitchen window with nary a hummingbird to be seen. Their bright orange and yellow plumage add color … Continue reading

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Skimmers

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Recently I have not taken many insect pictures. Thus, when an eight-spotted skimmer (Libellula forensis) was quietly posing for me along the #2 Elkins Pond Trail in Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Modoc County CA), I decided to post a dragonfly … Continue reading

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Wilson’s Snipe Revisited

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While searching for Virginia rails and sora earlier this summer between the North and South Elkins barns at Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Modoc County CA), Leonard and I also encountered many Wilson’s snipe (Gallinago delicata). Although snipe are usually very … Continue reading

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Desert Gooseberry

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Leonard loves fruit pies. So when he noticed the desert gooseberries (Ribes velutinum) in the lanes between our pastures were ripe, he picked enough of the berries for a deep-dish pie – a feat in itself since desert gooseberries are … Continue reading

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Beach Saltbush

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A member of the Goosefoot Family (Chenopodiaceae), beach saltbush (Atriplex leucophylla) inhabits beach dunes and other sandy areas along the coastal strand of California and Oregon below about 200 feet. Even though it occurs along the coast, this salt-tolerant, native … Continue reading

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