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Lazuli Bunting

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Lazuli buntings (Passerina amoena) are known as “fire followers” because they are often common in years following a forest or chaparral fire. For years I tried to get decent lazuli bunting pictures. Finally on a recent hike in the area … Continue reading

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Immature Western Bluebird

When junipers have heavy berry crops, western bluebirds (Sialia mexicanus) may gather in the hundreds to feed on the berries. Late last month Leonard and I came across a juniper tree teeming with western bluebirds while checking fence on our … Continue reading

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Western Wood-pewee Nest

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Western wood-pewees (Contopus sordidulus) are small, greyish-brown flycatchers. Leonard and I noticed several western wood-pewees while walking along a old logging trail in Widow Valley near Lookout CA (Modoc County). The birds would sit on an exposed perch watching for … Continue reading

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First Brood

Barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) love to build their nests under the eaves of our house near Lookout CA (Modoc County). I particularly enjoy watching the yearly nest outside my kitchen window. Between the mud used to build the nest and … Continue reading

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Variegated Meadowhawk

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Variegated meadowhawk dragonflies (Sympetrum corruptum) have variable coloration. Variegated meadowhawks begin with olive green,  reddish and greyish markings which turn more red as the dragonflies mature. These members of the Skimmer Family (Libellulidae) have cranberry eyes, a bi-colored stigma (wing … Continue reading

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