Category Archives: Birds

Immature White-crowned Sparrow

Leonard and I always think of white-crowned sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys) as “winter birds”.  White-crowned sparrows breed in Alaska and Arctic Canada and winter throughout much of the Lower United States. A couple populations remain along the Pacific Coast and in … Continue reading

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Rock Wren

Rock wren (Salpinctes obsoletus) is an appropriate common name for this inhabitant of rocky and pebbly habitats in Western North America and Central America. Found in open, arid areas from low elevations to alpine regions, rock wrens are permanent in … Continue reading

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Feather Color

Bufflehead males (Bucephala albeola) have iridescent  purple-green heads that often, depending on the light, appear black. In April, I photographed a bufflehead at Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park CA.  In every picture but one, the bufflehead has a … Continue reading

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Soon Departing

Great egrets (Ardea alba) are a striking summer sight here in Northeastern California. These pure white birds with orange-yellow bills and black legs stand still in shallow water and watch for prey. Once it sights the small fish and invertebrates … Continue reading

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California Quail Nest

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Leonard has a “California native plant” garden in our yard near Lookout CA (Modoc County). The garden is a natural area with native wildflowers interspersed among the native grasses, Indian ricegrass (Oryzopsis hymenoides  see my 09-13-13 post) being one of … Continue reading

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Cassin’s Finch

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A challenging identification problem, at least for me, involves separating the Cassin’s finch (Haemorhous cassinii) from the purple finch (Haemorhous purpureus). These two finches to not overlap in the East. However, in the West there is limited overlap in the … Continue reading

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Western Tanager

The other day Leonard and I saw one of our favorite, or at least colorful, summer visitors, a western tanager (Piranga ludoviciana). I realized that in six years I never did a post on this beautiful bird. Time to correct … Continue reading

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