Category Archives: Birds

Great Egret Breeding Adults

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Great egret (Ardea alba) sexes are similar. These pure white birds with yellow bills and black legs are a often observed while hunting by standing immobile or wading in wetlands. During the breeding season, the lores (region between eye and … Continue reading

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Concealment Pose

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Although American bitterns (Botaurus lentiginosis) are not uncommon, they are difficult to see and photograph. In addition to being very secretive, American bitterns assume a “concealment pose” when threatened. By standing motionless with its neck stretched and bill pointed upward, … Continue reading

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Laggard Tundra Swan

Tundra swans, also commonly called whistling swans (Cygnus columbianus), breed in the high Arctic tundra and winter along the coasts of Canada and the United States. Leonard and I love to watch these elegant birds as they swim in the … Continue reading

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Northern Shoveler

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I am calling 2019 “The Year of the Shoveler”. No matter where Leonard and I have observed waterfowl this year, northern shovelers (Spatula clypeata) seem be present in larger numbers than we ever remember seeing before. These shovelers were photographed … Continue reading

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Savannah Sparrow

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I always believed that the Savannah sparrow’s (Passerculus sandwichensis) common name referred to its preferred habitat; open areas, usually with short grass. To my surprise, Alexander Wilson (1766 – 1813), a Scottish-American ornithologist, named the bird after a specimen he … Continue reading

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Least Sandpiper

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The smallest of the Caladrine sandpipers (genus Caladris) are called “peeps” or “stints”. The least sandpiper (Caladris minutilla) is the smallest of the “peeps”. (The other two common “peeps” are the western and semipalmated sandpipers.) Identification of the Caladrine sandpipers … Continue reading

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Happy Ending

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This post is simply a story with a happy ending and pictures of a cute little bird. Last week a friend brought over a lesser goldfinch female (Spinus psaltria) that crashed into her glass sliding door in Lookout CA (Modoc … Continue reading

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