Category Archives: Birds

Juvenile Mountain Bluebird

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Juvenile bird plumage is often strikingly different from the plumage of their parents. Additionally, many juvenile birds, at least to me, look very similar with their spotted patterns. I have a difficult time identifying many avian juveniles. Earlier this month … Continue reading

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Hawks Are Difficult

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I often find hawks difficult to identify. Color morphs, sex differences and age variations can confuse me, particularly when a hawk will not cooperate by remaining stationary. Usually when I see an interesting hawk I begin to snap photographs and … Continue reading

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Sage Thrasher

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Sage thrashers (Oreoscoptes montanus) are related to mockingbirds. Like their¬† “cousins”,¬† sage thrashers have long, varied songs of repeated phrases and they also mimic the calls of other birds. Thus an early name for the sage thrasher was “mountain mockingbird”. … Continue reading

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Meanwhile. . .

On Monday I posted photographs of a common merganser (Mergus merganser) speeding through the water while leaving a wake like a motorboat. (Common Merganser Courtship?? 05-01-2017) Meanwhile. . . . an American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) was following the merganser. … Continue reading

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Common Merganser Courtship??

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Common mergansers (Mergus merganser) are year-round residents where Leonard and I reside in Northeastern California. Also called a fish duck, the diet of a common merganser consists mainly of fish, although they also eat some invertebrates, frogs, plants, small mammals … Continue reading

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Nest Vacated

Yesterday morning I returned to the osprey (Pandion haliaetus) nest which, for the third consecutive year, was co-opted by a pair of Canada geese (Branta canadensis). See: Sublet Osprey Nest 03-31-2017 There were two Canada geese inside the nest, not … Continue reading

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First Goslings

For years a friend and I had an informal competition each spring to see who could locate the first goslings of the season. Although Dave and I no longer continue that rivalry, I continue to search for the first goslings … Continue reading

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