Category Archives: Birds

Interesting Pied-billed Grebe

Although they look like ducks and act like ducks, pied-billed grebes, according to DNA studies, are more closely related to flamingos than ducks. I was surprised to learn that, as well as a couple other interesting items. Pied-billed grebes (Podilymbus … Continue reading

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Female Ruby-crowned Kinglet

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A “tiny, plump neurosis with feathers” is how the ruby-crowned kinglet is described in Birds of Northern California by Quady et. al. (2015). This hyperactive bird is constantly flitting about while flicking its wings. Ruby-crowned kinglets (Regulus calendula) are among … Continue reading

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Meal Time

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Over the years I posted several articles on turkey vultures. (including “Turkey Vulture” on 12-19-2011) I recently took some interesting turkey vulture pictures and decided to share them too. Leonard noticed a dead ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) in one of … Continue reading

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Lone Black-crowned Night Heron

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There is an Oregon ash between the North and South Elkins Barns at Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Lassen County CA). A great horned owl seems to have claimed this tree as its daytime roost since every time Leonard and I … Continue reading

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It’s Autumn

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Leonard and I were talking about how most of our avian summer residents have departed and we were wondering when we would see our first fall and winter visitors. Autumn is here!! Ash Creek Wildlife Area CA (Elkin’s #3 Pond … 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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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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