Category Archives: Birds

Immature Northern Harrier

Recently while walking in Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Lassen County CA) a “hawk” was perched on a directional sign. I moved toward the bird and it did not fly away, so I continued to approach. Surprisingly I got within about … Continue reading

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Marsh Wren Nest

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Male marsh wrens (Cistothorus palustris), those denizens of marshes and shallow water, build globes of woven rushes, marsh grasses, cattails and other vegetation sometimes intermixed with mud and attached to cattails, rushes or flags safely above the water level. Each … Continue reading

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Unusual Behavior

Already this year I did several sandhill crane (Antigone canadensis) posts. Although I do not like to repeat a species too often, a sandhill crane recently exhibited unusual behavior that has us wondering. Leonard and I were hiking in Ash … Continue reading

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Blue-winged Teal

I hit the jackpot yesterday while Leonard and I were exploring some hidden ponds near the Quarry Trail at Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Modoc County CA). We saw and I was able to photograph two “new” duck species, both of … Continue reading

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Raven Antics

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Common ravens (Corvus corax) are noted for their intelligence, adaptability and mischievous natures. They rank among chimpanzees, dolphins and human 4-year olds in problem solving. Ravens will taunt and mock other creatures. They also make “toys” to play alone or … Continue reading

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Reverse Order

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Western kingbirds (Tyrannus verticalis) usually return to our ranch about the 24th, 25th or 26th of April. Once Leonard and I hear and see the kingbirds, we know to begin watching for Bullock’s orioles (Icterus bullockii) and their May 1st … Continue reading

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Early Arrival

Bullock’s orioles (Icterus bullockii) summer and breed in the hybrid poplars surrounding our house. These flame orange males with black backs and white bars provide bright flashes of color as they fly about the yard. Females are colorful in a … Continue reading

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