Category Archives: Birds

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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The Eagle and the Raven

While driving along County Road 87 to the west of Adin CA (Modoc County), Leonard and I noticed what, to us, was an unusual sight. On two adjacent fence posts sat a bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and a common raven … Continue reading

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Collecting Mud

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Cliff swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) historically built their nests on cliff faces or escarpments throughout large portions of North America. Now these social birds also use overpasses, buildings, bridges or other man-made structures for their nests, anywhere there is a juncture … Continue reading

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Stunned Red-tailed Hawk

Recently along Cassel Road (Shasta County CA) Leonard and I noticed a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) lying along the shoulder. The hawk was alive, but appeared to have been hit by a vehicle. We drove down the road, turned around … Continue reading

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Sublet Osprey Nest

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Each spring since 2011 I have observed an osprey (Pandion haliaetus) nest near Crystal Lake (Shasta County CA). This large nest sits about 50 feet off the ground atop a ponderosa pine snag. In 2015 I was surprised to discover … Continue reading

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Cackling Goose

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Leonard often laments that cackling geese were once common winter visitors where we make our home in Big Valley (Northeastern California). However since the late 1980s and early 1990s the cackling geese disappeared. It has been years since we saw … Continue reading

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