Category Archives: Birds

California Quail Nest

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Leonard has a “California native plant” garden in our yard near Lookout CA (Modoc County). The garden is a natural area with native wildflowers interspersed among the native grasses, Indian ricegrass (Oryzopsis hymenoides  see my 09-13-13 post) being one of … Continue reading

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Cassin’s Finch

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A challenging identification problem, at least for me, involves separating the Cassin’s finch (Haemorhous cassinii) from the purple finch (Haemorhous purpureus). These two finches to not overlap in the East. However, in the West there is limited overlap in the … Continue reading

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Western Tanager

The other day Leonard and I saw one of our favorite, or at least colorful, summer visitors, a western tanager (Piranga ludoviciana). I realized that in six years I never did a post on this beautiful bird. Time to correct … Continue reading

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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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