Category Archives: Birds

Conundrum

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Yesterday while hiking in Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Lassen County CA), Leonard and I saw something puzzling and for which we do not have an explanation. Two bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), an adult and a juvenile, flew overhead. The adult … Continue reading

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“Blue” Snow Goose

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It was darkly overcast, snowy and windy today when Leonard spotted a blue goose (Chen caerulescens) amid a flock of snow geese feeding in a field near the Modoc/Lassen California County Line on Modoc County Road 91. We see blue … Continue reading

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Two Populations

I always think of cinnamon teal (Spatula cyanoptera) as spring waterfowl. It is a bird of western North America, breeding in wetlands from southern British Columbia and Alberta through western United States to the highlands of western Mexico and wintering … Continue reading

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Surf Scoter

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Every time I stand amid the breakers along the Pacific Coast, I am reminded of the awesome power of the waves as they crash onto the shore. It is difficult to even stand up in water that is barely up … Continue reading

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Zugunruhe

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Golden-crowned sparrows (Zonotrichia atricapilla) winter along the Pacific Coast and spend summers on the tundra and in shrublands from British Columbia to Alaska. Even though we are located further inland, their bright yellow heads brighten our winter landscape. Soon they … Continue reading

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Earliest Ever

It was cold and drizzly this morning when Leonard and I went on our daily hike. We could hear coyotes singing on the nearby butte and several formations of swans flew overhead. Before long the sun peeked out revealing a … Continue reading

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Gaping

Many birds have powerful muscles for closing their bills. These “clasping” muscles assist birds in grabbing, crushing and breaking seeds and other foods. In contrast, some birds, for example, blackbirds and starlings, have the ability to forcibly open their bill … Continue reading

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