Category Archives: Birds

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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American Avocet Revisited

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This spring Ash Creek Wildlife Area in Modoc County CA had what seemed, at least to Leonard and me, unusually large numbers of American avocets (Recurvirostra americana). Although the range maps indicate we are on the border of the American … Continue reading

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Juvenile Virginia Rail

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In addition to the adult Virginia rails (Rallus limicola) Leonard and I were able to observe, as discussed in yesterday’s post (“Virginia Rail” on 07-06-19), there were also several juveniles and immatures that would creep out of the dense vegetation … Continue reading

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Virginia Rail

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Virginia rails (Rallus limicola) are secretive birds, often heard but seldom seen. Their habitat is tall stands of reeds and cattails with standing water. Leonard and I could hear their distinctive calls, but would only catch glimpses of these elusive … Continue reading

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