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Rare Visitor

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In nearly 40 years, Leonard only saw a red crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) on our property one time. That was until last week, when a solitary male crossbill was in the hybrid poplars next to the house along Modoc County Road … Continue reading

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Western Bluebird – A Small Thrush

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Western bluebirds (Sialia mexicanus) are members of the Turdidae Family  – the thrushes. I tend to forget that these little blue, orange and grey birds are related to robins and solitares, also members of the Thrush Family. Thrushes generally are … Continue reading

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Acute Sense of Smell

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Turkey vultures (Cathartes aura) are often seen gliding or soaring in the air or devouring carrion in farm fields, pastures, meadows and along roads. Rarely do they come into yards or around houses unless there is something dead nearby. Turkey … Continue reading

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Whitebark Pine

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Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) grows in subalpine and alpine regions up to the tree line – from 6,000 to 12,000 feet in elevation. It grows on exposed ridges, broken bare rock and shallow rocky soils. This cold, windswept home with … Continue reading

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Immature White-crowned Sparrow

Leonard and I always think of white-crowned sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys) as “winter birds”.  White-crowned sparrows breed in Alaska and Arctic Canada and winter throughout much of the Lower United States. A couple populations remain along the Pacific Coast and in … Continue reading

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Rock Wren

Rock wren (Salpinctes obsoletus) is an appropriate common name for this inhabitant of rocky and pebbly habitats in Western North America and Central America. Found in open, arid areas from low elevations to alpine regions, rock wrens are permanent in … Continue reading

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Feather Color

Bufflehead males (Bucephala albeola) have iridescent  purple-green heads that often, depending on the light, appear black. In April, I photographed a bufflehead at Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park CA.  In every picture but one, the bufflehead has a … Continue reading

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