Category Archives: Birds

Raven Relationships

While photographing wildflowers on the California Coast (Dry Lagoon Beach in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park) in May, a common raven (Corvus corax) was very interested in our activities. The raven followed Leonard and me around and closely watched our … Continue reading

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Coevolution

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Coevolution occurs when two or more species interact so that the evolution of both is affected by the selective pressure each exerts on the other. Mutualism is when the interaction of two species contributes essential benefits to the other. Mutualism … Continue reading

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Two Species?

Currently there is only one species of willet (Tringa semipalmatus). Some birders recognize two subspecies, the western inornatus and the eastern semipalmatus, and believe the subspecies should be designated as separate species. Species (and genus) designation decisions are made by … Continue reading

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Courting Wild Turkeys

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After many years of decline, wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) are now found in all continental states. There are four wild turkey subspecies within the United States, with two additional subspecies found in Mexico. Wild turkeys prefer open woods bordered by … Continue reading

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Lark Sparrow

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The sole member of its genus, the lark sparrow (Chondestes grammacus) is our largest open-country sparrow.  It is found singly or in flocks of up to about 50 members on the prairies and on mesas, along roadsides, and in fallow … Continue reading

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Greater Sage-grouse

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Leonard and I spent Easter weekend hiking in Northern California and Oregon. We had three “quests”: a greater sage-grouse, a silk tassel bush and a great grey owl. We found two of our goals, only the great grey owl continues … Continue reading

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Pipilo maculatus

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Spotted towhees (Pipilo maculatus) are denizens of dry, brushy areas and forest edges – habitats with dense shrub cover and lots of leaf litter. Here they hop about scratching for seeds, nuts, berries and small invertebrates. Because they usually forage … Continue reading

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