Category Archives: Birds

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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Nictitating Membrane

When I think of great horned owls (Bubo virginianus) a picture of a ghostly figure peeringĀ  down from the high rafters of a barn comes to mind. Great horned owls are primarily nocturnal, hunting mostly from dusk to dawn. However, … Continue reading

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Five Barn Swallow Chicks

Five chicks are in the barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) nest under the eaves of our back porch (near Lookout CA – Modoc Count)y. Every year we host barn swallows and usually three nestlings fledge. This is our largest clutch ever. … Continue reading

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Ranchman’s Tiger Moth

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Leonard and I again hiked Elkins #2 Loop in Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Modoc County CA) trying to photograph a sora, a secretive bird that thus far has eluded my camera. We heard many sora and saw two fly briefly. … Continue reading

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Wilson’s Phalarope

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Three days ago Leonard and I hiked Elkins #2 Loop at Ash Creek Wildlife Area near Lookout CA (Modoc County). I was searching for American pillwort plants, which I was certain I had seen along that trail. My memory failed … Continue reading

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