Category Archives: Birds

Cinnamon Chicks

Sandhill crane (Antigone canadensis) chicks are hatching and can occasionally be seen following their parents amid marsh vegetation. It is always exciting to see these little cinnamon-colored youngsters. Sandhill crane chicks can leave the nest in about eight hours after … Continue reading

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Magpie Grooming Service

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Black-billed magpies (Pica hudsonia) are known for picking ticks from the backs of large mammals such as deer, elk, moose and livestock. The magpie either eats the ticks or caches the excess for later use. Unfortunately, most of the cached … Continue reading

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Barn Owl Pellets

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A continuation of my previous post, “The Owl Man” on 06-10-20: With a large population of barn owls (Tyto alba), and an occasional great horned owl, on our property in Lookout CA (Modoc County), I only have to step out … Continue reading

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The Owl Man

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This is a good year for barn owls (Tyto alba). Currently there are six barn owls living in our barn near Lookout CA/Modoc County. (I could not convince them to all sit together for a portrait.) The abundance of owls … Continue reading

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Waxy Appendages

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Cedar waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) are named for the bright red, waxy “droplets” that form at the ends of their secondary flight feathers. These “droplets” are appendages or extensions at the end of the rachis (central shaft of the feather). Both … Continue reading

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