Category Archives: Birds

House Sparrow

The house sparrow (Passer domesticus) is an Old World species that has become established in North America. Native to Eurasia and North Africa, it was introduced to New York City in 1851. By the early 1900’s house sparrows were found … Continue reading

Posted in Birds | Tagged , , | Comments Off on House Sparrow

Wood Duck Ducklings

Yesterday Leonard and I hiked at Baum Lake (Shasta County CA). There seemed to be an abundance of wood duck ducklings. The males were not to be seen nearby as females are responsible for tending the ducklings. Wood ducks (Aix … Continue reading

Posted in Birds | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Robin Moustaches

Birds are busily building their nests in our yard (near Lookout CA, Modoc County). A couple days ago I watched a female American robin (Turdus migratorius) as she gathered grass to build her nest. I know it was a female … Continue reading

Posted in Birds | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Eared Grebes: Breeding Pair

Breeding male and female eared grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) look similar. Mostly black, these aquatic diving birds have crested head feathers, chestnut flanks and golden feathers fanning out behind their bright red eyes. Eared grebes breed in shallow lakes and ponds, … Continue reading

Posted in Birds | Tagged , | 2 Comments

April Means Goslings

April here in Big Valley (Modoc County CA) means Canada goose goslings. Every year Leonard and I anxiously await the first gosling sighting. Seeing these little yellow puffballs are a sure sign of spring. We enjoy watching the young geese … Continue reading

Posted in Birds | Tagged , , | Comments Off on April Means Goslings