Category Archives: Birds

Lazuli Bunting

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Lazuli buntings (Passerina amoena) are known as “fire followers” because they are often common in years following a forest or chaparral fire. For years I tried to get decent lazuli bunting pictures. Finally on a recent hike in the area … Continue reading

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Immature Western Bluebird

When junipers have heavy berry crops, western bluebirds (Sialia mexicanus) may gather in the hundreds to feed on the berries. Late last month Leonard and I came across a juniper tree teeming with western bluebirds while checking fence on our … Continue reading

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Western Wood-pewee Nest

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Western wood-pewees (Contopus sordidulus) are small, greyish-brown flycatchers. Leonard and I noticed several western wood-pewees while walking along a old logging trail in Widow Valley near Lookout CA (Modoc County). The birds would sit on an exposed perch watching for … Continue reading

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First Brood

Barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) love to build their nests under the eaves of our house near Lookout CA (Modoc County). I particularly enjoy watching the yearly nest outside my kitchen window. Between the mud used to build the nest and … Continue reading

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Calliope Hummingbird

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Calliope hummingbirds (Stellula calliope) are the smallest breeding birds in North America – 3 inches long and weighing less than 0.1 ounce. Greenish above, the male has a gorget (throat) with long plumes that show magenta in the proper light. … Continue reading

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