Panicled Tick Clover

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At this time of the year Leonard does as lot of grumbling about the noxious weeds that spread onto our property from neighboring fields and pastures. A large number of the invaders are native to the Mediterranean, arriving with the … 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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Field Crescent

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There do not seem to be as many moths and butterflies this year. Of course, that is not an observation backed by scientific data. So I was pleased to see this field crescent (Phyciodes pulchellus) when Leonard and I were … Continue reading

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French Broom

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Several species of “broom” were introduced into the Pacific States from the Mediterranean Area. Because these members of the Pea Family (Fabeaceae) are very invasive as well as containing toxic alkaloids that can depress the heart and nervous system of … Continue reading

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Nesting Sandhill Cranes

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While hiking along the Eagle Pole Trail in Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Lassen County CA) a sandhill crane (Antigone canadensis) began distraction maneuvers in the grassland to one side of the trail. I snapped a couple pictures and then, believing … Continue reading

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