Tag Archives: Ash Creek Wildlife Area

Cosmos

In yesterday’s post I mentioned that red columbine (Aquilegia formosa), a native wildflower, is now extensively cultivated in home gardens. That reminded me of a recent incident where the reverse puzzled Leonard and I for a while – a situation … Continue reading

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Still Growing

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This is an unusual year, in my opinion, for Canada goose (Branta canadensis) goslings. Normally it seems as though most of the chicks in our area arrive within a week or so of each other. This year Leonard and I … Continue reading

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Forster’s Tern

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Yesterday there were three spring returnees – Western kingbird, Forster’s tern and barn swallow. The warmer weather and a few sunbeams have finally lured more summer birds back to Big Valley CA where we live. Last August I did a post … Continue reading

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Willet

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Usually around April 15th the willets return to Big Valley CA where we live. Leonard usually hears their distinctive call first and then we go out in search of the birds. This year he heard these members of the sandpiper family … Continue reading

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American Avocet

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One large shorebird with striking plumage that I look forward to seeing during the spring migration is the American avocet (Recurvirostra americana). Although it summers in the western interior, not too far from where we live, the avocet is only … Continue reading

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Black-necked Stilt

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The marshy areas and shallow ponds in our area are visited by several species of wading birds in the spring – some are passing through on their migrations and others return for the summer. One returnee that I love is … Continue reading

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Sagebrush Violet

As a native of Western Pennsylvania, I usually thinks of violets in the cool, moist habitats of forests, meadows and streams. I knew where every patch of white, blue and yellow violets could be found within walking distance of my childhood … Continue reading

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