Tag Archives: Ash Creek Wildlife Area

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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Yellow-headed Blackbird

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Another spring arrival – earlier than usual this year! Yellow-headed blackbirds (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) usually return to Big Valley in April. My notes for the last several years support this: 2007, April 19th;  2008, March 31st; 2009, oops, no record; 2010, April 29th; 2011, … Continue reading

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Horned Lark

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When there is snow on the ground, as has been the case in Big Valley the last few days, small flocks of horned larks (Eremophila alpestris) hug the ground at the edges of the roads. I think they do this for … Continue reading

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Setting Up Housekeeping?

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A bitter north wind and snow have been swirling the last few days, a typical spring in Big Valley CA. However, prior to this streak of bad weather I went out to check on two nearby nests where red-tailed hawks … Continue reading

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