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Still Here

Although Leonard and I note the return of the sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) each February, we never bother to record when they depart for their winter grounds. It is more difficult to determine when one heard or saw the “last” … Continue reading

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Sandhill Cranes Return

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During the past week several birds have returned to Big Valley from their winter¬† grounds – turkey vultures, red-winged blackbirds and tree swallows, among others. Saturday my definitive harbingers of spring finally arrived. February 16th is this year’s “official” date … Continue reading

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Changing Migration Patterns??

In Big Valley (Modoc County CA), where Leonard and I live, winters are milder. Twenty years ago snow covered the ground several months of the year. One December the snow was so deep we were concerned our horses would simply … Continue reading

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Sleepy Tundra Swans

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Tundra swans (Cygnus columbianus) breed on the high tundra across North America and winter in the more temperate areas of the continent, particularly along the coasts. During the winter we are fortunate to have these beautiful waterfowl visit the grasslands … Continue reading

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Hawk of the Arctic

The migratory rough-legged hawk (Buteo lagopus) breeds in the Arctic tundra and taiga and winters in the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere.¬† Each year Leonard and I await the arrival of the first rough-legged hawk of the season. For … Continue reading

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