Tag Archives: Branta canadensis

Nest Vacated

Yesterday morning I returned to the osprey (Pandion haliaetus) nest which, for the third consecutive year, was co-opted by a pair of Canada geese (Branta canadensis). See: Sublet Osprey Nest 03-31-2017 There were two Canada geese inside the nest, not … Continue reading

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First Goslings

For years a friend and I had an informal competition each spring to see who could locate the first goslings of the season. Although Dave and I no longer continue that rivalry, I continue to search for the first goslings … Continue reading

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Sublet Osprey Nest

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Each spring since 2011 I have observed an osprey (Pandion haliaetus) nest near Crystal Lake (Shasta County CA). This large nest sits about 50 feet off the ground atop a ponderosa pine snag. In 2015 I was surprised to discover … Continue reading

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Cackling Goose

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Leonard often laments that cackling geese were once common winter visitors where we make our home in Big Valley (Northeastern California). However since the late 1980s and early 1990s the cackling geese disappeared. It has been years since we saw … Continue reading

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Osprey Back in Nest

Each year I monitor a nearby osprey (Pandion haliaetus) nest near Crystal Lake (Shasta County CA). Last year (2015) a Canada goose pair co-opted the osprey nest. Three of their four hatchlings survived the descent from the tall perch. After … Continue reading

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Shared Nest

For several years I watched a pair of osprey (Pandion haliaetus) raise their young in a nearby nest. Last year I was surprised to discover a pair of Canada geese (Branta canadensis) had co-opted the osprey nest. The geese fledged … Continue reading

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Strange Bedfellows

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While watching a female common merganser (Mergus merganser) swimming on Hat Creek below the #1 Hydro Plant (Lassen County CA), I was surprised to see her approach and climb onto a partially submerged snagĀ  where two Canada geese (Branta canadensis) … Continue reading

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