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Surprise Tenant 5

And the osprey (Pandion haliaetus) whose nest was used by the Canada geese (Branta canadensis)?? They reclaimed their nest (see Surprise Tenant 2) and are now redecorating the nursery. With luck, I will also be able to follow another generation … Continue reading

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Surprise Tenant 4

. . . I immediately walked to the Crystal Lake shore (Shasta County CA) closest to the osprey (Pandion haliaetus) nest. There swam a pair of Canada geese (Branta canadensis) and three goslings about the same age as the dead … Continue reading

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Surprise Tenant 3

The next time I was able to return to the osprey (Pandion haliaetus) nest that had been taken over by a pair of Canada geese (Branta canadensis) the nest was empty (see Surprise Tenant 2). Had the geese been evicted … Continue reading

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Surprise Tenant 2

In an earlier post (Surprise Tenant 03-27-15) I noted that a pair of Canada geese (Branta canadensis) co-opted an osprey nest high in a ponderosa pine snag before the osprey returned for the season. I wondered what would happen when … Continue reading

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March Goslings

In addition to seeing a Canada goose (Branta canadensis) in an osprey nest yesterday, I also saw the first goslings of the spring on a pond near Crystal Lake (Shasta County CA). Goslings arrive in April, not March. Everything seems … Continue reading

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Surprise Tenant

The osprey (Pandion haliaetus) are back for the summer. For each of the last five years I watched an osprey pair raise their chicks in a nest located atop a ponderosa pine snag near Crystal Lake (Shasta County CA). Today … Continue reading

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Another “Last” Picture

I never cease to be awed by how rapidly birds progress from hatchling to adult. The Canada goose (Branta canadensis)¬†goslings born in April already look like adult geese. Only their slightly smaller size distinguishes the juveniles from the adults. They … Continue reading

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