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Around Christmas several feet of snow fell. On December 26th heavy winds created drifts several feet high. One drift in front of our house was six feet deep. It took about a month for most of the snow to melt. … Continue reading

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Convenient Meal

About two feet of snow has accumulated around our house (near Lookout CA Modoc County) in the last few days. Up to 30 mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) often come into the yard to eat the buds off of our shrubs … Continue reading

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California Quail Nest

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Leonard has a “California native plant” garden in our yard near Lookout CA (Modoc County). The garden is a natural area with native wildflowers interspersed among the native grasses, Indian ricegrass (Oryzopsis hymenoides¬† see my 09-13-13 post) being one of … Continue reading

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Night Activity

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I am always amazed at the activity in our yard at night – most of which we are unaware or only experience indirectly. Deer, coyotes, bobcats, skunks, racoons and even an occasional mountain lion (to name a few species) wander … Continue reading

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Young Kestrels

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I recently introduced¬†one of the four American kestrels (Falco sparvarius) raised in our hay shed this season. The four kestrel fledglings are flying about the yard, providing plenty of entertainment as they squabble among themselves for prime perching sites and … Continue reading

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