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Western Grebe

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The Western grebe (Aechmorphorus occidentalis) breeds, often in colonies of several hundred, across western North America, preferring freshwater lakes and ponds with open water and emerging vegetation. They winter in brackish water or saltwater along the Pacific Coast. With a black … Continue reading

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Nesting Tree Swallows

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In February I noted that the tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) had returned to Modoc County, a little earlier than usual this year. Recently these iridescent blue and white birds have been courting and showing interest in the tree cavities and nest … Continue reading

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Great Blue Heron Nesting

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The other day I spent a long time observing the Baum Lake great blue heron (Ardea herodias) rookery. Many birds were flying onto and away from the two large ponderosa pines that form the core of the rookery. I noticed that … Continue reading

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