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Breeding Horned Grebe

Horned grebes ( Podiceps auritus) closely resemble eared grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) –  another “pair” of look-alike birds that are so difficult to identify. Recently I observed a solitary horned grebe on the Tule River (Shasta County CA). Since the breeding plumage … Continue reading

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Playtime

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A white feather was floating on the surface of Eagle Lake (Lassen County CA) – most likely a pelican feather. I watched the feather as it bobbed about, trying to estimate where it might come ashore. The feather also caught … Continue reading

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Cooperative Feeding

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Examples abound of cooperative feeding in animals – a pack of wolves that work together to chase down a deer, birds that distract the parents while their comrades raid a nest – the list goes on. Recently I watched eared … Continue reading

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Pied-billed Grebe

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  Several grebe species live in our area. Earlier I shared some musings about the eared grebe – a cute little fellow. The pied-billed grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) is a year-round resident of local lakes and ponds. It can be found throughout North America, … Continue reading

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Yo-yo Dieting

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During these snowy and cold days of late January I anxiously await the spring bird migrations and the emergence of the first wildflowers. Soon!! Many birds display seasonal changes in fat deposits and body physiology as they prepare to migrate. However, … Continue reading

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