Tag Archives: Modoc County

Young Red-tailed Hawk

Good news and bad news! In May I shared pictures of two red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) chicks that I am observing. First the sad news: One day I went to check on the young hawks and could only see one baby in … Continue reading

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Spreading Phlox

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With tight masses of brilliant color, phlox (from the Greek for “flame”) brightens the spring and summer landscape. Over 65 species of phlox inhabit North America, many of which are cultivated in gardens. Phlox flowers are usually pink, but blue, lilac … Continue reading

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Sagebrush Buttercup

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There are about 300 species of buttercups in the United States. I have photographs of perhaps ten species, some identified and others which I simply cannot figure out. One buttercup found in the sagebrush country where we live (Modoc County … Continue reading

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Bald Eagle Eating White Fronted Goose

There really is not much to say about this picture. The bald eagle (Haliasetus leucocephalus) was sitting on a telelphone pole near our house (Modoc County CA) eating a greater white fronted goose (Anser albifrons). The eagle had no intention … Continue reading

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Tree Swallow

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This is such an exciting time of year. Each day brings more returning bird species. Soon the wildflowers will begin to bloom and the trees will leaf out. Tree swallows joined the list of new arrivals yesterday. Tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) … Continue reading

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Trading Places

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I still see them every day. The rough-legged hawks (Buteo lagopus) have not begun their spring migration. And each day I also watch for Swainson’s hawks (Buteo swainsoni). They are winging their way toward Big Valley where we live, but have not … Continue reading

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Red-winged Blackbird

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Another sign of spring – all of our windows are covered with white streaks! The red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) is one of the most abundant North American birds, found throughout the year in large portions of the United States. Northern populations … Continue reading

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