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Immature Northern Harrier

Recently while walking in Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Lassen County CA) a “hawk” was perched on a directional sign. I moved toward the bird and it did not fly away, so I continued to approach. Surprisingly I got within about … Continue reading

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Marsh Wren Nest

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Male marsh wrens (Cistothorus palustris), those denizens of marshes and shallow water, build globes of woven rushes, marsh grasses, cattails and other vegetation sometimes intermixed with mud and attached to cattails, rushes or flags safely above the water level. Each … Continue reading

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Successful Hunt

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Long-tailed weasels (Mustela frenata) are very quick. Although they are most active at night, it is not uncommon to see one during the day. With their long, slender bodies, long-tailed weasels can climb trees, squirm through rock piles, brush or … Continue reading

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Unusual Behavior

Already this year I did several sandhill crane (Antigone canadensis) posts. Although I do not like to repeat a species too often, a sandhill crane recently exhibited unusual behavior that has us wondering. Leonard and I were hiking in Ash … Continue reading

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Clover Fern

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Clover fern (Marsilea vestita) is another aquatic fern that does not resemble our visual idea of a fern. This member of the Marsilea Family (Marsileaceae) inhabits seasonally wet habitats such as vernal pools, pond margins, creek beds and muddy places … Continue reading

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Jekyll/Hyde Fern

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In my last post (on 05-13-20) an aquatic fern, red water fern (Azolla filiculoides) was presented. In addition to being physically different from our usual idea of a fern, red water fern, depending on one’s point of view, can be … Continue reading

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Red Water Fern

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In February, Leonard and I were walking along Abbott’s Lagoon Trail in Point Reyes National Seashore (California) with friends, Chris and Edith. Passing a pond covered in green and red, I was tempted to ignore that aquatic plant. Thankfully Chris, … Continue reading

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