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“Blue” Goose

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Both Ross’s geese (Chen rossii) and snow geese (Chen caerulescens) exhibit “blue” morphs or color variants. The dark forms of these two Arctic white geese are very uncommon. After Leonard and I found a blue morph Ross’s goose earlier this … Continue reading

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Siskiyou False Rue Anemone

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Blossoming between February and April, Siskiyou false rue anemones (Enemion stipitatum) were one of the first flowers I found this spring. (See First Spring Wildflowers 03-20-2017) An uncommon plant, the Siskiyou false rue anemone is native to and only found … Continue reading

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First Spring Wildflowers

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Each spring Leonard and I enjoy searching for the first wildflowers of the season. The “winner”, of course, depends on where and when we are hiking – definitely not a scientific determination. Often a buttercup, violet or cutleaf cinquefoil is … Continue reading

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Horned Lark in Winter

Populations of horned larks (Eremophila alpestris) that breed in northern North America move south to the United States during the winter. Other horned lark populations are year-round residents throughout most of the states. These brown birds with black and yellow … Continue reading

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White Alder Flowers

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White alders (Alnus rhombifolia) flowers bloom in mid-winter on naked twigs before the leaves make their appearance. The red-gold of white alders in bloom adds welcome color to a dull landscape of white, grey, black and brown. Alders have male … Continue reading

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Favorite Winter Visitor

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I cannot let winter pass without again mentioning one of my favorite cold-weather visitors, the rough-legged hawk (Buteo lagopus).  Soon this distinctive hawk with the white head and cape and feathered legs will head back to the far North. Rough-legged … Continue reading

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Feeding Lesser Goldfinch

Winters, particularly ones as severe as our winter was this year, are hard on birds. The deep snow can make food inaccessible, while the bitter cold increases energy requirements. During storms Leonard and I often find birds that are too … Continue reading

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