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Meadowlark Nest

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Many bird nests are so well camouflaged or concealed they are almost impossible to see or find. Yet when one gets near their nests, so many birds fly off, revealing the location of these hidden nests. I always feel the eggs … Continue reading

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Larkspur

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The common larkspur (Delphinium nuttallianum) is a member of the buttercup family. Also called a bilobed larkspur or delphinium, this beautiful purple flower can be found throughout the West in mountain meadows, open forests and sagebrush plains – everywhere except the … 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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Great Blue Heron Babies

The great blue heron (Ardea herodias) rookeries at Baum Lake (Shasta County CA) are teeming with activity. In one ponderosa pine alone I can count a minimum of fifteen nests. Females are incubating eggs in some of the nests and some … Continue reading

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Wooly Bear

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At the Big Lake (Shasta County CA) boat launch hundreds of wooly bears were crawling on the ground and nearby low vegetation. Wooly bears are the caterpillar or larval stage of the various tiger moths, characterized by dense hairs over their … Continue reading

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Canada Goose Creche

As I mentioned in a previous post, when in close proximity, Canada geese (Branta canadensis) goslings will form large groups. These nursery groups, or creches, provide protection for the chicks (safety in numbers) and teach them how to work as a … Continue reading

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Barn Owl Nest

An old galvanized bucket hangs high in the rafters of our barn (Lookout CA). It has been there for years. Leonard does not clean the bucket or disturb it in any way. Every year our resident barn owls raise one, rarely … Continue reading

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