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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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Nesting Tree Swallows

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In February I noted that the tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) had returned to Modoc County, a little earlier than usual this year. Recently these iridescent blue and white birds have been courting and showing interest in the tree cavities and nest … Continue reading

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Osprey Repairing Nest

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Yesterday I went back to the osprey nest that I plan to observe over the breeding season. As I mentioned earlier, shortly after the first osprey (Pandion haliaetus) returned this spring I saw a single osprey in the nest. I hoped, … Continue reading

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Osprey Nest

Several weeks ago I found this nest atop a snag about a third of a mile from Baum Lake (Shasta County CA). There was no sign of any activity around the nest, yet its good condition suggested to me that … Continue reading

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Kestrels Win??

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In January I mentioned that a northern flicker (Colaptes auratus) was checking out the nook in our hay shed where American kestrels (Falco sparverius) customarily nest. Perhaps this season the flickers would usurp the kestrels for that prime nesting site. On a … Continue reading

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Setting Up Housekeeping?

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A bitter north wind and snow have been swirling the last few days, a typical spring in Big Valley CA. However, prior to this streak of bad weather I went out to check on two nearby nests where red-tailed hawks … Continue reading

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Eagle or Heron?

For years there was a bald eagle (Haliasetus leucocephalus) nest on a ponderosa pine near Baum Lake. Any time I had the urge to observe bald eagles I could almost be guaranteed to find one in or about that tree. That … Continue reading

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