Tag Archives: Pinus ponderosa

Squaw Carpet Flowers

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Over a year ago (11-15-11 to be exact) my post featured squaw carpet (Ceanothus prostratus), a prostrate, evergreen shrub that adds green color to ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) understories, even during the depths of winter. Squaw carpet, also commonly called mahala … Continue reading

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Heron Cousins

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I have been observing a lone great egret (Ardea alba) at Baum Lake (Shasta County CA) for the last month. This egret wanders between the shores of the lake and a nearby pond at Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery. Occasionally it … Continue reading

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Jeffrey or Ponderosa Pine?

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Last week when writing about the Pacific wren and its “look alike” cousin, the winter wren, I noted a comment I read that stated it might not be possible to identify individuals even with a photograph. Like these two wrens, … Continue reading

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Clark’s Nutcracker

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Following our first snowfall of the season Leonard and I were at Ash Creek (Lassen County CA). We were pleasantly surprised to see two Clark’s nutcrackers (Nucifraga columbiana) collecting ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) seeds. In over twenty years, this is … Continue reading

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Acorn Woodpecker Granary

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Acorn woodpeckers (Melanerpes formicivorus), which I introduced yesterday, eat insects, tree sap and fruits. They can often be seen catching insects high above the tree canopy or gleaning them off the limbs of trees. The species name for the acorn woodpecker, … Continue reading

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Update on “Eagle or Heron?”

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On February 18th I noted in my post, “Eagle or Heron?” that  bald eagles and great blue herons again this year appeared to both be considering nesting in a ponderosa pine that for many years only had a bald eagle nest. … Continue reading

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Twig Presentation

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Male great blue herons (Ardea herodias) select nesting sites in early February and then perch on their chosen spot in an attempt to interest a female. Several days later the females arrive. The male will then present twigs to females as part … Continue reading

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