Tag Archives: ponderosa pine

Purple Martin

I made a mistake! A few days ago Leonard and I saw a pair of purple martins (Progne subis) at a woodpecker hole in a ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa)¬†snag near Crystal Lake (Shasta County CA). We were excited because we … Continue reading

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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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