Tag Archives: Shasta County

Broken Wing Display

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Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) nests always bring to mind the killdeers’ broken-wing displays. A killdeer will employ a broken-wing distraction when it notices a predator (killdeer consider humans predators too) near its nest or hatchlings. Moving away from the nest or chicks, the killdeer will appear … Continue reading

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Another common plant of open sites (grassy meadows, slopes and rocky areas) which are composed of dry, sandy and gravelly soil, is brodiaea (Brodiaea douglasii). About 16 native species of this lily family member are found in the West. The nomenclature of brodiaea … Continue reading

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Long-billed Curlew

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Leonard and I found an area in the McArthur Swamp (Shasta County CA) where long-billed curlews (Numenius americanus) are nesting. Usually we see them in flight, so it was most exciting to find the curlews on the ground. This largest of … Continue reading

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I recently mentioned that American brooklime often grew in association with watercress. Indeed, the brooklime in the pictures flourished together with watercress in that spring-fed stream flowing into the Pit River (Shasta County CA). Watercress (Rorippa nasturtium, also known as … Continue reading

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American Brooklime

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The scientific name of American brooklime, also known as American speedwell, is Veronica americana or Veronica beccabunga. Talk about confusing!! This beautiful little flower is a rhizomatous perennial always found in or very near a clean water source such as … Continue reading

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