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“Blue” Goose

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Both Ross’s geese (Chen rossii) and snow geese (Chen caerulescens) exhibit “blue” morphs or color variants. The dark forms of these two Arctic white geese are very uncommon. After Leonard and I found a blue morph Ross’s goose earlier this … Continue reading

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Siskiyou False Rue Anemone

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Blossoming between February and April, Siskiyou false rue anemones (Enemion stipitatum) were one of the first flowers I found this spring. (See First Spring Wildflowers 03-20-2017) An uncommon plant, the Siskiyou false rue anemone is native to and only found … Continue reading

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First Spring Wildflowers

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Each spring Leonard and I enjoy searching for the first wildflowers of the season. The “winner”, of course, depends on where and when we are hiking – definitely not a scientific determination. Often a buttercup, violet or cutleaf cinquefoil is … Continue reading

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White Alder Flowers

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White alders (Alnus rhombifolia) flowers bloom in mid-winter on naked twigs before the leaves make their appearance. The red-gold of white alders in bloom adds welcome color to a dull landscape of white, grey, black and brown. Alders have male … Continue reading

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Favorite Winter Visitor

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I cannot let winter pass without again mentioning one of my favorite cold-weather visitors, the rough-legged hawk (Buteo lagopus).  Soon this distinctive hawk with the white head and cape and feathered legs will head back to the far North. Rough-legged … Continue reading

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Courting Barrow’s Goldeneyes

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The majority of Barrow’s goldeneyes (Bucephala islandica) breed in Northwestern North America. (Small populations also breed in Eastern Canada and Iceland.) These ducks move slightly south into the Pacific Northwest during the winter. Between December and April, Barrow’s goldeneyes form … Continue reading

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Snow or Ross’s Goose?

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The two white Arctic geese look very similar and are difficult to tell apart, particularly in single species flocks or as individuals. Both the snow goose (Chen caerulescens) and the Ross’s goose (Chen rossii) are white with black primaries (wing … Continue reading

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