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Western Wood-pewee Nest

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Western wood-pewees (Contopus sordidulus) are small, greyish-brown flycatchers. Leonard and I noticed several western wood-pewees while walking along a old logging trail in Widow Valley near Lookout CA (Modoc County). The birds would sit on an exposed perch watching for … Continue reading

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Variegated Meadowhawk

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Variegated meadowhawk dragonflies (Sympetrum corruptum) have variable coloration. Variegated meadowhawks begin with olive green,  reddish and greyish markings which turn more red as the dragonflies mature. These members of the Skimmer Family (Libellulidae) have cranberry eyes, a bi-colored stigma (wing … Continue reading

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Cottontail Nest

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Leonard has a small native plant garden. Grasses, Leonard’s passion, dominate the plot, along with a few wildflowers. Native California poppies also grow in profusion. A few days ago when Leonard went out to weed he unexpectedly disturbed a Nuttall’s … Continue reading

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Calliope Hummingbird

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Calliope hummingbirds (Stellula calliope) are the smallest breeding birds in North America – 3 inches long and weighing less than 0.1 ounce. Greenish above, the male has a gorget (throat) with long plumes that show magenta in the proper light. … Continue reading

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Muskrat Housekeeping

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On warm summer evenings Leonard and I enjoy setting up chairs near a site where we might be able to observe wildlife. It is so pleasant to sit as the sun sets and see what animals and birds appear. A … Continue reading

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