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White-lined Sphinx Caterpillar

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  White-lined sphinx moth (Hyles lineata) caterpillars occur in a wide range of color phenotypes. These color patterns are so different that it sometimes is difficult to believe they all belong to the same species. The caterpillars have four basic … Continue reading

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Magpie Grooming Service

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Black-billed magpies (Pica hudsonia) are known for picking ticks from the backs of large mammals such as deer, elk, moose and livestock. The magpie either eats the ticks or caches the excess for later use. Unfortunately, most of the cached … Continue reading

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Bishop Pine

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Bishop pines (Pinus muricata) endure conditions unfavorable to the growth of other pine species. They grow on low swampy hills, moist flats or rock hills, always near the ocean, in California, Baja Mexico and the Channel Islands. Depending on their … Continue reading

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Barn Owl Pellets

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A continuation of my previous post, “The Owl Man” on 06-10-20: With a large population of barn owls (Tyto alba), and an occasional great horned owl, on our property in Lookout CA (Modoc County), I only have to step out … Continue reading

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The Owl Man

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This is a good year for barn owls (Tyto alba). Currently there are six barn owls living in our barn near Lookout CA/Modoc County. (I could not convince them to all sit together for a portrait.) The abundance of owls … Continue reading

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