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A Hard Bird to Love

Male Brown-headed Cowbird, Molothris ater. Female Brown-headed Cowbird, it does not have the distinctive brown head. Three male cowbirds, one has his head pointed to the sky, a common sighting in the spring. There is a lot of activity in the spring including a dance...

The Sea of Blue

May 6, 2019 1:00 pm. Today is a glorious day and I am out looking at the flowers that are blooming in the Little Lake Valley. It is the peak of the Blue Camas bloom, Camassia quamash, a perennial with leaves emerging from a persistent bulb in a basal rosette. This is...

More Bird Migrants Arriving Each Day!

A male Tree Swallow, Tachycineta bicolor, checking out a tree cavity for nesting. The Western Kingbird, Tyrannus verticalis, looking out for insects to eat. A glorious male Tree Swallow. This Western Kingbird just arrived on the mitigation lands last week and once it...

Springtime Enchantment

A clump of Trillium albidum in the S2 woodland with North Coast Semaphore Grass, Pleuropogon hooverianus, growing around it. Two young Black-tailed deer enjoy the cool woodland habitat. The lush green of the Trillium, Cow parsnip, Semaphore grass, and other native...

What is That Downy Woodpecker Doing?

A female Downy woodpecker looking for insects in Valley oak galls. A male Downy woodpecker using its tongue to get food out of a twig. March 31, 2021 Now that spring is upon us it is hard to pick what topic to write about. There are more and more birds singing and...