Tag Archives: California

Scrub-Jay Split

In case you haven’t heard, we have a new bird on the block. Last summer the familiar Western-Scrub Jay was split into two species—the California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) and the Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii).

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July Bird Quiz

Can you identify this bird? The photo was taken in Colorado during the month of July. The answer will appear next week.

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April Quiz: Answer

To refresh your memory, here is the photo from April’s Bird Quiz. The bird was seen in California during the month of April. Don’t read any further if you want one last chance to identify this bird.

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Birding the Sacramento Valley

Ducks a few feet from my lens. Snow Geese, Canada (and Cackling?) Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese, all hanging out together. Beautiful weather. No crowds. And best of all, a new bird for my life list! The day I recently spent … Continue reading

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California Sunshine

I’ve been on a road trip the past week, driving from our snow-covered yard in Colorado west to a land of broad-leafed evergreens and warm sunshine. Wyoming was cold and windy, as expected. The I-80 corridor is desolate at any … Continue reading

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Seal Beach

What are huge and blubbery and make outlandish snorting sounds? And what were they doing on a beach in California? We recently spent a week back in our old haunts—Silicon Valley, Monterey and Pacific Grove, the central California coast, southern … Continue reading

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Going Nature-ing

As birders, our goal when going birding is to see—birds! We may or may not have a target species we’re seeking, but a trip is generally rated as a success or a dud by the number of species we see. … Continue reading

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