Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin

Last week my friend Brian called. He had found a grounded bird outside and wasn’t sure if it was stunned or injured. He asked me what he should do—I always worry about grounded birds because of domestic or feral cats that can be lurking in the shadows.  I...
Raven

Raven

I wake up early in the morning to the sounds of croaking and knocking calls of a pair of ravens sitting on the railing of our deck.  These ravens has become our alarm clock. My partner jumps out of bed, grabs some food for them,  runs out and places it on the railing...
Return of the Swallows

Return of the Swallows

Yesterday midmorning I was on our deck looking down the hillside to see if any of our fruit trees were in blossom yet.  I had been sick with a terrible cold and wanted to get some fresh air.  All of a sudden soaring gracefully in the sky— there they were. The...
Time To Get Serious About Wildlife

Time To Get Serious About Wildlife

Reading the UN News can make you cry sometimes. Today another article puts on record the illegal wildlife trade which includes the birds, too.  As rhinos are slaughtered their numbers dwindle and many of our large mammals may soon disappear off the face of the Earth...
Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill cranes have been around for a long time. These birds have large grayish bodies with long necks and their heads are topped with a crimson red crown. There are two sandhill species that winter in the Central Valley: the greater sandhill and its smaller cousin,...