Red-Breasted Sapsucker

Red-Breasted Sapsucker

We’re lucky today in the northeastern corner of California to get a little rain. We live on the edge of the Great Basin high desert and the last few evenings have been wet ones. The air now has a fresh smell. Lilli lives on the far end of town. Sometimes we take our...
Steller’s Jay

Steller’s Jay

One of my favorite artists is Beverley Hackett, a printer from Grass Valley, California, who passed away just few years ago. She did the above print of Steller’s Jays in 1982. I have it hanging on my wall near the window where as I watch the Steller’s Jays in the...
Black-Headed Grosbeck

Black-Headed Grosbeck

This morning I saw four Black-Headed Grosbeaks, both males and females, at my suet. They were grabbing up the sunflower seeds with their heavy bills. The flamboyant male has a large, black head, cinnamon body with white-barred, black wings and short tail. I think the...
White Crowned Sparrow

White Crowned Sparrow

White crowned sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys, is a medium-sized sparrow native to North America. For the last couple weeks I have enjoyed the sweet white crowned sparrows in my yard here in Northern California. In the morning I listen to its distinct pleasing whistle....
Red-Winged Blackbird

Red-Winged Blackbird

Red-winged blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus, family Icteridae, a passerine bird. Above: drawings/photo-painting; (far left) Male red-winged blackbird, The nest, (right) Female red-winged blackbird. Artist: Brenda Sherburn These well decorated birds are the most abundant...
Dodo Bird & Tree of the Dragon

Dodo Bird & Tree of the Dragon

Again we are finding the relationship between birds and trees are far more reaching than we thought. The above photograph is of one of the only complete skeleton of a single dodo found in 1903 on Mauritius. It’s hard to say exactly what the dodo bird would have...
Varied Thrush

Varied Thrush

It was easter weekend and I called my mom & dad in northern New Hampshire. My mom was excited because she saw about dozen robins in her back yard. As you know, the Eastern US has had a hard winter, but the Baker River Valley where my parents live just missed most...
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...