Jerdon’s Babbler

Jerdon’s Babbler

Thank you, Justin! This article by Justin Moyer /photo courtesy of WCS Though we’re officially in the the Holocene (“entirely recent”) epoch, some scientists say we’re actually living in an age they call the Anthropocene. As Smithsonian magazine put it: “They argue...
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,...
Evening Grosbeak

Evening Grosbeak

At this time of year on the edge of the high desert in Northern California I wake up to a cup of coffee and a drove of unmistakable Evening Grosbeaks at my bird feeder.  Am I lucky or what. Evening Grosbeak Coccothraustes vespertinus 8 inches long with a wingspan of...
Herring Gull

Herring Gull

California Herring Gull: Larus argentatus Winter in California is good when I can walk along the shore and take some time to do a small watercolor of a Herring Gull that seems to be posing for me. Herring Gulls are gray and white with pink-legged. They’re the...