American River red hawks

I had never realized there were so many different variations of Red-Tailed Hawks until I tried to confirm that the bird above was, indeed, a red-tail. Yes, it has a red tail, but its dark brown head and dusky underbelly mark it as an “adult light morph” or Northern Red-tailed Hawk. I was quite happy to see this bird, since […]

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Little gray bird

I’m not absolutely sure of the ID on the small birds I spotted this morning near Lake Natoma, but it looks very much to me like a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. If so, I’m only sorry I didn’t get to see the bright red color; it’s visible on adult males when the bird is excited.

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Eagle season

They won’t be laying eggs until early next year, but our local bald eagles are already checking out their chosen areas and starting to build (or rebuild) their nests. A couple of days ago I was very lucky to spot one of the Lake Natoma eagles sitting in the nest tree — probably wondering how long before the noisy humans […]

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Rowdy redhead

I see a lot of acorn woodpeckers as I hike around my area. It’s also not uncommon to spot acorn woodpecker granaries — storage trees where the birds drill holes to store acorns and other types of nut. But this male (females have a black cap with red only on the back of the head) was extremely busy working on […]

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More Sacramento Bar birds

When I visited Sacramento Bar one morning last week, I was hoping to see some beavers the Big Guy had reported seeing several times along the river. Unfortunately, the beavers were nowhere to be found, so instead I went looking for birds. I heard a lot more of them than I actually managed to spot; and I’m still trying to […]

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