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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Bewick’s Wren

When I heard a small critter scuttling around inside this dead log at Negro Bar State Park, I just assumed it was a squirrel. But instead, out popped this busy little Bewick’s Wren. Luckily, it paused in its labors just long enough for me to shoot a few pictures. Nimble and acrobatic, Bewick’s Wrens often hang upside down as they […]

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Wings

Today was a very good day for spotting birds — plus one dragonfly. This morning I also realized that very often when I’m hearing the sounds of birds I’m not truly listening. The rufous-sided towhee (above) was practically yelling at me, and I would have never even seen him if I hadn’t chosen that moment to pause for a drink […]

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After party

Our July 4 holiday fell on a Thursday this year, so a lot of folks made a four-day weekend out of it. That left plenty of time to get together with friends and family and to enjoy the outdoors at places like the beach at Negro Bar State Park, soaking in the sun, swimming, chowing down on barbecue and other […]

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California ground squirrels

The area around Negro Bar State Park is practically teeming with these little guys; they especially like to hang around the picnic areas, scavenging leftover scraps of food. I normally don’t pay too much attention to them, but they do make good practice subjects for wildlife photography. They’re extremely shy and very fast runners, disappearing into their burrows, into the […]

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