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Owls of Northern and Central California, Part 3

Some Unusual Owls and One Old Friend Owls, of course, come in all sizes and have adjusted themselves to all kinds of habitats, from high mountains to deserts and everything between. They eat all kinds of creatures, from the smallest insects … Continue reading

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Owls of Central & Northern California Part 2

Some Small Owl Species of Central & Northern California Owls, of course, come in all sizes and have adjusted themselves to all kinds of habitats, from high mountains to deserts and everything between. They eat all kinds of creatures, from … Continue reading

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Owls of North and Central California Part I

Northern California is home to many of the owls found in North America: Great Gray, California Spotted, Barred, Great Horned, Western Screech, Flammulated, Northern Saw-whet, Northern Pygmy, Long-eared, Short-eared, Burrowing, Barn Owl. These species cover all territories, from plains to … Continue reading

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Northern Harrier

Circus hudsonius – hawk that flies in circles. Wingspan: 3 feet. Weight: .7 – 1.3 pounds The Northern Harrier is a beautiful, slender, graceful hawk, tilting over fields and marshes as it hunts for rodents and small reptiles and birds. … Continue reading

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June 2014 – Baby Birds!

DRAMA: RESCUING WILD BABY BIRDS   In Spring through early Summer in Northern California, as across much of the world, many birds species lay eggs and raise hatchlings. Some of the babies, like California Quail and Turkeys, come out fluffy and … Continue reading

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April 2014 – Spring: Who Sings?

Silence vs Sounds of Life On March 31, we saw the first returning Black-headed Grosbeak, an adult male coming back to last year’s nest area. These birds’ songs are always magical; and as the season goes on, they grow and … Continue reading

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Swan’s Way – March 2014

The Swan’s Way – A Miracle of Time Tundra Swans at Yolo Basin – from a photo by the author One of the miracles of our lives is that there is so much unknown history behind us. This is true … Continue reading

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About Take the Moment

  February 2014 – Take the Moment is dedicated to our habitat and its denizens, the creatures who live in it beside us (and over, under, and in). Its goal is to paint a picture of the patterns of life … Continue reading

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Why Care?

Shadows A great shadow sweeps the ground. A bird. Large, dark, silent – banking into the wind. Hawk? Vulture? No! An eagle! Spiraling up till it’s just a speck in the sky. Another day, no shadow – a black dot. … Continue reading

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Avian Biological Systems

Articles: The Avian Respiratory System; Raptor Vision, Parts I & II – some of the graphics in these articles are adapted from textbooks and reference articles.  November 2013 The Avian Respiratory System  Immature Turkey Vulture Nares  The avian respiratory system, … Continue reading

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