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,...

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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...