Red-Breasted Sapsucker

Red-Breasted Sapsucker

We’re lucky today in the northeastern corner of California to get a little rain. We live on the edge of the Great Basin high desert and the last few evenings have been wet ones. The air now has a fresh smell. Lilli lives on the far end of town. Sometimes we take our...
Steller’s Jay

Steller’s Jay

One of my favorite artists is Beverley Hackett, a printer from Grass Valley, California, who passed away just few years ago. She did the above print of Steller’s Jays in 1982. I have it hanging on my wall near the window where as I watch the Steller’s Jays in the...
Black-Headed Grosbeck

Black-Headed Grosbeck

This morning I saw four Black-Headed Grosbeaks, both males and females, at my suet. They were grabbing up the sunflower seeds with their heavy bills. The flamboyant male has a large, black head, cinnamon body with white-barred, black wings and short tail. I think the...
White Crowned Sparrow

White Crowned Sparrow

White crowned sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys, is a medium-sized sparrow native to North America. For the last couple weeks I have enjoyed the sweet white crowned sparrows in my yard here in Northern California. In the morning I listen to its distinct pleasing whistle....
Red-Winged Blackbird

Red-Winged Blackbird

Red-winged blackbird, Agelaius phoeniceus, family Icteridae, a passerine bird. Above: drawings/photo-painting; (far left) Male red-winged blackbird, The nest, (right) Female red-winged blackbird. Artist: Brenda Sherburn These well decorated birds are the most abundant...