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Pacific Great Horned

I didn’t recognize this owl at first. Great Horned Owls (Bubo virginianus) run rather darker in the shadowed forests of the Pacific northwest, under all those Douglas-firs and dripping epiphytes. 46 more words


You can see the slugs and the trees

A brief trip to some of the wet rainforests of the northwest was a revelation.

There will be more to come, but shall we begin with an atypical sublimity? 42 more words


Raptor Wednesday

I have been sighting Peregrine(s) on St. Michael’s tower again regularly. Here at twilight.Another late afternoon instance. The church, two long avenue blocks away, is at the limit of my optics; I really need a good spotting scope for this scene. 53 more words



If you’re going to hide in the ornamental cherry, don’t be screeching. But then, nobody ever accused the Northern Flickers (Colaptes auratus) of being subtle, with their loud calls, white rumps, and flickering yellow underwings (red in the West). 7 more words



Or, in birding parlance, the “little brown jobs” and “confusing fall warblers.” The little brown jobs aren’t necessarily all that brown once you get a good look at them, but they are small and flighty. 103 more words


Nyssa Shine

These shiny red leaves are Nyssa sylvatica, Black Tupelo or Black Gum. One of the great fall color trees.

Have you been bathing in fall colors?