• The Townsend's Solitaire

    12 days ago - By Ornithology

    The Townsend's Solitaire, not a familiar species to most, is a bird found year- round in the mountains of the western U.S. and Canada during the breeding season. Wintering at 5000 feet elevation in northeastern California at the shores of Eagle Lake, I studied them over four winter seasons. From about New Year's Day to the end of January, I studied Townsend's Solitaires on an 80-acre plot of Junipers, Jeffery Pine, and Mountain Mahogeny. Cold from dawn to dusk, dragging myself out of my cozy cabin took at least a whole pot of coffee. Walking through the forest stumbling through a thick...
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