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JeanC.Fisher Golden-crowned sparrows
Golden-crowned sparrows commented on by JeanC.Fisher California, USA10 years ago

I'm not sure, Emma, but I really think that it has to do with precise environmental conditions. For instance: Where we live, it's on a hill where the landlord's house is about 150 ft. lower down the driveway than our house and I have seen the little cedar waxwings many times in the curly willow and toyon at his house but have never seen them around our house. At the bottom of the driveway (which is in the Alexander Valley), you can see blackbirds just about everywhere but they never come up as far as either his house or our house. Where we used to live in Sebastopol (about 50 miles away), I saw chickadees and white-crowned sparrows all the time but you won't find them anywhere around Cloverdale. The most plentiful raptor in Sebastopol is the red-shouldered hawk but, around here, it's the red-tailed hawk and you won't find any red-shouldered hawks at all. I think, like plants, the fauna restrict themselves to environments where the food they've come to rely upon is most plentiful and there's quite a bit of difference in what kinds of seeds, fruits, etc. one finds in abundance in the foggy, damp, colder lowlands closer to the coast than what one finds in the dryer, hotter, inland environments.

JeanC.Fisher Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk commented on by JeanC.Fisher Washington, USA10 years ago

Reminds me so of my "Maury, Jr." (who brings me PRESENTS!) ;^D

JeanC.Fisher Chinese Elm
Chinese Elm commented on by JeanC.Fisher Irvine, California, USA10 years ago

Looks very much like "Chinese quince" (at least the bark does): Pseudo-cydonia.

JeanC.Fisher Skipper Butterfly
Skipper Butterfly commented on by JeanC.Fisher Oakland, California, USA10 years ago

There used to be so many of these in Santa Rosa when I was a kid. I hardly ever see them anymore, though...

JeanC.Fisher Baobab
Baobab commented on by JeanC.Fisher Toliary, Madagascar10 years ago


JeanC.Fisher Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl commented on by JeanC.Fisher California, USA10 years ago

LOL, Emma! I don't know... What WOULD they do with all the leftovers if they started preying on humans? They'd run out of ways to serve it. (Kinda like what happens with that 25 lb. turkey after Thanksgiving! LOL!)

JeanC.Fisher Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle commented on by JeanC.Fisher Wyoming, USA10 years ago

What else can one say but "WOW!" ? Stupendous shot!

JeanC.Fisher Atlantic horseshoe crab
Atlantic horseshoe crab commented on by JeanC.Fisher Alabama, USA10 years ago

The horseshoes are so prehistoric looking... Sad that the oil spill ruined the habitat of so many unique and interesting creatures... So sad...

JeanC.Fisher Royal Bengal tiger
Royal Bengal tiger commented on by JeanC.Fisher Madhya Pradesh, India10 years ago

As a lover and constant observer of cats, I recognized the stance and the facial expression. (Maybe my love of felines has something to do with being born during the Native American zodiac sign of the "Cougar"? LOL!)

JeanC.Fisher Pied Percher (Female)
Pied Percher (Female) commented on by JeanC.Fisher Shenzhen, Hong Kong S.A.R.10 years ago

An amazing shot, Debbie, of a wonderfully unique creature! Bravo!

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