October 3, 2010 |
It was like a lottery-winning moment for birders. I looked up through the windshield, and there it was: brown and striped, gliding toward a tangle of reeds a few feet from our car — an American bittern. Bitterns are common at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, but they're elusive and rarely seen. Even an ornithologist friend has seen only two or three. Gray Lodge is one of more than half a dozen wildlife refuges in the Sacramento Valley, a habitat-rich basin that comprises the northern end of the Central Valley from Redding south to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
March 16, 1992 |
GOOD NEWS: The recent rains were a boon to birds, because more insects and seed crops improve nesting success, says Sylvia Gallagher of the Audubon Society. . . . Among the migrating birds that will begin nesting in Orange County in the next few weeks are warbling vireos, Pacific slope flycatchers, above, and hooded orioles; year-round residents that nest locally include acorn woodpeckers, black phoebes and California gnatcatchers.
December 21, 2007 |
Illegal trappers on Cyprus killed more than half a million protected birds this fall to sell them at local restaurants, conservationists said. The worst massacre in four years came despite a European Union ban on the decades-old tradition, said BirdLife Cyprus Executive Director Martin Hellicar. Migratory birds cooked over coals are a traditional delicacy and sell for as much as $7 each in restaurants. Hellicar said the problem continues because poachers' profits are huge.
March 28, 1999
I am really disappointed in Jancis Robinson's article (Wine, "Can Cork Survive?," March 17). She entices us bird lovers to read the article and drops the subject, never to refer to birds again. MYRON D. OAKES San Marino
March 24, 2002
Iris Schneider's comparison of a night heron to a gull tells me that she does not know much about birds, which is OK ("Kids' 'Paradise' in San Diego," Weekend Escape, Feb. 17). But comparing this handsome bird's beak to Barbra Streisand's nose is not only ignorant but petty and mean. SUSAN HUTSON Agoura
April 12, 2005 |
How do you translate the barred owl's call -- Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you? -- into Spanish? Translating bird "voices" was one of the trickiest parts of producing "Guia de campo Kaufman a las aves de Norteamerica," the first Spanish-language field guide to North American birds. "There have been field guides to Mexico in Spanish, but never one for North America," says Taryn Roeder of Houghton Mifflin, publisher of the guide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1995
A Santa Monica woman living in a battered-women's shelter has become the victim of a crime: someone stole two pet birds from her car. The woman--who asked to be identified only as Dorothy--hopes someone will come forward with information about her cockatiels, which were stolen last Saturday. Since then, she has posted flyers and gone door-to-door in the neighborhood. "They were the only family I had," Dorothy said. "It was just me and my birds, trying to start a new life."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1998 |
Mallards floating on placid ponds, egrets standing at attention at the water's edge and blue herons soaring across the sky all signal autumn in the Sepulveda Basin. The 2,100-acre preserve is home to about 150 species of birds, said Rosemarie White, head of the San Fernando Valley Canada Geese Project, a wildlife group that every fall counts the number of migratory geese in the Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2012 |
To work in the file room of the downtown criminal courts building is to be a librarian of evils. Its shelves hold the official records of rapes, murders, robberies and thousands of other offenses prosecuted in the courthouse and the clerks there know the ugliness of society by name and case number. It is perhaps not surprising then that on his lunch hour, an employee named Marcos Saldana was drawn to a scene of natural beauty. It was a ravens' nest on the ledge of a building across Temple Street and Saldana watched each spring as the same pair of birds rebuilt the nest, hatched their chicks and taught them to fly. "Birds are beautiful," Saldana said, standing at his usual vantage point, a window in the L.A. courthouse's 13th floor snack bar. "They can fly away and go wherever they want, whereas we are stuck to the ground.
January 30, 2014 |
When John McCain gets censured by members of his own party - McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee who has one of the most conservative voting records in the Senate - it is clear that the biggest problem facing Republicans is the looniness in their own ranks. Largely a rural, Southern, aging white people's party, the GOP faces a big demographic challenge down the road, but this year the party has a clear shot at winning control of the Senate by gaining at least six seats. The liveliest Senate races are expected to be in South Dakota, Montana, West Virginia, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alaska, North Carolina, Iowa, Georgia and Kentucky.