Redwood Creek cuts through a vast Redwood Forest in Northern California’s Humboldt County near the township of Orick, CA. The last two miles of Redwood Creek meanders through farm and pasture lands as it ultimately empties into the Pacific Ocean. The high earthen dikes protecting the fields from high water flows and flooding in the winter are dotted with wild flowers, grasses, and thistles. American Goldfinch’s like the one pictured here are making a morning feast out of the purple centers of thistle flowers being careful to avoid the barbs and thorns that would do instant damage to birds and humans alike.
Food is so abundant on this blossoming thistle bush, our solo Goldfinch was joined by another hungry Goldfinch in the warm morning rays of sunshine.
Distinctive features, eerily haunting eyes.
The estuary and lower portions of the Eel River, Humboldt County, CA, holds a few of these interesting creatures. The Double Crested Cormorant is seldom seen compared to the more abundant species of Common Cormorant. For more information about sightings and where to find them, feel free to contact me.
Winter hillside stream flows along US 299, destined to flow into the great Klamath River.
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Prairie Creek cuts through Redwood National Park at Gold Bluffs Beach. Crisp clear water shimmers in morning light as it flows into the Pacific Ocean.
The Eel River flows through Mendocino County along US Highway 101. The Golden Hour of Light makes for a scene that is easy on the eyes and pleasant to listen to as the water flows downstream.