Hello fellow bird lovers! My name is Larry Jordan. My wife Brigitte and I have been living in Northern California for over 30 years now. We live on 40 acres of rolling hills with our menagerie of animals ranging from dogs and cats to goldfish and goats.
We moved out here to get closer to nature and “get back to the land”. We live at an altitude of 1600 feet in zone 7, commonly known as the “Digger Pine Belt”. The landscape is rolling hills with lots of oak trees and pines but large open spaces as well.
We used to have a pair of breeding red-tailed hawks on our property that provided many hours of enjoyment as we were able to observe them through the season from mating to breeding to teaching their fledglings to soar! I believe they have been replaced by a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks but I have not found their nest site yet. We still enjoy hearing them call throughout the year and as soon as I find their nest, I will try to get some photos of them raising their young.
We have been very fortunate to have been able to observe many species of birds in our area due to the varied habitats close to where we live. We are lucky to have deciduous, mixed and coniferous forests as well as grasslands and oak savannah nearby. We are also close to large bodies of water and the Pacific Flyway so we are able to see many migratory species and water fowl.
We have been able to watch Hummingbirds battle over feeders and Bald Eagles soar over the hill tops. We have also been able to help several species of wild birds raise their young on our property and on our bluebird trails. These would include the Oak Titmouse, Western Bluebird, Tree Swallow, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and most recently the Violet-green Swallow and White-breasted Nuthatch. We have the good fortune of having many natural breeding sites on our property as well for Northern Flickers, Acorn Woodpeckers, Nuttall’s Woodpeckers, Great Horned Owls, Screech Owls, Saw-whet Owls, Red-tailed Hawks, Red-shouldered Hawks, Mourning Doves, California Quail, Wild Turkey, House Finches, Goldfinches and Anna’s Hummingbirds just to name a few.
We have always been in love with the natural beauty and peace that birds bring into our lives. We want to share that peace with everyone in the hope that it will bring people more in touch with nature and themselves. We created this blog to give you as much information as possible to be able to attract birds into your yard and into your life.
Wherever you live there are birds that you can attract to your living space and many ways to observe their interactions. We hope you enjoy your time here with us.
Co-founder of a new Wildlife Conservation Pass project to create and alternative funding stream for our National Wildlife Refuges: http://wildlifeconservationpass.org/
Habitat Manager for the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network: http://burrowingowlconservation.org/
Shasta County Coordinator for the California Bluebird Recovery Program (CBRP): http://cbrp.org/
Webmaster for the Wintu Audubon Society: http://wintuaudubon.org/
Free birdhouse plans: DefinitiveGuideToBuildingYourOwnBirdhouses2013.pdf
Email me: Larry@TheBirdersReport.com