April 24, 2017

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Bill Maynard, a botanist and former high school biology teacher, has worked for various government agencies from Alaska to South Florida and for The American Birding Association. He discovered the 87,000 acre Chico Basin Ranch to be the perfect natural laboratory to study and photograph birds, dragonflies, grasshoppers and other insects. Chico Basin Ranch Natural History Resources : BIRDING CHECKLIST // BIRDING MAP // DRAGONFLY & DAMSELFLY CHECKLIST //

The first “good” warbler of spring was a singing male Northern Parula in the headquarters willows.  An eastern species and annual migrant on the Chico it was foraging high in the catkins of the willows along with an Orange-crowned Warbler and Ruby-crowned Kinglets.  Northern Parulas are small, short, and somewhat pot-bellied and not hard to look at.