March 22, 2016

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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 anemic race of the Eastern Red-tailed Hawk subspecies is called “Krider’s” Red-tail and it is rarely reported on the Chico. Today there was a juvenile (banded tail) perched by Holmes ranch house.  This race’s characteristics are a mostly white breast and belly and a mostly white face with much white on the back too.

Photography by Bill Maynard