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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”. Brigitte and Larry JordanWe 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  I believe they have been replaced by a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks but I have not found their nest site yet.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.

Happy birding!

Larry Jordan

Co-founder of a new Wildlife Conservation Stamp project to create and alternative funding stream for our National Wildlife Refuges: http://wildlifeconservationstamp.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: http://BuildYourOwnBirdhousePlans.com

Email me: Larry@TheBirdersReport.com

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kanani November 6, 2008 at 9:47 am

Sounds like a great life. I’m writing a novel and have used the Cosumnes River Preserve as the inspiration for the background. I’ll bookmark your page and swing by often to learn more!

GeL (Emerald Eyes) December 31, 2008 at 12:21 pm

(Whew! Tis a good thing I’m good in math besides art!)

40 acres- how divine! I’m ready to hop on a plane and prop my easel “en plein air” – how wonderful for you and your wife! I will enjoy your site. Love bird, animals, nature and photography. Bookmarking you. Happy New Year 2009!

animtreebird January 30, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Sounds like a wonderful place to be. :))) I enjoy visiting your site.

animtreebird March 18, 2009 at 2:02 am

Hi, Back again because I did not give my web address correctly in the previous entry. Great close ups. :)))

Rich L August 27, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Hi, I’m not really a birder but I enjoy them. I need some info/help, I have a doorway some swallow have made a mud nest. I don’t want to disturb them, but it’s the end of August, can I wash it down, should I assume the babies are gone. The birds are still flying around.

Thanks

Larry August 27, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Hi Rich. The swallow nestlings should have fledged by now but it is easy to tell if they are gone. If you can see into the nest, just take a look. How high up is it?

If you don’t see them flying in and out of the nest, they no longer need it. Cliff Swallows will use the same nest year after year if you let them. If the nest is in an inconvenient place for you, I would remove it and not allow them to build another nest there next year.

It takes several days for Cliff Swallows to build a nest from scratch but if you don’t want them to breed there, make sure you block them from the location. If you can’t do that, I would remove any mud they try to place there. They should get the idea and choose another location.

Do not remove an active nest for any reason. Once they have a nest built you must allow them to use it until they are finished raising their young and are no longer using the site. All native bird species are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Rich L August 29, 2009 at 3:29 am

Thanks Larry, I appreciate the advise, tips and guidance, since they continue flying in and out of the area I’ll just leave it for another month or so.

Rich

carol donnelly August 4, 2010 at 6:22 pm

I’m not usually this crazy about birds but I had a Hooded Oriole just nest in my Banana tree and produce 3 babies. What I think I’ve read this is not normal to be in Orange County, Calif. What can you tell me?

Larry August 4, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Hi Carol, this is not unusual. Hooded Orioles prefer palm trees for nesting but will nest in other trees. Banana trees are very similar to a palm so this wouldn’t surprise me at all. They usually lay 3 to 4 eggs in a clutch and are common breeders in Southern California. If I were you, I would put out an Oriole Feeder and get some really good looks at them!

Terri Lhuillier December 16, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Hi Larry!
I found you! You have some beautiful photos on your site! Did you get some good bald eagle shots or footage tonite? Can’t wait to see them!
See you out on the trails….
Terri

Geoff Clarke March 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Hi Larry
I love your site and the fabulous photos. Have you seen the new movie “The Big Year”? I’m sure you’d enjoy it.
I enjoy bird watching but still need help with identification. Do you have any advice on how to get help identifying a specific bird if I have the photo?
Thanks in advance.
Geoff
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Pat Clark June 21, 2013 at 11:52 am

Hi Larry. Thanks for coming to the Shasta Woodworker’s meeting last night. Wish I could have talked with you more at the time. Your website is wonderful – a great resources for me since I just started my own life list this year & have been trying to see as many different species as I can since January 1. I do have a favor to ask. Can I send a photo to you of a bird that I can’t identify? I saw it last week in Lassen Park. Thanks again for coming to our club meeting.
Pat Clark

Larry June 25, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Hi Pat. You can definitely send any bird questions to me. If you have a photo of a bird you can’t ID, attach it to an email and I’ll try to ID it for you.

Rick Hanzlik August 27, 2014 at 9:06 am

Trying to locate your bird house plan site but does not come up. I have a copy of the Definitive guide to building your own birdhouses but I am missing a few pages.

Larry August 27, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Thanks for the heads up Rick. I forgot to update my Birdhouse Plans page once I closed down the other site where you got my eBook. It can now be downloaded here: http://www.thebirdersreport.com/DefinitiveGuideToBuildingYourOwnBirdhouses2013.pdf

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