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Friday, February 26, 2021

Nature's bird feeders

A golden-crowned sparrow feeds on early blooming forsythia blossoms near a home in rural western Oregon near Elkton on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. Forsythia flowers are produced in the early spring before the leaves. 

A red-breasted nuthatch forages for Douglas fir seeds on a hillside near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Douglas-firs, along with many other conifers, produce a heavy crop of cones only once every several years. A cycle for Douglas-fir cone production is typically 5 to 7 years long.

 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Birds of a feather

A sub-adult bald eagle and a jaunty starling share the branch of a dead tree along the Umpqua River near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. 

 

A new beginning


A cow licks the afterbirth from her minutes old calf in a pasture on a farm near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2021. A healthy calf can normally stand within a half hour of being born. Experts believe cows consume the afterbirth and placenta because the smell of fresh blood and fluid may attract predators to the cow and her calf.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Puddle luscious

It rained all day on Thursday, except for a few minutes just before sunset.

A golden-crowned sparrow slicks water as it stands in a sidewalk puddle during a rain shower outside a home near Oakland in southwestern Oregon on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. According to AllAboutBirds.com, miners in the Yukon at the turn of the twentieth century woefully referred to the golden-crowned sparrow as the “no gold here” bird, because its song resembled that depressing phrase. 

A large raindrop splashes down in the puddle

 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Hunting heron on land

On a damp cool afternoon, a great blue heron hunts for rodents in a hazelnut orchard along a country road near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. The trees are laden with yellow pollen bearing catkins.

 

Tony hawk (as in fancy, not skateboarding)

A red-shouldered hawk shows off its talons while grooming on a fencepost along a country road near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.

 

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Good 'till the last drop

 


A pair of young goat kids get the last drops of milk from their mother before she steps away in a pasture along a country road near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021.


Muddy playtime for the kids.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Wild turkey crossing

A flock of wild turkeys cross a residential street in Elkton on a rainy morning in southwestern Oregon on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021.

 

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Sounds of spring in the air

A male red-winged blackbird belts out his song while perched on a cattail reed in a swampy area near Sutherlin in southwestern Oregon on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. Male red-winged blackbirds spend much of the breeding season sitting on a high perch over their territories and singing their hearts out.

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Hop on mom: lambing season in Oregon

A flock of lambs play in their green pasture on a sunny morning on a farm near Sutherlin in rural western Oregon on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. According the the United States Department of Agriculture there are about 5.2 million sheep in the United States. Lambing season primarily takes place in the late winter and early spring.


Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Salvage logging after Oregon's wildfires

A loaded log truck drives past a stack of cut trees at a massive salvage logging operation taking place on private land inside the burn area of last summer’s Archie Creek Fire near Glide in western Oregon on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. The fire destroyed 109 homes and burned 131,542 acres of land in the North Umpqua River corridor on state, private and federal land. 

 

Friday, February 5, 2021

High stepping

A black tailed deer runs through a pasture on a hillside near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. The black tailed deer which inhabit far western North America from Northern California into British Columbia are considered a subspecies of mule deer.

 

Ruffed grouse in Oregon

A wild ruffed grouse forages on the grassy edge of a forested hillside near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Ruffed grouse are known to digest bitter, often toxic plants that many birds can’t handle.

 

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Subadult bald eagle

A subadult bald eagle spreads its wings and takes flight from a dead tree on a ridge overlooking the Umpqua River near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Tuesday, feb. 2, 2021. Adult bald eagles take on their impressive white-headed plumage at about age five. While there is a good deal of variation in size, overall, females bald eagles are 25% larger than males.

 

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Serendipitous moment

On a cold damp morning, a pine siskin shakes off a bit of rain while feeding on the seeds of a teasel flower in a swampy area along the Umpqua River near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Sunday, Jan 31, 2021.

I had no idea I captured this brief moment in time until I was editing images on my laptop.

 

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Catkins: signs of the season

A western bluebird perches on a hazelnut tree in an orchard near Elkton in rural western Oregon. The pollen bearing catkins form in late winter and are beginning to develop on the tree.

 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Slurp: 14 feet of worms

As dusk falls on a rainy cool day, an American robin feeds on earthworms in a pasture along a country road near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Tuesday, Jan 26, 2021. According to WildBirdsUnlimited.com, an American robin may eat up to 14 feet of earthworms in a single day.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Rodent patrol

A great blue heron catches and gulps down a rodent in a pasture along the Umpqua River near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Monday, Jn 25, 2021. The local herons normally feed on fish and aquatic animals, but when the rivers become muddy and fast moving in the winter months, the birds take to dry land for hunting.


 

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Disease vector interrupted

A very small tick is displayed while impaled on sewing needle after being discovered on a hillside near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. Ticks are vectors for numerous known and unknown diseases worldwide including lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, tickborne relapsing fever and many others.

 

Friday, January 22, 2021

Gold in them thar hills

An abandoned bus sits on an old gold mining claim on a moss and tree covered hillside along a tributary of the South Umpqua River near Azalea in southwestern Oregon on Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021. The area has a long history of gold mining going back into the mid 1800’s when gold prospectors and clans of Chinese miners worked the gold-bearing streams in the area.

A modern day gold miner displays the largest chunk of gold he has discovered on his claim along a tributary of the South Umpqua River near Azalea in southwestern Oregon. For the past few years he has been finding small scattered amounts of gold, but dreams of striking it rich. 

Arcane laws still apply to those seeking gold on public property.

An abandoned gold mine dives deep into a moss and tree covered hillside along a tributary of the South Umpqua River near Azalea in southwestern Oregon. The area is scattered with remnants of past mining activities.


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Harrier hawk lift off

A northern harrier hawk lifts off from the ground while hunting for rodents in a pasture along a country road near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. According to Audubon.com, the face of the northern harrier looks rather like that of an owl; like an owl (and unlike most other hawks) it may rely on its keen hearing to help it locate prey as it courses low over fields. The British harrier jump jet was named after the European harrier hawk. They both have the ability to hover and take off vertically.

 

Monday, January 18, 2021

Celebrate King

Celebrate King - My photo of from Martin Luther King Jr Day leads coverage from over 30 years ago in
The Michigan Daily. The student newspaper
the University of Michigan. Over 130 years of editorial freedom. Digital archive digital.bentley.umich.edu/midaily


 

Saturday, January 16, 2021

The history of flight

Did you know flight appears to have evolved separately at least four times in history: in insects, bats, birds and pterosaurs. These four groups of flying animals didn't evolve from a single, flying ancestor. Instead, they all evolved the ability to fly from separate ancestors that couldn't fly. Recent studies indicate that flight may have even developed independently in unconnected groups of bats and multiple types of dinosaurs.  

A wild turkey takes flight while wading through a flooded pasture on a farm near Elkton in rural wester Oregon on Friday, Jan 15, 2021. Recent heavy rain has saturated the area. The turkeys appeared to be feeding on insects displaced by the water.

On a sunny warm January afternoon dozens of honey bees fly outside their hive on a farm near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. In most cases, honey bees remain inside their hives when the outside temperature is below 50°F or above 110°F. 

 

Friday, January 15, 2021

Locking antlers

A pair of young black-tailed deer bucks spar on a hillside near Elkton in rural wester Oregon on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2021. The black-tailed deer found in the far western areas of North America and considered a subspecies of mule deer. 

 

I little buggy

A minuscule insect clings to a mushroom growing from a mossy log on a hillside near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Thursday, Jan 15, 2021.

 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Northern spotted owl habitat cut

A few years ago I was lucky to tag along with a team of biologists from the Bureau of Land Management as they tagged northern spotted owl owlets near Roseburg, Ore. Today the Trump administration announced they are cutting 3.4 million acres of designated critical habitat for the endangered owl in Oregon, Washington, and California. The decision will allow the cutting of timber on the land, but according to Noah Greenwald of the Center for Biological Diversity, "This is perhaps the nail in the coffin for the northern spotted owl...".

In order to find the owlets in the dense forest the biologist provided a live mouse to the adult northern spotted owl and it flew to its young.


After banding, the BLM biologist releases one of the owlets.

 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Rainy day creatures

On a rainy day near Elkton in rural western Oregon, a hunting red-shouldered hawk perches on a mossy tree. The National Weather Service is predicting heavy rain for the area over the next few day with the possibility of minor flooding. 

A sheep forages in a pasture as a flock of starlings fly past.

And a black tailed deer fawn makes its way across a rain slick road. I'm so happy to have a dry roof over my head. 

 

Monday, January 11, 2021

Storm watching on the Oregon coast

Storm watchers get a closeup view as massive waves crash over rocks at Shore Acres State Park near Charleston on the south Oregon Pacific coast Sunday, Jan 10, 2021. The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Warning predicting dangerously large breaking waves of 25 to 27 feet.


 

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Mallard ducks on the wing

A pair of mallard ducks take flight from a flooded pasture along a country road near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. The National Weather Service is predicting more rain at lower elevations and snow in the mountains for much of the Pacific Northwest over the next several days.

 

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Water dogs frolic in Oregon

A group of large dogs frolic in a partially flooded pasture on a farm near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021. A series of wet weather systems have brought rain, mountain snow, gusty winds, and high surf to the Pacific Northwest. 

 

Rainy season in Oregon

The rainwater swollen Little Canyon Creek rushes over mossy rocks near Oakland in rural Douglas County, Oregon on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Due to recent heavy rain in the area, the National Weather Service is predicting significant rises on main stem rivers and potential flooding of small streams and creeks through Wednesday.