Juniper Hairstreak “Mitoura grynea” Wingspan 7/8 to 1″ The brown-violet area on the hind wing. Also called Cedar Hairstreak and the butterflies lay their eggs on cedars and junipers in both Eastern and Western Oregon and the caterpillars are green and white. Photo: Steens Mt in S.E. Oregon on 7/5/2009 P.S. Not my finger.
Daggerpod “Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides” Mustard Family (Brassicaceae) Perennial, plant 4-8″ tall, leaves gray green and somewhat fleshy, flowers with 4 pink to rose petals, seed pods lance shaped. Blooms spring in Eastern OR and WA in rocky areas. Photo: Along the John Day River in Eastern OR 4/29/2006
Bald Eagle pair perched in a cottonwood tree overlooking the Columbia River near Rainier, Or. The females are half again as large as the males and you can usually tell them apart when they are together. I saw a pair of eagles high above Sauvie Island some years back and the male was dive bombing the female as part of their courtship behavior. Reportedly they also lock talons and cartwheel down towards the earth, separating just in time to avoid striking the ground. This behavior apparently also takes place during aggression/defense of territory confrontations. Photo: 3/15/07 © 2007 mkellar
Tundra Swan “Cygnus columbianus” (Whistling Swan). Length 52″, Wing span 66″ and weight 14.4 lbs. Male swans are called cobs, the females are pens and of course the young are called cygnets. They arrive around Halloween and head back North in April. Top and bottom photo: Riley, OR 3/13/2012, Second Photo: Near Deer Island, OR 3/07/2009, Third Photo: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA 01/04/2012
Trumpeter Swan “Cygnus buccinator” Length 60″, wingspan 80″ and weight 23 lbs. Most of the swans in my area are Tundras but we get an occasional Trumpeter. The Trumpeters have a low pitched call that sounds somewhat like a trumpet. Photo: ” Ridgefield National Wildlife Preserve near Vancouver, WA 3/21/2011