Juniper Hairstreak “Mitoura grynea”

October 23rd, 2014


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”

October 22nd, 2014


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

Northern Pygmy Owl “Glaucidium gnoma”

October 21st, 2014


Northern Pygmy Owl “Glaucidium gnoma”  Length 7″, wing span 12″ and weight 2.5 oz.  These little guys are more apt to be heard than seen and their call is more of a little toot instead of a hoot.  Photo:  Oregon Caves, Or  4/29/2007

Sulfur Shelf “Laetiporus sulphureus”

October 20th, 2014


















Sulfur Shelf “Laetiporus sulphureus” growing on a log.  Orange to salmon with sulphur yellow spores. Size up to 2′ in diameter and 1″ thick on live and dead deciduous and conifer trees. Also pictured is a Red Belted Polypore.   Photo:  Ho Rain Forest in S.W. Wa 8/31/2006

Coyote “Canis latrans”

October 19th, 2014

crw_0448_1_1-480x384Coyote “Canis latrans”   Photo:  Northwest Trek near Eatonville, Wa.  11/06/2007

Camp Blanco Lighthouse

October 16th, 2014


Cape Blanco Lighthouse.  “Oregon’s oldest, highest, and most westerly lighthouse*” located five miles north of Port Orford, Or.  Photo: 3/19/2009

*”Oregon Coastal Access Guide” by Kenn Oberrecht

American Egret “Ardea alba”

October 15th, 2014

egret1-480x353 American Egret  “Ardea alba” White feathers and blackish legs and feet.  Length 39″, wingspan 51″ and weight of 1.9 pounds.  They are found throughout the U.S. and mostly in open water.  Photo:  Malheur Refuge in S.E. OR 7/6/2008

Bald Eagle Pair

October 14th, 2014

crw_4180_2_1_1_1-480x442Bald 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”

October 13th, 2014























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”

October 12th, 2014


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 MG_9704_1_1_1-480x406-1Trumpeters have a low pitched call that sounds somewhat like a trumpet. Photo: ” Ridgefield National Wildlife Preserve near Vancouver, WA 3/21/2011