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Wood Sorrel “Oxalis oregana”

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Wood Sorrel “Oxalis oregana”.  Cascade Mts. to the Coast, 2-8″ tall ground cover on the forest floor, flowers white to pink.  Kids have always delighted in the sour leaves but oxalic acid in large amounts is toxic.  Photo: Lewis & Clark River near Seaside, OR.  3/17/2007

Lewis Woodpecker “Melanerpes lewis”

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Lewis Woodpecker “Melanerpes lewis” Length 10″, wingspan 21″ and weight 4oz.   This brightly colored woodpecker’s diet consists mostly of flying insects.  Top Photo:  Catherine Creek, WA  3/29/2013 and Lower Photo:   Malheur Wildlife Refuge south of Burns, OR 5/06/2012


Snow Geese “Chen caerulescens”

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

_MG_2285 - Version 2MG_20851-480x392Snow Geese “Chen caerulescens”  Length 30″, wingnspan 53″ and weight 5.3lbs.  Nests on Arctic tundra and winters in the U.S. in large flocks.  This group was estimated to be about 1,700 birds by refuge personnel.  We were probably within 200 feet from this flock when they lifted off, circled and then landed again on the pond.  Photo:  Summer Lake, near Lakeview, OR 3/15/2012


Peach Orchards on the Columbia

Friday, March 20th, 2015


Peach Orchards in the Columbia River Gorge.   Taken in WA along the Columbia River west of the Maryhill Museum   Upper photo 3/30/2013 and lower 2/28/2009

Trumpeter Swan “Cygnus buccinator”

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

MG_9711_11-480x455Trumpeter 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 Trumpeter have a low pitched call that sounds like a trumpet.  Photo:  Ridgefield National Wildlife Preserve near Vancouver, WA 3/21/2011


Sora “Porzana carolina”

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

MG_9774_1-480x408Sora “Porzana carolina”   Length 8″, wingspan 14″ and weight 2.5 oz. These little birds nest in freshwater marshes and can be seen feeding along the edges .  Photo: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver WA 3/25/2011


Desert Parsley “Lomatium nudicaule”

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Bare-stem Desert Parsley “Lomatium nudicaule” Parsley Family (Apiaceae).  Perennial, plant 6-24″ tall, flowers yellow 5-petaled, clusters on an array of stalks of unequal length, grows in dry open areas throughout Or. and central Wa., late spring & early summer.  Plant has an aroma like celery and is edible.  Photo:  Dalles Mt. near Lyle, Wa.  3/30/2007


Evergreen Huckleberry “Vaccinium ovatum”

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Evergreen Huckleberry “Vaccinium ovatum”. Heath Family (Ericaceae). Evergreen shrub 1-8′ tall, pale pink urn shaped flowers, small bluish-black berries that are quite flavorful. Cascade Mts. to the Coast.  Photo: Salem, OR. 3/29//2005



Pueblo Mountains

Monday, March 9th, 2015



 Pueblo Mountains south of Steen’s Mountain in South Eastern Oregon. Photo 3/14/2012


Skunk Cabbage “Lysichiton americanus”

Sunday, March 8th, 2015



Skunk Cabbage “Lysichiton americanus”. Arum Family (Araceae).  Perennial, plant 1-3′ tall, many yellow green flowers on a stalk (spadix) surrounded by a large yellow bracts (spath), leaves 1-2′ long.  Blooms early spring west of the Cascade Mts. Plant contains calcium oxalate crystals which will cause intense burning and irritation of the mouth and throat.  Photo: Near Coos Bay, OR 3/31/2006