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Showy Milkweed “Asclepias speciosa”

Sunday, March 15th, 2015


Showy Milkweed “Asclepias speciosa”  Milkweed Family (Asclepiadaceae)  Perennial, Plant 1-4′ tall, flowers pinkish-purple.  Blooms summer in dry open areas throughout Or and Eastern Wa. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on this plant but many varieties enjoy the nectar.  The butterfly is a Pale Swallowtail “Papillio eurymedon”.    Photo:  Near Hog Creek, Grant County, OR  7/14/2006

Killdeer “Charadrius vociferus”

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015


Killdeer “Charadrius vociferus”  Length 10″, wing span 24”, weight 3 ounces.  The two dark bands across the breast are the unique identifying characteristic.  These birds lay their eggs in gravel and perform a “broken wing” display to lead potential predators away from their nest.  Photo: Near Burn’s, Or 7/02/2009

Narrow-Winged Damsel Fly

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015


Narrow Winged Damsel Fly.   Photo:  Krumbo Reservoir in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge South of Burns, Or   7/04/2009

Cusicks Monkeyflower “Mimulus cusickii”

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015


Cusick’s Monkeyflower “Mimulus cusickii” Snapdragon Family (Scrophulariaceae) Annual, plant 2-10″ tall, flowers pink to magenta with yellow guides in the throat.  Blooms early summer in sandy soil in Eastern Oregon.  Photo:  Post-Izee Hwy. East of Prineville, OR. 7/17/2007

Green Banded Mariposa Lily “Calochortus macrocarpus”

Monday, December 22nd, 2014


Green Banded Mariposa Lily “Calochortus macrocarpus” Lily Family (Liliaceae). Perennial, Scaly bulb, 8-18″ tall, large showy flowers with a green band on the underside of the petals. Single grass-like leaf that withers as the plant blooms. Dry open prairie in Eastern Or. & Wa. Photo: Steen’s Mt in S.E. Oregon 7/3/2009

Common Nighthawk “Chordeiles minor”

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014


Common Nighthawk “Chordeiles minor”, These birds are widespread throughout the U.S.and are often seen flying in the evening while catching insects. Unlike most other birds, nighthawks perch parallel to the limbs or wires. Coloration blends well with their perch, Length 9″, wingspan 24″.   Photo: Malheur Bird Refuge near Burns, Or. 7/2/2009

Western Grebe “Aechmophorus occidentalis”

Monday, December 15th, 2014


Western Grebe “Aechmophorus occidentalis”  Length 25″, wingspan 24″ and weight 3.3 lbs.  The courtship dance of these birds in the spring involves “walking” on water and it is quite an interesting ballet.  Photo:   Near Burns, Or. 7/02/2009

Pileated Woodpecker “Dryocopus pileatus”

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Pileated Woodpecker “Dryocopus pileatus” Length 16.5″, wingspan 29″, weight 10 oz. Long necked, broad-winged, and long-tailed with prominent crest. The females have red feathers on the back half of their heads and lack the “red lipstick” line that parallels below the white band across the face that is a characteristic of males. Photo: Mt Emily near LaGrande, Or. 7/17/2009


Juniper Hairstreak “Mitoura grynea”

Thursday, 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.

American Egret “Ardea alba”

Wednesday, 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