Archive for the ‘Birds’ Category

Western Tanager

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Western Tanager “Piranga ludoviciana” Length 7″, wing span 11″ and weight 1 oz.  The red head  identifies this bird as a breeding male. Photo:  Along the Rogue River in near Gold Beach, Or 4/26/2015

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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

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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

 

Trumpeter Swan “Cygnus buccinator”

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

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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

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Tundra Swan “Cygnus columbianus”

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

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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

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

 

Redhead “Aythya americana”

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Redhead “Aythya americana”  Length 19″, wingspan 29″ and weight 2.3 pounds.  The males have blue bills during the breeding season. Photo: Malheur National Wildlife Refuge south of Burns, OR 5/29/2010

Killdeer “Charadrius vociferus”

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

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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

Bald Eagle “Haliaeetus leucocephalus”

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

_MG_8551 - Version 2Bald Eagle “Haliaeetus leucocephalus” Length, 30″, wingspan 80″ and weight 9 pounds. The white feathers characteristic of the adults appear when they are four years old. Females are approximately 50% larger than the male. Eagles feed mainly on fish and waterfowl. Photo: Rainier, OR 2/11/2015

Bald Eagle “Haliaeetus leucocephalus”

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Bald Eagle “Haliaeetus leucocephalus” Length, 30″, wingspan 80″ and weight 9 pounds. The white feathers characteristic of the adults appear when they are four years old. Females are approximately 50% larger than the male. Eagles feed mainly on fish and waterfowl. Photo: Rainier, OR 2/10/2015

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