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Glistening Inkcap “Coprinellus micaceus”

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015


Glistening Inkcap  “Coprinellus micaceus” (formerly “Coprinus micaceus”)  Cap yellowish brown to 2″ across, stalk to 4.5″ tall, spore print brown to black, oval to bell-shaped with minute glistening particles but eventually convex.  Photo:  Near Rainier, Or. 12/10/2008

Snowy Owl “Nyctea scandiaca”

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014


Snowy Owl “Nyctea scandiaca”, length 23″, wingspan 52″, weight 4lbs.  We are south of their normal range but they extend their areas when lemming populations crash.  Top Photo:  Juvenile near Burns, Or 12/22/2011.  Bottom Photo:  Adult male at Northwest Trek near Eatonville, Wa 11/06/2007

Jewell Meadows Bulls

Monday, December 8th, 2014

IMG_8475 - Version 2Roosevelt Elk herds of up to 200 animals are fed here in the fields adjacent to Hwy 202 between Vernonia and Seaside, Or. during the winter months (November-April). The cows, calves and younger bulls are found in large groups and the older bulls hang out in smaller, separate group. The public can ride out into the field on the hay wagon when they feed the elk but you need to make your reservations well ahead of time. Call (503) 755-2264 for information. Photo: Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area 12/06/2014IMG_8483 - Version 2

White Barrel Bird’s Nest “Nidula niveo-tomentosa”

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

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White Barrel Bird’s Nest “Nidula niveo-tomentosa”  Small white woolly cylinders forming white cups approximately 1/4″ in diameter and 1/4″ tall.  The membranes covering the cups split open when it rains and that allows the small mahogany colored “eggs” to be splashed out and distributed.  Each “egg” contains a powdery mass of spores.  Photo: Salem, OR 12/22/2006.

Queen of the West

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013


This stern wheeler is 230 feet long and carries 120 passengers on cruises from Portland, OR to Astoria.  From there, they retrace Lewis and Clarks journey up the river to Clarkston, ID.  The trip up the Columbia and the  Snake rivers passes by the explorers old camp sites and the boat travels through 8 locks along the way.  It is an 8 day trip and food and lodging are provided on the boat.  Cruises tend to be spendy, but we are only old once.  Photo:  Rainier, OR 8/26/2010


Rough-legged Hawk “Buteo lagopus”

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

_MG_5089Rough-legged Hawk “Buteo lagopus” Length 21″,wingspan 53″ and weight 2.2 lbs. This is an arctic hawk that winters in the western and northeastern U.S.  Upper Photo:  Near Burns in S.E. OR  3/16/2013

Lower Photos:  Near Burns in S.E. Oregon  12/19/2011

Bald Eagle “Haliaeetus leucocephalus”

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

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: Along the Deschutes River in the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in central OR 12/18/2011

Prairie Falcon “Falco mexicanus”

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012















Prairie Falcon “Falco mexicanus”  Length 15 to 29″, wing span 35 to 43″ and weight 1.2 to 1.8lbs.  Females conspicuously larger than the males.  These birds have eye streaks extending down onto the cheek. Preys on birds and small mammals.  Found in dry open country in Eastern OR & WA.  Photo:  Near Burns in S.E. OR. 12/19/2011


Buena Vista Overlook

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012










Buena Vista Overlook on the Malheur Natioonal Wildlife Refuge.  The ponds are frozen and the water birds have gone elsewhere.  This huge marsh provides an extensive area for  nesting waterfowl.  Photo: Near Burns in Southeastern Oregon 12/19/2011


Steens Mountain

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Steens Mountain near Frenchglen in south eastern Oregon was formed by the tipping up  of rock along a fault line, elevation,  9,730 .  The summit is in sight and this is very little snow for the middle of December.   Photo:  12/19/2011.