Archive for March, 2011

Bald Eagle “Haliaeetus leucocephalus”

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

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Bald Eagle “Haliaeetus leucocephalus”  Length: 30″, wingspan: 80″ and weight: 9 lbs  Upper photo:  Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA  3/25/2011 and Lower photo: Northwest Trek near Eatonville, WA 11/1/2008

Nutria “Myocastor coypus”

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Nutria “Myocastor coypus”  Adult body length less than 25″ and the tail is about half as long.  Weight up to 25 lbs.  They are larger than a muskrat but smaller than a beaver and have a rat like tail.  Introduced from South America by fur farmers  and released into the wild after their venture proved to be unprofitable.  They tunnel into the dikes along the river and are considered to be more than a nuisance.  This one appears to be an albino.  Photo:  Ridgefielld National Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA 03/25/2011

Hooded Merganser “Lophodytes cucullatus”

Monday, March 21st, 2011


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Hooded Merganser “Lophodytes cucullatus”  length 18″, wingspan 24″ and weight 1.4 lbs.  Males have black head with with a conspicuous white crest, white breast, black back and rusty sides.  Females have brownish gray bodies with a puffy-brown crest.  The females nest in tree cavities near small ponds.  Upper photos:  Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA 3/21/2011 and Lower photo:  Near Estacada, Or 6/10/2009

Bull Thistle “Cirsium vulgare”

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

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American Lady “Vanessa virginiensis” and Juba Skipper (?) on Bull Thistle “Cirsium vulgare” Sunflower Family (Asteraceae).  Annual or biennial, plant 1-6′ tall, flowers rose colored.  Blooms midsummer throughout Or. & Wa.  Non-native, thought to have been introduced in colonial times from Europe.   Photo:  Rainier, Or. 8/02/2005

Great Blue Heron “Ardea herodias”

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Great Blue Heron “Ardea herodias”  Length 46″, wingspan 72″ and weight 5.3 lbs. I think of herons eating primarily fish and an occasional frog but this one found a snake.  It took a little while for him to get the snake lined up to swallow but he eventually got it down.  It occurs to me that a glass of wine might have made it easier.  Photo: Ridgefield National Wildlife Preserve near Vancouver, WA. 3/04/2011

Northern Shoveler “Anas clypeata”

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Northern Shoveler “Anas clypeata”  Length 19″, wingspan 30″ and weight 1.3 lbs.  Photo:  Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge  near Vancouver, WA 3/11/2011

Ring-necked Duck “Aythya collaris”

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Ring-necked Duck “Aythya collaris”.  Length 17″, Wingspan 25″ and weight 1.5 lbs.  Photo:  Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge near Vancouver, WA 3/11/2011

Chamisso’s montia “Montia chamissoi”

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Chamisso’s montia “Montia chamissoi”  Purslane (Portulacaceae) Perennial, plant 2-6″ tall, basel leaves small and fleshy, flowers white or pinkish.  Blooms in late spring in wet meadows in the mountains of OR & WA.  Photo:  Big Summit Prairie near Prineville, OR 6/17/2008

Rydberg’s Penstemon “Penstemon rydbergii”

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

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Rydberg’s Penstemon “Penstemon rydbergii” Snap Dragon Family (Scrophulariaceae).  Perennial, plant 8-24″ tall, flowers small and bright blue or purple.  Blooms in summer in damp rocky areas in Western Oregon and the Washington  Cascades.  Top photo: Big Summit Prairie: 6/17/2008 & Lower photo:  Camp Tilly Jane on the east slope of Mt Hood, OR 8/03/2004

Western Bistort “Polygonum bistortoides”

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

crw_9207_1_1Western Bistort “Polygonum bistortoides” Buckwheat Family (Polygonaceae).  Perennial, plant 1-2′ tall, mostly basal leaves are long and narrow, small white five lobed flowers in a terminal spike.  Blooms all summer in wet meadows throughout OR & WA primarily at higher elevations.  Top photo:  Big Summit Prairie 6/17/2008  Bottom photo Mt. Rainier, WA  8/02/2007