Archive for March, 2012

Bushtit “Paltriparus minimus”

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Bushtit “Paltriparus minimus”  Length 4.5″, wingspan 6″ and weight 0.2 ounces.  This is one of our smallest birds, second only to the hummingbirds.  They travel in flocks but nest in different areas.  Their nests are long and pendulous (up to 20″), made of moss and lichens.  Photo:  Deschutes River near Sherars Bridge in Central OR 3/23/2012     

Chukar “Alectoris chukar”

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012















Chukar “Alectoris chukar”, Length 14″, wingspan 20″ and weight 1.3 lbs.  Non-native, introduced from Eurasian.  Found in the rocky desert canyons of eastern OR & WA.  Photo:  Deschutes River Canyon in Central OR 3/23/2012 and 4/30/2011

Townsends’s Solitaire “Myadestes townsendi”

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Townsends’s Solitaire “Myadestes townsendi”  Length 8″, wingspan 14″, weight 1.2 oz.  Photo:  Along the Deschutes River near Sherars Bridge 3/23/2012

West Pueblo Ridge

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

West Pueblo Ridge approximate altitude 8,420′  Located in the southeast corner of Oregon.  Photo:  3/22/2012

The Alvord Desert is in S.E. Oregon just east of Steens Mountain.

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

The Alvord Desert is in S.E. Oregon and Steens Mountain is just to the west.  The Steens is nearly 10,000 feet tall and it acts as an effective rain shadow to the 12 by 7 mile desert .  The average rainfall is approximately 7 inches.   desert, provides an effective rain shadow and .  The desert is approximately 12 by 7 miles in size and land speed records have been recorded here.  There are also some hot springs and remnants of a borax industry where 14 mule  teams hauled borax 130 miles to Winnemucca, Nevada.  Visit this area with a full tank of gas, sunscreen and plenty of drinking water.  Photo: The Alvord Desert 3/14/2012.

Grass Widow “Olsynium douglasii var douglasii”

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Grass Widow “Olsynium douglasii var douglasii.  Iris Family (Iridaceae). Perennial, plants 6-12″ tall, flowers lavender, occasionally magenta or white, 3/4-1” diameter, blooms in early spring in moist open areas that dry out in summer.  Widespread in the Pacific Northwest with the exception of N.W. Or and S.W. WA.  Photo:  Catherine Creek near Lyle, WA  3/08/2012




Checker Lily ” Fritillaria affinis”

Thursday, March 8th, 2012


Checker Lily ” Fritillaria affinis” Lily Family (Liliaceae).  Perennial, bulb with rice-like bulblets, plant 1-2.5′ tall, flowers have a checkered appearance with its combinations of yellow, green and red.  Blooms in midspring in shady, moist areas from the Cascades to the coast in OR & WA. Sunlight passing through the flowers is reminiscent of a Tiffany lamp.  Photo:  Goble, OR 4/26/2006

Coltsfoot “Petasites frigidus”

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Coltsfoot “Petasites frigidus” Sunflower Famly (Asteraceae).  Perennial, Plant 1-2′ tall, leaves large and may be a foot across, flowers white to pink in 4-6″ heads, early spring in wet areas in western OR & WA. and in the Blue Mts. in N.E. OR  Photo:  Near Rainier, OR 3/16/2005

Prairie Star “Lithophragma parviflora”

Sunday, March 4th, 2012


Prairie Star “Lithophragma parviflora” Saxifrage Family (Saxifragaceae)  Perennial, plant 4-12″ tall, leaves are basal with multiple divisions, flowers approx 0.5″ in diameter with  5-11 pink to white petals, each of which are divided into 3 lobes.  Blooms in early spring in grasslands and dry open areas throughout OR & WA. Photo: Catherine Creek near Lyle, WA 2/28/2009