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
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Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge near Oceanside, Or. There are nesting colonies of Common Murres, Tufted Puffins, Leach’s Storm-petrels, Brandt’s Cormorants and Pigeon Guillemots roost on these rocks. Visitors and boats are not allowed to approach closer than a 1000 feet from the refuge. Photo taken 1-18-2004.
White Crowned Sparrow “Zonotrichia leucophrys”, Length 7 inches, wingspan 9.5 inches and weight 1 ounce. Widespread in the Pacific Northwest. Photo: Cape Lookout near Tillamook, OR 4/03/2008
Black-crowned Night-Heron “Nycticorax nycticorax” Length 25″, Wingspan 44″ and 1.9 lbs. These stocky birds generally roost during the day and forage in pond and marshes at night. Photo: Malheur National Bird Refuge near Burns, Or 6/21/2009
Salmonberry “Rubus spectabilis” Rose Family (Rosaceae). Perennial shrub 5-15′ tall, stems have prickles, flowers 1-1.5″ diameter & bright pink, early spring along streams and other wet areas, berrries edible and salmon colored, found in Western OR & WA. M. Lewis first collected this plant on 3/27/1806 while camped near Prescott, Or. Photo: Nicolai Mt. near Astoria, OR 5/15/2006
Scarlet Gilia “Ipomopsis aggregata” Phlox Family (Polemoniaceae). Biennial plant, 1-4′ tall, flower tubes approx 1″ long, orange speckled with yellow. Blooms midsummer and found in dry areas and meadows, widespread in eastern OR. & WA. Top Photo: Conboy Wildlife Refuge near Mt Adams 6/29/2012, Middle Photo: Mt. Emily near La Grande, OR 6/13/2007 and Bottom Photo: White form near Seneca, OR 7/07/2008.
Killdeer “Charadrius vociferus” length 10″, wingspan 18″ and weight 4 oz. Prefers bare gravel nests near water. Adult birds will lead you away from their nest with their cry of “kill-deer” while feigning a broken wing. Top Photo: Fields-Denio Rd east of Steens Mt. 7/10/2011 and Lower Photo: Near Summer Lake, OR 6/07/2011
Clouded Sulfur Butterfly “Colias philodice” nectaring on Spreading Dogbane “Apocynum androsaemifolium” Dogbane Family (Apocynaceae), Perennial, plant 8-24″ tall, flowers 1/4″ bell shaped pink to white, dry shaded areas, widespread other than coastal areas. Dogbane tends to be weedy, but butterflies find it very attractive. Photo: Near Stein’s Pillar N.E. of Prineville, OR. 7/10/2007