Archive for February, 2013

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

Three Arch Rocks

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013


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.

Large Flowered Collomia “Collomia grandiflora”

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Large Flowered Collomia “Collomia grandiflora” Phlox family (polemoniaceae).  Annual, plant 6-36″ tall, flowers salmon or occasionally yellow or white, pollen bright blue.  Blooms in the summer in dry areas throughout OR & WA.  Photo:  Big Summit Prairie near Prineville, OR  7/12/2012

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White Crowned Sparrow “Zonotrichia leucophrys”

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

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”

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013


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

Howell’s Mariposa “Calochortus howellii”

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Howell’s Mariposa “Calochortus howellii” Lily Family (Liliaceae)  Perennial, scaly bulb, plant 12-16″ tall, single grass like leaf from the base, petals white with brownish center and hairy upper surface.  Blooms early summer in the Siskiyous in S.E. OR.  Photo:  Near Selma, OR  7/07/2011

Salmonberry “Rubus spectabilis”

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

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”

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

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”

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

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

Dogbane “Apocynum androsaemifolium”

Monday, February 11th, 2013


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