My friend Joe took this incredible photo of a camas flower at Camassia (the natural area near my house). The camas is in full bloom there right now and, as you can see, the honey bees like it. Notice the loaded pollen basket on the bee’s “knees”. Check out my Honey Bee post from . . . → Read More and See Photos: Camas in Bloom
My friend Jeff took this outstanding photo of a 4th Year Bald Eagle this past weekend in Central Oregon. What does 4th year mean?
Just like with people, it takes eagles a few years for them to grow into adults. See the dark marks on its mostly white head? Bald Eagles don’t have white . . . → Read More and See Photos: 4th Year Bald Eagle
The river below our house is a great site for watching groups of birds. I’ve been posting a lot about the heron rookery on Goat Island (across the water in these photos). Last week my friend Joe was down there taking pictures when a hawk scared the herons off of their nests and into . . . → Read More and See Photos: Bird Gatherings
Sometimes little birds aren’t kind enough to just stand still for a moment in a well lit location and pose for us to photograph. Bushtits are a good example of this, although my friend Joe got a nice shot of this one.
Joe also got a nice photograph of this Bewick’s Wren.
. . . → Read More and See Photos: From Bushtit to Bald Eagle
My neighbor Ben took this photo on his way to work yesterday morning. It’s a bit fuzzy, but that is a coyote in the middle of our street. Possibly it is a member of the pack of which I posted photos from my backyard earlier this year.
Coyote interactions with humans seem to be . . . → Read More and See Photos: Coyote in Early Morning Twilight
My friend Jeff took these photos some time ago in his backyard in central Oregon. I immediately recognized this bird- not because I’d seen it live before, or because I knew what it was. Rather, I’ve seen it’s picture many, many times…on the cover of my Sibley Guide (The Sibley Field Guide to Birds . . . → Read More and See Photos: Cover Bird
My friend Beth found this critter in her house in Arizona. It is a scorpion!
We don’t have scorpions (that I know of) here in western Oregon, although the National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest says that there are scorpions east of the Cascade Mountains. They are apparently harmless to . . . → Read More and See Photos: Scorpions Aren’t Always Poisonous
WARNING – Photo below that some might find unpleasant!!!
Steller’s Jays are one of the easiest birds to identify in the West. Their black head and crest with blue bodies are obvious. This one is foraging in my backyard. It might be a juvenile since its crest doesn’t look quite as big as most . . . → Read More and See Photos: Steller’s Jay With a Meal