My sons and I were throwing rocks in the river when my younger son looked up and saw this giant bird. It was an immature Bald Eagle- probably the same one we saw the day before watching the Hooded Mergansers. It was hovering only about 50 or 60 feet above our heads and circling, . . . → Read More and See Photos: Immature Bald Eagle in Flight
Below the immature Bald Eagle in my last post (look up in the tree) were many Canada Geese and two pairs of Hooded Mergansers.
Here’s one of the pairs. Recall on Christmas day I posted about a group of these birds in the middle of their courting dances. Well, I guess a couple . . . → Read More and See Photos: Hooded Mergansers Being Watched
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
Our family saw a few of these swollen ants during our hike in Mary S. Young State Park. Look at the abdomen (the segment in the back). It looks like it is full of something.
Very close by were many, many wings as seen above. What does this mean? I am guessing that . . . → Read More and See Photos: Labor of Love
One of the egg sacs of our American House Spider has hatched! There are probably 100 babies.
According to Insects and Spiders of the World by Robert S. Anderson, Richard Beatty, and Stuart Church, the spiderlings (baby spiders) will stay put INSIDE the egg sac until they shed their first skin. As spiders grow . . . → Read More and See Photos: American House Spiders Hatch
The Willamette River is low this time of year since it doesn’t rain much here in western Oregon in the summer (as opposed to the other 9 months a year!). When the river goes down it leaves little pools along some of its rocky shores. The tadpoles above were two of about a hundred . . . → Read More and See Photos: Giant Tadpoles
Our family spent a few days in Central Oregon for July 4th. We climbed Lava Butte which formed in an explosive eruption 7000 years ago. At the top is a fire lookout where a National Forest Ranger lives searching the area for forest fires. A family of Violet-green swallows decided to call it home.
. . . → Read More and See Photos: Violet-green Swallows Looking for Fires
My neighbor Andy photographed these Striped Skunk young last week in our neighborhood. They need to be careful because great horned owls love to eat them and we can hear the owls calling at night (we also once saw one in our backyard!). We all know that skunks can emit a terrible smell. They . . . → Read More and See Photos: These guys stink!