After reading a great post by Heather Holm on the Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens website (that I used to contribute to), I decided to build a native bee nest out of hollowed out branches. Mason bees have nested in my yard before in a human-made spot and I wanted to see more.
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During our hike last weekend through the Camassia Natural Area near our house, my boys and I stopped to look at this nearby cell phone tower. Why?
To see the Osprey nest! The nest gets used every year, and I imagine that it might be the same pair that returns every year.
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The Great Blue Heron rookery was full of activity this past weekend, though not all of the days were this sunny.
It still feels odd to see these large birds standing on nests at the top of these mature cottonwood trees.
Of course, some of the nests need a little maintenance!
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The boys and I were hiking down to the river this past weekend and got a good look at the Great Blue Heron rookery (place where many birds nest together). It has been empty since last summer when the herons all left the area. I looked up at it like I do every time . . . → Read More and See Photos: Disturbance at the Heron House
We don’t get too many clear, sunny days this time of year. I took advantage of one last week by hiking down to the river to see what the fallen leaves have revealed. In this photo, the white “cloud” behind the trees is actually the top of Mt. Hood, Oregon’s tallest mountain.
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The leaves are falling revealing things to see that were hidden before. Goat Island is in the Willamette River below our house. It is a well-known Great Blue Heron rookery (or place where lots of them get together to nest).
During the nesting season, blue herons are all over the place here and . . . → Read More and See Photos: Empty Nesters
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
August is not a good time for bird watching around here. Yes we still have hummingbirds, crows, etc., but the variety is limited. One bird that is always here in large numbers is the chickadee. I took these pictures a couple of months ago, but I thought I’d post them now to remind us . . . → Read More and See Photos: Where Did All the Birds Go?