Red-tailed Hawk

In our area you can call every hawk you see a Red-tail and you will be right nearly all of the time. Their comfort zone is anywhere outside of shotgun range and if you are in a passing car they will ignore you until you slow under 30 mph. Occasionally …

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Murphy’s Law of Optics

Murphy’s Law of Optics states no matter how long the lens on your camera you will need a longer lens to get the picture you want. The law is exemplified in bird photography and in particular when I want to take a picture of a Kingfisher. This bird manages to …

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Spring peepers are singing

We are beginning to hear from the frogs. A few more warm nights and the spring peepers will be singing in full cry, maybe that should be “full croak”. We also hear that our native frogs are disappearing and a few show signs of “modification”. As usual we don’t seem …

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Hybrid Columbine

We believe we have found a hybrid Columbine… a combination between the Red Columbine and the Yellow Columbine. Red Columbine (Aquilegia formosa) is one of my favorite wildflowers and common in most of Oregon. Less common is the Yellow Columbine (Aquilegia flavescens). We believe we have found a hybrid of …

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Grosbeak Action at the feeder

Grosbeak action at the feeder. Yesterday a small flock of Evening Grosbeaks (Coccothraustes vespertinus) attended our feeder for about 15 minutes. I was lucky enough to capture a few photos while using my car as a blind. The birds don’t seem to mind the presence of the car with me …

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