Category: Animals / Nature


A young starling has to be clever when eating its breadcrumb, there are bread thieves everywhere!

 

This (male) robin was up bright and early to get the jump on a whole bunch of grubs! I wonder if he has a nest full of little ones to feed?

During another trip to the wetlands we saw a heron, we think its a “green heron” … although it doesn’t look very green to me!

Its so interesting how this bird keeps its neck against its body, it has a longer neck than it seems!

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Just look at that stretch!

For the longest time I would hear this bird’s call and think that it was some other bird, perhaps a blue jay… Nope.

I’m really enjoying bird watching and how I am becoming more familiar with what birds are making what sounds in my area.

I also enjoyed reading this little snippet from wikipedia:

“The calls of the red-winged blackbird are a throaty check and a high slurred whistle, terrr-eeee. The male’s song, accompanied by a display of his red shoulder patches, is a scratchy oak-a-lee,[17] except that in many western birds, including bicolored blackbirds, it is ooPREEEEEom.[18] The female also sings, typically a scolding chatter chit chit chit chit chit chit cheer teer teer teerr”

I imagine that it could be very challenging to write out the sounds made by birds, but they appear to have gotten it fairly well.

I found this Eight Spotted Skimmer Dragonfly on my walk through the wetlands, it wasn’t afraid of me at all. It let me get very close up with my camera phone, so close that I could have almost poked it.

I think it caught a bug to eat during one of its brief flights. Turn your volume up a little so you can hear the neat sound its wings make 😀

On a visit to the wetlands we saw a Great Blue Heron, which coincidentally landed just as we got there. I’ve never been so close to a heron before, it was really magnificent. Here is the video, which is followed by some still shots.


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The above picture is the only shot of it that I got with my better quality camera before the battery died.

It was such a slow moving bird, when it moved it was so subtle that you wouldn’t have noticed it from afar.

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The Redwing Blackbird had good reason to be defensive, especially if it has a nest because the Great Blue Heron is a predatory bird and eats eggs and hatchlings.

Heres some action shots:

heron-bird-on-back

heron-vs-bird

heron-hit-and-run

 

I had no idea what a huge lump of honey bees was doing on a bare branch with no hive. So I did a little research…

Once a hive has so many bees it has to divide because the workers can no longer receive the queen’s pheromone because of how large the hive has become.

The queen bee ends up abandoning the hive to search for her own new home. Then the drones and workers sort out their issue of finding a new home and a new queen is created from a larvae.

A queen is created from a larvae that is just like the worker bee larvae, except it it chosen by the bees somehow to be fed “Royal Jelly” and she grows much larger than the other females.


I ended up calling the phone number of the hiking trail that I was on to alert them that there was such a mass of bees directly on the path, I didn’t want anyone to get hurt if they accidentally disturbed them by some means. When I checked back later a red tape line had been implemented to block them off and alert the public.

The next day there were only about 15 bees left, which means that they must have gone off to a new home. Safely away from jogging and biking people.

 

While visiting our local wetlands the other day, my daughter and me got to see a Belted Kingfisher!

We were both surprised and amazed to see more than just ducks and tadpoles. There were actually three of these little blue “mohawk” birds chasing each other around a fixed track, almost like they were racing. They kept repeating the chase over and over, I do wish my camera battery had lasted long enough to get footage of this.

So here is the brief clip I got of one of the birds resting on a branch between laps.

Here is the swamp, I have more videos to post later… ducks and other more “common” Oregon wildlife.

wetland

It has been very hot where I live, which means that I water my garden at night to avoid scorching.

It turns out that I was watering more than just my flowers this night.

I was worried that I over soaked the little guy so I gave him a tiny nudge, thankfully the moth was OK and flew away later on.

(The plant is called “Royal Carpet” if anyone was wondering. It is actually starting to flower nicely!)

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I really like clouds. They bring us water, inspire our imaginations with fluffy shapes and they even shelter us from the hot sun sometimes!

Here are a couple videos I sped up, it really is amazing how they move and form.

 

This one is shorter, but the brilliance of the sun in this one really highlights the detail on the clouds.

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