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Mark Heatherington / 1,161 items

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Emigrant Lake - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

Habitat : Scrub
Food : Omnivore
Nesting : Tree
Behavior : Ground Forager
Conservation : Low Concern


"The “blue jay” of dry lowlands along the Pacific seaboard, the California Scrub-Jay combines deep azure blue, clean white underparts, and soft gray-brown. It looks very similar to the Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay (they were considered the same species until 2016), but is brighter and more contrasting, with a bold blue breast band. The rounded, crestless head immediately sets it apart from Steller’s Jays. These birds are a fixture of dry shrublands, oak woodlands, and backyards from Washington state south to Baja California... California Scrub-Jays—like many members of the crow and jay family—have a mischievous streak. They’ve been caught stealing acorns from Acorn Woodpecker caches, and some even steal acorns they’ve watched other jays hide. When these birds go to hide their own acorns, they check first that no other jays are watching."
- Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

Tags:   California Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica Immature Rogue Valley Jackson County Emigrant Lake Oregon USA Mark Heatherington Jay

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Adult female

Emigrant Lake - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

Habitat : Forests
Food : Insects
Nesting : Tree
Behavior : Foliage Gleaner
Conservation : Low Concern

"The Black-throated Gray Warbler is a striking yet monochrome warbler that wears only a tiny spot of yellow just above and in front of the eye. Its black throat and gray back give it its name, but its bold black-and-white striped face is equally eye catching. The Black-throated Gray Warbler frequents pine and mixed pine-oak forests west of the Rocky Mountains and spends the winters farther south to Mexico. It sings a buzzy song of zeedle zeedle zeedle zeet-chee." - Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

Tags:   Black-throated gray warbler Dendroica nigrescens female warbler Emigrant Lake Rogue Valley Jackson County Oregon USA Mark Heatherington

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I was parked in the mobile blind watching a few jays and a group of Quail. While waiting for something to move into good light, a squirrel gave a series of alert calls. This caused pretty much all wildlife to head for cover. Ten seconds later this one landed.

Emigrant Creek - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

Habitat : Forests
Food : Birds
Nesting : Tree
Behavior : Aerial Forager
Conservation : Low Concern

"Among the bird world’s most skillful fliers, Cooper’s Hawks are common woodland hawks that tear through cluttered tree canopies in high speed pursuit of other birds. You’re most likely to see one prowling above a forest edge or field using just a few stiff wingbeats followed by a glide. With their smaller lookalike, the Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawks make for famously tricky identifications... Dashing through vegetation to catch birds is a dangerous lifestyle. In a study of more than 300 Cooper’s Hawk skeletons, 23 percent showed old, healed-over fractures in the bones of the chest, especially of the furcula, or wishbone."
- Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

Tags:   Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii Raptor Hawk Emigrant Lake Jackson County Rogue Valley Oregon USA Mark Heatherington

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White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) Immature

In my neck of the woods these Sparrows leave in mid-spring, their return is a good indicator that summer is wrapping up.

Cascade Mountains - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

Habitat : Scrub
Food : Insects
Nesting : Ground
Behavior : Ground Forager
Conservation : Low Concern

"White-crowned Sparrows appear each winter over much of North America to grace our gardens and favorite trails (they live in parts of the West year-round)... A migrating White-crowned Sparrow was once tracked moving 300 miles in a single night. Alaskan White-crowned Sparrows migrate about 2,600 miles to winter in Southern California." - Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

Tags:   White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys Immature Cascade Mountains Jackson County Oregon USA Mark Heatherington sparrow

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Emigrant Lake - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

Habitat : Scrub
Food : Insects
Nesting : Tree
Behavior : Foliage Gleaner
Conservation : Low Concern

"Bushtits are sprightly, social songbirds that twitter as they fly weakly between shrubs and thickets in western North America. Almost always found in lively flocks, they move constantly, often hanging upside down to pick at insects or spiders on the undersides of leaves. Flocks of Bushtits mix with similar small songbirds like warblers, chickadees, and kinglets while foraging. Bushtits weave a very unusual hanging nest, shaped like a soft pouch or sock, from moss, spider webs, and grasses." - Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

Tags:   Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus male Rogue Valley Jackson County Oregon USA Emigrant Lake Mark Heatherington


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