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Mark Heatherington / 1,227 items

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Cascade Mountains - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

Habitat : Open Woodlands
Food : Insects
Nesting : Cavity
Behavior : Bark Forager
Conservation : Low Concern

"Acorn Woodpeckers are medium-sized woodpeckers with straight, spike-like bills and stiff, wedge-shaped tails used for support as the birds cling to tree trunks..... Acorn Woodpeckers are very unusual woodpeckers that live in large groups, hoard acorns, and breed cooperatively. Group members gather acorns by the hundreds and wedge them into holes they’ve made in a tree trunk or telephone pole. Acorn Woodpeckers also spend considerable time catching insects on the wing. They give raucous, scratchy waka-waka calls frequently... In groups with more than one breeding female, the females put their eggs into a single nest cavity. A female usually destroys any eggs in the nest before she starts to lay, and more than one third of all eggs laid in joint nests are destroyed. Once all the females start to lay, they stop removing eggs."
- Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

Tags:   Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus Male Woodpecker Cascade Mountains Jackson County Oregon USA Mark Heatherington

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Emigrant Lake - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

Habitat : Open Woodlands
Food : Seeds
Nesting : Tree
Behavior : Foliage Gleaner
Conservation : Low

"Jabbering clouds of yellow, green, and black Lesser Goldfinches gather in scrubby oak, cottonwood, and willow habitats of the western U.S., or visit suburban yards for seeds and water. These finches primarily eat seeds of plants in the sunflower family, and they occur all the way south to the Peruvian Andes. Listen closely to their wheezy songs, which often include snippets from the songs of other birds."
- Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

Tags:   Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria Finch Goldfinch Emigrant Lake Jackson County Oregon USA Rogue Valley Mark Heatherington

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Cascade Mountains - 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 Immature Cascade Mountains Jackson County Oregon USA Mark Heatherington Raptor Hawk

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Cascade Mountains - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

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

"A bird almost universally considered “cute” thanks to its oversized round head, tiny body, and curiosity about everything, including humans. The chickadee’s black cap and bib; white cheeks; gray back, wings, and tail; and whitish underside with buffy sides are distinctive. Its habit of investigating people and everything else in its home territory, and quickness to discover bird feeders, make it one of the first birds most people learn." - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Tags:   Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus chickadee bird Oregon USA Cascade Mountains Jackson county Mark Heatherington

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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 Emigrant Lake Jackson County Oregon USA Mark Heatherington Jay bird Rogue Valley


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