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I came upon these two youngsters last fall during the rut. They were pushing and shoving each other for what I guess is practice for when they are fully grown. There was not a doe for miles :))

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Taken during the summer wildflower bloom in the Cascade Mountains. There was snow in this location this morning

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Brown Acres - Jackson County - Oregon

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

"The large, handsome Golden-crowned Sparrow is a common bird of weedy or shrubby lowlands and city edges in winter along the Pacific coast. Though it’s familiar to many during winter, Golden-crowned Sparrows vanish for the summer into tundra and shrublands from British Columbia to Alaska, where little is known of its breeding habits. Gold-rush miners took cold comfort from this bird’s melancholy song, which seems to reflect the bleak beauty of its surroundings... This sparrow is one of the least known of our songbirds, particularly on its northern breeding grounds. It has been the subject of only a few laboratory and field studies, so most of what we know about it comes from scattered notes in scientific journals."
- Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

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This shot was made dramatic by smoke from the 600,000 acre Bootleg fire. It was a long, dry, hot and smoky summer. From what climate models suggest the new normal. Last summer 2539 structure burned in Talent and Phoenix Oregon about ten miles from my house as the crow flies. 30 years ago we would just mow the brush away from the house and not give it another thought. Now we hold our breath from late June until the first good rain of fall. Sigh...

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Brown Acres - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

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

"In open parklands of the American West, brilliant blue-and-rust Western Bluebirds sit on low perches and swoop lightly to the ground to catch insects. Deep blue, rusty, and white, males are considerably brighter than the gray-brown, blue-tinged females. This small thrush nests in holes in trees or nest boxes and often gathers in small flocks outside of the breeding season to feed on insects or berries, giving their quiet, chortling calls. You can help out Western Bluebirds by placing nest boxes in your yard or park... Western Bluebirds have a gentle look, but territory battles can get heated. Rival males may grab each other’s legs, tumble to the ground, and then pin their opponent on the ground, stand over him, and jab at him with his bill."
- Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

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