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Rogue Valley - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

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

"The buoyant, flutelike melody of the Western Meadowlark ringing out across a field can brighten anyone’s day. Meadowlarks are often more easily heard than seen, unless you spot a male singing from a fence post. This colorful member of the blackbird family flashes a vibrant yellow breast crossed by a distinctive, black, V-shaped band. Look and listen for these stout ground feeders in grasslands, meadows, pastures, and along marsh edges throughout the West and Midwest, where flocks strut and feed on seeds and insects... Like other members of the blackbird, or icterid, family, meadowlarks use a feeding behavior called “gaping,” which relies on the unusually strong muscles that open their bill. They insert their bill into the soil, bark or other substrate, then force it open to create a hole. This gives meadowlarks access to insects and other food items that most birds can’t reach."
- Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

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Tags:   0139 Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta Bird Meadowlark Nature Wildlife Rogue Valley Jackson County Oregon USA Mark Heatherington

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Cascade Mountains - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

"Mount McLoughlin is a steep-sided stratovolcano, or composite volcano, in the Cascade Range of southern Oregon and within the Sky Lakes Wilderness. It is one of the volcanic peaks in the Cascade Volcanic Arc, within the High Cascades sector. A prominent landmark for the Rogue River Valley, the mountain is north of Mount Shasta, and Crater Lake lies to the northwest. It was named around 1838 after John McLoughlin, a Chief Factor for the Hudson's Bay Company. McLouglin's prominence has made it a landmark to Native American populations for thousands of years... Mount McLoughlin reaches an elevation of 9,493 feet (2,893 m).[1][a] The tallest volcano in between Mount Shasta — located 70 miles (110 km) to the south[5] — and South Sister 120 miles (190 km) to the north"
- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_McLoughlin

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Tags:   7320 Mount McLoughlin Sky lakes wilderness Cascade Mountains Jackson County Oregon USA Mark Heatherington volcano landscape sunrise

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In breeding plumage they are singing non stop. Seem a little early, but with climate change...

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)

Rogue Valley - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

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

"The buoyant, flutelike melody of the Western Meadowlark ringing out across a field can brighten anyone’s day. Meadowlarks are often more easily heard than seen, unless you spot a male singing from a fence post. This colorful member of the blackbird family flashes a vibrant yellow breast crossed by a distinctive, black, V-shaped band. Look and listen for these stout ground feeders in grasslands, meadows, pastures, and along marsh edges throughout the West and Midwest, where flocks strut and feed on seeds and insects... Like other members of the blackbird, or icterid, family, meadowlarks use a feeding behavior called “gaping,” which relies on the unusually strong muscles that open their bill. They insert their bill into the soil, bark or other substrate, then force it open to create a hole. This gives meadowlarks access to insects and other food items that most birds can’t reach."
- Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

Tags:   Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta Breeding Plumage Meadowlark spring bird singing Rogue Valley Jackson County Oregon USA Mark Heatherington

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Cascade Foothills - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

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Tags:   2047 Landscape clouds overcast sunrise trees oaks oak tree Mark Heatherington

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Emigrant Lake - 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

Tags:   Western Bluebird Sialia mexicana Emigrant Lake Rogue Valley Jackson County Oregon USA bluebird Mark Heatherington


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