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Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) (M)

“Wild Turkeys are very large, plump birds with long legs, wide, rounded tails, and a small head on a long, slim neck….. Turkeys travel in flocks and search on the ground for nuts, berries, insects, and snails. They use their strong feet to scratch leaf litter out of the way. In early spring, males gather in clearings to perform courtship displays. They puff up their body feathers, flare their tails into a vertical fan, and strut slowly while giving a characteristic gobbling call. At night, turkeys fly up into trees to roost in groups….. Wild Turkeys live in mature forests, particularly nut trees such as oak, hickory, or beech, interspersed with edges and fields. You may also see them along roads and in woodsy backyards. After being hunted out of large parts of their range, turkeys were reintroduced and are numerous once again.”
Status : Least Concern
Source : Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

Cascade Siskiyou National Monument – Jackson County – Oregon - USA

Tags:   Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo Male Cascade Siskiyou National Monument Jackson County Oregon Mark Heatherington

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Emigrant Lake – Jackson County – Oregon - USA

“Whether poised at a river bend or cruising the coastline with slow, deep wingbeats, the Great Blue Heron is a majestic sight. This stately heron with its subtle blue-gray plumage often stands motionless as it scans for prey or wades belly deep with long, deliberate steps. They may move slowly, but Great Blue Herons can strike like lightning to grab a fish or snap up a gopher. In flight, look for this widespread heron’s tucked-in neck and long legs trailing out behind….. Hunting Great Blue Herons wade slowly or stand statue-like, stalking fish and other prey in shallow water or open fields. Watch for the lightning-fast thrust of the neck and head as they stab with their strong bills. Their very slow wingbeats, tucked-in neck and trailing legs create an unmistakable image in flight….. Look for Great Blue Herons in saltwater and freshwater habitats, from open coasts, marshes, sloughs, riverbanks, and lakes to backyard goldfish ponds. They also forage in grasslands and agricultural fields. Breeding birds gather in colonies or “heronries” to build stick nests high off the ground.”
Status : Least Concern
Source : Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

Tags:   Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias Emigrant Lake Jackson County Oregon USA Mark Heatherington

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Cascade Mountains – Jackson County – Oregon – USA

“Dark-eyed Juncos are neat, even flashy little sparrows that flit about forest floors of the western mountains and Canada, then flood the rest of North America for winter….. They spend the spring and summer in coniferous or mixed-coniferous forests across Canada, the western U.S., and in the Appalachians. They winter at lower elevations and are common in open woodlands, fields, parks, roadsides, and backyards….. There is a huge range of geographic variation in the Dark-eyed Junco. Among the 15 described races, six forms are easily recognizable in the field and five used to be considered separate species until the 1980s….. in general there are two widespread forms of the Dark-eyed Junco: “slate-colored” junco of the eastern United States and most of Canada, which is smooth gray above; and “Oregon” junco, found across much of the western U.S., with a dark hood, warm brown back and rufous flanks.”
Status : Least Concern
Source : Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

Tags:   Dark-eyed Junco Oregon Junco Junco hyemalis Cascade Mountains Jackson County Oregon USA Southern Oregon Mark Heatherington

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“The quintessential early bird, American Robins are common sights on lawns across North America, where you often see them tugging earthworms out of the ground. Robins are popular birds for their warm orange breast, cheery song, and early appearance at the end of winter. Though they’re familiar town and city birds, American Robins are at home in wilder areas, too, including mountain forests and Alaskan wilderness….. American Robins are fairly large songbirds with a large, round body, long legs, and fairly long tail. Robins are the largest North American thrushes, and their profile offers a good chance to learn the basic shape of most thrushes. Robins make a good reference point for comparing the size and shape of other birds, too….. American Robins are industrious and authoritarian birds that bound across lawns or stand erect, beak tilted upward, to survey their environs. When alighting they habitually flick their tails downward several times. In fall and winter they form large flocks and gather in trees to roost or eat berries.”

Cascade Mountains – Jackson County – Oregon - USA

Tags:   American Robin Turdus migratorius Cascade Mountains Jackson County Oregon 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


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