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Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Habitat : Open Woodlands
Food : Insects
Nesting : Shrub
Behavior : Ground Forager
Conservation : Low Concern

"Like many other songbirds, the male Song Sparrow uses its song to attract mates as well as defend its territory. Laboratory studies have shown that the female Song Sparrow is attracted not just to the song itself, but to how well it reflects the ability of the male to learn. Males that used more learned components in their songs and that better matched their song tutors (the adult bird they learned their songs from) were preferred."
- Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

Tags:   Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia Emigrant Lake Jackson County Oregon USA Mark Heatherington

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“These are large, long-tailed sparrows with small heads and short but stout, seed-eating bills. Golden-crowned Sparrows feed on seeds and insects on the ground and in low vegetation. They whistle their slow, mournful-sounding songs from high perches and nest in dense, low vegetation. In migration and winter, they gather in loose flocks and mix with other sparrows, especially White-crowned Sparrows. Golden-crowned Sparrows are most visible during migration and winter, when they frequent forest edge, shrubs, chaparral, and backyards of the West Coast. They nest much farther north, in low, shrubby areas of tundra or at the edges of boreal forests.”
Status : Least Concern
Source : Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Brown Acres – Jackson County – Oregon - USA

Tags:   Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla Brown Acres Jackson County Oregon Mark Heatherington

N 62 B 888 C 17 E Mar 28, 2020 F Apr 12, 2020
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Sorry, couldn't find a rabbit :))

Black-tailed Jackrabbit- Lepus californicus

Rogue Valley - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

The black-tailed jackrabbit has long ears with black tips and very long front and rear legs. It is about 18-24 inches long and weighs four to eight pounds. It has peppery brown fur and a black stripe that runs down its back. The black-tailed jackrabbit is not really a rabbit; it is a hare because its young are born with fur and with their eyes open. Males and females look alike, but females are usually larger.... The black-tailed jackrabbit can be found in the western United States from Washington south to California and east to Nebraska and Texas. It is an introduced species in Kentucky and New Jersey."
- www.nhptv.org/natureworks/blacktailedjack.htm

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Tags:   Black-tailed Jackrabbit Lepus californicus Easter hare easter rogue valley Jackson County Oregon USA Mark Heatherington

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“Anna’s Hummingbirds are among the most common hummingbirds along the Pacific Coast, yet they're anything but common in appearance. With their iridescent emerald feathers and sparkling rose-pink throats, they are more like flying jewelry than birds. Though no larger than a ping-pong ball and no heavier than a nickel….. Anna’s Hummingbirds eat nectar from many flowering plants, including currant, gooseberry, manzanita, and many introduced species such as eucalyptus. They also eat a wide array of insects from understory leaves, crevices, streambanks, or caught in spider webs, plucked from the air, or taken from flowers….. Anna's Hummingbirds normally have a body temperature of around 107 degrees Fahrenheit—that's a scorching temperature for a human. When outside temperatures fall, Anna's and many other species of hummingbirds enter torpor. Their breathing and heart rate slow, and their body temperature can fall as low as 48 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperature warms, the hummingbirds can become active again in a few minutes.”
Status : Least Concern
Source : Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

Brown Acres – Jackson County – Oregon - USA

Tags:   Anna’s Hummingbird Calypte anna Brown Acres Jackson County Oregon Mark Heatherington

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“A shorebird you can see without going to the beach, Killdeer are graceful plovers common to lawns, golf courses, athletic fields, and parking lots. These tawny birds run across the ground in spurts, stopping with a jolt every so often to check their progress, or to see if they’ve startled up any insect prey. Their voice, a far-carrying, excited kill-deer, is a common sound even after dark, often given in flight as the bird circles overhead on slender wings….Killdeer spend their time walking along the ground or running ahead a few steps, stopping to look around, and running on again. When disturbed they break into flight and circle overhead, calling repeatedly. Their flight is rapid, with stiff, intermittent wingbeats.”

Status : Least Concern
Source : Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

Brown Acres – Jackson County – Oregon - USA

Tags:   Killdeer Charadrius vociferous Brown Acres Jackson County Oregon Mark Heatherington


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