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Emigrant Creek – Jackson County – Oregon - USA

“Northern Flickers are large, brown woodpeckers with a gentle expression and handsome black-scalloped plumage. On walks, don’t be surprised if you scare one up from the ground. It’s not where you’d expect to find a woodpecker, but flickers eat mainly ants and beetles, digging for them with their unusual, slightly curved bill. When they fly you’ll see a flash of color in the wings – yellow if you’re in the East, red if you’re in the West – and a bright white flash on the rump….. Northern Flickers spend lots of time on the ground, and when in trees they’re often perched upright on horizontal branches instead of leaning against their tails on a trunk. They fly in an up-and-down path using heavy flaps interspersed with glides, like many woodpeckers.

Status : Least Concern
Source : Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

Tags:   Northern Flicker Male Red-Shafted Emigrant Creek Jackson County Oregon Rogue Valley USA Mark Heatherington

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Emigrant Creek Road – Jackson County – Oregon - USA

“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.”
Status : Least Concern
Source : Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

Tags:   Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta Male Emigrant Creek Road Jackson County Oregon USA Mark Heatherington

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Emigrant Creek Road – Jackson County – Oregon – USA

“A dark woodpecker of open woodlands, the Lewis's Woodpecker is found westward of the Great Plains. Its slow, deliberate flight reminds one of a crow or jay more than a woodpecker….. Lewis's Woodpecker populations declined by about 82% between 1966 and 2015, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Partners in Flight estimate a global breeding population of 70,000 birds, with 96% spending some part of the year in the U.S., 4% in Canada, and 7% in Mexico. The species rates a 15 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score, and is a U.S.-Canada Stewardship species. Lewis's Woodpecker is on the 2016 State of North America's Birds' Watch List, which includes bird species that are most at risk of extinction without significant conservation actions to reverse declines and reduce threats.”

Source : Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

Tags:   Lewis’s Woodpecker Melanerpes lewis Emigrant Creek Road Jackson County Oregon USA Mark Heatherington

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One of four Bald Eagles that (along with more than 20 Ravens) were eating a dead cow along the creek.

Emigrant Creek – Jackson County – Oregon - USA

“The Bald Eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since 1782 and a spiritual symbol for native people for far longer than that….. The Bald Eagle dwarfs most other raptors, including the Turkey Vulture and Red-tailed Hawk. It has a heavy body, large head, and long, hooked bill. In flight, a Bald Eagle holds its broad wings flat like a board….. You'll find Bald Eagles soaring high in the sky, flapping low over treetops with slow wingbeats, or perched in trees or on the ground. Bald Eagles scavenge many meals by harassing other birds or by eating carrion or garbage. They eat mainly fish, but also hunt mammals, gulls, and waterfowl.”
Source : Cornell University of Ornithology
Status : Least Concern

Tags:   Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus Emigrant Creek Jackson County Oregon USA Mark Heatherington

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Cleaning it’s bill after feeding on a dead cow.

Emigrant Creek – Jackson County – Oregon - USA

“The intriguing Common Raven has accompanied people around the Northern Hemisphere for centuries, following their wagons, sleds, sleighs, and hunting parties in hopes of a quick meal. Ravens are among the smartest of all birds, gaining a reputation for solving ever more complicated problems invented by ever more creative scientists….. Common Ravens live in open and forest habitats across western and northern North America. This includes deciduous and evergreen forests up to treeline, as well as high desert, sea coast, sagebrush, tundra, and grasslands.”

Tags:   Common Raven Corvus corax Emigrant Creek Jackson County Oregon USA Mark Heatherington


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