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Mark Heatherington / 25 items

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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 Jay Emigrant Lake Jackson County Oregon USA Mark Heatherington

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California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)

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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Common Raven (Corvus corax)

Habitat : Forests
Food : Omnivore
Nesting : Cliff
Behavior : Ground Forager
Conservation : Low Concern

"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. These big, sooty birds thrive among humans and in the back of beyond, stretching across the sky on easy, flowing wingbeats and filling the empty spaces with an echoing croak... The Common Raven is an acrobatic flier, often doing rolls and somersaults in the air. One bird was seen flying upside down for more than a half-mile. Young birds are fond of playing games with sticks, repeatedly dropping them, then diving to catch them in midair."
- Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

Tags:   Passeriformes Corvidae Common Raven Cascade Montains Jackson County Oregon USA Mark Heatherington

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Emigrant Lake - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

Habitat : Open Woodlands
Food : Omnivore
Nesting : Tree
Behavior : Ground Forager
Conservation : Low Concern

"American Crows are familiar over much of the continent: large, intelligent, all-black birds with hoarse, cawing voices. They are common sights in treetops, fields, and roadsides, and in habitats ranging from open woods and empty beaches to town centers. They usually feed on the ground and eat almost anything – typically earthworms, insects and other small animals, seeds, and fruit but also garbage, carrion, and chicks they rob from nests. Their flight style is unique, a patient, methodical flapping that is rarely broken up with glides."
- Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

Tags:   American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos Emigrant Lake Jackson County Oregon USA 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 Mark Heatherington


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