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Mark Heatherington / 15 items

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Habitat : Towns
Food : Seeds
Nesting : Shrub
Behavior : Ground Forager
Conservation : Steep Decline

Emigrant Lake - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

"A bird to be seen in the full sun, the male Brewer’s Blackbird is a glossy, almost liquid combination of black, midnight blue, and metallic green. Females are a staid brown, without the male’s bright eye or the female Red-winged Blackbird’s streaks. Common in towns and open habitats of much of the West, you’ll see these long-legged, ground-foraging birds on sidewalks and city parks as well as chuckling in flocks atop shrubs, trees, and reeds... Brewer’s Blackbirds are sometimes shot, trapped, or poisoned around agricultural fields in an attempt to protect crops. Although they do eat grains, this species’ appetite for insects makes it more of a farmer’s friend than a pest. Brewer’s Blackbirds are quick to notice new food sources and have been credited with helping to curb outbreaks of insect pests including weevils, cutworms, termites, grasshoppers, and tent caterpillars, among others."
-Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

Tags:   Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus Male Emigrant Lake Jackson County Oregon USA Mark Heatherington

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Habitat : Towns
Food : Seeds
Nesting : Shrub
Behavior : Ground Forager
Conservation : Steep Decline

Jackson County - Oregon - USA

"A bird to be seen in the full sun, the male Brewer’s Blackbird is a glossy, almost liquid combination of black, midnight blue, and metallic green. Females are a staid brown, without the male’s bright eye or the female Red-winged Blackbird’s streaks. Common in towns and open habitats of much of the West, you’ll see these long-legged, ground-foraging birds on sidewalks and city parks as well as chuckling in flocks atop shrubs, trees, and reeds... Brewer’s Blackbirds are sometimes shot, trapped, or poisoned around agricultural fields in an attempt to protect crops. Although they do eat grains, this species’ appetite for insects makes it more of a farmer’s friend than a pest. Brewer’s Blackbirds are quick to notice new food sources and have been credited with helping to curb outbreaks of insect pests including weevils, cutworms, termites, grasshoppers, and tent caterpillars, among others."
-Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

Tags:   Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus Male Jackson County Oregon USA Mark Heatherington

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Emigrant Lake - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

"First brought to North America by Shakespeare enthusiasts in the nineteenth century, European Starlings are now among the continent’s most numerous songbirds. They are stocky black birds with short tails, triangular wings, and long, pointed bills. Though they’re sometimes resented for their abundance and aggressiveness, they’re still dazzling birds when you get a good look." - Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

Tags:   European Starling Sturnus vulgaris Immature Emigrant Lake Rogue Valley Jackson County Oregon USA Mark Heatherington Strarling

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Emigrant Lake - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

Habitat : Open Woodlands
Food : Insects
Nesting : Tree
Behavior : Foliage Gleaner
Conservation : Low Concern

"Nimble canopy-gleaners of open woodlands in the western U.S., Bullock's Orioles dangle upside down from branches while foraging and weaving their remarkable hanging nests. Adult males are flame-orange with a neat line through the eye and a white wing patch; females are washed in gray and orange. In addition to insects, they eat fruit and nectar." - Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

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Tags:   5919 Bullock's Oriole Icterus bullockii Immature male Oriole Bird Nature Wildlife Emigrant Lake Jackson County Oregon USA Mark Heatherington

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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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