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Mark Heatherington / 24 items

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Cascade Mountains - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

Habitat : Forest
Food : Seeds
Nesting : Ground
Behavior : Ground Forager
Conservation : Low Concern

"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’re easy to recognize by their crisp (though extremely variable) markings and the bright white tail feathers they habitually flash in flight. One of the most abundant forest birds of North America... Juncos are the "snowbirds" of the middle latitudes. Over most of the eastern United States, they appear as winter sets in, and then retreat northward each spring. Other juncos are year-round residents, retreating into woodlands during the breeding season, or, like those of the Appalachian Mountains, moving to higher elevations during the warmer months."
- Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

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

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Jackson County - Oregon - USA

Habitat : Scrub
Food : Insects
Nesting : Ground
Behavior : Ground Forager
Conservation : Low Concern

"The large, handsome Golden-crowned Sparrow is a common bird of weedy or shrubby lowlands and city edges in winter along the Pacific coast. Though it’s familiar to many during winter, Golden-crowned Sparrows vanish for the summer into tundra and shrublands from British Columbia to Alaska, where little is known of its breeding habits. Gold-rush miners took cold comfort from this bird’s melancholy song, which seems to reflect the bleak beauty of its surroundings... This sparrow is one of the least known of our songbirds, particularly on its northern breeding grounds. It has been the subject of only a few laboratory and field studies, so most of what we know about it comes from scattered notes in scientific journals."
- Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

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

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Cascade Mountains - Jackson County - Oregon - USA

Habitat : Forest
Food : Seeds
Nesting : Ground
Behavior : Ground Forager
Conservation : Low Concern

"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’re easy to recognize by their crisp (though extremely variable) markings and the bright white tail feathers they habitually flash in flight. One of the most abundant forest birds of North America... Juncos are the "snowbirds" of the middle latitudes. Over most of the eastern United States, they appear as winter sets in, and then retreat northward each spring. Other juncos are year-round residents, retreating into woodlands during the breeding season, or, like those of the Appalachian Mountains, moving to higher elevations during the warmer months."
- Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

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

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Jackson County - Oregon - USA

Habitat : Grasslands
Food : Insects
Nesting : Ground
Behavior : Ground Forager
Conservation : Low Concern

"Savannah Sparrows are one of the most numerous songbirds in North America, and while sometimes overlooked, are likely visitors across the continent. In summer, they don’t hesitate to advertise their location, belting out a loud, insect-like song from farm fields and grasslands... Raising young is hard work: a female Savannah Sparrow must gather 10 times her weight in food to feed herself and her young during the 8 days they are in the nest."
- Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

Tags:   Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis Passeriformes Rogue Valley Jackson County Oregon USA Mark Heatherington

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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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