Posted by: atowhee | January 22, 2015

UP INTO THE SNOWLESS MOUTAINS

John Bullock and I made a run into the Cascades this evening.  Up to above 4500’…and almost no snow.  A Kingfisher flew along free-flowing Keene Creek in Hyatt Meadows.  Juncos hopped into bare willows turning green for spring.  There was a loud Pileated Woodpecker in the conifers.  We heard one series of calls from a Great Gray Owl.  Shortly before we headed home two Pygmy-Owls were calling from opposite sides of the road.P2300419 (1280x960)KEENE CRK KEENE DUSKWhen there was snow in the meadow the voles made their own tunnel system.  The density of the vole-roads indicates there is plenty of Great Gray Owl prey.P2300414 (1280x960)

ALONG HWY 66
Lewis’s Woodpeckers at MP 10:LEW FLIZ2 (1280x960)lew look LEWO FLIZ

Then at the carcass dump, MP 12, Black-billed Magpies.

WOOD YOU GET A LOAD OF THIS

In Lithia Park

flp1 FLP2 FLP3 FLP-ENDED      WOODIE1 (1280x855) WOODY COLORS (1280x960) WOODY-TUDE (1280x960)Yeah, I’d be strutting my stuff in the local pond if I looked like that, too.  Maybe he heard that his cousin, a Mandarin Duc, has been seen on the loose in nearby Josephine County.  That Asian species has naturalized in parts of England and is abundant in parks in  Beckenham and Dulwich, South London, among other spots.


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