Posts tagged birds
Guest photographer Tom Miller brings us another woodpecker, this time a downy. His description:
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) soaking up a little valley sunshine, they are the smallest of North America’s woodpeckers.
Too cool. For more views of the little one, click on the thumbnails below. Thanks, Tom!
The little dude — I think it’s a male brewer’s blackbird, based on its coloring and eyes, but feel free to correct me if I’m wrong — was strutting his stuff in a parking lot outside of a restaurant yesterday, along with one or two of his friends. Such a cute little thing.
This crow was hanging out on a railing in the parking lot at Santiam Hospital on 10th Ave. yesterday. He/she was cool with me being around if I didn’t get too close. That is why it’s not the sharpest photo… he/she was pretty far away, and my telephoto lens kind of sucks. Still, it came out better than I thought it would.
Guest photographer Tom Miller has a great story to go along with some pretty awesome photos:
I spotted this cute juvenile red tailed hawk out in a field just outside of Stayton last summer. Later that day on my way home I noticed it was still just sitting out in the field.
So I pulled over and walked down to it, while being watched from above by mom and dad. It tried to fly but didn’t get far, that’s when I noticed it had injured one of its wings.
I then decided to call the Oregon Department of Fish Game and see if there was any way it could be rescued, it was such a cute little thing I couldn’t see just letting it die.
So they gave me the number to Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center, and the next day a older gentlemen by the name of Dave called me. We ended up driving out to where the red tail was and after several attempts we finally netted her.
A month or so later they released her back in the same area, so if you spot a Red Tailed Hawk in the Kingston area it might just be her.
Thanks to Tom for being aware and helping the bird, and for telling us the story… not to mention the beautiful photos. Click on the thumbnails below to see more of the hawk and her watchful mother:
Guest photographer Tom Miller has a shout out:
This one’s for all the bird fans out there.
I took a photo of a similar woodpecker once back in 2009, which appears to be of the same variety. It’s interesting to note the small differences in their markings. Thanks, Tom!
By the way…
I was going to post an April Fool’s joke for today, but I couldn’t think of one. I am so disappointed in myself.
Guest photographer Denny Barnes’ wife, Sharon, took today’s awesome photo of this adorable bird. It’s so cute and round and I want to cuddle it and name it George. But I won’t, since it’s a wild animal and I respect that. But, still… cute.
Guest photographer and all-around awesome person Theresa Smith took today’s photo of what is apparently a Northern flicker bird. Too cool. Thanks, Theresa!
If you are in the Stayton area and need a dog groomed, go to Theresa’s shop, D’Tail Pet Grooming, on Washington St. Seriously, go there. With your dog, preferably. And make an appointment. She’s a busy lady, after all. (This has been an unsolicited unpaid endorsement because Theresa is awesome, as I might have mentioned. Also, she’s a great groomer.)
Another awesome person is someone who donated a bit of money yesterday via the PayPal donation link along the right-hand side of this page. I won’t name names since I don’t have permission, but hopefully they know how much I appreciate their help.