Orange Critters of Oregon

OSU picked an appropriate color for their school.  These are by no means the only orange critters of Oregon but I’m surprised at how many there are.

Females are mostly green but have rust on their sides
Females are mostly green but have rust on their sides

The Black-headed Grosbeaks have just started showing up.

Male Black-headed Grosbeak
Male Black-headed Grosbeak

He even has a tiny bit of yellow on him.  The female has a little more yellow and the orange is subdued.

Female Black-headed Grosbeak
Female Black-headed Grosbeak

The Orange-bellied Newt is the brightest orange of all these though.

Orange-bellied Newt
Orange-bellied Newt

These newts are VERY poinsonous…so don’t lick them.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Orange Critters of Oregon”

  1. This was a rare moment to be sure. I’ve actually seen it happen more often with the Ruby Throats than with the Rufous hummers. Rufous are very territorial and aggressive. Compared to their activity level prior to this photo, I think they’re taking a nap. haha

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