Archive for the ‘wildlife’ Category

Spring on the Alsea River

May 13, 2016

A male Rufous hummingbird finally found our feeder today.  He guards it ruthlessly.

male rufous hummingbird

He’s the boss

Rufous hummers are very territorial.  He is chasing off 5 or 6 other hummers.

Everybody likes the salmonberries – especially the Robins

robin in the salmonberries

Robin in the Salmonberries

The crawdad is almost the bottom of the food chain around here.  They are the scavengers who feed on dead fish flesh.  The diving ducks eat the crawdads – unless we eat them first.

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Crawdad!

The mallards are enjoying all the fresh green moss growing on the river bottom and banks of the Alsea.

mallard hen and drake

Mallard Couple

The new growth of spring is such a vibrant green!

Alsea River at Tidewater, Oregon

Alsea River at Tidewater

Oregon Coast Backyard Birds

May 11, 2016

We don’t see the grosbeaks all summer but they are here this week.  The Blackheaded grosbeaks are the most common.  The Evening grosbeaks are the most colorful.

The hummers stick around as soon as they find a feeder.

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Male Rufous Hummingbird

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Rufous Hummingbird – young male

The Tree Swallows are looking for a good place to nest.  This couple had a little chickadee chewing them out though.  So we don’t know if they raided the chickadee’s nest or if they were encroaching on each other’s territory.

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Tree Swallows on dead tree


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