The Pied-billed Grebes are such cute little diving ducks!
They hardly have any tail at all. These grebes have unusually thick bills to help them crush large crustaceans. This is a good sign that we have crawdads!
According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Pied-billed grebes are “part bird and part submarine”. “They can adjust their buoyancy and often use this ability to float with just the upper half of the head above the water. They catch small fish and invertebrates by diving or simply slowly submerging.”
We got some much-needed yard work done today! The grass has been naturally watered for over a week and today the sunshine made it grow a foot in an hour – no really!
I could hear a very loud knocking across the road. I didn’t have to look long to see this big Pileated Woodpecker. The tree sounds hollow 😦
Don finished the crawdad trap and tossed it in the Alsea River. My mouth is already watering!
What’s the difference between a butterfly and a moth?
A friend just told me that this is the Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae), introduced in the NW from Europe as a biocontrol of a weed called tansy ragwort (which is toxic to cattle and horses). I guess one could guess from the coloration that this an apsomatic warning to would-be predators of both the adult and the larva that it is toxic due to bad chemicals. (Thanks John!)
Don was playing hand-shadows with the moth.
Hhhhmmm – now how can I imitate that with a fly? I bet those summer steelhead would like that!
The osprey are using the nest at Waldport High School again this year.
A cashier at Ray’s Market seemed to think there are young ones ready to fledge. I thought it’s too early though. We could see one bird on the nest and then another flew in. You can make out two in this photo. But we’re not sure if it’s 2 adults or if the one on the nest is a young one.
I can’t wait to see the elk calves! I’m sure it will be another couple weeks before they venture down the mountain. But I like this guy’s new antlers!
I haven’t seen this many Hooded Mergansers on this part of the Alsea River. They were doing some fishing this morning.
Whoa! No wonder there’s a whole flock! How is he going to eat that huge crawdad?