Tag Archives: crawdad

Pied-billed Grebe

The Pied-billed Grebes are such cute little diving ducks!

pied-billed grebe
Stubby

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!

pied-billed grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

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.”

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The Birds and the Bees Minus the Bees

Let me tell you ’bout the birds and the bees…

Turkey Vulture - Red Tag on (BC) Right Wing
Turkey Vulture – Red Tag (BC) on Right Wing

I’ll find out more about Turkey Vulture BC but in the meantime click here to read about tagging vultures in Venezuela.

and the flowers and the trees…

Gold Finch Couple Camoflaged in Tree
Gold Finch Couple Camoflaged in Tree

and the moon and a bug …

I'll arm wrestle you for the 1 bug!
I’ll arm wrestle you for the 1 bug!

Okay so I changed the words to the song.  But I don’t have a photo of the moon today and had to work in the crawdad photo.

We left him in the cage til he calls friends and family for a pot luck dinner.

Warning:  The next photo may not be suitable for children.

And a thI-ng called lo-O-ove

Flicker Love
Flicker Love

Sorry, but after the 3rd Flicker couple stopped to use our tree, I had to take a photo.  Besides, one observation is an oddity, twice is notable, the third makes it a study. 🙂

Harbor Seal Mom and Pup
Harbor Seal Mom and Pup

Say hello to the new generation of Harbor Seals in Alsea Bay.

Seal Pup Kisses
Seal Pup Kisses

I wonder if seal puppy breath smells as sweet as dog puppy breath?

Seal Snuggles
Seal Snuggles

This is my favorite.  It’s the same look on a human parent’s face when they look at their sweet little baby.  You know, before they turn 2. 🙂

Seems like a good time to share a friend’s child-rearing philosophy:

Babies are adorable.  But when they turn 2, put them in a box with holes in it.

Then, when they turn 13, fill in the holes.

My thought: If you do not take the first step (with the box), there’s no turning back and you deserve everything you get.

Work and Play

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!

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

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 😦

Crawdad Trap Toss
Crawdad Trap Toss

Don finished the crawdad trap and tossed it in the Alsea River.  My mouth is already watering!

Red and Gray Moth
Red and Gray Moth

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!)

Red and Gray Moth
Hand Shadow Chicken Beak

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!

Wild Waldport

The osprey are using the nest at Waldport High School again this year.

Osprey Nest at Waldport High School
Osprey Nest at Waldport High School

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.

Roosevelt Elk with new antlers
Bull Elk Sportin’ Some New Antlers

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!

Hooded Mergansers
Hooded Mergansers

I haven’t seen this many Hooded Mergansers on this part of the Alsea River.  They were doing some fishing this morning.

Merganser with Crawdad
Time to get the crawdad trap in the river!

Whoa!  No wonder there’s a whole flock!  How is he going to eat that huge crawdad?