Category Archives: Bird Watching

Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus)

Identifying Them: Marbled Murrelets are waterbirds with short, pointed tails and beaks, and dark, grey feet. They are fast-flying birds with short wings and rapid wing-beats (“Marbled Murrelet Species Profile”). They have dull, brown and white feathers and both sexes … Continue reading

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Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii)

Identifying Them: Bullock’s Orioles are about 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 inches long, with wingspans of about a foot. Mature, breeding males have a darker orange-yellow plumage and darker black wings than non breeding males, who look more like mature … Continue reading

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Oregon Bird Identification Quiz #2.

Can you identify the Oregon birds? See bottom of page for answers.   #1 Is a Red-Tailed Hawk photographed by Pierre Leclerc #2. Is an American Kestrel photographed by Greg Hume #3. Is an Osprey photographed by Gareth Rasberry #4. Is … Continue reading

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Ring-Necked Duck, ( Aythya Collaris)

Identifying Them: These ducks are easily identified by the white ring and black tip around their beak. Ring-Necked Ducks are also recognized by their slightly lighter in color, ring around their neck (hence the name “Ring-Necked Duck”)  that isn’t always … Continue reading

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Rock Pigeons, (Rock Doves) (Columba Livia)

    Rock Pigeons were first found in North Africa and Europe but are now most commonly seen across the Western Hemisphere, from Northern Canada to the Southern parts of South America. Identifying Them: Rock Pigeons or “Rock Doves” are … Continue reading

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Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo Swainsoni)

Identifying Them: They are medium-sized raptors who are part of the Accipitridae family. Red-tailed Hawks (whom are in the same family) look similar to Swainson’s Hawks, although, Red-tailed Hawks are larger in size, with a height of 22-27 inches, while Swainson’s … Continue reading

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Western Grebes, The Largest Grebes in North America

A few minutes after hatching, juveniles will climb onto the backs of their parent’s to be carried across the water… Identifying Them: Western Grebes are medium-sized birds with black heads, grey wings, and white necks. Females and Males look about … Continue reading

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