Tagged: Odonata

Late June Road Trip to Summer Lake Area – Photo Dump


Level IV: (4b) Western Cascades Montane Highlands
Level IV: (9h) Fremont Pine/Fir Forest
Level IV: (80d) Pluvial Lake Basins
Level IV: (80e)High Desert Wetlands

The Oak/Conifer Hills and an Old Friend.

A friend cruised through town and we took to the road.  Mosier to The Dalles via the Old Columbia Highway through the Memaloose Hills and Rowena Plateau.  Up over to the Tygh Valley and down to Maupin where we parted ways as he headed to Bend and i to Portland.

Level IV: 9c Oak/Conifer Foothills

Clackamas Cascades, Photo Essay

Faraday Reservoir to Little Crater Lake.

Level IV: 4a Western Cascades Lowlands and Valleys
Level IV: 4b Western Cascades Montane Highlands
Level IV: 4c Cascade Crest Montane Forest

Early May at Camassia Photo Essay

Level IV: (3c) Prairie Terraces

All native species:

Following the Bloom at Camassia

Dropped into Camassia today to check on the progression of the wild flower phenology.  The Fawn Lilies are just about bloomed out, Trillium ovatum is gone except for a few wilting stragglers, while albidium is still found in fine shape.  Rooting around in the duff i found Wild Ginger in bloom.  Fringe Cups are coming out and the first False Solomon’s Seal is unfolding.  Blue-eyed Mary, Early Saxifrage, and Rosy Plectritis are still in their prime.

The best find of the day: California Darner!  Not a record early flight (15 April) but my earliest by 6 days.  The eyes are still grey so it is recently emerged, just past teneral.

As an update: earlier i identified a geranium as Dove’s Foot Geranium.  Well, when i was checking on it today the population had been eradicated.  I talked to one of the naturalists there and she said it was actually Shiny Geranium, an invasive.  In my defense — none of the floras i consult (see references page) has Shiny Geranium listed — oy vey!

27 aug 11 — sauvie island columbia county

Sauvie Island (Columbia Co.), Columbia, US-OR
Aug 27, 2011 8:15 AM – 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Walked out to Racetrack Marsh, drove down Rentenaar Rd, up over the dike and out to the end of the road.
42 species (+1 other taxa)

Wood Duck  12
Mallard  15
Northern Pintail  2
Green-winged Teal  50
Great Blue Heron  15
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  1     Flushed from the canal along Rentenaar below the Osprey platform.
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  5
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Peregrine Falcon  1     Chasing the peeps and GWTE at Racetrack.
Killdeer  15
Greater Yellowlegs  6
Western Sandpiper  X     Many small mixed WESA-LESA flocks flying around.  The PEFA kept them moving.  No way to get an accurate count.
Least Sandpiper  X
Long-billed Dowitcher  4
gull sp.  1     Far out over Sturgeon Lk
Eurasian Collared-Dove  3
Mourning Dove  6
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Western Wood-Pewee  6
Willow Flycatcher  1
Western Scrub-Jay  12
American Crow  10
Common Raven  2
Tree Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  X     One nest at the viewing platform with three chicks still in the nest.
Black-capped Chickadee  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Swainson’s Thrush  1
American Robin  5
European Starling  X
Cedar Waxwing  50
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  8
Wilson’s Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  3
Red-winged Blackbird  2
House Finch  10
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  25

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Western Tiger Swallowtail
Woodland Skipper
Cabbage White

Shadow Darner
Western Forktail
Pacific Forktail
Tule Bluet

20 aug 11 — sauvie island roads and wapato loop

Sauvie Island (Multnomah Co.), Multnomah, US-OR
Aug 20, 2011 6:15 AM – 9:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
40 species (+3 other taxa)

Wood Duck 15
Mallard 11
Pied-billed Grebe 8
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Osprey 3 Two presumed unfledged chicks and one adult
Northern Harrier 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Kestrel 2
California Gull 1
Mourning Dove 15
hummingbird sp. 1
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Western Wood-Pewee 8
Willow Flycatcher 1
Empidonax sp. 2 one was probably Willow but the vocalization was one that i have never heard before. The other was not seen well as it hid among the leaves of a large Black Cottonwood.
Red-eyed Vireo 3 One sited and two only heard. All three in different locations on the Wapato Loop
Steller’s Jay 12
Western Scrub-Jay 7
American Crow 5
Common Raven 1
Purple Martin 6
Tree Swallow X
Barn Swallow X
Cliff Swallow X
swallow sp. X
Black-capped Chickadee 25
Bushtit 30
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown Creeper 1
Bewick’s Wren 2
Swainson’s Thrush 2
American Robin 15
European Starling X
Cedar Waxwing 50
Common Yellowthroat 20
Spotted Towhee 12
Song Sparrow 1
Western Tanager 2
Black-headed Grosbeak 4
Purple Finch 1
American Goldfinch 2

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2 (http://ebird.org)

Western Tiger Swallowtail
Woodland Skipper
Common Wood Nymph
Eight-spotted Skimmer
Darner sp.

An incredible amount of Pacific Tree Frogs — thousands of them.