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 By Douglas Beall    Opinion

Sisters Country birds

The Red-winged Blackbird [Agelaius phoeniceus], is now arriving around Sisters and feeding until they head to mostly wetland areas to begin building nests. After two to six pale blue-green... — Updated 2/6/2024 Full story

 
 By Douglas Beall    Opinion

Sisters Country birds

Visiting the Cascade forests in late fall and winter, the fluted notes of the Varied Thrush [zoreus naevius] can often be heard echoing through the forests and canyons. The elegant orange of... — Updated 1/16/2024 Full story

 
 By Douglas Beall    Opinion

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The Western Meadowlark [Sturnella negleckta] with its bright yellow breast is found in many varied habitats, from high desert sage, grasslands, and wetlands, to the shoulders of Mt.... — Updated 12/5/2023 Full story

 
 By Douglas Beall    Opinion

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The wild turkey [Meleagris Gallopavo] is not a native species in Oregon. Introduced in 1961 by ODFW, they are now well-established in the pine forests around the Metolius Basin. The... — Updated 11/21/2023 Full story

 
 By Douglas Beall    Opinion

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The Killdeer [Charadrius vociferus], is the largest of the ringed plovers, and the only plover with a double breast band. In flight, the Killdeer's long, pointed, slender wings have... — Updated 11/7/2023 Full story

 
 By Douglas Beall    Opinion

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The Cooper's Hawk [Accipiter cooperii], was named after naturalist William Cooper of the New York Museum, and inhabits woodland areas, where their diet consists of birds (95 percent) and... — Updated 9/26/2023 Full story

 
 By Douglas Beall    Opinion

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The Red Crossbill [Loxia curvirosta] is an erratic and nomadic bird that will flock to the tops of either deciduous or coniferous trees for a wealth of seeds. A highly variably colored... — Updated 8/29/2023 Full story

 
 By Douglas Beall    Opinion

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The Barn Swallow's [Hirundo rustica] distinctive long-forked tail makes it one of the easier North American swallows to identify. It has the most widespread natural distribution among birds i... — Updated 8/1/2023 Full story

 
 By Douglas Beall    A & E

Sisters Country birds

Often traveling in a group, they glean insects within pine, fir, and spruce trees in the forest or around our houses. The Mountain Chickadee [Poecile gambeli] will sing its merry, slightly... — Updated 6/20/2023 Full story

 
 By Douglas Beall    Opinion

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A familiar site on lakes, marshes, ponds, and rivers, the Mallard [Anas platyrhynchos], with its glossy green head and orange feet, is a stunning duck. Mallards are dabblers, feeding on... — Updated 6/6/2023 Full story

 
 By Douglas Beall    Opinion

Sisters Country birds

Bitter cherry, bird cherry, chokecherry, or bitter berry are all common names for Prunus virginiana. My neighbors have several in their yard that are of the Canada red variety of... — Updated 5/9/2023 Full story

 
 By Douglas Beall    News

Sisters Country birds

The brightly colored Yellow Warbler [Dendroica petechia] spends the winter in Central America, and will soon be migrating 2,000 to 4,000 miles to breed in shrubby streamside areas around Sist... — Updated 3/28/2023 Full story

 
 By Douglas Beall    News

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Clark’s Nutcracker (Nucifraga Columbiana) occupies an integral role in the regeneration and maintenance of high-elevation pine forests. They store pine seeds, plucked from cones by their... — Updated 3/7/2023 Full story

 
 By Douglas Beall    News

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Our most common owl is the Great Horned Owl, [Bobo Virginianus]. A nocturnal hunter, they hunt silently, gliding over fields and woodlands in search of mostly small mammals. However Great... — Updated 2/14/2023 Full story

 
 By Douglas Beall    News

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A full-time resident of our pine forests, the Red-breasted Nuthatch, [Sitta canadensis], can be found climbing up and down tree bark using their enlarged toe and short tail, gathering conifer... — Updated 2/7/2023 Full story

 
 By Douglas Beall    News

Sisters Country birds

Our most common small falcon, the American Kestrel [Falco sparverius], is often seen on fence posts, tree snags, and telephone wires. This 8- to 12-inch tall bird is also known as the... — Updated 12/13/2022 Full story

 
 By Douglas Beall    News

Sisters Country birds

One of our smaller and most tenacious owls, the Northern Pygmy Owl [Glaucidium Gnoma], hunts during the day. Large insects, rodents, and songbirds make up the majority of their diet. Pygmies... — Updated 11/15/2022 Full story

 
 By Douglas Beall    News

Sisters Country birds

A relatively common dabbler duck, the Northern Pintail [Anus acuta], feeds on grains, seeds, crustaceans, and aquatic insects. It gets its name from the long tail feathers ending in a... — Updated 10/18/2022 Full story

 
 By Douglas Beall    News

Sisters Country birds

Berries and insects are being gleaned around Sisters right now - by Cedar Waxwings [bombycilla cedrorum]. They occur in medium to large flocks that will be seen on almost any tree that has... — Updated 10/4/2022 Full story

 
 By Douglas Beall    News

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Lazuli Bunting (Passerina Amoena), which means beautiful sparrow, may be Oregon’s most colorful bird, brilliant blue with a cinnamon chest. Named for the gemstone Lapis Lazuli, this bunting... — Updated 9/15/2022 Full story

 
 By Douglas Beall    News

Sisters Country birds

The most widely spread sandpiper in N. America is the Spotted Sandpiper [actitis macularius]. They live along rivers, lakes, and ponds, bobbing and teetering upon the shoreline to eat many... — Updated 8/30/2022 Full story

 
 By Douglas Beall    News

Sisters Country birds

The Pileated Woodpecker (dryocopus pileatus) is home in a mature forest with dead snags that become large drums for the majestic woody. Whether for proclaiming territory, communicating, or ch... — Updated 8/16/2022 Full story

 
 By Douglas Beall    News

Sisters Country birds

Walking through central Oregon’s ponderosa forests, the twittering and chirping one is most likely to hear is the Pygmy Nuthatch, feeding on insects while climbing all over the ponderosa... — Updated 8/2/2022 Full story

 
 By Douglas Beall    News

Sisters Country birds

When the Spotted Towhee [Piplio Maculatus] is seen, often on low branches or on the ground, its colors are a stunning contrast to all the surroundings. It is a common bird of the thickets... — Updated 6/28/2022 Full story

 
 By Douglas Beall    News

Sisters Country birds

The American Dipper [Cinclus mexicanus] or Water Ouzel is found singing and bobbing on fast- moving streams throughout the western U.S. Searching for aquatic insects and small fish, the Dippe... — Updated 5/24/2022 Full story

 

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