This red headed woodpecker is not a Red-Headed Woodpecker!
This woodpecker definitely has a red head, but it is not at all like the Red-Headed Woodpecker photos I see on the Internet. Those do have red heads and breasts but have an all white breast, which the one in my photo does not have. The only woodpecker like it in my "Birds of Oregon" book is the Red-Breasted Sapsucker. It was spotted at Alton Baker Park.
Come on, sing me a song!
I loved the pose of this pretty little song sparrow. And the lighting was really nice, adding to the bird's appeal, especially the way it added a highlight in the eye. I really like the result and hope you do too.
You Are the Wind Beneath My Wings!
I can't help but think of the beautiful song by Bette Midler, "The Wind Beneath My Wings", when I look at my photo of these two Ospreys in their nest. I love how the one bird has its wing spread over the other, as if in a protective mode.
Blue Bells and Elephant Ears
When the bluebells came up in the midst of the elephant ears in our backyard I just had to get a photo. I thought the blue against the green looked very nice.
Some information I found on the Internet about the Bluebell:
"Bluebells (Campanula rotundifolia) grow naturally in wooded areas. In the United States they have become a favorite among wildflower lovers. The bluebell is easy to care for and spreads rapidly under the right conditions. This flower is a favorite of hummingbirds because of the shape of its blooms. The flowers are long and narrow, creating the perfect cup for a hummingbird to take nectar from." - ( http://www.ehow.com/about_5378448_blue-bell-flower.html)
Adding a Little Color to Their Lives
A 5K run was scheduled at Valley River Center and colored powder was tossed around freely, resulting in a lot of colorful people. This is where the runners got pink powder all over them as they ran through the arch. I believe it was called the Color Me Rad 5K Run. If anything, it was colorful.
Meet Sunny, a beautiful girl who belongs to my son-in-law's father, Bix.
I think she is lovely, and couldn't help thinking of the song by the same name, 'Sunny'.
The best description I could think of for this old house is 'has-been'. Surely, it has been a nice house at one time, I am sure. Now it sits lonely and neglected, with no sidewalk or path, no driveway, seemingly no access. I felt sorry for it. The only things I see to dress it up are the pretty green fields and the colorful flowers in front. Could it be that someone lives there? As one viewer said, there is a Satellite Dish on the roof! I may have to go back!
Going My Way!
This is a view of Jasper-Lowell Road where it approaches Hwy 58. The water is in Dexter Lake. I wanted to get both boat and car in the photo, so waited for the right moment. I liked the juxtaposition of boat and car, and water and road, different though having something in common. Two ways to get there!
A Fern Grows in the Forest
On a trail called Woodpecker Loop in Finley Wildlife Refuge, this fern was bathed in light in the midst of a forest. I liked the lighting and the shadow of the fern on the log.
I saw this beautiful little bird at Finley Wildlife Refuge, near Corvallis, and the only birds I could find in my bird books that look similar are Flycatchers. Perhaps it is some kind of flycatcher. Anyway, I am looking for help with the ID. Would appreciate any feedback. Note: the consensus is that the bird is a Black Phoebe.
I believe this is the first photos I have ever got of this bird. So I was pleased. :)
I just can't get enough of those marvelous tiny creatures, the hummingbirds! They are so full of energy and perpetual motion. I feel a sense of accomplishment for having stilled the wings in this image of a beautiful Anna's Hummingbird! I know just where to go to find this one, having seen it at the same spot over a period of time. It is something I always look forward to when I walk at Delta Ponds.
The Little Show Off
Saw my hummingbird friend again today at Delta Ponds. In fact, I see two of them, each in what appears its own favorite hangout. This one looks like he is all dressed up for his favorite girl. I believe it is an Anna's Hummingbird.