Thursday, December 19, 2013

Barred Owl in Yamhill County, Oregon

Barred Owls were first discovered in Oregon in 1974, and can now be found in most forested areas in the state. This is the first one I have seen in Yamhill County, although I did hear one in this same patch of woods (west of Willamina) two years ago. A short video can be seen here:

Friday, December 06, 2013

Falcon on assignment

This falcon is a female Peregrine/Gyrfalcon cross, and is on duty near McMinnville, Oregon, "hired" to reduce the numbers of gulls and other species of birds that are scavenging on a nearby landfill. The instrument attached to her leg is a radio transmitter with which to communicate with her falconer manager.