This bird isn't always among the pines

This bird isn't always among the pines

"The uniquely patterned white-headed woodpecker is restricted to mixed coniferous forests dominated by pines..." So goes the text in the authoritative set of volumes entitled the "Birds of North America." This series summarizes all that is known about each species. The only problem with volumes like this is that birds can't read.
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Bird world is a busy place right now

Bird world is a busy place right now

Up and over the short cherry tree, swinging around in a graceful S-curve, it sweeps up to the nest box. It pauses for only a moment as it feeds one of the young and is off again.
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No joy in California towhee's song

No joy in California towhee's song

Birdsong brings great joy to many. A robin song on an early March day as winter is loosening its grip reminds us that warmer days filled with flowers and more birdsong are soon approaching. I smile as I zip my coat just a little bit higher.
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Birding Bonanza

Birding Bonanza

A handful of eager birders may come face to face with the rare great gray owl later this month when they visit a nesting site on an undisclosed mountain somewhere in Southern Oregon.
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Jackson County welcomes the grackle

Jackson County welcomes the grackle

There's a new kid in town. This one is a large blackbird with an outrageous tail, appropriately named the great-tailed grackle.
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Greenway flyway

Greenway flyway

"Birds have wings," goes an old saying. "They can turn up anywhere."
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Believe it or not, jays do have a song

Believe it or not, jays do have a song

The late winter sun provides a touch of warmth while I'm working in the yard, and the first tentative songs are beginning to break the winter silence. A dark-eyed junco rises to the top of a small tree for a few sweet, trilled songs. Some mornings, a few robin songs are heard in the neighbor's yard but nothing proud or sustained. Then there are the collared doves. Do they ever stop singing?
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Listen for the quail's call of 'chi-ca-go'

Listen for the quail's call of 'chi-ca-go'

Rustle. Rustle. Cluck. Cluck. Cluck. Whooosh! Ten? Fifteen? More? Who can tell? The plump birds explode from the shrubs along the driveway and sail off into the neighbor's yard.
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Berry, berry good for robins

Berry, berry good for robins

Around the world, there are clay-colored thrushes, island thrushes, creamy-bellied thrushes, rufous-backed robins, bare-eyed thrushes, Siberian thrushes and common (Eurasian) blackbirds. These and more all are closely related to our American robin.
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Hats off to those tough little hummers

Hats off to those tough little hummers

They should all be dead. The hummingbirds.
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Pelican rising is top bird photo

Pelican rising is top bird photo

Jim Shames headed out into a September dawn on Klamath Lake near Point Comfort in something of a comfort zone of his own.
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Bird photo contest deadline today

Bird photo contest deadline today

Today is the last day to vote in the 2013 Oregon Outdoors Wild Bird Photo Contest. The deadline is 5 p.m.
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Starlings of the slough

Starlings of the slough

Bob Hunter parks his car on the shoulder of Kirtland Road, then gingerly steps through the snow and ice to find a bare spot where he can stand and watch the avian ballet about to unfold in the skies above.
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Bird photo contest deadline today

Bird photo contest deadline today

The deadline to enter the 2013 Oregon Outdoors Wild Bird Photo Contest is 5 p.m. today. More than 300 photos have been entered at www.mailtribune.com/birdcontest.
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Wild Bird Photo Contest update

Wild Bird Photo Contest update

The 2013 Oregon Outdoors Wild Bird Photo Contest is under way, and more than 200 photos had been uploaded to our contest website at www.mailtribune.com/birdcontest.
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Beauty is in the eye (or ears) of the owl

Beauty is in the eye (or ears) of the owl

Among birds and mammals, symmetry is beauty. Females frequently choose mates, in part, on how balanced antlers, horns, facial features and the like are displayed. Symmetry is even a part of humans' perception of beauty. Left-right (bilateral) symmetry is the general rule in the body plan from the internal organs out: two kidneys, two wings, two eyes, etc., all symmetrically placed.
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Wild Bird Photo Contest update

Wild Bird Photo Contest update

The 2013 Oregon Outdoors Wild Bird Photo Contest is underway, and as of Thursday, 132 photos had been uploaded to our contest website at www.mailtribune.com/birdcontest.
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The Biggest Year

The Biggest Year

While on a birding expedition in southern Coos County on a mid-September day in 2011, Russ Namitz's cellphone buzzed with a scintillating hint of news.
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Wild Bird Photo Contest update

Wild Bird Photo Contest update

The 2013 Oregon Outdoors Wild Bird Photo Contest is underway, and as of Thursday, 57 photos had been uploaded to our contest website at www.mailtribune.com/birdcontest.
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Wide-open field

Wide-open field

Walking through Northern California's Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge last year with her camera in hand, Marilyn Patterson literally overlooked the weird bird in front of her.
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