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Stewart Janes

One vote for the western tanager

The state bird of Oregon is the western meadowlark, and the choice is easy to understand. They have one of the most beautiful songs — strong and filled with cle...

Mystery of the rare black swift

I was leaning far back in my camp chair with my binoculars glued to my eyes trying to follow a migrating hawk that was little more than a speck in the ether. A...

Summer is wardrobe time for birds

It’s that time of year again. As birds wrap up parental duties, they go shopping for new clothes. Mid-June into early September is the time to molt for most sm...

Some birds sing, others pound a drum

Forest and field are filled with a great variety of avian sounds this time of year. Meadowlarks remind us why they were selected to represent the state of Oreg...

Turnstones spur a biologist’s wondering

The tide at The Capes in Port Orford was receding on a sunny day. From my vantage point high above the ocean I could look down upon the rocks now beginning to r...

Coots don’t get much respect

If you haven’t canoed on Upper Klamath Lake, you are missing a treat. Don’t wait until June and July when mosquitoes rule the marsh, but in early spring the out...