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"Who Am I?" illustration.
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Birds In Art



Illustration Answer:

White-breasted Nuthatch

  Walks With Ani....
by Anita Crawford

Both tragedy and bliss have filled my sightings this month.

The Great Blue Heron rookery is busy with chicks that are learning to fly from branch to branch. Five have actually took flight but return to the rookery for their meals. Next month we will start to see them out along the river as the parents begin to teach them how to fish.

Of the 21 that hatched this spring, 18 have made it to the fledgling stage. One mysteriously disappeared one night, and the other lay dead in the nest for a week before the parents finally took it away. Over the years that I have been observing birds in their nests I have witnessed a need for a grieving period when a chick is lost to death. I now can add the herons to my list of grieving parents.

I  told you last month that the Osprey nest near the 8th Street bridge might not be successful this year. I am sad to report that I was right. When the power worker tore down the new nest last month, the pair gave up and has abandoned the nest. I still see them occasionally as they....(See full story.) .


What Kind of Bird is That?
Snap a Picture and Find Out

 by Jack Simons

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles with warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with string
These are a few of my favorite things

You No Doubt recognize these words from the musical, The Sound of Music, which starred Julie Andrews in the classic movie version. Ahhh...those were the days when life was simple and had a sense of charm and nostalgia.

Given the supersonic pace of today's world, you have to wonder what lyrics Oscar Hammerstein II would have penned had he lived in today's world of computers, smart phones and apps to simplify our lives.

Thanks  to some very bright people with creative vision coupled with powerful computer technology, there is now a gee-whiz tool that will identify a bird from an uploaded photograph taken with a iPhone (or camera) and, if that's not enough, on the horizon may be "smart" binoculars that use artificial intelligence to identify species in your view finder. How did all of this  come about?  (See full story.)



To view Kristen's Powerpoint Presentation  on "Dragonflies & Damselflies" presented at the February Bird Club meeting, please click here: http://www.startlogic.com.pendletonbirders.org/PDF Files/dragonfly and damselfly powerpoint.pdf


    

   

  

  New Species Sighted Last Week

 

New
Bird Species Sighted in Umatilla County From July 15 to July 21:

R  Mountain Quail, 7/16
R  Bushtit, 7/18


Total species sighted this year: 237



    
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Posted: July 14, 2014  



Calendar of Events

         
 
 October Bird Club Meeting

7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 8, 2014

Program to be announced.

Location to be announced.





 
         
 

 

 


 
         
 
 
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