Wild Birds of Bend, Part Two
Other recently accepted bird photos include these shots of Gray Jays (Perisoreus canadensis) begging for food at Swampy Lakes Sno-Park, up Century Drive towards Mount Bachelor, on January 31st, 2009.
Photos of birds from other Dreamstime contributors complement this article as these birds have also been spotted in and around Bend.
Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) is as common to the Pacific Northwest as the Common Grackle is to the eastern United States. In Bend, Oregon, they are most commonly spotted scavenging for food scraps in shopping center parking lots.
The most often seen raptors around Bend are Golden Eagles, Bald Eagles and Red-Tailed Hawks. In particular, at least one Bald Eagle has been seen scouting the Deschutes River in search of an easy catch of some unfortunate Mallard or Wigeon. As a result, terrorized flocks of ducks panic and flee to the protection of bridges and shorelines each time the Eagle passes by.
Speaking of Wigeons, the American Wigeon (Anas americana) is common to the waters of the Deschutes River, although much more shy than the Mallards with whom they share the river. Smaller than a Mallard, Wigeon males have patches of irridescent green on their white crested heads, while females (as is typical in the bird world) have more camouflage coloration. These Mallard photos provide a good comparison.