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2021 Wildlife Gallery

One of the most enjoyable experiences while hiking is encountering wildlife. Oddly enough it’s also one of the worst (see ticks, mosquitos, and yellow jackets). From creatures great to small we were blessed to see a wide variety of God’s creations this past year. While there remain a number of critters on our “bucket list” of animals we haven’t encountered yet in 2021 we were able to put a check mark by river otters, American bitterns, and raccoons.
River ottersRiver Otters on a boom at Dorena Lake

American BitternAmerican bittern flying over Fern Ridge Wildlife Area

RaccoonsRaccoons at South Slough Estuary

We are working on learning to identify the various birds and butterflies we see and have made our best efforts (guesses), but as with our attempted identification of wildflowers (post) any help and or corrections is appreciated. With that here is a collection of the rest of the wildlife we encountered in 2021 starting with caterpillars, butterflies and moths.

Caterpiller on a common madia

Caterpillar

Caterpiller

Woolly bear caterpillar

Butterflies on the Santiam Lake TrailSeveral species

A crescent butterfly

A crescent butterfly

A sulphurOne of the sulphurs

Sulphur butterflyAnother sulphur

Becker's white on an onionBecker’s white

A haristreak butterflyA hairstreak

Hairstreak butterflyAlso a hairstreak

Buttefly on a sagebrush false dandelion

Butterflies on western snakeroot

Butterflies on groundsel

Butterfly

Butterfly

Butterfly

Butterfly along the Canyon Mountain Trail

Butterfly along the Canyon Mountain Trail

Butterfly along the Levi Brinkley Trail

Butterfly along the Round Mountain Trail

Butterfly on a false sunflower

Butterfly on aster

Cabbage whiteCabbage white

California tortoiseshellCalifornia tortoiseshell

Checkerspot on honeysuckleA checkerspot

Chlosyne acastus - sagebrush checkerspot, femaleChlosyne acastus – sagebrush checkerspot, female

Chlosyne acastus - sagebrush checkerspot?Chlosyne acastus – sagebrush checkerspot, male?

Cloudis parnassianCloudis parnassian

Cedar hairstreakCedar hairstreak

Green commaGreen comma?

Hoary commaHoary comma

Juba skipper - Hesperia jubaJuba skipper – Hesperia juba

Langton's Forester MothLangton’s Forester Moth

Lorquin's admiralLorquin’s admiral

Milberts tortoiseshellMilbert’s tortoiseshell

MothMoth

Moth on hyssopA moth, possibly Gnophaela latipennis

MothMoth

Mylitta crescents - Phyciodes mylittaMylitta crescents

Ochre ringletOchre ringlet

Orange tip butterfly on fiddleneckOrange tip

Possibly a Boisduval's blue - Icaricia icarioidesPossibly a Boisduval’s blue – Icaricia icarioides

Propertius duskywing - Erynnis propertiusPropertius duskywing – Erynnis propertius

Purplish Copper on a false sunflowerPurplish copper

Purplish copperPossibly another purplish copper, Steens Mountain Wilderness 8/17.

Sheep mothSheep moth

Silvery blueSilvery blue?

SkipperA skipper

Swallowtails

SwallowtailAnise swallowtail

SwallowtailIndra swallowtail

SwallowtailPossibly a pale swallowtail -Ninemile Ridge

SwallowtailPossibly a western swallowtail -Devil’s Staircase Wilderness

Viceroy on mock orangeViceroy

Wood nymphs
Wood nymphJuly 19th, Ochoco Mountains

Wood nymphAugust 17th Steens Mountain Wilderness

Wood nymphAugust 19th Steens Mountain Wilderness

Fritillary on an irisOne of the fritillary butterflies I think.

Butterfly and bee on Fuller's teasel

Butterfly and beetle

Bee on gumweed

Bees on thistle

Bee on the Tower Mountain Trail

Bumble bees on penstemon

Bindweed

Wasp nest

Wasp of some sort

Wasps on fireweed

Wasp

Wasps, bees, ants and other insects

Flying ants on Mt. BachelorFlying ants at the summit of Mt. Bachelor

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

CicadaCicada

Ladybug on lupineLadybug

Red osier dogwood and a beetle

Beetle

Beetle and ochre ringlet on yarrow

Beetle in defense position

Beetle on a flowerFind the beetle

Bettle in a flower

Dictyoptera aurora?Dictyoptera aurora?

Beetles on a rose blossom

Crab spider on a nookta roseCrab spider

Spider

Wolf spider

Spider on wallflowerSpot the spider

Millipede

Iris and an insect

Praying mantisPraying mantis

June bugJune bug

Damsel flyDamsel fly

Dragon flyDragon fly

Dragon flyDragon fly

Dragon flyDragon fly

DragonflyDragon fly

Slug

Slug

Slug

Slug

Slug

Slug on a mushroom

Snail

Snail

Snail

Snails on skunk cabbage

Alligator lizardAlligator lizard

Frog

Frog at Bashaw Creek

Ring necked snakeRing necked snake

Snake on FR 99

Tiny frog

Toad near Walton Lake

TurtleTurtle

Western fence lizardsWestern fence lizards

Snake along the Wenaha River Trail

Dunn's salamander?Dunn’s salamander?

Rough skinned newtRough skinned newt

Rough skinned newts and a crawdadCrawdad surrounded by rough skinned newts

Fish in Black Canyon CreekFish in Black Canyon Creek

Harbor sealsSeals

Sea lionsSea lions

NutriaNutria

MoleHindquarters of what we believe to have been a mole.

There are several species of chipmunks in the area and I think these are two different species but I’m not sure which ones.
ChipmunkIndian Heaven Wilderness

ChipmunkBadger Creek Wilderness

Likewise there are several different squirrels and ground squirrels.
Greeter at the Walton Lake TrailheadGolden mantled-ground squirrel

Ground squirrel

Ground squirrel

Ground squirrel

Ground squirrel

Ground squirrel

Squirrel

Squirrel

Squirrel

Pikas at first glance might seem to be related to ground squirrels but they are actually closely related to rabbits.
PikaPika

RabbitMountain cottontail

RabbitEastern cottontail

Snowshoe hareSnowshoe hare

Jack rabbitJack rabbit

Ring-necked duck and a lesser scaupRing-necked duck and a lesser scaup

American coot, spotted sandpiper and mallards on a logAmerican coot, spotted sandpiper and mallards on a log

American wigeonsAmerican wigeons

Green-winged tealGreen-winged teals

Cinnamon tealCinnamon teal

Cinnamon teal, mallards and a pied billed grebeMallards, a cinnamon teal and a pied billed grebe

Common merganserCommon merganser

Merganser and buffleheadsA female hooded merganser? and buffleheads

Northern pintailsNorthern pintails

Northern shovelersNorthern shovelers

DucklingsDucklings

Canada geese familyCanada geese

Western grebeWestern grebe

Bird at the Formal Gardens at Shore Acres State ParkBird at the Formal Gardens at Shore Acres State Park

Possibly at least one snowy egret and a great egretAt least two types of egrets and a bunch of ducks at Malhuer Wildlife Refuge

EgretEgret

Great blue heronGreat blue heron

Black-necked stiltBlack-necked stilt

Dunlins in the pondDunlins

YellowlegsYellowlegs?

White faced ibisWhite faced ibis

WhimbrelsWhimbrels

Spotted sandpiperSpotted sandpiper

SandpiperAnother sandpiper

ShorebirdsA couple of types of shorebirds

White pelicanWhite pelican

Roads End State Recreation SiteSeagull

CormorantsCormorants

KingfisherKingfisher

Dipper (Ouzel)American dipper aka ouzel

A couple of American bushtitsA couple of American bushtits

Bewick's wrenBewick’s wren?

Canyon WrenCanyon wren?

Wren at Horsethief ButteWren? at Horsethief Butte near The Dalles.

Bird above the Alder Springs TrailNo idea, seen along the Alder Springs Trail in Central Oregon.

Bird at Bluebill LakePossibly a flycatcher?

FlycatcherA flycatcher

Flycatcher?Flycatcher?

Bird at Second CreekAnother no clue, seen near a creek in the Ochoco Mountains.

BirdsCrossbills? (based on the crossed beaks)

Black headed grosebeakBlack headed grosebeak

Black phoebeBlack phoebe

California scrub jaysCalifornia scrub jays

Gray jayGray jay

Stellar's JayStellar’s jay

Pinyon JayPinyon jay

Clark's nutcrackerClark’s nutcracker

Brewer's blackbirdBrewer’s blackbird

Yellow headed blackbirdYellow headed blackbird

Red-winged blackbirdRed winged blackbird

StarlingStarling

Cedar waxwingsCedar waxwings

Common yellowthroatCommon yellowthroat

Dark eyed juncoDark eyed junco

Chestnut-backed chickadeeChestnut-backed chickadee

Mountain chickadeeMountain chickadee

Possibly and orange crowned warblerPossibly an orange crowned warbler

Ruby crowned kingletRuby crowned kinglet

FinchA finch

FinchA finch

Rosy (or purple) finchA finch

Green tailed towheeGreen-tailed towhee

Spotted towheeSpotted towhee

Pipit at Fern Ridge Wildlife AreaPipit

Townsend's solitaireTownsend’s solitaire

Robin, western bluebird and swallowsRobin, western bluebird and swallows

Mountain bluebirdMountain bluebird

Lazuli buntingLazuli bunting

Red breasted nuthatchRed breasted nuthatch

Yellow-rumped warblerYellow-rumped warbler

Western meadowlarkWestern meadowlark

Western tanagerWestern tanager – male

Western tanager femaleWestern tanager – female

Western wood-peweeWestern wood-pewee

Rufous sided hummingbirdRufous sided hummingbird

Chipping sparrowChipping sparrow?

White crowned sparrowsWhite crowned sparrows

Savannah sparrowSavannah sparrow

SparrowSparrow

SparrowSparrow?

Lark sparrowLark sparrow

Downy woodpeckerDowny woodpecker?

Lewis's woodpeckerLewis’s woodpecker

Northern flickerNorthern flicker

Red breasted sap suckerRed breasted sapsucker

WoodpeckerA woodpecker

WoodpeckerA woodpecker

KilldeerKilldeer

Mourning doveMourning dove

GrouseGrouse, leaning toward sooty

GrouseNot sure which type of grouse this is.

Ruffed grouseRuffed grouse?

Sage grouseSage grouse

California quailCalifornia quail

Turkeys at the Mitchell Point TrailheadTurkeys

RoosterRooster at Cape Arago State Park

CrowCrow

Turkey vultureTurkey vulture

Hawk? and a magpieA magpie and some sort of hawk

HawkA hawk

HawkHawk in flight

Coopers hawk?Cooper’s hawk?

HawkHawk in the Pueblo Mountains

Red tailed hawkRed-tailed hawk

Small raptor of some sortHawk or?

Northern harrierNorthern harrier

Osprey with a fishOsprey (with meal)

Bald eagleBald eagle

Great horned owlGreat horned owl

American kestralAmerican kestral

Common nighthawkCommon nightwawk

Northern shrikeNorthern shrike

CoyoteCoyote

Wild horses at Steens MountainWild horses at Steens Mountain

Cows near Elk Flat CreekNot wild cows along the Little Malhuer Trail

Deer at Ridgefield Wildlife RefugeColumbian black-tailed deer

DeerColumbian white-tailed deer

FawnMule deer fawn

Elk on McClellan MountainElk in the Aldrich Mountains

Mountain goatMountain goat

At the top of our list of animals we haven’t seen is a cougar (at a distance please), beaver, and porcupine along with a number of others. Good luck out there in 2022 and Happy Trails!

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