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 Otters on a boom at Dorena Lake
American bittern flying over Fern Ridge Wildlife Area
Raccoons 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.
One of the sulphurs
Also a hairstreak
Chlosyne acastus – sagebrush checkerspot, female
Chlosyne acastus – sagebrush checkerspot, male?
Juba skipper – Hesperia juba
Langton’s Forester Moth
A moth, possibly Gnophaela latipennis
Possibly a Boisduval’s blue – Icaricia icarioides
Propertius duskywing – Erynnis propertius
Possibly another purplish copper, Steens Mountain Wilderness 8/17.
Possibly a pale swallowtail -Ninemile Ridge
Possibly a western swallowtail -Devil’s Staircase Wilderness
July 19th, Ochoco Mountains
August 17th Steens Mountain Wilderness
August 19th Steens Mountain Wilderness
One of the fritillary butterflies I think.
Flying ants at the summit of Mt. Bachelor
Find the beetle
Spot the spider
Ring necked snake
Western fence lizards
Rough skinned newt
Crawdad surrounded by rough skinned newts
Fish in Black Canyon Creek
Hindquarters 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.
Indian Heaven Wilderness
Badger Creek Wilderness
Likewise there are several different squirrels and ground squirrels.
Golden mantled-ground squirrel
Pikas at first glance might seem to be related to ground squirrels but they are actually closely related to rabbits.
Ring-necked duck and a lesser scaup
American coot, spotted sandpiper and mallards on a log
Mallards, a cinnamon teal and a pied billed grebe
A female hooded merganser? and buffleheads
Bird at the Formal Gardens at Shore Acres State Park
At least two types of egrets and a bunch of ducks at Malhuer Wildlife Refuge
Great blue heron
White faced ibis
A couple of types of shorebirds
American dipper aka ouzel
A couple of American bushtits
Wren? at Horsethief Butte near The Dalles.
No idea, seen along the Alder Springs Trail in Central Oregon.
Possibly a flycatcher?
Another no clue, seen near a creek in the Ochoco Mountains.
Crossbills? (based on the crossed beaks)
Black headed grosebeak
California scrub jays
Yellow headed blackbird
Red winged blackbird
Dark eyed junco
Possibly an orange crowned warbler
Ruby crowned kinglet
Robin, western bluebird and swallows
Red breasted nuthatch
Western tanager – male
Western tanager – female
Rufous sided hummingbird
White crowned sparrows
Red breasted sapsucker
Grouse, leaning toward sooty
Not sure which type of grouse this is.
Rooster at Cape Arago State Park
A magpie and some sort of hawk
Hawk in flight
Hawk in the Pueblo Mountains
Osprey (with meal)
Great horned owl
Wild horses at Steens Mountain
Not wild cows along the Little Malhuer Trail
Columbian black-tailed deer
Columbian white-tailed deer
Mule deer fawn
Elk in the Aldrich Mountains
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!