Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Lenora good sent some photos of waterfowl and rodents, and she likes to give many of her pictures anthropomorphic captions, which are included below (all her notes and captions are indented):

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis), Immature Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos). 

“Have I missed any good gossip?”

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) and (I think) white Greylegs (Anser anser), Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos), and various guests.

“Henry! Don’t eat that bread! You don’t know where it’s been.”

Common goldeneye (Bucephala clangula). While shooting them out in the Columbia, they all disappeared, one by one. I waited quite a bit, but didn’t see them come up.

Tree Mouse (Fox squirrel; Sciurus niger).

“If you think I’m waiting on you to compose the shot, think again!”

Very cold heron standing in the river eyeing the iced tumbleweed.

Double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) and friend during snowfall. The friend might be an immature ring-billed gull (Larus delawarensis) or possibly a Cooper’s hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

“That damn Phil better not see his shadow. I’ve had enough of this!” [Phil did NOT see his shadow.]



  1. Posted February 5, 2020 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Great pix, but where were they taken? Inquiring naturalists want to know!


    • Dominic
      Posted February 5, 2020 at 8:28 am | Permalink

      Tumbleweed is invasive in USA is it not?!

      Columbia river – is that Pacific north-west?

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted February 5, 2020 at 8:44 am | Permalink

        Columbia river, yes, northwest. Oregon

        You can see tumbleweed all over the west. Nasty stuff.

        • Posted February 5, 2020 at 8:59 am | Permalink

          These were taken in Richland WA. Columbia Park.

          As to the tumbleweed, I’ve heard two stories about how it got here. I believe it’s native to Russia.

          1. The early Russian emigrants missed it, so sent home for seeds.

          2. The seeds came with wheat for planting.

      • rickflick
        Posted February 5, 2020 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

        Sadly, most of the West is not as it was. Native species of grass and forbs are becoming isolated in islands. Here in Idaho, the ranchers imported new grazing plants, deliberately or inadvertently, from elsewhere. Russia is often mentioned in this context. The new vegetation, such as, cheatgrass, is known as “the scourge of the West”.

  2. Posted February 5, 2020 at 9:04 am | Permalink

  3. merilee
    Posted February 5, 2020 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Wonderful gossiping photo…and the lone, cold heron😻

    • Posted February 5, 2020 at 9:51 am | Permalink

      Thank you. Sometimes I luck out.

      • merilee
        Posted February 5, 2020 at 10:05 am | Permalink


  4. Mark R.
    Posted February 5, 2020 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the photos and the funny captions; they add a lot sometimes. I found the squirrel profile to be especially cute.

  5. Posted February 5, 2020 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Great shots, Lenora! I’m inclined to think that’s some kind of gull in the snowy photo and not a Cooper’s hawk.

    • Posted February 6, 2020 at 9:03 am | Permalink

      It would make sense that it could be a gull. Thanks for the comments.

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