This afternoon while sitting in our back yard, Jeanette spotted this leucistic Red-tailed Hawk circling high overhead along with a standard Red-tail Hawk and a Turkey Vulture. I went and got my camera and started trying to get some photos, and Jeanette started making a bird list. Leucism is a condition where the feathers lack the normal pigmentation and appear white. This can be only small splotches or large areas without color. Complete lack of color would be considered an albino. This the third year in a row that we have enjoyed occasional looks at this leucistic Red-tailed Hawk from our back yard. To see our complete observation list and photos click here.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Knight Park - Salmon River Estuary
Wapiti RV Park & Campground
undisclosed harbor parking spot
Yaquina Head Outstanding Nature Area
Friday, August 5, 2016
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
We took a little one-night trip to Hebo Lake, high in the coast range, for a little outing and a break from the heat in the Willamette Valley. It has been 45 years since I last camped at Hebo Lake, so I was a little uncertain at what I would find. But it turned out Hebo Lake is still a some what overlooked destination, used only by a handful of fishermen, campers, and hikers. The campground and picnic shelter were originally built by the CCCs in 1937. There are only a dozen camping sites scattered around this small lake of less than three acres, but we were lucky enough to snag site #2, which has the most commanding view of the lake. A twelve dollar camping fee, means we only paid six dollars with our Senior Pass. There are no hook-ups, Verizon cell service was adequate at two bars, and TV was limited to three Public Broadcasting channels. To reach Hebo Lake high on the side of Mt Hebo, you need to turn at the small town of Hebo and climb 1600 feet in four and a half miles. Our Mercedes powered Free Spirit climbed it with ease, and the six-speed transmission held us back well on our returning descent. The quietness of the setting, the deep shade, and cool temps were more than we could have hoped for. All of which gives us confidence that many more mountainous destination are in our future.