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so two weeks ago i put up a tower feeder in the bamboo outside my house (no activity) and a suet feeder on our front porch. joel had said he saw a scrub jay pecking at it last week, and then the next day i saw a single squawking jay come down and take a big bite and fly away. i waited for him  to come back for a picture but he didn’t. other than that nothing. i had also just bought some new binoculars last week and just like that it seemed that all the wildlife had left our block entirely.

 

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just missed the scrub jay.

 

so yesterday i am sitting in our front room, with the big window facing south and the afternoon sun shining. i see some shadows flittering on the wall, and i look through the blind and see the feeder SWARMING with little yellow-brown finches bushtits (1/30 – just figured this one out ). 

 

 

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i could open my front door without scaring them and this gives me a great view. 

 

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so psyched!

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2009 calender

January 22, 2009

 

should have posted this already, but this year i made a little calender for ’09. ashen ledger official release #2.

it has 3 color drawings and 13 b&w reproductions. animals i have either seen or hope to soon see here in the pacific northwest!

size is 8.5″x11″ (size on wall is 11″x17″)

 

2009 calender cover

my favorite backyard bird around these parts, the mysterious steller jay.

 

bobcats

just two little teaser pics.

black bear

 

available from my website, shawncreedendotcom

 

and here is a video of kim and sully’s cats, oscar (white paws + belly) & rambo (all gray) being cute as always.

 

bathroom window #1

January 9, 2009

squirrel on back porch

 

my bathroom window is my new favorite spot to view the nature around my house. it is on the second floor and faces north. today it was pretty clear, especially to the east. i could see mountains in the distance. to the west forest park was obscured slightly by fog. i noticed a scrub jay and some little sparrows in a neighbor’s tree, and a cat in the window.

i watched this little squirrel dig in thesoft dirt next door that is covered with hideous orange paint flakes from the walls of the house that is being renovated. he found a nut or something and took it up the tree to his perch. after that he hopped in front of the cat at the window and then came over to our porch to sniff around and eat some scraps (i throw food scraps in the “compost heap” that is our backyard. THERE ARE NO RATS HERE IN PORTLAND). while he was doing that i got my camera and came back and took a few pics. then he climbed up the tree to within a meter or two from me and i took this video.

 

 

i also just bought a suet feeder and some seed for an old tower feeder i found. this one is sort of hidden in some bamboo right outside our window, which i think makes a great hidden spot for some little songbirds to come snack, but it will probably take forever for them to find it. the suet is out on our front porch. hopefully i’ll have some birds stopping by soon.

 

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i visited the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, just north of vancouver, wa with my mother and aunt after thanksgiving.

first up, nutria! mother and baby:

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not long before we saw an adult bald eagle and several juveniles. these birds are huge!

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this one was setting on a tree with a peregrine falcon (down there on the left)

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oh and we also saw this kestrel on our way to the refuge, a first for me in the wild.

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marsh

there were tons of ducks, mallards, a snowy egret and a merlin in this marshy bit, but too far for good pics.

flyinggeese

geese

 

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so then we are passing through this scraggly forest area where there had been owl sightings of late. we crept along in the car (this refuge is one that you drive through and where for most of it you have to stay in your car) scanning everywhere. tons of hawks, no owls. then near a bend my mom spotted her sitting in a tree at some distance. looking right at us with the most beautiful orange eyes. my first wild great horned owl.

 
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i took a pic through the binoculars

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there was allegedly a small eared owl in a different part of the park, but the stand of trees where it seemed most likely to be was too far away. and we had to be getting on, so we sort of skimmed over the last 1/4 of the refuge. there were lots of great blue herons and more nutria

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highly recommended for people interested in waterfowl and raptors.

oscar and rambo growing up

December 31, 2008

just remembered about this pic. 

 

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goofs

on my way at this very moment back to portland. excited to see everyone. this new jetblue terminal 5 is pretty nice. but i think i still like this terminal 5 better. it was more fun.

rainy day at the oregon zoo

December 29, 2008

went to the oregon zoo with kim, sully and dom in october i think. november maybe. a lot of the animals were hiding or in their heated night quarters. but i did get a chance to see Samudra, the new baby elephant. she is a cute one.

 

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hanging with her mom

 

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and doing her own thing

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also saw this other female elephant outside.

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i belive i mentioned this last time, but i still think one of the best parts of the oregon zoo is the Great Northwest section. these animals were prety unphased by the inclement weather. no lynx that day, but the otter was playful

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and the cougars were sleeping together again now with a third, seasonal bedfellow.

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a pumpkin which probably weighed almost as much as one of them.

the wolves weren’t out again. i need to figure out what is the best time to be at their enclosure.

this huge guy was floating around

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kim and sully made some new friends

 

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got a great view of the babirusa running around

 

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and i was very excited to see the amur leopards again. last time i only saw one.

 

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and kim is the same size as a sun bear

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mushroom hunting party

December 29, 2008

deer

saw these deer while wiliam and i were mushroom hunting along the coast last month. 

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october embroideries

October 23, 2008

need to do more work.

 

 

and for a show at the AG Gallery back in brooklyn in november:

“zootica”

October 23, 2008

went pumpkin patching at the roloff family farm this weekend. this farm is run by the family from that tv show little people, big world. it was crowded and though the pumpkins did look cool (various stages of green/orange) in retrospect they were expensive. but it was fun and there were all these hilarious hand painted signs with the pumpkins saying funny stuff and pathetically begging you the visitor to pick them. this was our favorite.

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then there was this “zootica” part, which was basically a little shed with a tortoise and this little “chocolate” skunk named dagwood out front.

 

 

some guinea pigs

 

sleeping ferrets

 

this jumpy lizard

 

then as we were leaving this woman was walking around with two pythons on her. she was talking about them and i touched them. she was barely paying attention to them, and one was very curious about all the small child faces. this was going on behind the woman’s back.

 

my pumpkin cost $4.20. not sure what to carve.

westward expansion

October 1, 2008

here are some things i saw during my drive out to portland from ny. in chronological order:

this guy was driving a 18 wheeler

 

fast forward all the way to the BADLANDS


 

saw some tracks on the hills, then rounded a bend and saw these! almost wrecked the van pulling over.

 

my first wild prairie dog town, complete with hunting hawk

 

normally i’m not into the “jackelope”, but this one was next level. the “flying jackelope” at wall drug.

 

many many pronghorns all over the landscape.