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"Clark's Nutcracker"
Clark's Nutcracker:    Clark's Nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana) was named by ornithologist Alexander Wilson, after Captain William Clark of the Lewis & Clark expedition. Captain Clark first described the bird on August 22, 1805, while near today's town of Tendoy, Idaho. Captain Lewis wrote up a description of the bird on May 28, 1806.


"... I Saw to day Bird of the wood pecker kind which fed on Pine burs its Bill and tale white the wings black every other part of a light brown, and about the Size of a robin. ..."    [Captain William Clark, August 22, 1805, while near today's town of Tendoy, Idaho]

"... the small corvus [presumably the Gray Jay] discribed at Fort Clatsop is a different speceis, tho' untill now I had taken it to be the same, this is much larger and has a loud squawling note something like the mewing of a cat.    the beak of this bird is 1 inches long, is proportionably large, black and of the form which characterizes the genus.    the upper exceeds the under chap a little.    the head and neck are also proportionably large.    the eye full and reather prominent, the iris dark brown and puple black.    it is about the size and somewhat the form of the Jaybird [Blue Jay] tho reather rounder or more full in the body. the tail is four and a half inches in length, composed of 12 feathers nearly of the same length.    the head neck and body of this bird are of a dove colour.    the wings are black except the extremities of six large fathers ocupying the middle joint of the wing which are white.    the under disk of the wing is not of the shining or grossy black which marks it's upper surface.    the two feathers in the center of the tail are black as are the two adjacent feathers for half their width the ballance are of a pure white.    the feet and legs are black and imbricated with wide scales. the nails are black and remarkably long and sharp, also much curved.    it has four toes on each foot of which one is in the rear and three in front.    the toes are long particularly that in the rear.    this bird feeds on the seed of the pine and also on insects.    it resides in the rocky mountains at all seasons of the year, and in many parts is the only bird to be found. ..."    [Captain Meriwether Lewis, May 28, 1806]

 
Mount Hood, Oregon ...

Image, 2013, Mount Hood, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Clark's Nutcracker, fledgling, Mount Hood, Oregon. Image taken July 22, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400
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Clark's Nutcracker, fledgling, Mount Hood, Oregon. Image taken July 22, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400
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Clark's Nutcracker, fledgling, Mount Hood, Oregon. Image taken July 22, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400


... more ...

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Clark's Nutcracker, fledgling, Mount Hood, Oregon. Image taken July 22, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400
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Clark's Nutcracker, fledgling, Mount Hood, Oregon. Image taken July 22, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400


... 2011 ...

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Clark's Nutcracker, Mount Hood, Oregon. Image taken September 20, 2011. Canon Rebel t3i, 300mm.


... overhead ...

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Clark's Nutcracker, Mount Hood, Oregon. Image taken September 20, 2011. Canon Rebel t3i, 300mm.


... 2009 ...

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Clark's Nutcracker, Mount Hood, Oregon. Image taken August 16, 2009. Canon Rebel XTi, 300z.
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Clark's Nutcracker, Mount Hood, Oregon. Nice sunny and windy. Image taken July 17, 2010. Canon Rebel T1i, 300z.



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