Sunday, June 7, 2015

Clark's Nutcracker

I love this little bird, a Clark's Nutcracker, which you see all over Arizona, Utah, California and Oregon.  I saw so many of them in Crater Lake National Park, and learned something new about it.

The bird is named after William Clark (of Lewis & Clark fame).  As Clark was struggling down the canyon of the Salmon River (in 1805), he discovered this little bird.  "I saw to day [a] Bird of the woodpecker kind which fed on Pine burs it's Bill and tale white the wings black every other part..."  (The mistakes are Mr. Clark's, not mine.)

I found that pretty interesting, and made me like the little bird even more!

Pondering life!

Chipmunks, chipmunks - all over!