A Birder’s Paradise


The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is located a few miles southwest of town. It’s one of only a handful of urban wildlife refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Since 1992 the Federal government and volunteers have been working to turn the Refuge back to a more natural state within the floodplain of the Tualatin River Basin.

On a drive to the Coast to spend the weekend, we stopped and took a hike on the Refuge’s three-mile perimeter trail (it opened for the season on May 1st). A pair of bald eagles had a single fledgling in a nest high in an old oak tree. Egrets, great blue herons, ducks and red-winged blackbirds were patrolling the marshes. Always a nice place to visit.

This is Memorial Day. As a Vietnam Veteran, I ask you to take some time today to honor the fallen. I was one of the fortunate ones, but I never forget those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird singing a cheerful tune

Bald Eagle on the prowl

Bald Eagle on the prowl

Egret with a snack

Egret with a snack

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Fluffed out Egret

Fluffed out Egret

Moth

Cinnabar Moth

Two distant cousins

Two distant cousins

Attack of the Red-winged Blackbird

Attack of the Red-winged Blackbird

Clover

Clover

Bald Eagle up close and personal

Bald Eagle up close and personal

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2 comments

  1. stunning photos once again, John. A new place to visit!

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  2. On the first photo “Red-winged Blackbird singing a cheerful tune”, you can almost hear him singing out of the picture!

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