The first weekend of spring at the Carty Unit of the Ridgefield NWR.
After crossing over an arched foot bridge above a set of railroad tracks, I walked north to a cedar plankhouse. It was built in 2005 as a representative of the 14 plankhouses observed by Lewis & Clark in a nearby Indian village.
This was the beginning of the Oaks to Wetlands Trail, a well-marked path passing several lakes.
Eventually the Trail emerged on a butte overlooking much of the area.
As I walked back to the trailhead, the thickets appeared to be alive with small birds, even a rabbit and a garter snake or two.
Truly a bird lovers delight.