Fresh Air and Sunshine at the Carty Unit


Mid-February and a beautiful spring-like day – – – it had all the makings of a fun trip to the Carty Unit in the northern portion of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

After parking at the trailhead, we hiked over an arched foot bridge above a set of railroad tracks. A cedar plankhouse, built in 2005 as a representative of the 14 plankhouses observed by Lewis & Clark in a nearby Indian village, was soon passed.

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 special treats, we saw tundra swans, an egret and many Indian Plum trees in blossom.

Indian Plum

Indian Plum

My Favorite Model

My Favorite Model

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Not a hint of wind

Not a hint of wind

Foot bridge over the railroad tracks

Foot bridge over the railroad tracks

Ducks on the way to join the Swans

Ducks on their way to join the Swans

A Wren

A Bewick’s Wren singing its song

 

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4 comments

  1. Always inspiring John

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  2. John;

    That photo of the ducks is spectacular. Each one’s wings are in a different position, and they look like they were taken off a duck stamp. Great catch!

    John DesCamp
    1255 NW 9th #516
    Portland OR 97209
    503-780-7743
    jdescamp2@comcast.net

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