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Great Blue Herons
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. I give them lots of credit. They have done an excellent job so far.
We took advantage of a nice spring day to hike three miles in the Refuge while enjoying the birds, wildflowers and the oak tree-dominated wetlands.
The highlight was watching a pair of red-winged blackbirds continue to harass a great blue heron. They caused it to move a few times but not for far.
It is always a nice place to visit.
What a lovely photo essay of an interesting place!
Thanks for the kind words. It’s not the same experience as hiking in the Enchantments, but it’s fun watching nature at work.