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Oak Island is open again for the season. On a cool and drizzly day, I hiked around the Island a couple of times, enjoying the solitude.
It was a very pleasant five-mile outing.
Located nearby on Sauvie Island, Oak Island is a grand place to spot songbirds and wildflowers.
Even better, it has a bald eagle’s nest high in an oak tree near the trail.
Two adults were guarding the nest when I arrived at the tree, but flew off after a few minutes. Soon there will be little eaglets to see.
As every year, I will return often until the little ones have fledged and left the nest.
Water is still high in Sturgeon Lake and nearby trails
Thimbleberry and Wild Rose
Snowberry and Hemlock