Deer and a Variety of Birds at the Tualatin River NWR

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Wildlife Refuge

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.

Great Blue Heron

We took advantage of a cool and cloudy day in late January to hike the Refuge’s two-mile out and back trail. A longer perimeter trail opens seasonally on May 1st.

We enjoyed the birds, several deer and the oak tree-dominated wetlands. It is always a nice place to visit.

A Blacktail Deer interrupted in the middle of a snack

Tualatin River

Song Sparrow and Golden-crowned Sparrow

Would not have wanted to be there when the tree fell

Ducks before and after a snooze


Pond along the trail


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  1. Your shot of the heron is a classic!

  2. I sure loved this refreshing winter trek through the Tualatin River NWR, John. Your bird and deer photos are lovely and I liked seeing the terrain landscape photos, too. That gorgeous American Robin photo shows his bill has been digging in the mud. Wonderful to see the winter activity here.

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