Tualatin Hills in Mid-Winter


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Tualatin Hills

A nice, mostly sunny day in the Rose City. A good time for a four-mile hike in the nearby Tualatin Hills Nature Park.

With its remarkably diverse habitat of wetlands, forests, ponds and streams, there is always a small bird, migratory waterfowl or early wildflower to be seen.

Western Shoveler

The trails were in good shape and led to many interesting viewing areas.

I was delighted to spot many bright white Indian Plum blossoms. They were the only wildflowers to be seen.

A few waterfowl were in the small lakes along the loop trail, mainly northern shovelers.

And, there were many small birds in the bushes, but not many of them were “posers”.

Walking back to my car I couldn’t help but think that springtime is near.

Indian Plum

Maple Leaf shadow

Small pond along the trail

Song Sparrow

Well-maintained trail

Northern Shoveler

Fungi

Stellar Jay

Some trails have beware-of signs for bears and cougars, but this is the only one I can remember that has a beware-of “Leaves” sign

 

 

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