Water Babies, Tualatin River NWR

juvenile spotted walkingThere are lots of youngsters in the wetlands these days. We haven’t had any rain in July, so water levels are dropping, concentrating wetland animals into smaller areas. This is a Spotted Sandpiper in that awkward adolescent stage.

spotted in culvertThe same Spotted Sandpiper, peeking out of a culvert

spotted 1This adult Spotted Sandpiper may be the parent of the juvenile pictured above. Like many birders, she assumes the sign does not apply to her.
spotted 2
pb grebe scratchingThis young Pied-billed Grebe was grooming and stretching in the canal.
stretching pb grebe
pb grebe left

tadpolesThere are lots of tadpoles in the canal.
bullfrogUnfortunately, they belong to the invasive American Bullfrog.

bullheadsEvery puddle has a school of baby bullheads this time of year.
bullheads 2

nutria eatingAnother invasive species, but darned cute, is this young Nutria nibbling on aquatic vegetation.
nutria eating 3

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