Tag Archives: American White Pelican

Smith and Bybee Wetlands

Smith and Bybee Wetlands in NW Portland, (Birding Oregon p. 65) is a great spot for waterfowl, waders, and shorebirds in the late summer and autumn. Paved trails lead to observation platforms overlooking both lakes, and primitive paths are available … Continue reading

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Frozen Fernhill

An arctic air mass brought cold temperatures and ice to Fernhill Wetlands (Birding Oregon p. 61), but there was no shortage of birds. Here are some grainy gray photos from a lap around the ponds. Horned Grebe Tundra Swans and … Continue reading

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American White Pelican

In late summer, American White Pelicans become increasingly common in the Willamette Valley. These are post-breeding or non-breeding birds that have left their nesting areas in eastern Oregon and other sites throughout the interior West. Sturgeon Lake, on Sauvie Island … Continue reading

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Fernhill Wetlands

While certainly not one of the more scenic sites in Oregon, Fernhill Wetlands (Birding Oregon p. 61) always attracts some noteworthy birds. Least Sandpiper (left) and Western Sandpiper (right) are two of the more common shorebirds that use the mudflats … Continue reading

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Finley NWR

I walked around much of William L. Finley NWR, one of the three in the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Of the three, Finley has the greatest diversity of habitats, as it lies right at the edge of the … Continue reading

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