Tag Archives: Tualatin River NWR

Tualatin River NWR

I visited Tualatin River NWR last week. The weather has been very hot and dry, so I started early in the morning. There was a surprisingly large diversity of species for mid-summer. I ended the trip with 55 species. I … Continue reading

Posted in behavior, identification challenges, OR Birding Sites | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Tualatin River NWR

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is still a fairly new addition to the Willamette Valley refuge complex, but it offers a nice variety of habitats very close to Portland. I don’t know if the resident Bald Eagles had a successful … Continue reading

Posted in OR Birding Sites | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Random Images

Here are a few photos from recent ramblings. After delivering some books to Tualatin River NWR, I took a quick walk on the path that leads through some newly planted oaks and along the river. This male American Kestrel had … Continue reading

Posted in OR Birding Sites | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tualatin River NWR

I made a quick visit to Tualatin River NWR in the afternoon heat. One of the main trails is closed off until this young Bald Eagle decides to leave the nest. Despite the flock of European Starlings cheering him on, … Continue reading

Posted in nesting, OR Birding Sites, reptiles & amphibians | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Water Babies, Tualatin River NWR

There 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. The same … Continue reading

Posted in mammals, OR Birding Sites, reptiles & amphibians | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tualatin River NWR

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, located just a few miles southwest of Portland on Hwy 99W, is a wonderful refuge for wintering waterfowl, despite its location in such an urban area. The dikes around the wetland areas are closed to … Continue reading

Posted in OR Birding Sites, rarities | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tualatin River NWR

Having just opened to the public within the past few years, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is a great birding spot just a few miles west of Portland on Hwy 99W. Habitats include marshes, riparian forest, and a small patch … Continue reading

Posted in OR Birding Sites | Tagged , , | Leave a comment