tualatin river nwr

i spent some time at the tualatin river national wildlife refuge this afternoon.. what a great place!  i don't think i've ever seen so many birds in one place.  i started with the overlook by the refuge headquarters..

mostly canada geese and ducks and that one white and grey goose... i'm not actually sure what it is- snow goose?  here's a zoomed in pic:
wish i knew what it was...

a bunch of canada geese.

damn that's a lot of birds.

here are a billion ducks. mostly northern pintails but at least one mallard in there...

flying geese.

a dark-eyed junco:

luckily a nice fellow pointed out this western screech owl to me!  wow!  i never would have noticed the little guy... he said he's been hanging out there for a few weeks now.

and that was pretty much all i saw... well, i saw an eagle but it swooped down and out of sight before i could get a good picture.


  1. I'm so glad you stopped by my blog, because I connected with yours - I like to follow birds and birders from different parts of the country, and world. Your little brown bird looks like a Dark-eyed Junco, what Sibley called a brown adult female. Your unidentified goose is perplexing - seems really big for a snow goose which is smaller than most Canada Geese. Where you are in Portland, an Asiatic stray might be a possibility, but I don't know enough (for that matter anything) about such geese. Hmmmm?

  2. thanks again for your help! i will keep trying to figure out that goose!


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