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Our first stop was the Mount Pleasant Cemetery where the birds were rather unexciting but the flowers were lovely.
Our second stop was the old stone house hidden just off of Highway 14 at milepost 31.9.
So cool. Singing Wilson's Warblers made it even better. After that we headed to the Bonneville Dam.
We found the Brown Pelican almost immediately.
It came to rest eventually with the gulls on one of the walls, but not before flying back and forth across the state line. This means it was actually a new Multnomah County bird for me! Pretty awesome.
Next we drove over to Greenleaf Slough just north of the dam area, where we didn't find too many birds, but these little butterflies were congregating in one area...
As we were driving back to 14 we noticed the gravelly Kidney Lake Road. It looked interesting so we drove up to check it out...
Our last area of exploration was along Kueffler Road which begins near Beacon Rock State Park. When I had looked at the map earlier it had appeared to me that the road went straight up to some other interesting places, but we learned quickly that after a few miles there is a gap in the road. So we stopped and explored the area under the row of powerlines.
Steller's Jays came out of the trees to see what we were up to...
We could hear birds moving around in the tall grass and shrubs and eventually a couple showed themselves...