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Posted by: atowhee | August 1, 2018

HOT THEN, COOLER NOW

Yesterday was the last very hot day we expect around here for awhile.  I stopped at Tualatin River NWR in the early afternoon and almost nothing was moving…except for nutria, Barn Swallows and me.  Egrets gathered in the shallows with some territorial spats, hot under the plumage:

Above, the only shorebird seen, a yawning yellowlegs, barely mobile.  The water-cooled nutria were busy.  This one was chowing down on grass plants he mowed off the muddy bank over his head.   Now just behold the fur on a creature who lives his entire life in and under muddy water without ever having to shampoo…

This morning it was cool and comfy at Joe Dancer Park.  It is now Queenanneslandia, with their blossoms towering over dandelions, grass and other low-growing plants.QA LAND

As my wife and I had lunch outside today a Cooper’s Hawk swept in, looked around and decided we were keeping his potential prey on alert.  He quickly moved on.

Tualatin River NWR–Sherwood, Washington, Oregon, US
Jul 31, 2018 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM.  Comments:     90 degree heat. 12 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  30
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  1
Mallard (Northern) (Anas platyrhynchos platyrhynchos/conboschas)  50
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  20
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) (Ardea herodias [herodias Group])  3
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  8
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Greater Yellowlegs   1
Barn Swallow (American) (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster)  20
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  2

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