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Posted by: atowhee | February 16, 2019

TUALATIN RIVER NWR

Yesterday a Colorado visitor and I spent the afternoon birding the Tualatin River NWR.  Probably our best find was a trio of Western Bluebirds.  Another birder had found goldeneye which we did not relocate but we did have a total of a dozen waterfowl species plus grebe and coot.  Not a single shorebird.  Only mammals: one nutria, three Townsend’s chipmunks.

BLUEBIRDS

BALD EAGLES
Pair of mated adults, a lone first-year bird:

This dead tree (below) once held the eagles’ nest, then it began to disintegrate.  Ut was propped up with pole and brace but now is useful only as perch,  The eagles now nest back in a live conifer along the Tualatin River.egl propt

FURTHER BIRDS
Here we have Bufflehead, the might tree heron scrub-jay, four geese with only a single leg, Black-capped Chickadee, Brown Creeper:

NOT BIRDS
The chipmunk, newt (do not touch).

Tualatin River NWR–Atfálat’i Unit, Washington, Oregon, US
Feb 15, 2019.  36 species

Greater White-fronted Goose  1
Cackling Goose  500
Canada Goose  100
Northern Shoveler  40
Mallard  X
Northern Pintail  6
Green-winged Teal  4
Ring-necked Duck  12
Lesser Scaup  4
Bufflehead  20
Ruddy Duck  25
Pied-billed Grebe  8
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
American Coot  50
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  1
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  3
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
California Scrub-Jay  2
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Brown Creeper  1
Bewick’s Wren  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  20
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Western Bluebird  3
American Robin  2
European Starling  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)  20
Golden-crowned Sparrow  25
Song Sparrow  4
Spotted Towhee  4
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3

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