Posted by: atowhee | March 12, 2023


Plus hundreds of cranes (some dancing) and Snow Geese. Day ends with rainbow over our home. Who could ask for anything more?

We went to Sauvie Island with our daughter this afternoon. En route we passed (at speed limit, of course) a Blue Heron nesting colony in Marion County. The nests are in still-bare deciduous trees just southeast of I-5 Exit 263. Best seen from right-hand northbound lane. May be as many as a dozen nests–without stationary viewing there is no way to tell if all nests are in use.

We saw four occupied Bald Eagle nests on Sauvie Island. They were all Gillihan Road in the northernmost two miles, south of its Terminus with Reeder Road.

CRANES–There was a lot of bugling and calling.

Eagle nest, and damp first-year bird.



We passed a field of highland cattle (a breed most often seen in Scotland, hence the name), and a newborn lamb. The mother ewe was still licking off the afterbirth. I admit I did not offer to help, There was no wind so the newborn had a chance to dry before dark.

Ankeny NWR: click here for local TV news feature on birding the refuge.

Sauvie Island (Multnomah Co.), Multnomah, Oregon, US
Mar 12, 2023
24 species

Snow Goose  800
Cackling Goose  500
Canada Goose  X
Gadwall  2
American Wigeon  30
Mallard  75
Northern Pintail  40
Ring-necked Duck  10
American Coot  X
Sandhill Crane  200
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Northern Harrier  1
Cooper’s Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  12
Red-tailed Hawk  4
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  2
European Starling  X
American Robin  X
White-crowned Sparrow  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X


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