Clackamas and Molalla River drainages – Late June

Cruised the Molalla River drainage in Clackamas County which included both the Valley Foothills and Western Cascades Lowlands and Valleys.

Valley Foothills: Level III ecoregion 3, Level IV ecoregion 3d.

3d plant community structure: Mosaic of oak woodlands and Douglas-fir forests — Oak savanna and prairies with California oatgrass, fescue, blue wild rye, brodiaea and other prairie forbs.  Douglas-fir forests with sword fern, oceanspray, hazel, baldhip rose, poison oak, and invasive Himalayan blackberry.

Western Cascades Lowlands and Valleys: Level III ecoregion 4, Level IV ecoregion 4a.

4a plant community structure: Mostly Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock, Douglas-fir, Bigleaf Maple, Red Alder, Vine Maple, Salal, Pacific Rhododendron, Oregon Grape, Huckleberry, Thimbleberry, Swordfern, Oxalis, Hazel and invasive Himalayan Blackberry forest.

This was actually more of a Sunday drive with the family than a trip afield.  Just can’t get Sheri interested in field studies. So the birding was casual and i didn’t chase the few butterflies and dragonflies i did see.  No pictures – no ID’s.  Anyway it was still a nice time.

We started on the Clackamas River to observe the Bank Swallow colony — quite impressive!  We then headed over to the BLM Molalla River Recreation Area, and ended the day at Wilhoit Springs.  Fifty Nine species of birds seen in aggregate on the day.

eBird Report for River Island NA.

eBird Report for the back roads traveled.

eBird Report for Molalla River RA.

eBird Report for Wilhoit Springs.