On the last day before access becomes restricted on Sauvie Island i headed, slowly, to the Wash. Travelling through Multnomah Co. to Columbia Co. along the channel and out to a viewpoint of Sturgeon Lake.
The duck number were up, but they are mostly still in eclipse plumage and i just don’t have the patience to pick through them — too much else to do. Cackling Geese have arrived in force, the cranes continuously called overhead, a couple of Red-shouldered Hawks were cavorting in the Ash swales, lots of pelicans, a number of shorebirds were still on the flats but way out in the middle of the lake, high numbers of American Pipits were scattered along the trip, and even a Western Bluebird was seen. However, no pictures of any birds were obtained worth processing.
The last remnants of wildflowers were easier to photograph.
Level IV (3a) Vancouver/Portland Basin