Sauvie Island 30 September 2012

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.

Ecoregion:
Level IV (3a) Vancouver/Portland Basin

eBird Reports:
Sauvie Island – Multnomah Co.
Sauvie Island – Columbia Co.

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