The Brownsmead area of Clatsop County is a unique area in the county. It is bordered by the Columbia River and Coastal Upland forests. The ecoregion is mapped as Level IV: (1b) Coastal Uplands, but it only has small intrusions of that region’s bio-communities. As with all drainage districts along the Columbia it is maintained by a series of dikes, drainage canals, and pump stations. When the rains return in the fall there is quite a bit of shallow flooding of the land making habitat quite hospitable for waterfowl.
The attraction this day was the reported Cattle Egret, but the whole area can be easily covered in a half a day even if you dally with a walk along Fish Lane and Bug-hole road. This leaves plenty of time to poke around on Svensen Island.
Notable sightings included the target bird, two Red-shouldered Hawks, Greater White-fronted Geese, a Eurasian Widgeon, a juvenile Northern Shrike and a Pileated Woodpecker.
Ecoregion: Level IV: (1b) Coastal Uplands