A beautiful solitary KILLDEER greeted us in a large puddle in the median. We walked through the visitor center first, then stopped by the viewing area between the two main buildings.
A flash of movement caught our eye, as a brilliant RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD flicked through the flowers.
On the water, large flocks of WHITE CHEEKED GEESE were interspersed with a variety of other waterfowl, including COOTS, BUFFLEHEAD, MALLARDS and RING NECKED DUCKS.
|Follow the Leaders|
A pair of CANADA GEESE appeared to lead a line of CACKLING GEESE in a large loop.
There were a few other visitors on the trail, and we all stopped to watch the BULLFROGS in one of the ponds.
As we watched another unique sparrow, an experienced birder stopped by and told us we were looking at a LINCOLN'S SPARROW - our first!
We found a pair of MALLARDS drifting along the edges of a well-hidden creek - I wonder if they had a nest nearby?
The singing of WARBLERS greeted us as we moved from the open meadows and wetlands to the dense forest.
|Yellow-Rumped Warbler (Audubon's)|
Many other creatures were enjoying the rich forest, including SPOTTED TOWHEE and tiny CHIPMUNKS.
A loud knocking caught our attention, and we were thrilled to watch a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER working its way around a tree.
Stopping at the wetlands viewing area, we heard and then saw our first GREATER YELLOWLEGS, along with a GREAT EGRET and a number of waterfowl, including EURASIAN and AMERICAN WIGEON and NORTHERN SHOVELERS.
Tualatin River NWR is a beautiful place to visit, with a nice visitor center, public restrooms and plenty of parking. The paved paths are available year round, and other paths are open during the summer. A wide variety of habitat makes the number and variety of species a constant surprise. Plan to visit!