I spent parts of two days at Tillamook Bay Wetlands, aka Rain River, Thursday and Saturday (2/2/12 and 2/4/12). I've been wanting to go there ever since it was mentioned on Oregon Birds Online listserv a few weeks back. Not sure I can get everything I love about this place into one blog. The trail is a four-mile loop through the wetlands along meandering rivers and marshy fields.
On Thursday, I reached it late in the day, the apex of a wonderful "Tillamook County Big Day" (personal big day :o) Unfortunately, it meant I only had about an hour of daylight, so I only walked about a half-mile into the area. My first sighting was a BLACK PHOEBE (seen in this blurry but diagnostic photo).
On Saturday, I dragged my hubby with me - we started in the afternoon, and spent three lovely hours meandering along, racking up a count of over 30 species of birds, several frogs and a few nutria along the way. Here is some of the beauty...
|Pacific Tree Frog|
The highlight of the afternoon was a big, beautiful BARN OWL - it was perched in a branch above the trail, and when it saw us, removed to another tree not too far away. I was able to get a few photos through the branches.
A few more birds along the trail...
|Marsh Wren with no tail|
Of course we're going back (we have 3 more miles to explore!) And I'll be sure to tell you all about it!