A walk at Vanport Wetlands

On March 25, after a few hours at the 2012 Better Living Show (pictures) at the Expo Center in North Portland, Patrick and I headed a hop, skip and a jump over to Vanport Wetlands (). This is a Port of Portland site, and you can learn more about it here; otherwise, this is a brief description from The Intertwine:

Historically, the Vanport Wetlands site was part of the Columbia River floodplain; however precipitation and storm water runoff are now the sole sources of surface water. Vanport Wetlands provides habitat for over 100 species of birds, many of which nest and raise young on the site during the breeding season.

There was much to see on this dreary day. Enjoy the pictures:

Some geese:

Vanport Wetlands

Vanport Wetlands

Lots of space for dogs:

Vanport Wetlands

The Expo Center is in the background:

Vanport Wetlands

Vanport Wetlands

Ladybug at Vanport Wetlands

An American Robin:

Vanport Wetlands

Northern Shoveler:

Vanport Wetlands

American Coot:

Vanport Wetlands

Vanport Wetlands

Song Sparrow:

Vanport Wetlands

Ruddy Duck:

Vanport Wetlands

Another coot:

Vanport Wetlands

Mallards at home:

Vanport Wetlands

Vanport Wetlands

Red-winged Blackbird:

Vanport Wetlands

Patrick playing in the grass:

Vanport Wetlands

A large bird flew over us. At first I thought it was a Turkey Vulture, and these are the only shots I was able to manage:

Vanport Wetlands

Vanport Wetlands

The white tail makes me think it was a Bald Eagle!

Vanport Wetlands

Evidence of beaver:

Vanport Wetlands

Vanport Wetlands

We then walked along a path west of the wetland that follows Mud Slough (at least this is what Google Maps calls it):

Vanport Wetlands

Vanport Wetlands

(Across the slough is the noisy Portland International Raceway, somewhat of a distraction)

Great Blue Heron:

Vanport Wetlands

Vanport Wetlands

Vanport Wetlands

Vanport Wetlands

Vanport Wetlands

Vanport Wetlands

Vanport Wetlands

Patrick “driving a bus”:

Vanport Wetlands

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Along the path, someone walking their dog pointing out to us a Great Horned Owl’s nest:

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We saw at least two young, and although these pictures are pretty poor, these are the first owls either of us have seen in nature:

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More Red-winged Blackbirds:

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