Friday, October 16, 2015

Fernhill Wetlands

Fernhill  Wetlands is a natural area that is actually part of a wastewater treatment plant.  They are implementing a relatively new concept, where treated water is filtered through a wetland rather than going directly to a river.  The Oregon Garden is another example. There has been a lot of construction at Fernhill Wetlands lately, which certainly disrupted the habits of the many migratory birds that love it last winter.  This year, with much of the work complete,  the birds are back and they are amazing.  There are always pro photographers there, but the number of visitors seems to make the birds less skittish around humans than you might expect and you can definitely see more remarkable birds closer than most anywhere else in the metro area without any special equipment.  But with binoculars you'll see even more.  Fernhill Wetlands has always been one of our favorite places to visit during fall migration and throughout the winter.  The National Wildlife Refuges in the Northwest also have tons of visiting birds but close most of their trails to humans in order to leave the birds undisturbed. We've never gone and not seen something beautiful, and our recent visit was no exception.   
Egret.
Redwing blackbirds.
California poppy.
Great blue heron.
Great blue heron.
Great blue heron.
Great blue heron.
Dowditcher.
Killdear.
Egret.
Great blue heron.

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