Sandy River Delta

I’ve made several trips to the Sandy River Delta this spring. It is one of the few places where I can bird and the puppy can run around. The wide open spaces often mean that the birds are distant, but it is still a great spot.

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While Himalayan Blackberry is a terrible invasive in the Pacific Northwest, the patches of blackberry at Sandy River host a lot of birds, like this Song Sparrow.
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Rufous Hummingbird is another species that uses the blackberry brambles.
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Eulachon, a species of smelt, run up the Columbia River in early spring to spawn, much to the delight of gulls, eagles, and puppies.
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Common Yellowthroat, making a very brief appearance out in the open.
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One of the main birding targets at Sandy River is Yellow-breasted Chat. This is one of the few reliable sites for this species in the Portland area. They, too, are usually found in the blackberry brambles.
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This Yellow-breasted Chat came out of the brambles to sing on one of the power line towers.
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This is Kai, future birding dog but current pain in the tuchus. One day, his puppy energy will subside and I will be able to stand in one spot for more than five seconds to photograph a bird. At least that is my hope.

Happy Spring