31. Sauvie Island: Looking for Sand Hill Cranes

Wapato Greenway Trail     November 11, 2017     (#54)

I felt lucky to use a brief dry weather window for a trip to Sauvie Island despite the cold in my head and a rainy weekend. We had heard there are sandhill cranes and snow geese, though many of the trails are closed for hunters. We saw and heard a few cranes off of Reeder Road, but a gunshot chased them away before we could get a good look.

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From near the bird blind on Reeder Road

We saw another crane in a wet field on Sauvie island Road. We decided to walk the Wapato Greenway loop trail down to Multnomah Channel.

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Virginia Lakes

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Dock, Multnomah Channel

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The highlight was a white egret in Virginia Lakes.

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The egret is the tiny white speck in the foliage at left of center

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Closer view of white egret in red foliage

We also saw Canada geese, smaller birds, a few hawks, lots of interesting foliage, clouds and reflections.

This was a new walk for us, but I am sure we will be back. 2.5 miles

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Since I didn’t get a any pictures of the Sand Hill Cranes at Sauvie Island, I am posting this photo from last March near Burns, Oregon.

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Sand Hill Crane near Burns, Oregon, March 2017

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