For the next Hot Spot to bird I selected the Luckiamute LandingState Natural Area. It’s a favorite of ours but I haven’t been here this month yet. It’s a large park that always promises a good number of birds, and we were not disappointed, we were able to identify 26 different species, everything from tiny Juncos to large Bald Eagles. We took the long trail down to the Willamette Water Trail access site, which is just across the river from where the Santiam River joins the Willamette. One of the first birds we spotted warming up in the morning sun was a Turkey Vulture. We also saw a good number of Downey Woodpeckers like the male in the bottom photo.