Sunday, February 22, 2015
Visit to Oak Botton Wildlife Refuge
We spent the day visiting Jeanette's son Sean in Portland. After a hardy breakfast we went for a hike on Powell Butte. Clear skies gave us fantastic views of snow covered Mt Saint Helens, Mt Adams and Mt Hood, but harsh winds blowing down the Columbia Gorge caused us to only make a short circle of the top. After warming up in the car and consulting we decided to seek out Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge hoping for some relief from the wind due to its protected location on the Willamette River. We took the Bluff Trail out and back for a three mile trip. This was a first visit for all of us, and although we had a short bird list, we enjoyed the warm sunny afternoon out the wind. A male Wood Duck won the photo of the day contest.