We are always on the look out for new locations to walk and watch birds. Yesterday morning we went exploring to check out Grand Island Access, It's a part of the Willamette River Greenway, a concept born in the late 60's and administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. This particular parcel, which incidentally we just learned contains the states largest continual Black Cottonwood forest, is located along Lambert Slough on Grand Island just north of the Weatland Ferry. Primarily a canoe and kayak access point at river mile 70, it has the amenities of a port-potty, a picnic table, a couple of fire pits, and large flat areas that would work for camping. We were more interested in the informal trails that wander through the cottonwood forest to different access points to Lambert Slough. It was a cold quiet morning for birds, but will be worthy of future trips in spring and summer.
A tiny Golden-crowned Kinglet bathes in a mud puddle.