Portland Audubon & Tualatin River NWR

The lush forest at the Audubon Society of Portland
We spent Saturday afternoon of our recent visit to Portland (Oregon) to do some local birding.

The Audubon Society of Portland has a wonderful visitor center, with back porch feeders attracting Anna's Hummingbirds and Chestnut-backed Chickadees, new to our Life List. Black-headed Grosbeaks, Fox Sparrows and appropriately, "Oregon" Juncos also fed there.

Anna's Hummingbird
Injured American Kestrels at the Wildlife Care Center

A pair of Kestrels greeted us at the entrance to the Wildlife Care Center.

Then we sampled the Center's trail system and thoroughly enjoyed a peaceful walk on the soft pine-covered forest floor under the canopy of magnificent Douglas Firs.

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Black-headed Grosbeak

Nearby Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge was our next stop, although we were too late for the migratory waders as the ponds were mostly dry.

We did enjoy seeing Black-headed Grosbeaks in a natural setting. On the way out, we saw a beaver and a coypu (aka nutria or river rat) in a culvert.

Our evening ended watching a fantastic movie -- "The King's Speech" -- with Mike's family, followed by board games and billiards.

Coypu (aka Nutria or River Rat) 

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