29 January 2011

Of Swans and Geese

Not too far from the northern end of the beautiful King's Valley Highway is the incredible Baskett-Slough NWR (National Wildlife Refuge) which none of us had seen before either! We arrived there when the lighting was wonderful (much better then these photos indicate) around dusk (they say early AM and around dusk/sunset are the best times to visit). BTW--this refuge isn't too far from the town of Dallas, a town I first visited in early summer of 2010,
so it isn't far out in the country--but it seems like it is.
Some of the surrounding terrain.

Our first sighting of birds--
hard to see I know
next time at a NWR I will definitely use my zoom lens:(
These are swans;
I have a thing about swans--
maybe it was the Ugly Duckling story of my childhood,
but I LOVE swans so it was quite exciting to see these!
Another view--
we were at the kiosk/visitor area off the highway
but there is a road that goes through the wetlands
and there is at least one trail open in the wintertime
(be forewarned---you cannot just go anywhere in the refuge in winter;
this is to allow the geese and swans a chance to rest
before they migrate northwards in the springtime).
Geese---I am thinking these might be the Dusky Canadian Geese
they were talking about but am not sure. I need to look at the guide again.

Another photo of the geese we saw--there were loads of them!
Hoped you enjoyed our little visit to the NWR:)


Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Aimee, beautiful. Those Canadian geese look just like the ones that like to visit the duck pond at H&D :) :) I wonder if those are some of the same birds ? :) :) :) Isn't Oregon beautiful? I need to get out some more!! Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

aimee said...

TY Heather--I am glad you could see them:) I'm not sure--they say the Duskies overwinter in the Willamette Valley unlike other Canadian geese, but I am not sure if these were the Duskies or not!

I LOVE the pond you are talking about--I got a special tour of that area and I loved it!

And you are so right--Oregon (and Washington) are really beautiful!


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