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High Water Brings Ducks

High Water Brings Ducks

Last week, the Willamette River below our house was as high as it’s been all year.  The area in the photo above was the end of a hiking trail down to the beach, but now the water, Canada Geese, and Mallards have taken over. New logs have floated into the area where the trail ends and the beach begins. Mallards can use the logs right now for preening.  When the water recedes the logs will settle down and be left…

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When the World Gives You Rain, Build a Rain Garden!

When the World Gives You Rain, Build a Rain Garden!

Even for our usually rain-soaked area, it has been raining A LOT over the past month or two.  A LOT.  So last weekend I suddenly got motivated to build this Rain Garden.  What is it?  This web page from Oregon State has a lot of good information and a link to a great handbook.  The Rain Garden collects water from my roof downspouts and over a few hours the water soaks into the ground.  I planted all native plants, including…

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Ducks on the Pond

Ducks on the Pond

Our family went hiking last week in Mary S. Young State Park along an inlet of the Willamette River.  There was a group of ducks swimming around.  This duck’s black eye-stripe and orange and black beak were both obvious clues that it is a female Mallard.  Male Mallards have bright green heads with light-colored bodies- the same ones that we see at parks all over the U.S. A few feet away was this duck.  It looks like a female Mallard,…

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