Blue Fall Skies

We don’t get too many clear, sunny days this time of year.  I took advantage of one last week by hiking down to the river to see what the fallen leaves have revealed.  In this photo, the white “cloud” behind the trees is actually the top of Mt. Hood, Oregon’s tallest mountain.

A couple of weeks ago I posted about this heron rookery on Goat Island in the middle of the Willamette River.  Since then more leaves have fallen, revealing the full extent of the heron nests.  In the spring this area is filled with very loud heron families.

Nearby was this lone goose flying around in high circles.  I’m not sure exactly what kind of goose it is- it resembles a Greater White-fronted Goose, except it is missing a large white spot on its underside.  According to The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America, common domestic waterfowl take many forms and “interbreeding produces a bewildering variety of plumages and sizes…”  So, who knows?

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