Cinnamon Teal in spring
Finding "wilderness" within a few hundred yards of a major highway is always a bit of a surprise, and of course, a pleasant one. This evening, as I was driving back to McMinnville from Portland, I pulled off Hwy. 99W at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge near Sherwood. I parked and started down a trail into the wetlands, and within about five minutes I was watching this pair of Cinnamon Teal in a small pond. The low sun angle at 7:00 p.m. made the rich colors of the male even richer, and the surrounding "music" of Red-winged Blackbirds, Orange-crowned Warblers and three species of Swallows made the moment perfect.