There were five of us on this Saturday birding trip to Sauvie Island.  No rain, mostly overcast, no wind, great light for binocs and camera alike. There were multitudes of birds, few birders.  I marvel that so many people live within an hour’s drive of Sauvie, yet few bother to experience the island when the crane numbers are at a peak. More astonishing still, we chatted with a long-time local homeowner on her bike—she admitted she’d hardly noticed the cranes and didn’t know anything about them. (To see full size image click on chosen one.  White dots above cranes among Cacklers) 



Later we encountered a couple photographing geese and cranes (see birds above)—which they proudly identified as “herons.”  Speaking of which we saw some actual Great Blues all snoozing in a line near the edge of a large crane flock in a pasture.  Did the herons feel…

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