This morning, Marilynn Burke led a group of enthusiastic birders through two sites in upper Crystal Springs Creek. Twenty-some members of Portland Audubon’s “Magpies” contingent (“start a little later, go a little slower, try to keep a restroom in sight”) enjoyed a gorgeous day with gorgeous fall colors at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden and Reed College Canyon.
right: Audubon Magpie members at Reed Lake.
It wasn’t an especially “birdy” day, but there were moments. The bird of the walk was a Merlin, perched overlooking Crystal Springs Lake. And no matter what they say, a day with a Hooded Merganser in it is never a total loss.
Zac also solicited feedback from birders visiting the Canyon. He hopes to augment the existing bird list on the Canyon website (view at http://www.reed.edu/canyon/natu/animals/index.html#birds ), and would welcome posts from regular (and irregular) visitors birding the site. His email address is listed on the Canyon website.