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Birding at the Barrier Dam on the Cowlitz River

Great Blue Heron, Barrier Dam, Cowlitz River

You don’t have to step one foot in the water or even bring your fishing rod to enjoy the Barrier Dam area of the Cowlitz River, where fishing is often an entertaining spectator sport. There is also a great variety of interesting birds to watch: Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, Belted Kingfishers, American Dippers, gulls and other LBJs (little brown jobs) ... Read More »

Readers’ Photos: Of Snowy Owls, Herons & Wood Ducks


Dawn McHugh visited Ocean Shores and the Nisqually area recently and has been kind enough to share her photos with us. I am ever so jealous of these shots!! The following photos are hers, and I have included the text of the email she sent along with them: “Kimberly: We went to Damon Point at Ocean Shores. We had to ... Read More »

Ridgefield NWR: a Heron & some Crazy Coots (Part III)


I’m fascinated by the odd-looking Great Blue Herons. I see them quite often while fishing at the Cowlitz River. They have a snorting call they use at takeoff or landing. They sound like flying pigs. I was thrilled when this heron (seemed to) drop out of the sky and land right in front of our car at the refuge. I ... Read More »

Ridgefield NWR: Views, People, Mammals & a Frog (Part I)


Monday afternoon my son Shane and I drove down to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (just southwest of Woodland, along the Columbia River) to take the 4.2-mile auto tour of the River ‘S’ Unit. It was our second visit to a local wildlife refuge in the last month (see Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge: the Birds (Part I) and Nisqually National ... Read More »

The Fish That Got Away on the Cowlitz

12:09 p.m.

My son and I headed out to the Cowlitz River to try our luck for a few hours before of fishing before I had to meet deadline for the Outdoors section. (Monday holidays push The Chronicle Outdoors deadline to Thursdays.) I figured I had plenty of time. On the Cowlitz by 6:30 a.m. and off by 9:00 a.m., that was ... Read More »

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