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Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Spring Bird Migration

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Spring is for the Birds

Experience the Spring Bird Migration in Tualatin Valley

Spring bird migration season brings a lovely song to Tualatin Valley, when songbirds bring their unique tunes and calls during their seasonal visit to the area.

Located in northwestern Oregon, Tualatin Valley is smack-dab on the Pacific Flyway, which runs from the Arctic tundra to South American wetlands. Each year, millions of birds migrate along this flyway, bringing many species of birds to the valley during spring months as they return north from their long winter vacations.

These migrating bird species can be found at wetlands, preserves and nature parks throughout Tualatin Valley, and birdwatchers can check of their bird “life list.”

The best time to view wildlife is during the most active times for the birds and animals: dawn and dusk.

During the spring migration, avid birders may find common, as well as rare, species of birds hanging out in our valley. Pied-billed Grebe, Great Egret, Eurasian Wigeon, Red-breasted Sapsuckers and many species of songbirds are among some of the birds you may be able to encounter here.

Sightings are not limited to the winged variety. Mammals that live in Tualatin Valley include beaver, Snowshoe hares, shrews, red and grey foxes, mink, coyote, black-tailed deer, and porcupine. Additionally, 27 species of reptiles and amphibians–including varieties of salamander, bullfrogs, turtles, lizards and snakes–may also be spotted around the region’s natural spaces.

Download these bird checklists to keep track of the many species you may encounter while visiting: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge’s “Watchable Wildlife” (PDF) and Jackson Bottom Wetland’s “Bird Species Checklist” (PDF).

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