My parents live along the Columbia River in Cathlamet, WA. Their view from their home is beautiful and less than 10 miles down the road is the Columbian White-Tailed Deer National Wildlife Refuge. Every visit I am able, I drive through this refuge at least once. Evenings or morning are best since there is more of a chance to see deer. I discovered last year that elk go to the refuge, to actually find refuge, during hunting season. The most common sighting are great blue herons, and one drive threw 11 were spotted. I often take my niece and nephew with me since it is a great family activity and they enjoy counting the number of different animals we encounter.
A red tail hawk sits in a tree along a marsh area.
The red tail flies off, probably cause he got annoyed with me taking photos.
Three northern pintails swim along a marsh area of the refuge.
A group of northern shovelers looks for food. Shovelers have wider and longer beaks than a regular mallard. The females look similar otherwise, but the males are more unique.
Close ups of the winter vegetation along the waterways of the refuge.
An immature bald eagle flies from a tree. Look at those tallons!