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Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Birds -- Blind Slough, Knappa Slough, Saspal Slough"
Includes ... Blind Slough ... Saspal Slough ... Western Grebe ... Red-throated Loon ... Arctic Loon ... Glaucous-winged Gull ... Double-crested Cormorant ...
Image, 2008, Blind Slough, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Western Grebe, Blind Slough, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.


Blind Slough ...
The concrete bridge across Blind Slough, Oregon -- which winds itself along the floodplain on the south side of the Columbia River -- is a great place to photograph diving birds such as the Western Grebe, Red-throated Loon, and Double-crested Cormorant. In February 2008 two Glaucous Gull's were spotted. For two months during the winter of 2007-2008 an Arctic Loon hung out. Apparently the fishing was good.

Knappa Slough ...
The Public Dock at Knappa Slough, Oregon is a great place to photograph birds such as the Greater Scaup and Horned Grebe.

Saspal Slough ...
Saspal Slough is also on the floodplain, located north of Blind Slough. The community of Brownsmead is located on its northeast end. On a photo trip in January 2008 Loons and Grebes were spotted here, with only a mature Red-throated Loon photographed.


Birds

  • Arctic Loon ...
  • Double-crested Cormorant ...
  • Glaucous-winged Gull ...
  • Greater Scaup ...
  • Horned Grebe ...
  • Red-throated Loon ...
  • Western Grebe ...


Arctic Loon ...

Image, 2008, Blind Slough, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Arctic Loon, Blind Slough, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.

An Arctic Loon, rather rare, hung out for a while on Blind Slough during the winter of 2007-2008. The fishing was good.
Image, 2008, Blind Slough, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Arctic Loon, Blind Slough, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.


Double-crested Cormorant ...

Image, 2008, Blind Slough, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Double-crested Cormorant, Blind Slough, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.
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Double-crested Cormorant, Blind Slough, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.
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Taking Off, Double-crested Cormorant, Blind Slough, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.
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Airborne, Double-crested Cormorant, Blind Slough, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.


Glaucous-winged Gull ...

Image, 2008, Blind Slough, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Glaucous-winged Gull, adult, Blind Slough, Oregon. Image taken February 17, 2008.
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Glaucous-winged Gull, adult, Blind Slough, Oregon. Image taken February 17, 2008.


Greater Scaup ...

Image, 2008, Knappa Slough, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Greater Scaup, Knappa Slough, Oregon. Image enlarged 150%. Image taken February 17, 2008.
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Greater Scaup, Knappa Slough, Oregon. Image enlarged 150%. Image taken February 17, 2008.


Horned Grebe ...

Image, 2008, Knappa Slough, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Horned Grebe, Knappa Slough, Oregon. Image taken February 17, 2008.
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Horned Grebe, Knappa Slough, Oregon. Image taken February 17, 2008.


Red-throated Loon ...

Image, 2008, Blind Slough, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Red-throated Loon, Blind Slough, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.
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Red-throated Loon, Blind Slough, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.
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Red-throated Loon, Blind Slough, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.
Image, 2008, Saspal Slough, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Red-throated Loon, adult winter plumage, Saspal Slough, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.
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Red-throated Loon, adult winter plumage, Saspal Slough, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.


Western Grebe ...

Image, 2008, Blind Slough, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Western Grebe, Blind Slough, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.
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Western Grebe, Blind Slough, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.
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Western Grebe, Blind Slough, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.
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Western Grebe, Blind Slough, Oregon. Image taken January 13, 2008.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 26, 1805, first draft ...
Cloudy and Some rain this morning at daylight wind blew from the E N. E, we Set out and proceeded on up on the North Side of this great river to a rock in the river from thence we Crossed to the lower point of an [blank] Island passed between 2 Islands to the main Shore, and proceeded down the South Side [Cathlamet Bay] passed 2 Inlets & halted below the 2d at a Indian village of 9 large houses [Knappa, Oregon] - those Indians live on an emenence behind a Island or a Channel of the river not more than 300 yds wide, they live on fish & Elk and Wapto roots, of which we bought a few at a high price they Call them Selves Cat-tar-bets description



We proceeded on about 8 miles and Encamped in a deep bend to the South [location of today's Twilight Eagle Sanctuary], we had not been Encamped long ere 3 Indians Came in a Canoe to trade the Wapto roots - we had rain all the day all wet and disagreeable a bad place to Camp all around this great bend is high land thickly timbered brushey & almost impossible to penetrate we Saw on an Island below the village a place of deposit for the dead in Canoes-

Great numbers of Swan Geese Brant Ducks & Gulls in this great bend which is Crouded with low Islands covered with weeds grass &c. and overflowed every flood tide [today the Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge] The people of the last village is-[blank] ...     We are now decending to see if a favourable place should offer on the So Side to winter &c.

from a high Point opsd. a high Isd down the South Side is S. 30 W 6 mls to a point of low land opsd. upr. pt of Isd. passed lowr. pt. 1st Isd. marshey. at the upr. pt. of 2 low Isd. opsd. each other at 4 miles



S. 12 E 2 miles
to an Indn. Cat-tar-bet vilg of 9 houses [Knappa, Oregon] passed an inlet 300 yds wide on Std at 1/2 a mile

S. 60 W 1 mile
to high land on the South

S. 70 W 1 do.
to a South point Low land a low Isd. opsd. pass the former

S. 50 W. 6 miles
to a high point S.

South 2 miles to a bend Camped

N. 70 W. 6 miles
to a point No. 1 a deep bend to the left

S. 50 W 8 miles
to Point No. 2 passing a deep bend to the South

S. 50 W 1 1/2 miles S. 40 W 1 1/2 miles
to Pt in Bay

The bay turns to the N of East & recves 2 other small Brooks





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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Website, 2003

Sources:   See Blind Slough page for information.

All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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