Wink Gross and Andy Frank lead a tour of birding hotspots among Multnomah County’s many "pockets" of habitat that attract migrants and residents. Begin at Vanport Wetlands, 60 acres of open wetland with hummocks, then catch the migrant fallout at Mt. Tabor, a volcanic butte, which is one of the best places in the Portland area to view large flocks of mixed warblers, vireos, and flycatchers during spring migration. Seek high elevation forest birds such as pygmy-owl and solitaire in Larch Mountain’s mature conifer forest and shrubby habitats; travel all the way to Eagle Creek for dipper, goldeneye, and possibly Harlequin Ducks, then, finish up at Sauvie Island. Expect 95 to 110 species. The trip involves many stops with some fast-paced walking. A minimum of $50 in pledges is requested.
Trip Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Meeting Time: 5:45 a.m. Estimated Return Time: 7 p.m.
Trip Rating and Physical Activity: Moderate: We stop to study unusual species, but move at a quicker pace to identify as many species as possible.
Walking Distance: 5 miles; Trip Duration: 11 hrs, 15 min; Greatest Elevation Gain: 200 ft.; Sun Exposure: 40%; Walking and Trail Conditions: Strenuous: Extensive walking, moderately steep gradient. 150 to 750 ft. elevation change. Appropriate for participants in good physical condition with strong hiking skills. Trails may be rough or nonexistent in places.
Maximum Number of Participants: 10
Your Leader Biography:
About your Leader, Wink Gross:
Wink is a retired electrical engineer who spends his time birding, reading, and playing piano. He leads Morning Birdsong Walks and may be best known for his long history of daily Pittock Mansion “Dogwalks". In addition to leading Mult Madness, he is also member of the Wild Turkeys “Gonzo” Birdathon Team.
About your Leader, Andy Frank:
Andy is a retired physician and has been actively birding Multnomah County for the past 15 years and now does most of his local birding without the benefit of motorized transportation and relies heavily on his bicycle. He also is a member of the Wild Turkeys "Gonzo" Birdathon Team.