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Early morning finds a thick layer of mist over the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge with downtown Portland framed within it.

The Oaks Bottom refuge is a 140-acre flood plain wetland along the east bank of the Willamette River and is a birdwatcher's paradise.

Hawks, quail, pintails, mallards, coots, woodpeckers, kestrels and widgeons are often sighted, along with the official bird of the city of Portland, the great blue heron.

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