Armitage County Park, where we stayed for a few nights while in the Eugene Area, is situated on the bank of the McKenzie River. The park has a nice paved path along the river. The path leads you away from the main section of the park and goes under Coburg Road, a railroad bridge (the Armitage Bridge), and the Interstate 5.
On a drippy day of late April, David and I took a walk in the park through this day-use area. The river was full and flew fast. The path along the the river was filled with green plants and mossy rocks. This past winter Oregon had seen plenty of precipitation. The park was full of wonderful flowers.
On the other side of the Interstate 5, we came to another picnic area. There were several big trees. One maple tree stood out. It had a very large branch protruding from its main trunk. It was quite amazing to see how the tree supporting such a heavy branch without being toppled by its weight.
A near-by picnic area showed signs of being under-utilized. A group picnic area didn’t look like it had been used in a while. However, it’s difficult to say with confidence as Oregon’s wet winter has a way of taking over the outdoor.
Spring was in bloom. The grassy areas were all filled with little daisies. Some had shooting stars blooming. It was simply an enjoyable walk.
Next to the picnic area there was a down tree that had been recently sawn. There must have been a recent storm that took it down. When we were here last September, the tree was still standing.
Now for the bird mentioned in the title. On our walk back to the campsite, we made a detour up the Armitage Bridge. David looked up the bridge trusses and noted about what appeared to be an iron Art Deco bird and something growing on the top. I was busy snapping pictures of the bridge and the iron bird.
Then the bird started moving. That was when we realized that our iron bird was a real bird, probably an eagle, and that something growing on the top was its nest. I only had an iPhone with me, so I wasn’t able to get a better close-up of the eagle.
Some history of the Armitage Bridge. Built in 1887 as a railroad bridge over the John Day River in north central Oregon, the John Day Bridge became obsolete by 1907 and was relocated to replace an old wooden structure of a bridge in Coburg. The bridge was subsequently named the Armitage Bridge. You can read more about the bridge here.