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The Expedition continues up the Columbia River reaching the islands below present Longview, Washington. The hunters bring in bald and golden eagles for Lewis to examine. He also adds 3 plants to the herbarium.

we continued our rout after dinner untill late in the evening and encamped on the next island above fanny's Island.

Meriwether Lewis

Dibblee Island

Large bottom on the left and an island in the middle of the river

our men who have been accustomed to the use of this article Tobaco appear to suffer much for the want of it.
they substitute the bark of the wild crab which they chew; it is very bitter

Meriwether Lewis

Bearberry (kinnikinnick), Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Small green leaves in a small tin with a red clay pipe

I had now an oportunity of comparing the bald with the grey Eagle; I found that the greay Eagle was about 1/4 larger, it's legs and feet were dark while those of the bald Eagle wer of a fine orrange yellow;

Meriwether Lewis

Bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus | Golden eagle, Aquila chrysaetos

Bald eagle with bright yellow tallons next to Golden eagle with darker talons

Bald eagle photo ©2004 Peter Wallack. Permission via the Creative Commons ShareAlike License.
Golden eagle photo ©2004 J. Glover, Atlanta, GA. Permission via the Creative Commons 2.0 License.

the iris of the eye is also of a dark yellowish brown while that of the other [Bald eagle] is of a bright silvery colour with a slight admixture of yellow.

Meriwether Lewis

Golden eagle, Aquila chrysaetos

Closeup of Golden eagle head

Photo ©2007 by Rocky. Permission via the Creative Commons 2.0 License.

near the river towards the upper point we saw a fine grove of whiteoak trees

Meriwether Lewis

Oregon white oak, Quercus garryana

Medium-sized tangle of a tree in early spring before the leaves are on

Photo ©2006 Walter Sigmund. Used with permission of the GNU Free Documentation License.

As we passed along, I saw a great many flowers full blown of different colours; and grass and other herbage growing fast: I saw nettles two feet high of this spring's growth.

Patrick Gass

Stinging nettle, Urtica dioica

Close up of the top of a young stinging nettle plant

Photo ©2004 Júlio Reis. Permission via the Creative Commons ShareAlike License.

Black alder of the Pacific Ocean, grows to a large Size

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Red alder, Alnus rubra

Catkins on a young Red alder

On the Columbia in moist ground. March 26 1806

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Littleleaf montia, Claytonia parviflora

Low plant with with a small white flower

Photo ©2008 Stan Shebs. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.

A Sort of white Oak Columbia. March 26th 1806.

Meriwether Lewis

Oregon oak, Quercus garryana

Spring acorns on a budding Oregon White Oak tree