[Tweeters] Ridgefield NWR: A nice and pretty day at the wetlands

Bill Clemons willclemons at yahoo.com
Thu May 22 18:02:16 PDT 2008

My dear 'ol Mother (Olive) and I birded the River "S" Unit at Ridgefield NWR today from about 7:30am to 2:30pm. (~4mi W of I-5 at Exit 14 in SW Washington; http://www.fws.gov/ridgefieldrefuges/ ).


For those 92 year old eyes of Olive, the best birds of the day were a close up binocular views of a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and the YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS.

For me, the best of the day was seeing 3 different YELLOW WARBLERS. All were in their prime Red Pinstriped Yellow suits, and all were close (20 feet or less) and as patient as Warblers can be.

Also the morning stop near the R/R tracks was again quite full of color and song:
BULLOCK'S ORIOLE: at least 4 males, 2 females (1 male on the bridge rail)
WESTERN TANAGER: a male and a female together with a tad of air dancing
BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK: moving around and singing everywhere
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER: busy at a nest tree

Bill Clemons
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Complete list of 60 species seen / heard:

Pied-billed Grebe
American Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Wood Duck
American Wigeon (one pair)
Mallard (some going into eclipse)
Cinnamon Teal (lots and plenty everywhere)
Northern Shoveler (a few pair)
NORTHERN PINTAIL (one pair, on Swartz Lake)
REDHEAD (one pair, canal adjacent to S Quigley Lake)
Ring-necked Duck
Bufflehead (only one female seen)
Ruddy Duck
Osprey (flying over Kiwa Trail entrance)
Bald Eagle (5 seen, 1 flying home with a duck dinner)
Northern Harrier (only one seen)
Red-tailed Hawk (only one seen)
American Kestrel
Virginia Rail (heard several)
Sora (heard several)
American Coot
Wilson's Snipe
Mourning Dove
Vaux's Swift
BELTED KINGFISHER (a pair flying over R/R tracks and Lake River)
Red-breasted Sapsucker (at nest)
Downy Woodpecker (drumming on two trees near Kiwa Trail entrance)
Northern Flicker
WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE (heard and seen near The Blind)
WILLOW FLYCATCHER (2 heard - water control canal after Hunters Gate)
Pacific-slope Flycatcher (1 heard in entrance canyon)
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
House Wren
Marsh Wren
SWAINSON'S THRUSH (heard a few times in Oregon Ash on the Kiwa Trail )
American Robin
European Starling
YELLOW WARBLER (3 excellent views)
Common Yellowthroat (several seen)
Wilson's Warbler (a few seen/heard)
WESTERN TANAGER (1 pair in conifer near R/R tracks)
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Yellow-headed Blackbird (a dozen; S Quigley Lake and near The Blind)
BULLOCK'S ORIOLE (may be useing in same nest as 2007)
American Goldfinch

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