[Tweeters] Ridgefield NWR: EARED GREBE and other niceties
willclemons at yahoo.com
Sat May 31 21:36:01 PDT 2008
I birded the River "S" Unit at Ridgefield NWR (~4mi W of I-5 at Exit 14 in SW Washington; http://www.fws.gov/ridgefieldrefuges/ ). I arrived there about 6:45a. Carol Ledford joined me about 9am and we birded together until about 7:30p.
EARED GREBE: This beautiful breeding plumage little critter gets Bird of the Day honors, as it was directly in front of The Blind and only about 80 yards out.
VIRGINIA RAIL: One seen at The Blind. On the Kiwa Trail, walking clockwise, we saw at least 3 adults and about 5 black chicks on the left side of the first bridge. Each adult we saw, was accompanied by a chick that stayed very close and would flap its stubby wings and beg for food each time the parent found something. Busy parents! At the hairpin turn after the far boardwalk, we saw another parent and 2 little black chicks.
BULLOCK'S ORIOLE: Several seen on the day, including a Brilliant male that landed on the bridge rail as I crossed it around 8am. It was literally 4 feet directly off my driver's window. We sat there for about 30 seconds just looking at each other. Good morning Mr. Bullock's ORIOLE! The female BULLOCK'S ORIOLE is still in her nest, which is hanging about 25-30 feet above the road before the bridge.
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Complete list of 70 species seen / heard:
Great Blue Heron
BLUE-WINGED TEAL (2 drakes seen)
Cinnamon Teal (lots and plenty)
Northern Shoveler (a few)
NORTHERN PINTAIL (1 on Rest Lake)
REDHEAD (4 pair seen on the day)
Bufflehead (5 hens on Rest Lake)
Ruddy Duck (a lot of courtship display going on today on Rest Lake)
VIRGINIA RAIL (heard and seen)
Sora (heard several)
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (3 seen near R/R area)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch (heard only – entrance canyon)
SWAINSON'S THRUSH (seen and heard)
YELLOW WARBLER (lots heard, 1 seen very well on Kiwa)
WESTERN TANAGER (heard and seen, entrance canyon and R/R area)
Black-headed Grosbeak (lots)
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD (excellent views at S Quigley Lake)
BULLOCK'S ORIOLE (about a half dozen seen)
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