[Tweeters] Ridgefield NWR: SANDHILL CRANES and BARN OWL
willclemons at yahoo.com
Sun Sep 14 15:29:58 PDT 2008
My Mom (Olive), her friend Eileen, and 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/ ).
We were there from about 7a until 2p.
SANDHILL CRANES are back and we saw about a dozen and heard more.
GREEN HERON: One was still hanging around the first water after the entrance gate to the Kiwa Trail.
BARN OWL: Pure luck on this beauty, as we were in the Oregon Ash woodland after the Kiwa Trail parking lot. We had stopped and got out of the car so Mom could see some Raccoons (adult + 3 kits) on the far bank of the water control canal. While we were watching them, a large bird switched limbs. At first I thought it a hawk when it lit anew, as was in mixed light and shade. When we got binocular views you could clearly see it was a BARN OWL that had changed to a better napping perch. It looked briefly at us and then returned to dozing.
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