[Tweeters] Ridgefield NWR Fall Returnees: Gr White-fronted Geese +
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Tue Sep 23 14:13:52 PDT 2008
Today from about 6:45a until about 12:45p, my Mom (Olive) 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/ ).
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: Only 2 were seen on Rest Lake, but it was nice to see them back on the ground.
SANDHILL CRANE: Another fall returning wonder, and always a pleasure to hear and also to see. I heard many more than I saw, but saw at least 50.
NOTE: Next Tuesday (Sep 30th) is the last day the Kiwa Trail is open for walking.
>From Oct 1 through April 30, You are not allowed out of your car at RNWR River S Unit except at the entrance booth area, and at The Blind area.
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Complete list of 49 species seen / heard:
EARED GREBE (2 winter plume on Rest Lake)
Great Blue Heron
GREEN HERON (near Kiwa Trail entrance)
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (near Hunters Gate)
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (2 on Rest Lake)
COOPER'S HAWK (2 soaring near entrance)
MERLIN (perched in tree near Hunters Gate)
SANDHILL CRANE (small & med flocks seen ~ 50 in all)
Greater Yellowlegs (plenty on Rest Lake)
Long-billed Dowitcher (a couple dozen on Rest Lake)
Great Horned Owl (in woodland after Kiwa parking lot)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (entrance canyon)
Winter Wren (entrance canyon)
Spotted Towhee (entrance canyon)
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