[Tweeters] Ridgefield NWR niceties + (Last weekend to be out of
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Sat Sep 27 17:28:04 PDT 2008
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/ ).
A lot of folks were out enjoying the Refuge today, and for good reason. This is the Last weekend to be out of your car at RNWR. September 30 is the actual last day. From October 1 through April 30 the Kiwa Trail is closed, and folks must remain in their vehicle except at the Entrance Station and at The Blind.
TURKEY VULTURE: A couple kettles totaling about 110 TURKEY VULTURES were seen today moving S. Several birders saw the first 50 or so from the Parking lot at The Blind before we walked out to The Blind. Some of us missed the second kettle of 60 or so that was seen by Diane (last name?) as she returned to the parking area.
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: I saw one lone GWF Goose flying NE about a half mile after the Hunters Gate.
YELLOWLEGS: Both GREATER & LESSER were seen today on Rest Lake. Occasionally they were right next to each other making for nice comparisons.
REST LAKE WATER LEVEL: The water has finally been lowered such that Rest Lake was loaded with Dozens of Yellowlegs and over a hundred Long Billed Dowitchers.
PEREGRINE FALCON: This fellow made a very fast run N to S along the E shoreline of Rest Lake. The PEREGRINE scared up nearly all the Shorebirds under its flight path, and while it zigged and zagged after some fleeing Dowitchers, we never saw it succeed, and it did not turn and return for a second sortie.
SANDHILL CRANE: Good views an sounds now and then through the day, which is always a treat.
VARIED THRUSH: I heard several (maybe 5) today in the entrance canyon and also from the woodland between the Hunters Gate and The Blind. Nice to hear them again. Another nice sign of Autumn.
Birders loosely forming a group today from time to time with several vehicles were:
Diane (last name?)
Species seen by one or more of the above, but not seen by me were:
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Complete list of 53 species seen / heard by me:
Great Blue Heron
Greater White-fronted Goose
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER
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