[Tweeters] Ridgefield NWR - cloudy & quiet - but pleasant

Will Clemons willclemons at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 15 20:23:50 PDT 2009

Saturday, my mother (Olive) and I birded Ridgefield NWR (~4mi W of I-5 at Exit 14 in SW Washington; http://www.fws.gov/ridgefieldrefuges/ ). We birded the River "S" Unit from 8:45AM until about 3:15PM. Before that, I birded the entrance canyon and R/R area from 7:15AM.

It was a very quiet morning and a fairly quiet day in total. Weather was cool with a full cloud cover.

Nothing real unusual was seen, but it was a very pleasant day to be outside, especially considering the heat that is coming midweek.

Will Clemons
SW of Portland
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Complete list of 55 species seen / heard:

American Bittern (Horse Lake, and South Big Lake)
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron (very active juvenile on Long Lake)
Turkey Vulture
Wood Duck (4 seen at Kiwa entrance canal)
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk (juvenile seen from Kiwa parking area)
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
American Coot
Western Sandpiper (seen on Rest Lake)
Least Sandpiper (seen on Rest Lake)
Long-billed Dowitcher (seen on Rest Lake)
Wilson's Snipe
Bonaparte's Gull (seen on Rest Lake)
Mourning Dove
Vaux's Swift
Belted Kingfisher (Long Lake and Kiwa Trail)
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker (entrance canyon)
Western Wood-Pewee
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Purple Martin (Kiwa Trail)
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch (entrance canyon)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Winter Wren (entrance canyon)
Swainson's Thrush (entrance canyon)
American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Common Yellowthroat
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch

Seen by others but not by me:

Greater Yellowlegs (seen on Rest Lake)

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