[Tweeters] Ridgefield NWR: COMMON GOLDENEYE, etc
willclemons at yahoo.com
Mon Jan 5 16:45:38 PST 2009
In addition to participating in the weekly Goose Survey at Ridgefield NWR, Scott Carpenter 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/ ).
COMMON GOLDENEYE: Scott Carpenter found, and pointed out, two COMMON GOLDENEYE on South Quigley Lake. They were in the open when we first saw them, but were soon headed into the shelter of the Cattails. Keep an eye out as they could show up anywhere there.
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK: This juvenile female, was first seen atop Teasel along the east side road, several hundred yards S of the Entrance Booth. I watched her perched a few times on Teasel, once on a sign post, once atop a nest box, and also on the long bramble line W & S of the Entrance Booth. I also watched her fly and miss a couple of rodents, after which she tried to run after rodents in the snow/grass. In six or eight attempts, I never saw her succeed.
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Complete list of 43 species seen / heard:
Great Blue Heron
Hooded Merganser (various locations, about 30 seen in all)
COMMON MERGANSER (a dozen or more on Rest Lake)
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK (east side toward the end of the loop)
DARK MORPH RED-TAILED HAWK
Great Horned Owl
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