[Tweeters] Ridgefield NWR: GREEN HERON, YELLOWLEGS and other treats...

Will Clemons willclemons at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 21 16:24:36 PDT 2009

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/ ). We were there from 6:30AM until 12:30PM. We also birded some with Roger Windemuth.


It is always a treat to see these species side by side in the same scope view. Several LESSERS were on Rest Lake with at least three dozen GREATERS.

This lovely was on a dead tree fall in the water canal at the Kiwa Trail entrance. It was where Em Scattaregia and Adrian and Christopher Hinkle reported seeing one Saturday 7/19. I missed it on the way in, but saw it on the way out after a birder/photographer told me he had just photographed it. It was standing in the sun panting (or whatever you call it when herons are trying to shed heat).

Olive completed the Kiwa Trail again today (5th time this season), albeit slowly with her 4-wheeled walker. Not bad for an old gal 4 months shy of 94.

Will Clemons
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Complete list of 58 species seen / heard,
Plus 4 species seen / heard by others:

Pied-billed Grebe (w/babies on Bull Lake)
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret (2 seen on Rest Lake)
GREEN HERON (Kiwa entrance S side on downed tree in canal)
Turkey Vulture
Wood Duck (w/young)
Gadwall (w/young)
Mallard (w/young)
Cinnamon Teal (w/young)
Osprey (4 seen)
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
VIRGINIA RAIL (Kiwa Trail: 3 seen + 1 chick)
SORA (Kiwa Trail: 1 seen)
American Coot (w/babies and juveniles on Horse Lake)
GREATER YELLOWLEGS (close to 3 dozen on Rest Lake)
LESSER YELLOWLEGS (a few on Rest Lake)
Least Sandpiper (about 10 on Rest Lake)
Long-billed Dowitcher (about 18 on Rest Lake)
Wilson's Snipe (8 together on S Quigley Lake)
Gull (Species)
GREAT HORNED OWL (2 seen, 1 heard)
Vaux's Swift
Belted Kingfisher (seen from entrance bridge over Lake River)
Downy Woodpecker (heard only)
Northern Flicker (heard only)
Western Wood-Pewee
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher (heard - entrance canyon)
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Bushtit (small flock near entrance bridge)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (heard - entrance canyon)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper (heard - entrance canyon)
House Wren
Winter Wren (heard - entrance canyon)
Marsh Wren
Swainson's Thrush (singing well in several spots)
American Robin
European Starling
Yellow Warbler (at least 2 on Kiwa Trail)
Common Yellowthroat
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak (3 seen/heard near R/R tracks)
Red-winged Blackbird
Yellow-headed Blackbird (3 juveniles begging - did not see adults)
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch

The following were all seen by Roger Windemuth, but not by me:

American Bittern
American Kestrel
Purple Martin
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (entrance canyon)

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