[Tweeters] Ridgefield NWR: W PELICANS, Y-B CHAT, W PHALAROPE

Will Clemons willclemons at yahoo.com
Sat Jun 6 20:30:07 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 about 9:15AM until 3:45PM.

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN: Twenty-three were seen flying and huddled on Rest Lake. They were there all day.

WILSON'S PHALAROPE: Scoped from the Kiwa Trail, looking N to the pond near the Hunters road. I saw her flying, or would have missed her.

YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT: I only heard the YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, even though I tried to locate it for about 15 minutes while it continued to sing. It was still singing when I gave up and moved on. It was in the trees/shrubs on the dike that separates the Auto Tour Route from The Roth Unit, and about 50 yards S of the Roth Gate.

Will Clemons
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Complete list of 69 species seen / heard:

Pied-billed Grebe
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN (23 seen on Rest Lake & flying over)
American Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
BLUE-WINGED TEAL (at least 6 drakes seen)
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Ruddy Duck (2 pair seen on S Quigley)
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Virginia Rail (seen on Kiwa Trail)
Sora (seen on Kiwa Trail)
American Coot
Wilson's Snipe
WILSON'S PHALAROPE (scoped N from Kiwa Trail)
BONAPARTE'S GULL (3 seen on Rest Lake - basic plumage)
Mourning Dove
Vaux's Swift
Red-breasted Sapsucker (near R/R tracks)
HAIRY WOODPECKER (fem, seen in entrance canyon)
Northern Flicker
Western Wood-Pewee
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher (entrance canyon)
Steller's Jay (entrance canyon)
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee (entrance canyon)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (heard - entrance canyon)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
House Wren
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Warbler (several seen/heard on Kiwa Trail)
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler (entrance canyon)
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT (heard only - see highlights)
Spotted Towhee (entrance canyon)
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
BULLOCK'S ORIOLE (near R/R tracks & on Kiwa Trail)
House Finch
American Goldfinch

Seen by others but not by me:

Great Horned Owl

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