[Tweeters] Ridgefield NWR: White Pelicans and Bonaparte's Gulls
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Sun Jun 14 08:42:29 PDT 2009
Carol Ledford, 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/ ).
I was there from about 8:15Am until around 3:30PM.
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN: Two were on Rest Lake all day Saturday. These have been there for a couple of days. The original group of 23 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS reported by Jim Danzenbaker on June 5, have moved on.
MOSQUITOS: Be warned and perhaps take protection! These little girls are forming blood sucking gangs, and are looking to get up close and way too personal.
BLUE-WINGED TEAL: We saw at least 8 drakes and a few hens, you just need to keep an eye out as they are not usually out in the middle of ponds, rather at the edges, and on narrow waterways.
BONAPARTE'S GULL: Four were on Rest Lake Saturday (none in breeding plumage). BONAPARTE'S GULLS have been there for more than a week now.
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD: Still being seen at S Quigley Lake, but babies are almost fledged, so parents are ranging wider. They are also being seen more at Long Lake now.
BULLOCK'S ORIOLE: The nesting pair still feeding young between R/R tracks and the entrance bridge about 30 feet above the center of the road, and 8 feet or so after the bridge railing begins. We watched both parents bring food to the nest. There is also a pair near the entrance to the Kiwa Trail in the trees behind the trail map billboard.
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Complete list of 64 species seen / heard:
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
Great Blue Heron
Wood Duck (some seen w/babies)
Northern Shoveler (only a few seen)
REDHEAD (only 1 seen)
Ring-necked Duck (only 2 seen)
Ruddy Duck (2 drakes, 1 hen on S Quigley)
Virginia Rail (heard only)
Sora (heard only)
Red-breasted Sapsucker (still feeding young at nest near R/R)
Common Raven (1 seen being chased near The Blind)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (heard only - entrance canyon)
Marsh Wren (heard only) (very low numbers this season)
YELLOW WARBLER (at least 3 seen/heard on Kiwa)
Wilson's Warbler (entrance canyon)
BULLOCK'S ORIOLE (still feeding young between R/R and bridge)
Species seen by others but not by me:
American Kestrel by Linda Forsgren
Great Horned Owl by Brad Manchas
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