[Tweeters] Ridgefield NWR: White Pelicans and Bonaparte's Gulls ramain

Will Clemons willclemons at yahoo.com
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.

Will Clemons
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Complete list of 64 species seen / heard:

Pied-billed Grebe
American Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Canada Goose
Wood Duck (some seen w/babies)
American Wigeon
Cinnamon Teal
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)
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Virginia Rail (heard only)
Sora (heard only)
American Coot
Wilson's Snipe
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Vaux's Swift
Red-breasted Sapsucker (still feeding young at nest near R/R)
Northern Flicker
Western Wood-Pewee
Willow Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Common Raven (1 seen being chased near The Blind)
Tree Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch (heard only - entrance canyon)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
House Wren
Marsh Wren (heard only) (very low numbers this season)
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
YELLOW WARBLER (at least 3 seen/heard on Kiwa)
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler (entrance canyon)
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
BULLOCK'S ORIOLE (still feeding young between R/R and bridge)
House Finch
American Goldfinch

Species seen by others but not by me:

American Kestrel by Linda Forsgren
Great Horned Owl by Brad Manchas

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