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American Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, September 26, 2007.

The River "S" Unit of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge has a 4.2 mile auto tour route and 1.5 mile seasonal hiking trail. The auto tour is an excellent way to see the Refuge. A pair of binoculars is a must and a camera makes it even more fun !!!

The following are images captured of the American Bittern, arranged monthly. Not all Bittern images are shown here, more can be found throughout the Trip Logs. Also, link out to the "Trip Logs" to see more images of various birds, wildlife, and wildflowers taken each day.

 
January 25, 2008 ... January 25, 2008, Trip Log

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American Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 25, 2008.
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American Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 25, 2008.


January 26, 2009 ... January 26, 2009, Trip Log

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American Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 26, 2009.


January 28, 2010 ... January 28, 2010 Trip Log

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American Bittern. Weather gray and overcast. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 28, 2010.
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American Bittern. Weather gray and overcast. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 28, 2010.


... in the grasses ... January 28, 2010 Trip Log

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American Bittern. Weather gray and overcast. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 28, 2010.


February 3, 2012 ... February 3, 2012, Trip Log

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American Bittern. Late afternoon. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, February 3, 2012.


February 7, 2010 ... February 7, 2010, Trip Log

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American Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken February 7, 2010.
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American Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken February 7, 2010.
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American Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken February 7, 2010.
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American Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken February 7, 2010.


February 16, 2008 ... February 16, 2008, Trip Log

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Amercian Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, February 16, 2008.


... in grasses ... February 16, 2008, Trip Log

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Amercian Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, February 16, 2008.
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Amercian Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, February 16, 2008.
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Amercian Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, February 16, 2008.


February 18, 2008 ... February 18, 2008, Trip Log

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American Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, February 18, 2008.
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American Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, February 18, 2008.
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American Bittern, head (left) and with catch (right). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, February 18, 2008.


March 6, 2009 ... March 6, 2009, Trip Log

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March 8, 2008 ... March 8, 2008, Trip Log

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American Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 8, 2008.


March 18, 2012 ... March 18, 2012, Trip Log

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American Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 18, 2012.


March 28, 2011 ... March 28, 2011, Trip Log

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Double-crested Cormorant. Overcast and gray day. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 28, 2011.


... "the eyes" ... March 28, 2011, Trip Log

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"the eyes tell it all" ... American Bittern. Overcast and gray day. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 28, 2011.


April 12, 2008 ... April 12, 2008, Trip Log

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American Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 12, 2008.
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American Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 12, 2008.
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American Bittern ... feathers ... Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 12, 2008.


April 14, 2007 ... April 14, 2007, Trip Log

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American Bittern. Shore of Schwartz Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 14, 2007.
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American Bittern. Shore of Schwartz Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 14, 2007.


May 6, 2007 ... May 6, 2007, Trip Log

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American Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 6, 2007.


May 9, 2010 ... breeding plumage ... May 9, 2010, Trip Log

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American Bittern, male, breeding plumage. Morning, overcast and gray, some sun breaks. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 9, 2010.


July 14, 2007 ... July 14, 2007, Trip Log

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American Bittern, youngster. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 14, 2007.
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American Bittern, youngster. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 14, 2007.


August 10, 2008 ... August 10, 2008, Trip Log

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American Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, August 10, 2008.


August 22, 2012 ... August 22, 2012, Trip Log

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American Bittern. Sunny afternoon. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, August 22, 2012.


August 26, 2008 ... August 26, 2008, Trip Log

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American Bittern, youngster. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, August 26, 2008.
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American Bittern, youngster. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, August 26, 2008.


September 19, 2007 ... September 19, 2007, Trip Log

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American Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, September 19, 2007.
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American Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, September 19, 2007.


September 21, 2007 ... September 21, 2007, Trip Log

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American Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, September 21, 2007.


September 22, 2007 ... September 22, 2007, Trip Log

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American Bittern, with catch. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, September 22, 2007.


September 26, 2007 ... September 26, 2007, Trip Log

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American Bittern. This Bittern is actually watching a Green Heron eating a frog (see Green Heron images). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, September 26, 2007.
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American Bittern hunting. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, September 26, 2007.


... with catch ... September 26, 2007, Trip Log

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American Bittern with catch. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, September 26, 2007.


November 29, 2010 ... November 29, 2010, Trip Log

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American Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, November 29, 2010.
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American Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, November 29, 2010.


December 28, 2012 ... December 28, 2012, Trip Log

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American Bittern. Overcast and gray day, but dry. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 28, 2012.


December 31, 2007 ... December 31, 2007, Trip Log

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American Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.



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