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American Kestrel, male (left) and female (right). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Left image taken March 5, 2008. Right image taken November 30, 2008.

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 adults are difficult birds to photograph as they wont let you get close ... however the younger ones seem curious.

The following are images captured of the Kestrel, arranged monthly. Not all American Kestrel 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, wildflowers, and wildlife seen each day.

 
January 16, 2008 ... January 16, 2008, Trip Log

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American Kestrel, female ... with lunch ... Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 16, 2008.
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American Kestrel. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 16, 2008.


February 1, 2011 ... February 1, 2011, Trip Log

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American Kestrel, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, February 1, 2011.


February 3, 2008 ... February 3, 2008, Trip Log

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American Kestrel. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, February 3, 2008.


February 3, 2009 ... February 3, 2009, Trip Log

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American Kestrel. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, February 3, 2009.


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

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American Kestrel ... with lunch ... Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, February 16, 2008.


February 18, 2010 ... February 18, 2010, Trip Log

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American Kestrel, female. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken Febrary 18, 2010.


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

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American Kestrel, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, February 18, 2008.
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American Kestrel, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, February 18, 2008.


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

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American Kestrel pair. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, February 18, 2008.
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American Kestrel pair. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, February 18, 2008.
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American Kestrel male in nest box. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, February 18, 2008.


February 19, 2008 ... February 19, 2008, Trip Log

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American Kestrel, male (left) and female (right). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, February 19, 2008.
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American Kestrels, mating. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, February 19, 2008.


March 2008 ... March 5, 2008, Trip Log
March 8, 2008, Trip Log

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American Kestrel, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 5, 2008.
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American Kestrel. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 8, 2008.


March 18, 2010 ... March 18, 2010, Trip Log

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American Kestrel, male, hunting. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken March 18, 2010.


April 3, 2008 ... April 3, 2008, Trip Log

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American Kestrel, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 3, 2008.


April 14, 2007 ... April 14 and 15, 2007, Trip Log

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American Kestrel, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 14, 2007.


July 2007 ... July 1, 2007, Trip Log
July 3, 2007, Trip Log

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American Kestrel, male, hunting. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Left image taken July 1, 2007, and right image taken July 3, 2007.


July 24, 2007 ... July 24, 2007, Trip Log

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American Kestrel, male. Note banding on right leg. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 24, 2007.
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American Kestrel, female. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 24, 2007.
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American Kestrel, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 24, 2007.
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American Kestrel, female. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 24, 2007.
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American Kestrel, female (left) and male (right). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 24, 2007.
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American Kestrel, female (left) and male (right). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 24, 2007.


... male ... July 24, 2007, Trip Log

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American Kestrel, male, showing back of head. Telephoto image, enlarged 150%. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 24, 2007.
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American Kestrel, male, wings. Note banding on right leg. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 24, 2007.


July 29, 2007 ... female ... July 29, 2007, Trip Log

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American Kestrel, female. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 29, 2007.
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American Kestrel, female. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 29, 2007.


... male ... July 29, 2007, Trip Log

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American Kestrel, male, showing tail feathers. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 29, 2007.


... juvenile ... July 29, 2007, Trip Log

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American Kestrel, youngster, female. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 29, 2007.


August 14, 2007 ... August 14, 2007, Trip Log

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American Kestrel, female with rodent (left) and female in flight (right). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, August 14, 2007.


October 5, 2007 ... October 5, 2007, Trip Log

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American Kestrel, female. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


November 4, 2009 ... November 4, 2009, Trip Log

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American Kestrel, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, November 4, 2009.
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American Kestrel, male, heading for prey. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, November 4, 2009.
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American Kestrel, male, with Praying Mantis. Right image 166% enlargement of left image. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, November 4, 2009.


November 16, 2008 ... November 16, 2008, Trip Log

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American Kestrel, female. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, November 16, 2008.


November 23, 2010 ... November 23, 2010, Trip Log

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American Kestrel, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, November 23, 2010.
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American Kestrel, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, November 23, 2010.


November 2007 ... November 21, 2007, Trip Log
November 23, 2007, Trip Log

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American Kestrel, female Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, November 21, 2007.
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American Kestrel. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, November 21, 2007.
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American Kestrel, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, November 23, 2007.
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American Kestrel, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, November 23, 2007.


November 30, 2008 ... November 30, 2008, Trip Log

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American Kestrel, female. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, November 30, 2008.


December 2, 2009 ... December 2, 2009, Trip Log

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American Kestrel, female. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 2, 2009.


December 14, 2013 ... December 14, 2012, Trip Log

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American Kestrel. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 14, 2012.


December 17, 2010 ... December 17, 2010, Trip Log

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American Kestrel. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 17, 2010.


... "portraits" ... December 17, 2010, Trip Log

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"Portraits" ... American Kestrel. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 17, 2010.


December 25, 2009 ... December 25, 2009, Trip Log

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American Kestrel, female. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 25, 2009.



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