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Great Horned Owl baby. Typical spring day with some sun, some clouds, and some rain. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 18, 2011.

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 Carty Unit has miles of trails including a 2-mile "Oaks to Wetlands" trail. A pair of binoculars is a must and a camera makes it even more fun !!!

An IMPRESSIVE bird ...

On March 29, 1806, while camped at "Wapato Portage" - today the Cathlapotle area of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge - Captain Lewis wrote about an owl, which historians believe is the Great Horned Owl.

"... the frogs are croaking in the swams and marhes; their notes do not differ from those of the Atlantic States; they are not found in the salt marshes near the entrance of the river. heared a large hooting owl hollowing this evening. ..." [Lewis, March 29, 1806]


The following are images captured of the Great Horned Owl, arranged monthly and by year. Not all Great Horned Owl 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 27, 2011 ... January 27, 2011, Trip Log

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Great Horned Owl. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 27, 2011.


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

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Great Horned Owl. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 8, 2008.


March 20, 2010 ... March 20, 2010, Trip Log

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Great Horned Owl. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken March 20, 2010.


2013 ... fledgling ...
May 6, 2013 ... May 3 and 6, 2013, Trip Log

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Great Horned Owl fledgling. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken May 6, 2013.


2012 ... nest ...
February 27, 2012 ... on nest ... February 27, 2012, Trip Log

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Great Horned Owl, on nest. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, February 27, 2012.


May 15, 2012 ... May 15, 2012, Trip Log

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Great Horned Owl youngsters. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 15, 2012.


2011 ... nest ...
March 14, 2011 ... nest ... March 14, 2011, Trip Log

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Great Horned Owl, on nest. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Day drizzly to rain. Image taken, March 14, 2011.


April 18, 2011 ... baby ... April 18, 2011, Trip Log

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Great Horned Owl baby. Typical spring day with some sun, some clouds, and some rain. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 18, 2011.


2010 ... family ...
June 7, 2010 ... June 7, 2010, Trip Log

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Great Horned Owl, adult (left) and youngsters (right). Overcast and gray. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, June 7, 2010.
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Great Horned Owl, youngster. Overcast and gray. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, June 7, 2010.
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Great Horned Owl, youngster. Overcast and gray. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, June 7, 2010.


July 3, 2010 ... youngster ... July 3, 2010, Trip Log

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Great Horned Owl, youngster. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 3, 2010.
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Great Horned Owl, youngster. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 3, 2010.


2008 ... nest ...
March 30, April 12, and April 19, 2008 ... family ... March 30, 2008, Trip Log
April 12, 2008, Trip Log

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Great Horned Owl, adult. Perched in tree on the other side of the canal behind the nest. Right image is of owl "hooting". Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Left image taken March 30, 2008, and right image taken April 12, 2008.


... baby ... March 30, 2008, Trip Log
April 12, 2008, Trip Log

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"Peak-a-boo" ... Great Horned Owl, baby. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.
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Two weeks later, Great Horned Owl, baby. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 12, 2008.


... family ... April 19, 2008, Trip Log

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Great Horned Owl ... "family" ... Two kids (upper left) and an adult (lower right). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 19, 2008.
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Great Horned Owl ... "babies" ... Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 19, 2008.
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Great Horned Owl ... "adult" ... Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 19, 2008.


May 10, 2008 ... May 10, 2008, Trip Log

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Great Horned Owl, adult (left) and youngster (right). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 10, 2008.


2007 ... nest ...
March 25 and April 20, 2007 ... "mother" and babies ... March 25, 2007, Trip Log
April 20, 2007, Trip Log

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Great Horned Owl Nest. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 25, 2007.
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Two babies, Great Horned Owl Nest. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 20, 2007.


MORE Great Horned Owl ...
April 11, 2008 ... April 11, 2008, Trip Log

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Great Horned Owl. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 11, 2008.


May 9, 2008 ... Carty Unit ... May 9, 2008, Trip Log

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Great Horned Owl, babies. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, Carty Unit. Image taken, May 9, 2008.
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Great Horned Owl, babies. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, Carty Unit. Image taken, May 9, 2008.


June 6, 2009 June 6, 2009, Trip Log

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Great Horned Owl. Day overcast and heavy clouds. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, June 6, 2009.


July 18, 2010 ... July 18, 2010, Trip Log

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Great Horned Owl. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 18, 2010.


November 13, 2007 ... November 13, 2007, Trip Log

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Great Horned Owl. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, November 13, 2007.
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Great Horned Owl. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, November 13, 2007.



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