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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 !!!

One white goose mixed in with THOUSANDS of Cacklers ...

The following are images of the Ross's Goose. Also, link out to the "Trip Logs" to see more images of various birds, wildflowers, and wildlife seen each day.

 
April 20, 2007 ... April 20, 2007, Trip Log

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Ross's Goose. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 20, 2007.


April 20, 2008 ... Ross x Snow Goose cross ??? ... April 20, 2008, Trip Log

The majority of the folks at the Refuge called this bird a "Ross's Goose" ... however, one person on the "board" called it a Ross x Snow Goose cross ... to me, head-wise it looks like a Snow without the "grin" (shape of head, sloping forehead, big bill) ... but size-wise it looks like a Ross ... the Cacklers it was with weren't the smallest Cacklers I've seen, but they weren't the largest either, and the few Greater White-fronted Geese which were with it were larger than this white bird. ... For images of Snow Geese check out my Snow Goose page.

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Ross x Snow Goose cross (???). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 20, 2008.
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Ross/Snow Goose (left image) and Greater White-fronted Goose and Ross/Snow Goose (right image). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 20, 2008.
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Ross/Snow Goose in flock of Cackling Geese. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 20, 2008.
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Ross x Snow Goose cross (???). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 20, 2008.



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