Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
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"Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge"
"Trip Log ... January 25, 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 !!!

THIRD gorgeous day of sunny and cold mornings, with Rest Lake still frozen over.

This trip includes ... Common Merganser ... Double-crested Cormorant ... Red-throated Loon ... Tundra Swan ... Cackling Geese ... Bufflehead ... Red-tailed Hawk ... Bald Eagle ... Red-winged Blackbird ... Savannah Sparrow ... American Bittern ... Frozen Rest Lake ...

 
Common Merganser ... More Common Merganser images
More Double-crested Cormorant images

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Common Merganser, male. On Lake River. Image on right enlarged 150%. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 25, 2008.
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Common Merganser, male, with Double-crested Cormorant. On Lake River. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 25, 2008.


Red-throated Loon ... More Red-throated Loon images

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Red-throated Loon. On Lake River. Loon ID made by observers while bird was closer to the bridge. The Loon had been on Lake River in the vicinity for a few days. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 25, 2008.


Tundra Swans ... More Tundra Swan images

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Tundra Swan overhead. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 25, 2008.
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Tundra Swans on a frozen Rest Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 25, 2008.


Cackling Geese ... More Cackling Geese images

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Cackling Geese, at a frozen Rest Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 25, 2008.


Bufflehead ... More Bufflehead images

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


Red-tailed Hawk ... More Red-tailed Hawk images
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Red-tailed Hawk. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 25, 2008.


Red-tailed Hawk ... with really red tail ... More Red-tailed Hawk images

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Red-tailed Hawk ... red tail ... Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 25, 2008.


Bald Eagle ... More Bald Eagle images

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Bald Eagle, adult (left image) and youngster (right image). The youngster was on a frozen Canvasback Lake. All morning long bird watchers had been watching him eat breakfast on the ice. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 25, 2008.
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Bald Eagle youngster. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 25, 2008.


Red-winged Blackbird ... More Red-winged Blackbird images

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Red-winged Blackbird, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 25, 2008.
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Red-winged Blackbird, male, calling. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 25, 2008.
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Red-winged Blackbird, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 25, 2008.


Savannah Sparrow ... More Savannah Sparrow images

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


American Bittern ... More American Bittern images

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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.


Frozen Rest Lake ...  

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Frozen Rest Lake. Tundra Swans, Cackling Geese, American Coots, and one Nutria. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 25, 2008.
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Cackling Geese and Tundra Swans, and a frozen Rest Lake. American Coots in the background, and a Nutria in the background on the left. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 25, 2008.
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Nutria walking across a frozen Rest Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, January 25, 2008.


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