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"Trip Log ... March 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 day was a combination of sun, rain, and hail ... wonderful March weather ... FOUR new "first photographed" birds --- the Violet-green Swallow and the Cliff Swallow, plus two very rare visitors, the Mountain Bluebird and the Say's Phoebe ... plus a MINK !!!!! ... and LOTS of Swallows ...

This trip includes ... Mountain Bluebird ... Say's Phoebe ... American Robin ... American Coot ... Ring-necked Duck ... Northern Shoveler ... Yellow-rumped Warbler ... Marsh Wren ... Black-capped Chickadee ... Great Egret ... Tree Swallow ... Cliff Swallow ... Violet-green Swallow ... Bald Eagle ... Great Horned Owl ... Mink ...

 
Mountain Bluebird and Say's Phoebe ... MORE Mountain Bluebird images
MORE Say's Phoebe images

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Mountain Bluebird, male (left), and Say's Phoebe (right). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.

Two very rare visitors to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge !!!


American Robin ... MORE American Robin images

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American Robin. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.


American Coot ... MORE American Coot images

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American Coot. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.


Ring-necked Duck ... MORE Ring-necked Duck images

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Ring-necked Duck, male (left) and female (right). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.


Northern Shoveler ... MORE Northern Shoveler images

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Northern Shoveler, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.


Yellow-rumped Warbler ... MORE Yellow-rumped Warbler images

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Yellow-rumped Warbler. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.
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Yellow-rumped Warbler. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.


... MORE ... MORE Yellow-rumped Warbler images

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Yellow-rumped Warbler. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.
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Yellow-rumped Warbler. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.
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Yellow-rumped Warbler. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.


Marsh Wren ... MORE Marsh Wren images

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Marsh Wren. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.
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Marsh Wren. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.


Black-capped Chickadee ... MORE Black-capped Chickadee images

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Black-capped Chickadee. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.


Great Egret ... MORE Great Egret images

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Great Egret. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.
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Great Egret. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.


Swallows ... Cliff, Tree, and Violet-green ... MORE Cliff Swallow images
MORE Tree Swallow images
MORE Violet-green Swallow images

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Cliff Swallow. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.
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Tree Swallow. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.
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Violet-green Swallow. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.


Bald Eagle ... MORE Bald Eagle images

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Bald Eagle. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.
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Bald Eagle. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.
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Bald Eagle. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.


... "white" ... MORE Bald Eagle images

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Bald Eagle. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.


Great Horned Owl ... MORE Great Horned Owl images

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Great Horned Owl, adult. Perched in tree on the other side of the canal behind the nest. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.


... baby ... MORE Great Horned Owl images

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


Mink ... MORE Mink images

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Mink. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.
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Mink. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.


... and my car ... MORE Mink images

I believe the sound of the camera shutter caught the Mink's attention. He came up withing 10 feet of the car looking towards the sound.

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Mink, walking towards car. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.
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Mink, looking at car. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.
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Mink, realizing a human was in the car. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, March 30, 2008.


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