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"Trip Log ... May 29, 2007"
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 !!!

A nice spring day !!!!! ... with the help of Refuge personnel two more "first birds" were pointed out to me -- the Canvasback and the Eared Grebe ... while the resulting images are a bit fuzzy -- shot way across Rest Lake -- they do show the two species. While I was photographing those two birds, a third "first" bird -- the Caspian Term -- flew over the lake !!!!!!!

This trip includes ... Great Blue Heron ... Pied-billed Grebe (with chicks) ... Savannah Sparrow ... Song Sparrow ... Marsh Wren ... Wilson's Snipe ... Cedar Waxwing ... Barn Swallow ... Bald Eagle ... Caspian Tern ... Canvasback ... Eared Grebe ... Canada Thistle ...

 
Great Blue Heron ... MORE Great Blue Heron images

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Great Blue Heron. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 29, 2007.
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Great Blue Heron. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 29, 2007.


Great Blue Heron and Wild Yellow Iris ...

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Great Blue Heron and Wild Yellow Iris. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 29, 2007.


Pied-billed Grebe ... with chicks ... MORE Pied-billed Grebe images

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Pied-billed Grebe and two chicks. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 29, 2007.


Savannah Sparrow ... MORE Savannah Sparrow images

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Savannah Sparrow. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 29, 2007.


Song Sparrow ... MORE Song Sparrow images

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Song Sparrow. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 29, 2007.


Marsh Wren ... MORE Marsh Wren images

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Marsh Wren. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 29, 2007.
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Marsh Wren. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 29, 2007.


Wilson's Snipe ... MORE Wilson's Snipe images

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Wilson's Snipe. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 29, 2007.


Cedar Waxwing ... MORE Cedar Waxwing images

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Cedar Waxwing. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 29, 2007.


Barn Swallow ... MORE Barn Swallow images

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Barn Swallow. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 29, 2007.


Bald Eagle ... MORE Bald Eagle images

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Bald Eagle. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 29, 2007.


View Across Rest Lake ...
Canvasback, Eared Grebes, and a Caspian Tern ...

My photographic equipment isn't quite powerful enough to shoot quality images across Rest Lake, however there were two species of birds - the Canvasback and Eared Grebes - which I hadn't seen before. Refuge personnel pointed them out to me and even let me climb on their truck for a better view. While I was shooting a Caspian Tern flew across the scene.

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Canvasback (left image) and Eared Grebes (right image). View across Rest Lake. Eared Grebe ID based on more experienced Refuge personnel. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 29, 2007.
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Caspian Tern. View across Rest Lake. Caspian Tern ID based on more experienced Refuge personnel. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 29, 2007.


Canada Thistle ... MORE Thistle images

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Canada Thistle. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 29, 2007.


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