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"Trip Log ... June 6, 2009"
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 !!!

New Refuge bird for me - the American White Pelican !!!!!!!!! ... it is thought the thunderstorms of June 4 drove the 23 American Pelicans into the Refuge.

This trip includes ... American White Pelican ... Cedar Waxwing ... Barn Swallow ... Wood Ducks and Redhead ... Yellow-headed Blackbird ... Red-winged Blackbird ... Marsh Wren ... Killdeer ... Osprey ... Great Horned Owl ... Blacktail Deer ...

 
American White Pelican ... MORE American White Pelican images

It is believed the heavy thunderstorms of Thursday, June 4 (unusual for this area) drove the 23 American White Pelicans to seek shelter and rest and they ended up at Rest Lake, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. They remained all day Friday and were still there to photograph (under overcast and heavy cloud) on Saturday, June 6. The flock left the lake around 11:30 and disappeared over the Columbia River, only to return again about 15 minutes later to spend the rest of the day once again on Rest Lake.

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American White Pelicans. On Rest Lake. Day overcast and heavy clouds. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, June 6, 2009.
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American White Pelicans. On Rest Lake. Day overcast and heavy clouds. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, June 6, 2009.
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American White Pelicans. On Rest Lake. Day overcast and heavy clouds. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, June 6, 2009.
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American White Pelicans. Over Rest Lake. Day overcast and heavy clouds. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, June 6, 2009.
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Twenty-three American White Pelicans. Over Rest Lake. Day overcast and heavy clouds. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, June 6, 2009.
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American White Pelican, with red wing tag. Over Rest Lake. Day overcast and heavy clouds. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, June 6, 2009.


... bill ... MORE American White Pelican images

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American White Pelican, bill. On Rest Lake. Day overcast and heavy clouds. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, June 6, 2009.


Cedar Waxwing ... MORE Cedar Waxwing images

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


Barn Swallow ... MORE Barn Swallow images

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


Barn Swallow nest ... MORE Barn Swallow images

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Barn Swallow nest at entrance kiosk. Day overcast and heavy clouds. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, June 6, 2009.


Wood Ducks and Redhead ... MORE Wood Duck images
MORE Redhead images

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Wood Ducks, in canal. Day overcast and heavy clouds. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, June 6, 2009.
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Redhead, male, in canal. Day overcast and heavy clouds. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, June 6, 2009.


Yellow-headed Blackbird ... MORE Yellow-headed Blackbird images

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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male. Day overcast and heavy clouds. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, June 6, 2009.


Red-winged Blackbird ... MORE Red-winged Blackbird images

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Red-winged Blackbird, male. Day overcast and heavy clouds. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, June 6, 2009.


Marsh Wren ... MORE Marsh Wren images

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


Killdeer ... MORE Killdeer images

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


Osprey ... MORE Osprey images

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


Great Horned Owl ... MORE Great Horned Owl images

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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.


Blacktail Deer ... MORE Blacktail Deer images

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


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