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"Trip Log ... July 19, 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 !!!

Overcast with occasional passing drizzle and sun breaks.

This trip includes ... Bullock's Oriole (nest) ... Spotted Towhee ... American Robin ... Mourning Dove ... American Goldfinch ... American Bittern ... Great Blue Heron ... American Kestrel ... Turkey Vulture ...

 
Bullock's Oriole ... MORE Bullock's Oriole images

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Bullock's Oriole, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 19, 2007.


... nest ... MORE Bullock's Oriole images

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Bullock's Oriole, nest, male (left two images) and female (right image). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 19, 2007.
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Bullock's Oriole, baby. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 19, 2007.


Spotted Towhee ... MORE Spotted Towhee images

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Spotted Towhee. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 19, 2007.
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Spotted Towhee. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 19, 2007.


American Robin ... MORE American Robin images

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American Robin. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 19, 2007.


Mourning Dove ... MORE Mourning Dove images

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Mourning Dove. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 19, 2007.


American Goldfinch ... MORE American Goldfinch images

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American Goldfinch, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 19, 2007.
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American Goldfinch, male, with thistle seed. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 19, 2007.
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American Goldfinch, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 19, 2007.


American Bittern ... MORE American Bittern images

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American Bittern, at Long Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 19, 2007.


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, July 19, 2007.
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Great Blue Heron. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 19, 2007.


American Kestrel ... MORE American Kestrel images

I am going to assume the following two images are of a Kestrel juvenile based on the actions of this bird. The bird is sitting on the post holding the nesting box and this one let me drive up and stop. The adults SELDOM let me get close, yet this youngster just sat there and watched me. After about 30 seconds he opened his mouth and just kept calling and calling and calling. While the calling was going on there was another Kestrel circling and acting agitated in the field across from the nesting box. When "the youngster" finally flew off it was only to the ground in the bramble about 10 feet away from the post towards Lake River.

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American Kestrel, juvenile. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 19, 2007.


Turkey Vulture ... MORE Turkey Vulture images

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Turkey Vulture. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 19, 2007.
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Turkey Vulture. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 19, 2007.
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Turkey Vulture. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 19, 2007.
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Turkey Vulture. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 19, 2007.


... flying ... MORE Turkey Vulture images

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Turkey Vulture. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, July 19, 2007.


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