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"Trip Log ... October 5, 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 !!!

Spent all day at the Refuge ... cloudy, overcast, spotty sun, drizzle, with clearing near sunset. Ducks are back and starting to move within range of my cameras ... great views of the evening sun on the Sandhill Cranes - just wish they'd been a little closer to the camera ... a nice "raptor" day with Red-tail and Cooper's Hawks, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, and Kestral !!!

This trip includes ... American Bittern ... American Kestrel ... Canada Goose ... Cooper's Hawk ... Gadwall ... Great Blue Heron ... Great Egret ... Hooded Merganser ... Mallard ... Merlin ... Northern Harrier ... Northern Shoveler ... Peregrine Falcon ... Pied-billed Grebe ... Red-tailed Hawk ... Red-winged Blackbird ... Ring-billed Gull ... Sandhill Crane ... Savannah Sparrow ... Song Sparrow ... Turkey Vulture (kettle) ... Scenics ...

 
American Bittern ... MORE American Bittern images

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American Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


American Kestrel ... MORE American Kestrel images

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American Kestrel. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.
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American Kestrel. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


Canada Geese ... MORE Canada Geese images

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Canada Geese. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


Cooper's Hawk ... MORE Cooper's Hawk images

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Cooper's Hawk. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


Gadwall ... MORE Gadwall images

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Gadwall pair. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


Great Blue Heron ... MORE Great Blue Heron images

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Great Blue Heron, with rodent. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.
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Great Blue Heron, with rodent. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.
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Great Blue Heron, after eating rodent. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


... more ... MORE Great Blue Heron images

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Great Blue Heron. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


... silhouette ... MORE Great Blue Heron images

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Great Blue Heron. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


Great Egret ... MORE Great Egret images

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Great Egret. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


Hooded Merganser ... MORE Hooded Merganser images

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Hooded Merganser, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.
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Hooded Merganser group. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.
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Hooded Merganser group. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.
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Hooded Merganser, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


... female ... MORE Hooded Merganser images

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Hooded Merganser, female. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.
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Hooded Merganser, female. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.
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Hooded Merganser, female. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


Mallard ... MORE Mallard images

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Mallard, male. Evening sun. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.
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Mallard, male, with shadow. Evening sun. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.
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Mallards, female. Evening sun. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


Merlin ... MORE Merlin images

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Merlin. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


Northern Harrier harrassing Red-tailed Hawk ...  

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Northern Harrier harrassing Red-tailed Hawk. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.
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Northern Harrier harrassing Red-tailed Hawk. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


Northern Harrier ... MORE Northern Harrier images

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Northern Harrier. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.
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Northern Harrier, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


Northern Shoveler ... MORE Northern Shoveler images

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Northern Shoveler, male (left image) and female (right image). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


Peregrine Falcon ... MORE Peregrine Falcon images

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Peregrine Falcon. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


Pied-billed Grebe ... MORE Pied-billed Grebe images

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Pied-billed Grebe. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


Red-tailed Hawk ... MORE Red-tailed Hawk images

Six distinct individuals photographed today, affectionately called "White Face", "Red Tail", "Red Tail Black Stripes", "Striped Tail", "Jagged Tail", and "Grey Beak".

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Red-tailed Hawk ... "White Face" (left), and "Red Tail" (right). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.
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Red-tailed Hawk ... "Red Tail Black Stripes" (left), and "Striped Tail" (right). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.
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Red-tailed Hawk ... "Jagged Tail" (left), and "Grey Beak" (right). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


... more ... MORE Red-tailed Hawk images

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Red-tailed Hawk ... "White Face" (left), and Hawk flying (right). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


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, October 5, 2007.


Ring-billed Gull ... MORE Ring-billed Gull images

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Ring-billed Gull, juvenile. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


Sandhill Cranes ... MORE Sandhill Crane images

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Sandhill Cranes. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.
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Sandhill Cranes. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


... "dance" ... MORE Sandhill Crane images

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Sandhill Crane "dance". Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.
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Sandhill Crane "dance". Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.
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Sandhill Crane "dance". Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


... feeding ... MORE Sandhill Crane images

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Sandhill Cranes. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.
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Sandhill Cranes. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


... at sunset ... MORE Sandhill Crane images

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Sandhill Cranes. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.
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Sandhill Cranes. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


Savannah Sparrow ... MORE Savannah Sparrow images

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Savannah Sparrow. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


Song Sparrow ... MORE Song Sparrow images

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Song Sparrow. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


Turkey Vulture ... MORE Turkey Vulture images

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Turkey Vulture (left) and "Kettle" (right). A "kettle" of Turkey Vultures circles over the Refuge. The birds are gathering on their migration south. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


Scenics ...  

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Slough. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.
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Great Blue Heron ... at sunset. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.
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Sunset. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 5, 2007.


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