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"Trip Log ... October 17, 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 !!!

Late afternoon trip after the rain, storms, and winds have passed ... overcast with low angle sun breaking through ... NEW PHOTO BIRD - the Pectoral Sandpiper ...

This trip includes ... Pectoral Sandpiper ... Dunlin ... Cackling Goose ... Long-billed Dowitcher ... Lesser Yellowlegs ... Greater Yellowlegs ... Mallard ... Cinnamon Teal ... Northern Harrier ... Red-tailed Hawk ... Sandhill Crane ... Great Blue Heron (with lunch) ... "How to eat a Rodent" ... Fall colors !!!

 
Pectoral Sandpiper ... MORE Pectoral Sandpiper images

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Pectoral Sandpiper, on Rest Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.
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Pectoral Sandpiper (left image), and Lesser Yellowlegs with Pectoral Sandpiper (right image). On Rest Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.


Dunlin ... MORE Dunlin images

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Dunlin with Long-billed Dowitcher (left) and Cackling Goose (right). On Rest Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.
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Dunlin. On Rest Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.


Cackling Goose ... MORE Cackling Geese images

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Cackling Goose overhead. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.


Long-billed Dowitcher ... MORE Long-billed Dowitcher images

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In flight, Long-billed Dowitchers, on Rest Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.
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In flight, Long-billed Dowitchers, on Rest Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.
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Long-billed Dowitchers, on Rest Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.
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Long-billed Dowitcher, on Rest Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.


Lesser Yellowlegs and Greater Yellowlegs ... MORE Lesser Yellowlegs images
MORE Greater Yellowlegs images

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Lesser Yellowlegs (left) and Greater Yellowlegs (right). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.
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Greater Yellowlegs. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.


Long-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, and Mallard ...  

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Long-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, and female Mallard. On Rest Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.


Mallard ... MORE Mallard images

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Mallards. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.
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Mallards. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.


Cinnamon Teal ... MORE Cinnamon Teal images

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Cinnamon Teal, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.
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Cinnamon Teal, female. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.


Northern Harrier ... MORE Northern Harrier images

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Northern Harrier, female. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.
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Northern Harrier, female hovering (left) and male flying (right). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.


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

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Red-tailed Hawk over field. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.


Sandhill Crane ... MORE Sandhill Crane images

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Sandhill Cranes. Youngster behind, adult in front. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.


Great Blue Heron ... with lunch ... MORE Great Blue Heron images

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Great Blue Heron. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.


... how to eat a rodent ... MORE Great Blue Heron images

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... take hold and toss it in the air ... Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.
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... catch it ... "oops, almost missed" ... Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.
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... catch it and get a good grip ... Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.
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... stuff it in and swallow ... Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.
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... "burp" ... Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.


Fall colors !!!!!! ...  

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Long Lake with fall colors. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 17, 2009.


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