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"Trip Log ... October 22 and 23, 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 !!!

Both days were beautiful fall mornings !!!!!!!!!! ... Common Merganser and the Glaucous-wing Gull were firsts for me.

This trip includes ... Common Merganser ... Red-winged Blackbird ... Downy Woodpecker ... Great Egret ... Sandhill Crane ... Northern Harrier ... Cooper's Hawk ... Red-shouldered Hawk ... Red-tailed Hawk ... Canvasback ... Bufflehead ... Northern Pintail ... American Wigeon ... Greater Yellowlegs ... Cackling Geese ... Glaucous-winged Gull ... Teasel ... Long Lake ... Fall Colors ...

 
Common Merganser ... MORE Common Merganser images

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Common Merganser, female. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 23, 2007.
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Common Merganser, female. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 23, 2007.


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

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Red-winged Blackbird. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 23, 2007.
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Shoulder, Red-winged Blackbird. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 22, 2007.


Downy Woodpecker ... MORE Downy Woodpecker images

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Downy Woodpecker. Just popped into view for a few seconds ... I'm lucky I even got this shot !!! Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 23, 2007.


Great Egret ... MORE Great Egret images

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Great Egret. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 23, 2007.
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Great Egret. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 22, 2007.
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Great Egret. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 23, 2007.
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Great Egret ... with water drop ... Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 23, 2007.
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Great Egret. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 23, 2007.


Great Egret ... grooming ... MORE Great Egret images

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Great Egret. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 22, 2007.
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Great Egret. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 22, 2007.


Sandhill Cranes ... MORE Sandhill Crane images

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Sandhill Cranes. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 22, 2007.
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Sandhill Cranes. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 22, 2007.
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Sandhill Cranes. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 22, 2007.


Northern Harrier ... MORE Northern Harrier images

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Northern Harrier, male (left), and female or juvenile (right). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 22, 2007.
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Northern Harrier. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 22, 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 23, 2007.


Red-shouldered Hawk ... MORE Red-shouldered Hawk images

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Red-shouldered Hawk, back view and front view. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Left image taken, October 22, 2007, right image taken October 23, 2007.
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Red-shouldered Hawk. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 23, 2007.


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

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Red-tailed Hawk. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 22, 2007.
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Red-tailed Hawk, front and back. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 22, 2007.
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Red-tailed Hawk. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 22, 2007.


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

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Red-tailed Hawk, standing on catch (left), and eating mouse (right). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 22, 2007.
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Red-tailed Hawk. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 22, 2007.


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

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Red-tailed Hawk. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 22, 2007.
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Red-tailed Hawk. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 22, 2007.


Canvasback, Buffleheads, and American Coot ... MORE Canvasback images
MORE Bufflehead images
MORE American Coot images

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Canvasback, Buffleheads and American Coot. Image on left has female Canvasback prominent left in image, with American Coot in foreground. Image on the right shows three Buffleheads (two males, one female) with an American Coot in the foreground. On South Big Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 23, 2007.


Northern Pintail ... MORE Northern Pintail images

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Northern Pintails on Rest Lake. Note one Green-winged Teal head on left. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 23, 2007.


American Wigeon ... MORE American Wigeon images

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American Wigeon, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 22, 2007.
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American Wigeon, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 22, 2007.
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American Wigeon pair. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 22, 2007.


Greater Yellowlegs ... MORE Greater Yellowlegs images

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Greater Yellowlegs. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 23, 2007.


Greater Yellowlegs ... reflections ... MORE Greater Yellowlegs images

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Greater Yellowlegs and reflection. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 23, 2007.
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Greater Yellowlegs, pair. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 23, 2007.
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Greater Yellowlegs reflection. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 23, 2007.


Cackling Geese ... MORE Cackling Geese images

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Cackling Geese. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 22, 2007.


Glaucous-winged Gull ... MORE Glaucous-winged Gull images

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Glaucous-winged Gull. On South Big Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 23, 2007.
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Glaucous-winged Gull. On South Big Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 23, 2007.


Teasel ... MORE Teasel images

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Teasel Field. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 23, 2007.


Long Lake ... early morning ...  

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Long Lake ... foggy morning. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 22, 2007.


Fall Colors ...  

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Rest Lake, Great Egret and Great Blue Heron. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 22, 2007.
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Canal, Auto Tour, fall colors. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 22, 2007.
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Canal, Auto Tour, fall colors. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 22, 2007.
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Auto Tour, fall colors. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 23, 2007.
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Auto Tour, fall colors. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, October 23, 2007.


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