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"Trip Log ... November 2, 2008"
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 and RAINY !!!!!!!!! ... note the raindrops in the American Goldfinch images ... very very flat lighting for photography ... managed to get some great interaction shots between a Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk who wanted to steal the lunch of a Rough-legged Hawk ...

This trip includes ... Red-tailed Hawk ... "Harlan's" Red-tailed Hawk vs. Rough-legged Hawk ... Bald Eagle ... American Goldfinch ... American Robin ... European Starling ... Belted Kingfisher ... Herring Gull ... Dunlin and Greater Yellowlegs (in flight) ... Long-billed Dowitcher (in flight) ... Cackling Geese ... Sandhill Crane ... Tundra Swans ... Great Egret ... Great Blue Heron ... Fall colors (in the rain) ...


 
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 November 2, 2008.


"Harlan's" Red-tailed Hawk vs. Rough-legged Hawk ... MORE Red-tailed Hawk images
MORE Rough-legged Hawk images
While watching a Rough-legged Hawk enjoying her catch, a Red-tailed Hawk flew in and tried to claim it. The scuffle was brief. The Rough-legged won.

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"Harlan's" Red-tailed Hawk trying to steal the dinner of a Rough-legged Hawk. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.
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"Harlan's" Red-tailed Hawk trying to steal the dinner of a Rough-legged Hawk. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.


Bald Eagle ... MORE Bald Eagle images

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Bald Eagle. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.


American Goldfinch ... MORE American Goldfinch images

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American Goldfinch. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.
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American Goldfinch. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.
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American Goldfinch in teasel. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.
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American Goldfinch in teasel. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.


American Robin ... MORE American Robin images

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American Robin. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.


European Starling ... MORE European Starling images

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European Starlings. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.


Belted Kingfisher ... MORE Belted Kingfisher images

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Belted Kingfisher. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.


Herring Gull ... MORE Herring Gull images

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Herring Gull. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.


Dunlin and Greater Yellowlegs ... in flight ... MORE Dunlin images
MORE Greater Yellowlegs images

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Dunlin (left) and Dunlin and Greater Yellowlegs. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.


Long-billed Dowitcher ... in flight ...
MORE Long-billed Dowitcher images

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Long-billed Dowitcher. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.
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Long-billed Dowitcher. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.


Cackling Geese ... MORE Geese images

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Cackling Geese. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.


Sandhill Cranes ... MORE Sandhill Crane images

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Sandhill Crane. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.
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Sandhill Cranes. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.


Tundra Swans ... MORE Tundra Swan images

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Tundra Swans, edge of Rest Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.
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Tundra Swans, resting, on Rest Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.
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Tundra Swans. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.
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Tundra Swan. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.


Great Egret ... MORE Great Egret images

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Great Egrets. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.
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Great Egrets. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.


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 November 2, 2008.
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Great Blue Heron. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.
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Great Blue Heron. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.


Fall colors ... in the rain ...  

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Fall colors, ash forest. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.
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Fall colors, slough. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.
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Fall colors, trees. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken November 2, 2008.


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