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"Trip Log ... December 22, 2013"
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 !!!

Audubon's Christmas Bird Count Day !!!    Did two loops around the Auto Tour with George Mayfield, counting birds for inclusion in the Sauvie Island CBC circle ... day was overcast and gray, but mild ... 47 different bird species were seen, 3,500 were counted, and a few were photographed ... Canon "superzoom" SX50.

Ridgefield Refuge River "S" auto loop, December 22, 2013, Sauvie Island CBC.
Counters: George Mayfield and Lyn Topinka.
Begin 7:00, end 12:30, 2 loops, 8+ miles, weather overcast and gray, temps in the mid to upper 40s.
47 species seen.
3,500 birds counted.

  1. Cackling Goose ... 813
  2. Canada Goose ... 138
  3. Trumpeter Swan ... 1
  4. Tundra Swan ... 529
  5. Gadwall ... 33
  6. American Wigeon ... 53
  7. Mallard ... 221
  8. Cinnamon Teal ... 2
  9. Northern Shoveler ... 159
  10. Northern Pintail ... 325
  11. Green-winged Teal ... 111
  12.   Canvasback ... 1
  13. Ring-necked Duck ... 15
  14. Lesser Scaup ... 8
  15. Bufflehead ... 28
  16. Hooded Merganser ... 21
  17. Ruddy Duck ... 55
  18. Pied-billed Grebe ... 3
  19. Double-crested Cormorant ... 2
  20.   American Bittern ... 2
  21. Great Blue Heron ... 19
  22. Great Egret ... 4
  23. Bald Eagle ... 5
  24. Northern Harrier ... 3
  25. Red-tailed Hawk ... 17
  26. American Kestrel ... 1
  27. American Coot ... 244
  28.   Sandhill Crane ... 241
  29. Killdeer ... 1
  30. Wilson's Snipe ... 22
  31. Ring-billed Gull ... 1
  32. Glaucous-winged Gull ... 1
  33. Great Horned Owl ... 2
  34. Belted Kingfisher ... 2
  35. Western Scrub-Jay ... 1
  36. Black-capped Chickadee ... 10
  37. Bewick's Wren ... 4
  38. Pacific Wren ... 1
  39. Marsh Wren ... 2
  40. Golden-crowned Kinglet ... 6
  41. Ruby-crowned Kinglet ... 9
  42. American Robin ... 24
  43. European Starling ... 106
  44. Spotted Towhee ... 8
  45. Song Sparrow ... 53
  46. Golden-crowned Sparrow ... 72
  47. Red-winged Blackbird ... 121

 
American Bittern ... More American Bittern images

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American Bittern. Gray and overcast, but mild. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 22, 2013.


Canvasback ... More Canvasback images

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Canvasback with Tundra Swan. Rest Lake. Gray and overcast, but mild. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 22, 2013.


Sandhill Crane... More Sandhill Crane images

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Sandhill Crane. Gray and overcast, but mild. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 22, 2013.


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