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"Trip Log ... December 31, 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 !!!

Last day to find "Bird 100" for 2007 !!!!!!!! ... AND SUCCESS !!!!! ... a "Northern Shrike", spotted with only 90 minutes of daylight left ... pretty nice day overall, foggy grey morning with sun coming out in the afternoon.

This trip includes ... American Bittern ... Bald Eagle ... Bufflehead ... Double-crested Cormorant ... Glaucous-winged Gull ... Golden-crowned Sparrow ... Great Egret ... Great Blue Heron ... Northern Harrier ... Northern Shrike ... Red-tailed Hawk ... Rough-legged Hawk ... Song Sparrow ... Tundra Swans ... Coyote ...

 
American Bittern ... MORE American Bittern images

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American Bittern. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.


Bald Eagle ... MORE Bald Eagle images

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Bald Eagle, youngsters. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.
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Bald Eagle, youngsters. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.


Bufflehead ... MORE Bufflehead images

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Bufflehead, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.


Double-crested Cormorant ... MORE Double-crested Cormorant images

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Double-crested Cormorant. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.


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

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Glaucous-winged Gull, adult (left) and youngster (right). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.


Golden-crowned Sparrow ... MORE Golden-crowned Sparrow images

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Golden-crowned Sparrow. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.


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, December 31, 2007.
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Great Blue Heron. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.


Great Egret ... MORE Great Egret images

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Great Egret. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.


Northern Harrier ... MORE Northern Harrier images

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Northern Harrier. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.


Northern Shrike ... MORE Northern Shrike images

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Northern Shrike. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.

The Northern Shrike was my 100th bird species photographed at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. It took 9 months, and was accomplished on the last day of 2007, with 90 minutes of daylight to spare.
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Northern Shrike, back (left image), and telephoto view (right image). Telephoto view is enlarged 200%. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 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, December 31, 2007.
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Red-tailed Hawk. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.
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Red-tailed Hawk. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.


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

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Red-tailed Hawk. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.
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Red-tailed Hawk. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.
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Red-tailed Hawk. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.


Rough-legged Hawk ... MORE Rough-legged Hawk images

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Rough-legged Hawk. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.
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Rough-legged Hawk. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.


Song Sparrow... MORE Song Sparrow images

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Song Sparrow. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.


Tundra Swans ... MORE Tundra Swan images

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Tundra Swans, with one American Coot. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.


... bathing ... MORE Tundra Swan images

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Tundra Swans ... bathing ... Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.
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Tundra Swans ... bathing ... Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.


Coyote ... with lunch ... MORE Coyote images

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Coyote with Nutria. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.
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Coyote with Nutria. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.
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Coyotes, one with Nutria. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, December 31, 2007.


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