My friends and I like to visit Ridgefield NWR on New Year's Day. Today was a nice visit and we saw 30 species of birds, two coyote, and lots of nutria. It was a 30 degrees (brrrr), dry and mostly cloudy, but not too dark.
We had two cars and walkie-talkies to keep in touch about bird sightings. Laura and company were ahead of us, probably looking at the Red-tailed Hawk in the tree to their left.
Lots of Red-tailed Hawks were seen.
And it just wouldn't be Ridgefield without a Great Blue Heron. I like his reflection on the icy water.
A Kestral had a big meal. He flew right over my head and appeared to be having trouble gaining elevation with this large vole.
Nutria on ice.
Five Bald Eagles in a tree (one is a bit hidden by the tree trunk).
And he was on the road again. Every time I have been to Ridgefield in the last couple of months he has been in the road.
Look at all the cars. It was a busy day at the refuge. It's nice to see people want to start the year off with some nature and birding. Next time I'll show you a little bit more.
Past New Year's Trips to Ridgefield (or around New Year's):
2010 more and more