January 01, 2011

4th Annual Ridgefield Auto Tour

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


  1. Nice, I love that kestrel shot! I went up this morning and I swear that heron only stands in the road for YOU. And wow, five Bald Eagles! How cool!

  2. Great blog! Your photography is wonderful. You would be invited to contribute to World Bird Wednesday a place for bird bloggers to share their experiences. Check it out at http://pineriverreview.blogspot.com/

  3. Wow, amazing photos! I am so jealous. It's definitely time for me to get back out and do some bird watching!


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