Today I visited Ridgefield NWR with some friends. It was our annual New Year's Day trip. We saw 36-38 species, which is higher than some years, but about average. The weather was perfect- partly sunny and no rain!
Cacklers and Swans
Love his markings in this photo.
Below- Do you see him???? Look closely....
He was catching bugs in the cobwebs and eating them.
A sunlit beauty.
A sunlit cutie.
It wouldn't be Ridgefield without seeing a Great Blue Heron or two. This one was doing the ole dunk the vole in the water trick. I guess they go down better that way.
A wisp of Wilson's Snipe
This is one of my favorite photos of the day. This could be a Subaru ad if I had planned better. This is my friend Laura's Birding Companion and their new dog Choco, a birdwatching dog in training. He was on his first trip to Ridgefield. He smells Coyotes.
After a long hard morning of birdwatching, we went to our traditional restaurant on the Columbia river for tator tots.....
.... a nice view, and good company.