I drove up to Ridgefield NWR on Sunday. It was pretty cloudy and darker than Portland.
If it's not ideal for bird photos, I try to focus on the landscape. It's always a pretty place.
Pintails practicing their synchronized swimming.
There were a lot of ducks around.
I also saw: Mallards, Northern Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, Scaup, Bufflehead, and Hooded Merganser.
Song Sparrows were everywhere.
Practicing for spring.
A friendly Spotted Towhee.
And my favorite---Coyotes!
This dog was smiling a lot.
I decided to drive around one more time.
Hooded Mergansers (female above, male below)
Golden-crowned Sparrow flock
The coyotes were still hunting. I guess Herons don't mind them and aren't worried?
It was a pleasant morning drive.