Ridgefield NWR 04-29-10

I headed up to Ridgefield yesterday morning hoping for a decent break from the rain/hail/thunderstorms/etc.   I only saw a sprinkle the whole time.

What is this fuzzy duck? Young Gadwall or something?

This Ruddy Duck just cruised through the pond.

A Wilson's Snipe.

I sure do love to watch birds eat dead stuff.  I saw this crow swoop down in my side-view mirror and I poked my head out the window to see him carry off this...uh... thing.

I don't think I've ever seen a crow "hunt" like this.. Maybe I just never pay them much attention..


A Sora!  I had never seen one before... This guy was running through the marsh and this was the best picture I got...


Good trip!   I wish I had seen the Black-necked Stilt that had been sighted just the day before!

Comments

  1. You take terrific photos - and the Sora is a really good bird to see & photo - previous post suggests your shorebird migration is way sooner than ours in the east - hope to see them when I get to Cape May in a week.

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  2. Common Snipe was split into two species a few years ago. The Eurasian species is still referred to as Common Snipe, while the species in North America is now called Wilson's Snipe. Nice photos.

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  3. Thank you for the snipe info! I will change my ID's accordingly..

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  4. I love that Ruddy Duck photo! And congratulations on getting your first Sora!

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