A whole year of blogging!

Wow.  I just realized I've been doing this bird blog thing for a year.  I seriously cannot believe how much I've learned this last year, nor how much support and help I've received from people all over the world!  It's been a blast and I hope there are many more years to come.  I recently entered all the birds I've photographed over the last year into Birdstack.com to see my total so far: 178!  Don't worry.. I only counted the ones I was positive about... (Ha, remember that time I wrote an entire blog about Golden Eagles only to receive a very sweet and helpful comment from Laura that they were all immature Bald Eagles?  Hehe, silly me!)

Anyway... Yesterday morning I headed up to Ridgefield before the rain started... It was dark.  And cold.  And WINDY.   Not a lot to report, but I'll show you what I did manage to see...

Belted Kingfisher

Funny I visited Ridgefield last week and saw exactly TWO Tundra Swans in Rest Lake, and maybe three pass by overhead.   Now they're back in full effect!

Quite a few juvies too...

Oh and  the first Ruddy Duck I've seen in a long time...

Lastly, an American Kestrel was perched on a refuge sign and for some reason didn't fly away while I shot a ton of photos of him.  I am thinking that the wind was so crazy he didn't want to get swept away or something..

So handsome!

Not the best trip ever, but definitely not the worst...

Thanks again, everyone, for an awesome year!  Special thanks to my favorite bloggers, the Northwest Nature Nut, Chris at Tails of Birding, Frank at The Early Birder, and Laura at Laura Goes Birding!!!  Now, it looks like the rain is on pause so I'm off to find more birds!


  1. Happy one year anniversary! Your blog is great...certainly gets me to Ridgefield more! I'd love to see more local bird bloggers, wouldn't you?

  2. Congratulations on your anniversary.That wind blown kestrel
    is a hoot. Boomer & Me.

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  4. Congrats! I'm going to have to check those Tundras out.

  5. Congrats on your blogging anniversary, Jen! Terrific pictures of the Tundra Swans (that would be a life bird for me) and the Kestrel!

  6. Happy anniversary! I've enjoyed reading about your adventures, and I look forward to hearing about more. Cheers!

  7. Hi Jen,
    Many congratulations on your blog anniversary and for sharing your local wildlife. Loved the close ups of the Kestrel.
    You probably noticed that I have been off line for a while but hope to restart posting very soon.
    Best wishes FAB.

  8. Happy blog birthday! Glad you're having such a good time as a crazy bird girl.

  9. You've proven to be an outstanding birder and blogger! I always look forward to seeing what you've posted recently and am usually pretty jealous. You are so welcome for the Golden Eagle help.....:)
    Perhaps someday I will update my blog with some actual good photos and stories...until then I will lurk and comment on your always photogenic birdies.

  10. Congratulations on the first year! I'm jealous over that kestrel photo-I saw one today that wouldn't let me get a 100 feet from it in my car.

  11. Is that a Pintail in photo #2? Beautiful duck. I look forward to your posts so keep them coming. Fun to see the birds from the left coast. Looking forward to another year of "I used to hate birds".


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