I had the best trip to Ridgefield this morning! When I first got off the highway either a Cooper's or a Sharp-shinned Hawk landed on the traffic light... I took that as a good sign.
Towards the beginning of the auto tour I startled a small bird in the grasses to my left. I peeked down and saw a Wilson's Snipe peeking back at me...
Cute. A minute later I startled another bird and my first thought was that it was probably another snipe. Nope. It was my first Virginia Rail!!!! He ran off into the grasses and I was sad, but patiently waited for him to return. He did not. I kept driving and found two more!! And they let me take their picture!
I watched them for awhile when seemingly out of nowhere they started gettin frisky! Yep they were totally doing it!
It only lasted about a minute, and then they went back to walking around poking in the mud.
Oh wow that was so awesome! I saw a few more good birds on my trip but nothing quite like that!
What an awesome trip....