Friday, March 25, 2011

Ridgefield NWR 03-25-11

After yesterday's awesome trip to Ridgefield I could not wait to return.. I headed up there after work today in search of more rails and hopefully Soras..

I decided the best plan of action was to park in a spot where a bird might creep out of the reeds and just wait quietly..  That plan worked pretty well.. A Virginia Rail crept out after about five minutes of waiting but then disappeared pretty quickly.  I got a couple shots...


I drove up the road a little further and found my Sora!



Woohoo!  Mission accomplished.  But of course there was plenty more to see...

Bald Eagle

 Tundra Swan

And then I finally came across a creature I had been wanting to see for awhile... one of the ugliest creatures known to man... the albino nutria!


Gnarly fella.  On my way home I stopped to walk the dogs along the Frenchman's Bar Trail and found that there are still tons of Sandhill Cranes in the fields there.  Some were rather close to the trail so I got a couple good shots...





Good times!

8 comments:

  1. Nice stuff Jen! Wow, Soras and Virginia Rails. I haven't seen either yet.

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  2. That is, without a doubt, the cutest Nutria I have ever seen. I would have had to pick it up and hold it :-)

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  3. Holy crap! I can't believe there are albino nutrias! And the Sora is fantastic looking- what a trip.

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  4. Good Stuff Today ---Dont you love it when you go looking for a particular bird and you FIND IT!! What a rush--
    Great photos....and the Nutria is cute but Im hoping it doenst Expand its territory-
    Finally Saw my first alive Coyote in SC last week--

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  5. Great shots! Love the Sorra butt shot...and that Nutria!! I have never seen an albino!!

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  6. Jen, you are hereby appointed official Skulking Marsh Bird Finder on our Birdathon trip to Steigerwald. We're shooting for 60+ species so these would be a boon! So glad you'll be with us!

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  7. Wow, you got to see some awesome birds. I love the rail and the sora. Both birds I would love to see too. The cranes are beautiful and I think the albino nutria is cute. Fantastic photos.

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