Ridgefield NWR 04-19-11

I went up to Ridgefield yesterday morning and got a heavy dose of springtime!  I took way too many photos so I'm trying out some collages this time around...

Cinnamon Teal, Red-winged Blackbird, Tree Swallow, White-breasted Nuthatch, Song Sparrow

I saw my first goslings too!  Freaking adorable.



I saw at least two male Yellow-headed Blackbirds...


Virginia Rail, Greater Yellowlegs, Wilson's Snipes, Ring-necked Duck

Tree Swallows, Common Yellowthroat, American Goldfinch, Violet-green Swallows

 I took some quick shots of a Great Horned Owl baby too...



There were plenty of swallows and I saw my first Cliff Swallows of the year.  On my way out I had to drive through a big group of geese and this one stood out:


I know there have been quite a few reports this winter/spring of possible Barnacle X Cackling hybrids, but who knows...  He's neat-looking regardless.

Good times!  Happy Spring!

Comments

  1. LOving those collages...great idea!! Amazing variety of species I totally love that OWLET and the goslins--omg they are too cute--just want to hug one .....and get my eye pecked out for my troubles..lol

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  2. Hi Jen. FABulous selection from your recent trip AND top marks for the presentation .. as you know I'm a fan of collages. Plenty of 'cute' opportunities at the moment.

    BTW will you remind me which camera and lens you are using.

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  3. Wow, you had a great day of birding and sightings. The baby owl is my favorite and the chicks are adorable. And how cool to see the Virginia Rail out in the open. I love the mosaics, well done!

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  4. Fantastic! Looks and sounds like you had a wonderful birding adventure. Your collages are so very beautiful! There are so many fabulous images, I can't select a favorite. Oh, how I long to photograph owlets like you have. A most sensational post full of stunning images!

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  5. So many great images! I always love the swallows, but the ducklings and the owl are great too...oh heck...they are all great!

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  6. Not to many photos Jen! Not enough. Bring us more of your fantastic photos and cool birds. Thumbs up on the collages. That's a great way to present.

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  7. What a great series of photos. Beautiful birds beautifully presented.

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  9. Great trip!! You are so much ahead of us!! Boomm & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  10. What an awesome variety you have spotted and photographed! All wondeful collages and shots. I'm particularly impressed with the open shots of the rail and the owlet! Super work, Jen!

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  11. Nice owlet shots, Jen.

    BTW, I finally got my Short-eared, but not at Broughton. I chased the Powell Butte birds successfully.

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  12. @Frank- I shoot with a Canon EOS Rebel T1i. The lens I use is a 55-250mm.

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