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!


  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

  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.

  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!

  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!

  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!

  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.

  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.

  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!

  11. Nice owlet shots, Jen.

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

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


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