Ridgefield NWR 06-12-11

I went up to Ridgefield this morning for the first time in a couple weeks.  The weather was perfect and I saw lots of good stuff, starting with the Barn Swallows nesting at the office.


Bullfrogs are calling all over the refuge right now... I love 'em.


I watched a Red-winged Blackbird feeding her young... I was excited to actually see the red patch on the mom's wing.


A Black-headed Grosbeak was snacking with some waxwings along the road...


There are bunnies everywhere. 


I saw what I think was a flock of Pine Siskins feeding at the top of a tree... Tell me if I'm wrong...


The Kiwa Trail was extremely active this morning...  On many occasions I would catch sight of a rail butt as it disappeared into the grass along the trail.  The Marsh Wrens were numerous and this was probably the only quiet one:


Yummy bug mouth.  Another wren, a bit louder....


My favorite experience of this trip was a Sora that seemed rather confused.  He came out of the grass ahead of me and paced around, returned to the grass and walked alongside me (out of sight) peeping loudly, then emerged from the grass again to eventually cross the trail. 



Pretty cool.  On the way out I stopped to look at the turtles sunning themselves... I think they were all painted turtles.


That was about it... Good times!