Ridgefield NWR 07-06-11

I went up to Ridgefield bright and early yesterday morning.  Since my last visit hundreds of blackbirds had fledged and many were feeding in the road...  Here are some Yellow-headed ones...


The moms were kept busy with the youngins...




The Pied-billed Grebe young have grown a bit...


I saw a mama and ducklings that I think are Northern Shovelers...  They're not, they're Cinnamon Teals.  (Thanks!)



There are at least 40 American White Pelicans at the refuge now, which is 38 more than I've ever seen there before...


Later on they all took off to a lake out of sight...


The Kiwa Trail was full of snipe and rails..

                           Wilson's Snipe

If only I had been on the other side of this rail when it decided to bolt across the trail....


I followed this dragonfly for a bit:


I think it's a Blue-eyed Darner.  Back on the road I stopped to look at a Red-winged Blackbird baby...


 Love the eyebrow tufts!


That was about it for the refuge... I was really hoping for coyote pups, which I definitely heard, but no luck seeing them.  Maybe next time...