Ridgefield NWR 07-13-11

I went up to Ridgefield yesterday morning for some motor-filled birding... I didn't check the weather and it was misting or raining the whole time.  Boo.  


One of the first birds I saw was a Virginia Rail out in the open.  He stayed out in the open for a few minutes and seemed pretty unconcerned with me.  It was weird.




Pretty cool.  Young grebes and coots are everywhere still...


Black-headed Grosbeaks were all over.


A haggard hawk flew by with some kind of furry snack...


Young Wood Ducks were swimming in the slough...


And lastly, a sweet Ruddy Duck family: 



Okay, one more photo... Bullfrog!



Good times, despite the rain!