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!