Ridgefield NWR 08-31-11

I spent Wednesday morning up at Ridgefield where things are starting to get more interesting again.  Still lots of young birds around like this Red-winged Blackbird:

I walked the Kiwa Trail and found it pretty quiet, but did see this young Cooper's Hawk:

And then he took off...

There were tons of swallows attempting to land on these plants:

Nearby, one of the cutest baby Marsh Wrens I've ever seen was clinging to some one of the plants:

Also on the Kiwa were tons of little frogs:

This next one would have easily sat comfortably on my thumbnail:

Can't go wrong with tiny frogs.  Shorebirds are still moving through with Greater Yellowlegs being the only ones sticking in close viewing range.

I scanned Rest Lake with my bins expecting to find only indistinguishable sandpipers, but actually found some kind of plover...  My pictures are blurry messes but it looks like a Black-bellied? 

On my way out I stopped to take some pictures of a Red-tailed Hawk perched low and close to the road...

He was sitting there looking pretty, and then he took a giant poop.

Good times!!