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!!