Ridgefield NWR.

I finally made it out birding this morning!  I went up to Ridgefield for a couple hours to get away from housework.  It was very wintery feeling there, with those blueish cloudy skies and chilly air...  Not the best for photos but still good birding!


I don't remember seeing the teasel with these little green growths before- is it part of the teasel or something growing on it?


I watched a couple of coyotes following the same trail they used all summer, despite the fact that it's rather wet now...


There were Red-tailed Hawks everywhere, but never found a Rough-legged.  Most were just silhouettes anyway...


A family of four raccoons crept by through the tall grass...


A dark morph Red-tailed Hawk was the last interesting bird I saw...


It was nice to get out birding after being so busy the last couple weeks!  Good times!

Comments

  1. What, you left your house?! I think the teasel seeds are sprouting before they fell off the plant. It was so mild and warm a couple of weeks ago. I saw it last week and was puzzled as well. I saw on the Ridgefield Flickr group some people commented on it too.

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  2. Hi Jen, glad you got out of the house for some birding. The house work can wait. Love the hawks and the coyote. The heron is a pretty shot. Looks like a great day, happy birding!

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  3. Wow, I've never seen a dark morph Red-tailed; very cool! I would love to see some coyotes out wandering!

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  4. Ha! Before my eyes focussed on the picture in looked like that Great Blue Heron was standing in a shallow stream that was hugely stocked with fish. What a paradise that would be for him...

    Lovely shots, hope you're settling in better n' a House Wren

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  5. A nice break from all the work! That coyote looks like he is not too happy with that mud in his path..
    very sweet Heron shot and I adore the little bandits shot!!

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  6. Looks like a really nice birding/nature outing! That growth on the teasel is interesting, I've never seen that before. It looks like some sort of water greenery.

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