Ridgefield NWR.

When the weather forecaster suggests there is no threat of rain until late in the day, what he means is that it's going to rain ALL day.  Duh.  I went up to Ridgefield this morning anyway and had a great time.. I'll start things off with a bit of an ID quiz...


Nope, not the gull.  It's a Herring Gull.  I'm talkin bout what that gull was chowing down on...



It's a duck.  That's all I got.

Even with the rain things were pretty...


In one of the lakes were about sixty dowitchers snoozing, scratching, or splashing...


Song Sparrows were the bird of the day.  They are always everywhere but today it was crazy.  There was a flock of 15 foraging on the road at one point, later joined by 13 Golden-crowneds and 2 White-crowneds.  There was a couple singing to each other in the marsh grass, and another just hanging out on a cattail.


At first glance this looked like a straight up Bufflehead crew:


Note the imposter!  Next up was my favorite bird of the day, a beautiful Rough-legged Hawk light morph Harlan's Hawk!

(Thanks to Seagull Steve for the ID help- I started questioning this bird after looking at flight photos and suggested it was actually a light morph Harlan's and Steve agreed). 

Tundra Swans are abundant at Ridgefield.   I found this couple quite charming...


Here's another charming couple for you:


It was a great morning!  Followed up with some soggy yard work and now finally some winter beer.  Good times!!