Here are some highlights from a recent summer trip I took to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. I saw two new species!
One, a Blue-winged Teal. If I’d realized at the time, I would have attempted better pictures.
And Two. This barely recognizable silhouette that looks more like a deflated balloon torpedoing away, is none other than a Wilson’s Snipe. The unusual winnowing flight sound of their tail “hu-hu-hu” cracks me up for some reason.
I know I’m not supposed to care about European Starlings because they’re introduced and invasive, but they are here, and their nestlings look like muppets, so…
The Red-winged Blackbirds posed nicely.
I also got a good look at a handsome Cinnamon Teal couple.
It was easy to recognize the Steller’s Jay crest.
I don’t know why, but I love when birds sit on signs. Like Savannah Sparrows often do.
And finally, tree swallows were zipping around in the forest, except when they were perched and looking over their shoulders.
It’s hot out there folks!
Tweets and chirps,
Too bad those starling babies are so darn cute! How were the mosquitoes there? About this time it can get bad. Nice find on the Blue-winged Teal!
The mosquitos weren’t too bad! This time. Good to keep in mind.