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A great day of birding at Reifel - February 4 2012

Posted by birder on Saturday, February 11, 2012
On February 4th, I went birding at Reifel. It was a really foggy day, but within the sanctaury the fog was not a problem. Just past the bridge that takes you onto Westham Island, there was a group of around 5+ Eurasian Collared Doves. I couldn't get any good shots, but here is one anyways.
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Around the parking lot at reifel, there were many birds out and about. Some of these birds included Red-winged Blackbirds, and juncos. Here are two photos of these birds.
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Near the entrance, the Black-crowned Night Herons were roosting in their usual spot. One of them was awake though, and was preening. Here are two photos of this bird (one a crop of the other).
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Where the wide path that splits into more trails (right after you enter the sanctuary) an adult Bald Eagle was perched in a fairly tall tree (pretty tall for riefel) I snapped a few photos of the bird.
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Near the base of the tree with the eagle, there was a group of Wood Ducks. One of them flew up to a feeder that is supposed to be for songbirds, and with some struggle, managed to keep balance when landing on it. It then started feeding on seeds. Later it flew off and a different male flew up to take its place. Here are some photos of this group of wood ducks.
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I headed for the blue tower. In that area, a Barred Owl had been sighted almost every day in the past week or more. There was no sign of the owl, but a Sandhill Crane was walking around.
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In the water behing the crane many ducks were swimming around. Close to where I was were some Northern Pintails and Mallards swimming in the water. Farther out I could see some Green-wigned Teals, Gadwalls, and Northern Shovelers. One of the shovelers decided to come and feed near where I was, so I took some photos.
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I continued to walk around the trail that is on the outside of the pond by the tower, and I came across a few more Sandhill Cranes. They provided some good photos. They were small and not agressive at all, so I assume they were juveniles.
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I walked some more and watched more Gadwalls, teals, shovelers, mallards, ect. I got to the first exit of the trail I was on and exited. I am glad I exited it there and not father down because what was waiting for me?
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A Barred Owl!
This bird was a lifer for me, and even though it was slightly obstucted by branches, It still provided me with some good photos.
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In a pond near the Barred Owl, there were many Lesser Scaups hanging with some Mallards. I took some photos of both of these birds.
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I soon had to go, so I headed back in the direction of the entrance/exit. While walking back, I noticed a juvenile Bald Eagle perched in a tree above me.
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I still had a few more minutes before I would have to go, so I stopped to take photos of a female Common and female Hooded Merganser, sitting on a log near the entrance.
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The last interesting thing I saw was a Pied-billed Grebe in the pond by the parking lot, before the entrance,.
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The fog was really coming in now. I left, thinking of how great the day had been.



 

 

 

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