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Reifel- October 23 2011

Posted by birder on Friday, November 4, 2011
Today I went to Reifel. The first birds I took photos of were the flocks of Snow Geese that flew above.

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After taking some photos of the flocks of geese, I stopped and took some photos of 2 Black-crowned Night-herons. One was sleeping, but other other one was awake and was preening.

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After I got some shots of the night-herons, I noticed a Peregrine Falcon on a perch that I have seen a Peregrine Falcon on twice before. I walked up the path to the falcon, and took some photos.

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After the falcon, I walked took some shots of the Northern Shovelers, Northern Pintails, Greater Scaups, Green-winged Teals, American Coots, ect. I then noticed a pair of Hooded Mergansers. They are a pretty common bird, but I think the male is really pretty.

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Once the mergansers had wandered farther away, I noticed a Spotted Towhee in a bush eating some berries. Another common bird, but again I think they are very pretty.

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After the towhee I continued walking and taking photos of the waterbirds around me until I herd some pecking. It was a Downy Woodpecker searching for food.

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Once the woodpecker was no longer in a good position for photos, I walked down to the shore. Here I saw a group of around 70 Dowitchers. I lay down on the ground to get eye-level shots. I watched this group for a long time. During this time, I saw a Virginia Rail flying over the dowitchers and into the reeds on the other side. I did not get a photo, so I waited hoping the rail wood come out of the reeds. After waiting a while. It flew across over the Dowitchers and back into the reeds where it had come from. I did not get a photo this time either, but here are some shots of the Dowitchers.

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I watched the dowitchers for a long time before leaving them. When I left, I looked into the trees, and spotted a Brown Creeper, creeping up the trunk of a tree.
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After some more walking, I returned to the spot with the Dowitchers. They were still there, but a group of Sandhill Cranes had arrived to. I took some photos of the cranes, and noticed that one of them had many bands. You can see a photo of that crane in the following series.

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Here are 3 other shots from the sanctuary today.

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