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Welcoming Fear as Opportunity


The usual cacophony of bird song does not fill the morning air in my backyard; my songbirds are scattered. When I removed the bird feeders from the front porch last week, I did so with the hope that I would also remove the danger of spreading disease. It broke my heart to see the birds’ confusion when they flew in, ... Read More »

Rights & Wrongs; Migrations & Songs


I posted new reader submitted photos to The (Almost) Daily News bird blog. The post includes Dawn McHugh’s visit to Ocean Shores to see Snowy Owls and a paddling of Wood Ducks feeding under Richard Hendricks wild bird feeders. Mr. Hendricks wrote last week to remind me that Wood Ducks do, indeed, perch in trees (see last week’s feature article, ... Read More »

Ridgefield NWR: a Heron & some Crazy Coots (Part III)


I’m fascinated by the odd-looking Great Blue Herons. I see them quite often while fishing at the Cowlitz River. They have a snorting call they use at takeoff or landing. They sound like flying pigs. I was thrilled when this heron (seemed to) drop out of the sky and land right in front of our car at the refuge. I ... Read More »

Ridgefield NWR: the Raptors (Part II)


We see plenty of raptors here in Lewis County, but to get a really close view of them, you need to visit a wildlife refuge like the Nisqually or Ridgefield refuges. Here the birds are accustomed to having people watching their every move and you can spend a lot of time watching them and appreciating their beauty. This Red-tailed Hawk ... Read More »

Ridgefield NWR: Views, People, Mammals & a Frog (Part I)


Monday afternoon my son Shane and I drove down to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (just southwest of Woodland, along the Columbia River) to take the 4.2-mile auto tour of the River ‘S’ Unit. It was our second visit to a local wildlife refuge in the last month (see Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge: the Birds (Part I) and Nisqually National ... Read More »

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge: the Views (Part II)


I decided to divide this post into two parts because I had just too many photos to show you! If you haven’t walked the Nisqually NWR, you are really missing out! My granddaughter and youngest son, Shane, visited the refuge after church on Sunday, Jan. 8. The parking lot was packed, the boardwalk was crowded, the views were stunning. In ... Read More »

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