Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge

 

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Yesterday I came home from work and wanted to have some no-money fun, and we found some almost-no-money fun instead – we tossed the dogs in the van, picked up a dinner to-go, and headed out to the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge. Because it’s a refuge the dogs had to stay in the car, so we did the driving loop. We saw many of the usual inhabitants…

 

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Ducks! (yes, I know there’s a proper name for these guys other than ‘ducks’)

 

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Lots of Red-wing blackbirds.

 

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Bunnies!

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A big white bird! It’s a Great Egret. First time I’ve seen one during our visits here.

 

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Pelicans!

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It was a beautiful afternoon.

 

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Way off in the distance, I saw something watching us.

 

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We continued along the waterway, hoping to see something exciting around every turn.

 

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Part of the meadow was mowed, and at the far end of it I saw something, but I couldn’t tell what until I zoomed in…

 

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A family of coyotes! Complete with pups! How exciting! That’s a first for our visits to the refuge. We hear coyotes all the time at home, and occasionally see them (and we suspect they ate our cat a few years ago), but I’m much happier to see them here, where they are free to be coyotes.

 

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Well, the afternoon wasn’t going to last forever. They close the gates at 9pm, so we had to keep moving.

 

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The sun slipped below the treeline, and cast a beautiful golden hue over the landscape.

 

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We headed back across Lake River, and felt like we’d had a little adventure. Just the thing I needed after a long day at work.

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