[Tweeters] Black Phoebe and RSH at Ridgefield, and where are the migrants?

Michelle Maani lamoustique at yahoo.com
Mon Nov 19 12:28:26 PST 2018

I went to Ridgefield NWR today...for November it is strangely empty.  Where is everybody? Yes, there are a few Tundra Swans, a few Canada Geese, a few Cackling Geese, a few of this or that duck you usually see. But when I say a few,  a mean a very few compared to the numbers I usually see this time of year. It would be nice to think this is just on the River S drive and not elsewhere, but my other haunts are similarly depopulated.  Even the small birdies like the Golden-crowned Sparrows seem to be in lower numbers than usual.  I keep hoping it's just a late migration pattern, but it's December next week!
On the plus side, I saw a Black Phoebe near marker #2. It was in the marshy areas on both sides of the road (it flew across).  I also saw a Red-shouldered Hawk, which made its presence known with loud vocalizations (marker #5). 
Michelle MaaniSalmon Creek, Vancouver, WA
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