It occurred to me this morning that amongst the Avian Photographers here, we probably have a pretty good list of excellent locations that would be worth sharing for those wanting to visit other areas. I thought I’d start it off with those locations close to our homes to prevent too much duplication of places like Bosque del Apache (we’ll let Keith do that one), but if you’d like to throw one of those in as well, or a more obscure one from your travels, please feel free to do so. Also, please feel free to toss in multiple entries as you think of them.
I’ll start it out with Ridgefield NWR.
There are two units of this refuge near the town of Ridgefiled at exit 14 from I-5 in southern Washington State. The refuge borders on the Columbia River and there is a year-round auto tour route that is usually quite productive. I don’t think I’ve ever come away completely empty handed. There is also a walking trail off the auto route that is open in the summer and can be quite nice. The McCarty unit is on the other side of town and is the location of the headquarters. It has a trail that borders several ponds and can also be very good at times.
There are three other units of the refuge, all along the Columbia, but only one of the others is open to the public and I haven’t been there yet.