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This is a Ruby-crowned Kinglet with its ruby crown visible.  Taken at the Ridgefield NWR, December 2011.

This is a Ruby-crowned Kinglet with its ruby crown visible. Taken at the Ridgefield NWR, December 2011.

Common Grackle by Tony Beck. I saw this for the first time on the deck today. A large bird, I would have thought it was a crow except for the iridescent blue head.

Common Grackle by Tony Beck. I saw this for the first time on the deck today. A large bird, I would have thought it was a crow except for the iridescent blue head.

Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii)[2] is a small North American songbird. It is 4-3/4 to 5 inches (12–13 cm) in length, dull olive-gray above and whitish below. It has a faint white eye ring and faint wing bars.

Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii)[2] is a small North American songbird. It is 4-3/4 to 5 inches (12–13 cm) in length, dull olive-gray above and whitish below. It has a faint white eye ring and faint wing bars.

Fox Sparrows are somewhat rare at the Ridgefield NWR but I found this one on a cool, icy, December morning, perched on a post.  Taken Dec. 2010.

Fox Sparrows are somewhat rare at the Ridgefield NWR but I found this one on a cool, icy, December morning, perched on a post. Taken Dec. 2010.

This is a Great Blue Heron with sunlight shining from the back of the bird, lighting up the bird's bill.  Taken at Ridgefield NWR in Feb. 2009.  It was a cold morning--note the ice crystals on its back feathers.

This is a Great Blue Heron with sunlight shining from the back of the bird, lighting up the bird's bill. Taken at Ridgefield NWR in Feb. 2009. It was a cold morning--note the ice crystals on its back feathers.

One of the smallest birds around not counting hummingbirds.  This is a male Bushtit.  The female of the species has a yellow eye and is even more striking.  These birds rarely stand still.  This was taken at Salish Ponds in Fairview, July 2010.

One of the smallest birds around not counting hummingbirds. This is a male Bushtit. The female of the species has a yellow eye and is even more striking. These birds rarely stand still. This was taken at Salish Ponds in Fairview, July 2010.

A juvenile White-crowned Sparrow poses at the Ridgefield NWR, Nov. 2, 2012.

A juvenile White-crowned Sparrow poses at the Ridgefield NWR, Nov. 2, 2012.

A male Common Yellowthroat, in the Warbler family, is a common occurrence at the Ridgefield NWR in Spring and Summer.  They are very small and like to hide in brush.  I was fortunate to catch this one on a cattail in April 2011.

A male Common Yellowthroat, in the Warbler family, is a common occurrence at the Ridgefield NWR in Spring and Summer. They are very small and like to hide in brush. I was fortunate to catch this one on a cattail in April 2011.

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