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What

Western Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta ssp. bellii

Observer

wendy5

Date

August 24, 2019 11:48 AM PDT

Description

Six Western Painted Turtles basking in the sun in a small stream at Ridgefield. A couple others submerged themselves when we stopped to look.

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Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps

Observer

wendy5

Date

August 24, 2019 11:51 AM PDT

Description

One of about five Pied-billed Grebes we saw at Ridgeway.

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Coypu Myocastor coypus

Observer

wendy5

Date

August 24, 2019 11:56 AM PDT

Description

A non-native Myocastor coypus (Nutria) covered in a thick coating of an aquatic plant. When I saw it, only its snout was above the water. We saw two dead Nutrias in the water not far away, and wondered if they were choked to death by this aquatic plant, or intentionally killed in the wildlife reserve?

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Wood Duck Aix sponsa

Observer

wendy5

Date

August 24, 2019 12:02 PM PDT

Description

I think this may be a juvenile Wood Duck?

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Bittersweet Nightshade Solanum dulcamara

Observer

wendy5

Date

August 24, 2019 12:20 PM PDT

Description

Solanum dulcamara (European Bittersweet) was abundant near a small lagoon.

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Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes

Observer

wendy5

Date

August 24, 2019 12:35 PM PDT

Description

I'm puzzled by this smaller Yellowlegs in the front-- is it a juvenile Greater Yellowlegs, or a Lesser Yellowlegs hanging out with the dozen Greater Yellowlegs?

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Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca

Observer

wendy5

Date

August 24, 2019 12:35 PM PDT

Description

About a dozen Greater Yellowlegs were foraging together on the shore of a small stream.

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Coypu Myocastor coypus

Observer

wendy5

Date

August 24, 2019 12:42 PM PDT

Description

A pair of non-native Myocastor coypus (Nutria) swimming in clearer water. I wonder if they are related?