I made my semi-annual dentist visit to Vancouver last Wednesday. As usual, I left a little after 6:00 AM so I could stop at the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge before having lunch with a group of retired school teachers.
Since I only visit there two or three times per year, I never quite know what to expect, though I wasn’t surprised to find the male Red-Winged Blackbirds
were in full song, though I didn’t spot too many females.
I was pleasantly surprised to see several Ring-Necked Ducks, including this female,
since I seldom see them in places where I commonly bird.
I even enjoyed seeing birds that I commonly see, like this Canada Goose in the foreground
and the Northern Pintail in the background in new settings.
I suspect the Pintails were less shy than usual because the Canada Goose alerted them to my presence but didn’t bolt.
Not unexpectedly, this male Hooded Merganser
came drifting out of the shadows on the far side of the refuge.
A good start to a long day. I wish the day had ended with a delightful reunion at lunch, but unfortunately I was later told by my dentist that the tooth she had tried to save the year before had split and was abscessed and needed to be pulled. Then I had to decide if I wanted a bridge or an implant; tough decision since I didn’t want either. I knew I wanted the tooth out as soon as possible, though. So I had it pulled yesterday. I decided to go with the implant, which takes nearly 9 months to complete but is supposed to be superior to the bridge (or, at the very least, more expensive).