Birding at Reifel Refuge, Delta

Birding at Reifel Refuge, Delta

Trip Report by Leader: Thomas Plath

On 1 February 2020, once again the weather co-operated somewhat and although it was windy there was no rain. Seven people showed up to see what Reifel had to offer this morning. As is often the case Reifel gave us a few quality sightings. We were surprised by an immature Barn Swallow foraging at Fuller’s slough. All the regular dabbling ducks were present in the house pond and a group of Trumpeter Swans fed in the Alaksen fields. A great look was had of a Brown Creeper foraging on a Douglas-fir only two meters away. Close inspection of the Holly bushes revealed a roosting Northern Saw-whet Owl that excited all. A flock of Greater Yellowlegs was seen but only in flight. On our way out, one of us spotted a beautiful adult Cooper’s Hawk plucking and eating a large bird which we enjoyed watching through the spotting scope. The wind kept the birds down but one of the adult Black-crowned Night Herons was in plain view 

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