[Tweeters] Nisqually NWR Wednesday morning walk for 7/10/13.

Shep Thorp shepthorp at gmail.com
Wed Jul 10 20:27:00 PDT 2013

Hi Tweets,

36 of us enjoyed a cool morning with cloud cover and a warm and sunny
afternoon with temperatures in the 50's-70's degrees Fahrenheit and a High
11'4" Tide at 6:51 am and a Low -0'11" Tide at 1:21 pm.

Highlights included Great Horned Owl, calling Sora, the autumnal migration
of shorebirds with many Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Red-necked
Phalarope, breeding plumage Long-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, and
the Bald Eagle feeding juveniles waterfowl.

The Great Horned Owl was seen on the inside of the Twin Barns Loop Trail on
the east side just 75 feet north of the Riparian Forest Overlook. Sora was
heard from the Twin Barns Observation Platform. We had fabulous views of
ALL shorebirds from the Nisqually Estuary Trail or new dike on the inside
or fresh water side of the trail. The birds were busy foraging and
provided great looks. Unfortunately we were not able to relocate Lesser
Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpiper and Baird's Sandpiper reported earlier
in the week. The Western Sandpiper were an even mix of breeding plumage,
molting, females and males. The female Red-necked Phalarope was busy
spinning/foraging, and at one point was immediately adjacent to the
Long-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper and Killdeer.
The breeding plumage Long-billed Dowitcher was in gorgeous diffuse rufous
color with no white on the contour feathers. The Bald Eagle north nest was
the location where adults were feeding juveniles, across the McAllister
Creek from the Puget Sound Viewing Platform.

A fun day with 66 species seen, and the Red-necked Phalarope new for the
year. Mammals seen included Cotton Tailed Rabbit, Coyote, Harbor Seal, and
Columbian Black-tailed Deer.

Until next week, when we start at 8am.
Good birding,
Shep Thorp
Browns Point
sthorp at theaec.com

Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima) (Branta canadensis moffitti/maxima) 60
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 4
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 50
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 2
Green-winged Teal (American) (Anas crecca carolinensis) 2
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 9
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 2
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 100
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 10 At north nest across
McAllister Creek from the Puget Sound Viewing Platform we observed an adult
Bald Eagle bringing waterfowl prey to the nest to feed the juveniles on two
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) 2
Sora (Porzana carolina) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 4
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 30
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 3
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 4
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) 40
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 15
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 1
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 1
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) 1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 40
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 1
gull sp. (Larinae sp.) 100
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 1
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) 7
Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata) 5
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 6
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) 1
Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) 2
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) 7
Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) 10
Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis) 1
Hutton's Vireo (Vireo huttoni) 1 Heard by attending birders at
Riparian Forest Overlook cut-off.
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 1
American/Northwestern Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos/caurinus) 25
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 50
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 5
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 50
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) 75
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 15
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens) 2
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 3
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 10
Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 2
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) 30
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 40
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 100
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 25
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 20
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 25
Spotted Towhee (Pacific) (Pipilo maculatus [oregonus Group]) 8
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 10
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 25
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 50
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 10
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 20
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