[Tweeters] Nisqually NWR, Jul 31, 2013

hannaslagle at comcast.net hannaslagle at comcast.net
Wed Jul 31 21:50:28 PDT 2013

Hi Tweeters,

Twenty-two of us enjoyed another great day at the refuge.  There wasn't much activity at the beginning of the walk, but a couple of hot spots more than made up for the slow start.  Low tide was at 7:50am, 1' 0", and high tide was at 3:33pm, 10' 10".  Dave Richardson's eBird report for the walk is below.

The two hot spots included an eld erberry bush and adjacent trees inside the boardwalk loop on the river side and the fresh water pond on the south side of the dike.

A mixed flock was in and out of the elderberry bush near the first set of benches as we came down the boardwalk headed toward the river overlook.   Species included Wilson's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Bewick's Wren, Brown Creeper, Downy Woodpecker and Black-capped Chickadee.

The freshwater pond on the south side of the dike was very active and gave us great sightings.  As the summer weather continues, the pond is reducing in area and tending to concentrate the birds.  Species along this pond included Long-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Snipe, Cinnamon Teal with young, Hooded Merganser, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs (excellent comparison looks), Virginia Rail, Sora, Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, Wood Duck, Least Sandpiper, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and Marsh Wren.

Another sighting of note on the walk was a pair of Lazuli Buntings on the north (salt water) side of the dike, just past the twin barns.  The birds were in small saplings near the dike and gave us great looks.

Total species:  63

Mammals:  Beaver, Rabbit, Weasel

Until next week when Phil Kelley returns to lead the walk.

Eric Slagle, Olympia

Nisqually NWR, Thurston, US-WA
Jul 31, 2013 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.2 mile(s)
63 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  128
Wood Duck  22
Mallard  220
Blue-winged Teal  4
Cinnamon Teal  13
Northern Shoveler  1
Green-winged Teal  4
Hooded Merganser  12
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Blue Heron  108
Turkey Vulture  3
Bald Eagle  6
Virginia Rail  3
Sora  2
American Coot  9
Killdeer  6
Greater Yellowlegs  5
Lesser Yellowlegs  3
Least Sandpiper  13
Long-billed Dowitcher  24
Wilson's Snipe  6
Ring-billed Gull  130
California Gull  1
Glaucous-winged Gull  4
Caspian Tern  9
Rock Pigeon  3
Vaux's Swift  1
Anna's Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  6
Downy Woodpecker  1
Western Wood-Pewee  15
Willow Flycatcher  7
Hutton's Vireo  2
Steller's Jay  3
American/Northwestern Crow  25
Common Raven  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Purple Martin  2
Tree Swallow  16
Violet-green Swallow  8
Barn Swallow  200
Cliff Swallow  8
Black-capped Chickadee  9
Brown Creeper  1
Pacific Wren  1
Marsh Wren  5
Bewick's Wren  7
Swainson's Thrush  11
American Robin  9
European Starling  30
Cedar Waxwing  2
Common Yellowthroat  8
Yellow Warbler  5
Black-throated Gray Warbler  2
Wilson's Warbler  2
Spotted Towhee (Pacific)  6
Savannah Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  9
White-crowned Sparrow (Puget Sound)  11
Lazuli Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  90
Brown-headed Cowbird  20
American Goldfinch  24

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14827551

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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