[Tweeters] Nisqually NWR, June 5, 2013

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Wed Jun 5 20:27:39 PDT 2013


Twenty-six of us enjoyed a beautiful and productive day at the refuge.  Low tide was -0'6" at 10:40am.  Key sightings for the day included Bullock's Oriole, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Ruddy Duck, Band-tailed Pi geons, Pacific-s lope Flycatcher, Cinnamon, Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Purple Martin, Osprey, and Common Raven.  Heard, but not seen, were both Sora and Virginia Rail.  Below are highlights by location, followed by Matt's ebird report for today's walk.

Visitor Center Overlook:  Common Merganser,  Western-wood Pewee, Common Yellow-throat, Tree, Cliff and Barn Swallow, and Cedar Waxwing.

Pond off the South Side of the Entrance Road:  Blue-winged Teal, Rufous Hummingbird, and Yellow Warbler. 

Orchard:  American Goldfinch, Cedar Waxwing, White-crowned Sparrow, Yellow Warbler and Rufous Hummingbird.

Access Road and Pond South of the Parking Lot:  Wood Duck, Wilson's Snipe, Swainson's Thrush, Yellow Warbler.

Access Road and Pond to the West of the Parking Lot and up to the McAllister Creek Gate:  Common Yellow-throat, Cinnamon Teal, Wilson's Snipe, Northern Shoveler, Savannah Sparrow, Bald Eagle nest with adult and  young.

Westside of Boardwalk Loop:  Swainson's Thrush, Common Yellow-throat, Hooded Merganser, Willow Flycatcher, Brown Creeper, Black-headed Grosbeak, Marsh Wren, Yellow W arbler, and Western Wood-pewee, and Olive-sided Flycatcher.  Northern Pintail and Wood Duck were seen in the ponds across the access road.  The grove of trees near the twin barns was the first sighting of a male Bullock's Oriole.

Barn Overlook:  Green-winged, Blue-winged and Cinnamon Teal, Spotted Sandpiper, Killdeer, Yellow-headed Blackbird, and Wood Duck with young.

Dike Trail:  The pond on the south side of the dike included Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Blue-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, and both Sora and Virginia Rail were heard.

Boardwalk:  Glaucous-winged and Ring-billed Gull, Osprey, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, a flock of Band-tailed Pigeons and Common Raven.  Warbling Vireo was heard across McAllister Creek. From the viewing platform at the end of the boardwalk:  Double-crested Cormorant, Purple Martin and Adult eagle at nest feeding two young.

River Overlook:  Common Merganser with young, Spotted Sandpiper, Yellow Warbler and immature Bald Eagle.

River-side of Boardwalk Loop:  Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Brown Creeper, Wilson's Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak, Swainson's Thrush, Downy Woodpecker feeding young in a cavity, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, and male Bullock's Oriole.

At the end of the walk at the visitor center a male Bullock's Oriole was spotted in the cattails just off the walkway and gave folks great looks.

Total species:  69    

Mammals:  Rabbit, Squirrel

Until next week when Phil Kelly is scheduled to return.

Eric Slagle


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Nisqually NWR, Thurston, US-WA
Jun 5, 2013 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
69 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  25
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  8
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  6
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  50
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)  6
Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera)  18
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  4
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)  3
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  1
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  1     Female bird continuing in freshwater pond inside dike.  Small, dark diving duck with prominent white cheek patch.
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  10
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  8     Female with 7 young seen on Nisqually River
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  2
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  1
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus)  1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  40
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  12
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola)  1
Sora (Porzana carolina)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  2
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  2
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  2
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata)  1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  6
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens)  20
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)  1
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  10
Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata)  20
Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)  3
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi)  1
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus)  8
Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii)  12
Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis)  1
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  30
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  2
Purple Martin (Progne subis)  1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  30
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina)  2
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  75
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)  50
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  4
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)  1     Bird seen entering/exiting small hole in snag twice.  This is a species not regularly seen on the refuge due to lack of conifers.
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)  10
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)  3
Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  3
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  18
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  25
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  75
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  15
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  12
Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  10
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  15
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)  1
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana)  1
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)  6
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  30
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus)  1
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  6
Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii)  4
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  20

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14347168

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