[Tweeters] NIsqually NWR 9/4/13

scrubjay323 at aol.com scrubjay323 at aol.com
Wed Sep 4 19:22:44 PDT 2013


Today 34 of us enjoyed a great day at Nisqually once the rain stopped about 8:45 or so. The only thing was the tide. We had a 0.8 low at 11:45 so all we had was mud off the new boardwalk, but that didn't stop folks from seeing good birds out there. I made it to the first pavilion before turning back. As you saw with Michael's pictures there was a GREATER YELLOWLEGS along McAllister Creek. There were also reports of an unusual TERN out on the Sound. Shep and others were checking that report out.

Highlights included WARBLING VIREOS, a GREAT EGRET, PEREGRINE FALCON, COOPER'S HAWK, and a couple of mixed flocks that were great.

At the visitor center we saw the first mixed flock that included BUSHTITS, YELLOW WARBLERS and BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE. This flock was across the pond so it was a challenge to see everything. We also picked up CERAS WAXWINGS and BARN SWALLOWS.

Along the boardwalk to the twin barns we saw a couple more mixed flocks that included BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS, WARBLING VIREO, YELLOW WARBLERS, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, and DOWNEY WOODPECKER. Later on that side we picked up ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, SONG SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and MARSH WREN. There were also a couple of ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRDS in the area.

For the day I think we saw more WARBLING VIREOS than SONG SPARROWS.

Waterfowl numbers were way down as is most of the water levels. Young birds/birds in molt made ID a challenge.

We saw a good cross section of raptors that included RED-TAILED HAWK, NORTHERN HARRIER, COOPER'S HAWK, and PEREGRINE FALCON. All except the RED-TAIL were in the reclamation area over the mud flats. The GREAT EGRET was out along McAllister Creek toward the end of the boardwalk.

For the day I had 51 species and now have 131 for the year. Shep will put his ebird report on and add whatever they saw out toward the sound.


Until next week....

Phil Kelley
scrubjay323 at aol.com

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