[Tweeters] Nisqually NWR, Apr 9, 2014

hannaslagle at comcast.net hannaslagle at comcast.net
Wed Apr 9 19:55:14 PDT 2014

Hi Tweeters,
Sixty of us (a new record) enjoyed a great day of birding at Nisqually.  Birders included folks from California and Texas.  Low tide was 5' 5" at 9:37am;  High tide was 9' 8" at 2:17pm.
Highlights of the day included first of year Yellow-headed Blackbird.  Nathaneal's eBird report follows my summary of today's sightings by general location. 
Visitor Center:  Pair of Wood Duck, Bald Eagle, Tree Swallow, Canada and Cackling Goose.
Access Road and Pond South of Parking Lot:  Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Wood Duck, American Wigeon, Pied-billed Grebe.
Access Road and Pond to the West of the parking lot and up to the McAllister Creek gate:  Greater Scaup, Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, American Coot, Northern Pintail, Violet Green, Barn, Tree and Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Common Yellowthroat.
Westside of Boardwalk Loop:  Common Yellowthroat, Bewick's Wren, Spotted Towhee, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Purple Finch, Savannah Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Rufous Hummingbird on nest.
Barn Overlook:  Northern Harrier, Cliff Swallow, Eurasian Wigeon, Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Duck, American Coot, Northern Shoveler.
Dike Trail including boardwalk overlook:  Savannah Sparrow, Common Yellowthroat, Hooded Merganser, Ring-necked Duck, Gadwall, Cinnamon Teal, Green-winged Teal,  Yellow-headed Blackbird, Virginia Rail, Greater Yellowlegs.
McAllister Creek Boardwalk:  Red-breasted Merganser, White-winged Scoter, Common Loon.
River Overlook:  Bald Eagle, Great Blue Heron, Rufous Hummingbird.
Riverside (East) of Boardwalk Loop:  Yellow-rumped Warbler, Brown Creeper (two nests observed), Rufous Hummingbird at nest feeding young, Downy Woodpecker, Great Horned Owl ( 1 adult, 3 young), Golden-crowned sparrow.
Total Species:  73
Mammals:  Rabbit, Beaver, Muskrat
Good birding,
Eric Slagle

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Nisqually NWR, Thurston, US-WA
Apr 9, 2014 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.5 mile(s)
73 species (+3 other taxa)

Greater White-fronted Goose  9
Cackling Goose  200
Canada Goose  100
Wood Duck  6
Gadwall  20
Eurasian Wigeon  3
American Wigeon  350
Mallard  150
Cinnamon Teal  3
Northern Shoveler  200
Northern Pintail  75
Green-winged Teal  200
Ring-necked Duck  25
Greater Scaup  40
White-winged Scoter  4
Bufflehead  200
Common Goldeneye  20
Hooded Merganser  12
Common Merganser  6
Red-breasted Merganser  20
Common Loon  2
Brandt's Cormorant  6
Double-crested Cormorant  10
American Bittern  2
Great Blue Heron  25
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  10
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Virginia Rail  2
American Coot  150
Killdeer  2
Greater Yellowlegs  20
Dunlin  200
Mew Gull  200
Ring-billed Gull  5
California Gull  1
Glaucous-winged Gull  2
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid)  8
gull sp.  300
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  11
Great Horned Owl  4
Anna's Hummingbird  1
Rufous Hummingbird  13     Found two nests. On one nest we observed a female feeding at least two.
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  6
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Steller's Jay  1
American/Northwestern Crow  125
Common Raven  7
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  10
Tree Swallow  300
Violet-green Swallow  30
Barn Swallow  10
Cliff Swallow  4
Black-capped Chickadee  5
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  2
Bushtit  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  5
Pacific Wren  4
Marsh Wren  8
Bewick's Wren  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  25
European Starling  150
Yellow-rumped Warbler  30     10 Myrtle 20 Audubon
Spotted Towhee  3
Savannah Sparrow  19
Fox Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  25
White-crowned Sparrow  1
Golden-crowned Sparrow  12
Red-winged Blackbird  45
Yellow-headed Blackbird  2
House Finch  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17821587

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

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