[Tweeters] Nisqually NWR, Apr 23, 2014
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Thu Apr 24 14:40:29 PDT 2014
Nineteen of us had another great day of birding in typical April weather. A very strong cold wind chased a number of folks off the dike and back to warmer and calmer areas of the refuge. Russ and several other hardy souls completed the entire boardwalk and ended their walk at 4pm. Low tide was 5' 5" at 7:57am. High tide was 10' 2" at 12:57pm.
There continues to be a variety of waterfowl on the refuge. American Coots are also in relatively large number and we expect at least some to again nest on the refuge. We had large numbers of swallow, mostly Tree, Violet-green, and Barn feeding low throughout the refuge both inside and outside the dike. Yellow-rumped Warblers were everywhere. An American White Pelican was reported early in the morning and we had the good fortune to see it too.
Key sightings and the eBird report submitted by Russ are listed below and include sightings from both the early and late group.
Yellow-headed Blackbird: far south side of the pond behind the parking lot.
Vaux Swift: FOY, mixed in with the swallows on both the access road to the twin barns and the barn overlook.
Osprey: flying north along McAllister Creek.
Sora: FOY, heard off the boardwalk heading to the twin barns.
American White Pelican: from the barn overlook flying across the refuge and landing in the ponded area on the inside of the dike.
Greater White-fronted Goose: flying over the refuge and landing in the pond inside the dike.
Virginia Rail: several were heard on the outside of the dike near the access road intersection.
Dunlin, Western Sandpiper and Least Sandpiper: far out in the mud flats outside of the dike and a few aLeast Sandpiper at the start of the boardwalk. A small flock of Dunlin was also seen over the ponds of the west side of the boardwalk loop.
Perigrine Falcon: flying across the tidelands and McAllister Creek.
Common Raven: flying over the dike near the boardwalk.
Great Horned Owl: adult and two immature in alder on the riverside of the boardwalk.
Bald Eagle at Nest: West side of McAllister Creek off boardwalk.
Brant Goose: edge of refuge from end of boardwalk.
Greater Yellowlegs: from the boardwalk, mostly in grassy areas.
Black-bellied Plover: from the boardwalk.
Caspian Tern: flying over boardwalk, McAllister Creek.
Total Species 75
Good birding until next week when Phil and Shep return.
eBird Report - Nisqually NWR, Apr 23, 2014
75 species (+3 other taxa)
Greater White-fronted Goose 27
Cackling Goose 500
Canada Goose 90
Wood Duck 11
American Wigeon 130
Cinnamon Teal 14
Northern Shoveler 220
Northern Pintail 50
Green-winged Teal (American) 225
Ring-necked Duck 16
Greater Scaup 50
Surf Scoter 75
Common Goldeneye 2 immature was puzzling, considered as hybrid but determined to be 1st winter bird.
Hooded Merganser 15
Red-breasted Merganser 10
Common Loon 1
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Brandt's Cormorant 2
Double-crested Cormorant 12
Pelagic Cormorant 10
American White Pelican 1 large, distinctive bird; white body/wings, black tips; breeding season large "knob" on upper mandible; spotted several times by all attendees, first flying over McAlister and then again in freshwater ponds south of Inner Dike trail
Great Blue Heron 15
Northern Harrier 3
Bald Eagle 10
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 1
Virginia Rail 2 "gi dik" heard repeatedly from 2 locations concurrently by multiple attendees, north of Inner Dike trail near road for picnic area
Sora 1 "kooeee" call heard several times by several attendees from SE corner of large pond between McAlister Creek road and Twin Barns pond
American Coot 90
Black-bellied Plover 4 3 in full breeding plumage, 4th nearing complete
Greater Yellowlegs 29 25 of these were atop the grasslands north of boardwalk between it and McAlister, tightly grouped together and otherwise hard to detect except for "giveaways" nearby on mud.
Least Sandpiper 135
Western Sandpiper 350
Mew Gull 27
Ring-billed Gull 45
Glaucous-winged Gull 2
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid)
12 gull sp. 50
Caspian Tern 8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
Band-tailed Pigeon 1
Great Horned Owl 3
Vaux's Swift 12
Rufous Hummingbird 13
Belted Kingfisher 2
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
American Crow 20
Common Raven 8
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4
Tree Swallow 450
Violet-green Swallow 500
Barn Swallow 300 surprisingly sparse early in the day, most found out over estuary flood plain's mud and later (2-3 PM) commingled with Tree, VG, and a few Cliffs over freshwater ponds.
Cliff Swallow 80
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Bushtit (Pacific) 1 nest observed off riparian-Nisqually river spur boardwalk
Pacific Wren 2
Marsh Wren 14
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 30
European Starling 50
American Pipit 1
Common Yellowthroat 8
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 50
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 300
Savannah Sparrow 21
Song Sparrow 11
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Golden-crowned Sparrow 7
Red-winged Blackbird 50
Yellow-headed Blackbird 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 11
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 3
View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18057066
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 ( http://ebird.org )
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