[Tweeters] Nisqually NWR Wednesday walk 8/6/14

Shep Thorp shepthorp at gmail.com
Sat Aug 9 11:13:02 PDT 2014

Hi Tweets,

forty of us had another good day of birding at the Refuge with cloudy skies
in the morning and sun in the afternoon. The temperature was in the
60-70's degrees Fahrenheit, and their was a Low -0'1" Tide at 8:28 am and a
High 11'3" Tide at 3:52 pm.

Highlights included Green Heron at the Visitor Center Pond Overlook. Great
Horned Owl along the entrance road. Male and female Northern Harrier
hunting over the recently mowed fields. A nice variety of warblers,
Warbling Vireo, Western Tanager, immature Hairy Woodpecker and another
Great Horned Owl along the east branch of the Twin Barns Loop Trail. Fly
overs of Red Crossbill, Vaux's Swift and Turkey Vulture. Greater Yellowlegs,
Long-billed/Short-billed Dowitcher, Virginia Rail and Sora along the fresh
water side of the Nisqually Estuary Trail. Baird's Sandpiper, Semi-palmated
Plover with Western Sandpiper's and Least Sandpiper's on the Nisqually
Estuary Boardwalk Trail 2 hours before the high tide. A single Bank
Swallow continues and was observed by a few early in the morning.

84 species for the day with 167 Species for the year, not including hybrids
(Eurasian X American Wigeon; Bufflehead X Common Goldeneye; and Western X
Glaucous-winged Gull).

Mammals seen included Muskrat, Cotton-tailed Rabbit and Harbor Seal.

Until next week when we meet again at 8am at the Visitor Center Pond
Overlook, good birding.

Shep Thorp
Browns Point
sthorp at theaec.com

Nisqually NWR, Thurston, US-WA
Aug 6, 2014 7:48 AM - 4:32 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: Wednesday walk. Cloudy in the morning, sunny in the
afternoon. Temperature in the 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Muskrat,
Cotton-tail Rabbit, and Harbor Seal. High Tide 11'3" at 3:52pm. <br
/>Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6
84 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 35
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 10
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 400
Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera) 10
Green-winged Teal (American) (Anas crecca carolinensis) 2
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 3
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 150 Seen beyond Nisqually Reach
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 3
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 15
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 75
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 2
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 7
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) 2
Sora (Porzana carolina) 3
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 15
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 2
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 1
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 20
Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) 1
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 100
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) 300
Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) 2
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 20
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 5
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) 1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 150
California Gull (Larus californicus) 20
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 10
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 30
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 8
Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata) 7
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) 2
Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) 3
Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 4
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 3
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) 18
Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) 6
Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis) 1
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 3
American/Northwestern Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos/caurinus) 50
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 3
Purple Martin (Progne subis) 2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 12
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 5
Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia) 1 Continuing bird.
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 150
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) 4
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 12
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens) 4
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) 5
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 6
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 2
Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 1
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) 5
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 16
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 500
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 30
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 12
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 11
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Setophaga nigrescens) 1
Townsend's Warbler (Setophaga townsendi) 3
Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla) 3
Spotted Towhee (Pacific) (Pipilo maculatus [oregonus Group]) 7
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 20
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 17
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 3
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) 4
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 10
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 5
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 2
Red Crossbill (Western Hemlock or type 3) (Loxia curvirostra (type 3)) 4
Red Crossbill (Douglas-fir or type 4) (Loxia curvirostra (type 4)) 4
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 20
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