[Tweeters] Nisqually NWR Wednesday walk 8/13/14

Shep Thorp shepthorp at gmail.com
Thu Aug 14 10:56:10 PDT 2014


Hi Tweets,

14 of us enjoyed a damp birdy morning, fortunately the rain lightened up
around 8 am and we had a nice dry late morning and early afternoon.
Temperature was in the 60-70's degrees Fahrenheit and there was a low 0'1"
tide at 2:12pm.

Highlights included raptor action with nice sightings of SHARP-SHINNED
HAWK, COOPER'S HAWK, MERLIN, PEREGRINE FALCON, OSPREY, as well NORTHERN
HARRIER, RED-TAILED HAWK and BALD EAGLE. VAUX's SWIFT were mixed in with
many swallows including PURPLE MARTIN, BANK SWALLOW and NORTHERN
ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW. The fresh water side of the Nisqually Estuary Trail
is a hot spot for SORA, VIRGINIA RAIL, AMERICAN BITTERN,
LONG-BILLED/SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, WILSON'S SNIPE, GREATER and a LESSER
YELLOWLEGS. The Riparian Forest along the Twin Barn Loops Trail has a nice
mix of flycatchers and warblers including WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE, WILLOW
FLYCATCHER, PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER, YELLOW WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT,
WILSON'S WARBLER and BLACK-THROATED GRAY. There was a report of a GREAT
EGRET on the Nisqually Reach, but we were not able to relocate this bird.
We did not hit the tide right to have good looks at LEAST SANDPIPER and
WESTERN SANDPIPER.

79 species for the day with 169 species for the year. Mammals seen
included Cotton-tailed Rabbit, Coyote, Mink, and Harbor Seal.

Until next week, when Eric will lead the walk at 8am.

Good birding,
Shep Thorp
sthorp at theaec.com
253-370-3742

Nisqually NWR, Thurston, US-WA
Aug 13, 2014 7:44 AM - 3:44 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: Wednesday walk. Clouds with rain in the morning, but dry late
morning and afternoon. Temperature in the 60's and 70's degrees Fahrenheit.
A low 0'1' Tide at 2:12pm. <br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS,
version 1.7.6
79 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima) (Branta canadensis moffitti/maxima) 200
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 5
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 5
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 300
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 1
Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera) 6
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 10
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 2
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 3
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 4
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 2
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 25
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) 3
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 75
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 1
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 10
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) 6
Sora (Porzana carolina) 6
American Coot (Fulica americana) 4
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 4
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 1
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 20
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 1
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 5
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) 300
Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) 2
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 20
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 3
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 100
California Gull (Larus californicus) 2
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 15
gull sp. (Larinae sp.) 200
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 40
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 10
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 4
Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) 10
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 3
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1
Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1
Peregrine Falcon (North American) (Falco peregrinus anatum) 1
Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) 11
Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) 5
Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis) 1
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 1
American/Northwestern Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos/caurinus) 25
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 2
Purple Martin (Progne subis) 5
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 1
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 1
Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia) 1 Seen at 50 feet with 8 X binoculars.
Small narrow winged brown topped swallow with slightly lighter brown lower
back, white throat and dark brown chest band with tie. Seen foraging over
the fresh water marsh on the inside of the Nisqually Estuary Trail.
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 150
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) 5
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 5
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 7
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 4
Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 1
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) 3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 17
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 500
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 25
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 10
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 7
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Setophaga nigrescens) 1
Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla) 2
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 4
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 30
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 14
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) 1
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 5
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 5
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) 4
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 10

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19467014
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