[Tweeters] Nisqually Walk 4/15

Nathanael Swecker nathanael.swecker at gmail.com
Thu Apr 16 22:52:06 PDT 2015

Tweeter's Community,


Wednesday at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge we had around 35
participants for our weekly walk. We started at 8am and a few of us made it
to the end by 2pm. Normally Phil or Shep will put together the reports on
Tweeters or eBird, but this week both of our leaders were gone and made the
unfortunate decision to let me lead the walk and compose the reports. So
here is my very first "tweet" of all time!

Some Points of interest: Our CACKLING GEESE continue in large numbers.
However they include much more taverner's than our wintering population. We
also observed what we believed to be two Alutians. Full neck collars that
wrapped around the neck and boxy shaped heads. One AMERICAN X EURASIAN
WIGEON hybrid continues adjacent to the twin barns. One FOY VAUX'S SWIFT
was seen over the flooded fields to the south of the barns. CINNAMON TEAL
numbers continue to increase. WOOD DUCKS are entering the tree cavities and
HOODED MERGANSERS are using the duck boxes around the visitor pond. An
OSPREY and CASPIAN TERN were fishing off of Mcallister Creek. Three RUFUOUS
HUMMING BIRD nests were found on the inner boardwalk. CLIFF SWALLOWS are
beginning to build nests on the twin barns. Three BUSHTIT nest have been
found this year. Only one nest was found the previous year. Below is found
the full list from eBird.


Nathanael Swecker
Nisqually NWR volunteer

Greater White-fronted Goose 13
Cackling Goose (minima) 800
Cackling Goose (Taverner's) 50
Canada Goose 40
Wood Duck 8
Gadwall 25
American Wigeon 200
Eurasian x American Wigeon (hybrid) 1
Mallard 75
Cinnamon Teal 6
Northern Shoveler 100
Northern Pintail 100
Green-winged Teal (American) 400
Ring-necked Duck 5
Surf Scoter 25
Bufflehead 150
Common Goldeneye 10
Hooded Merganser 4
Common Merganser 1
Red-breasted Merganser 10
Common Loon 1
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Horned Grebe 1
Brandt's Cormorant 3
Double-crested Cormorant 15
Great Blue Heron 10
Osprey 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 3
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Virginia Rail 4
American Coot 100
Killdeer 1
Greater Yellowlegs 40
Least Sandpiper 3
Mew Gull 150
Ring-billed Gull 50
Glaucous-winged Gull 10
Caspian Tern 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 15
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
Mourning Dove 1
Vaux's Swift 1 Seen south of the barns over the flooded fields. All
dark cigar shaped body with crescent wings and rapid stuff wing beats.
Anna's Hummingbird 1
Rufous Hummingbird 12
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
American/Northwestern Crow 25
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Tree Swallow 75
Violet-green Swallow 125
Barn Swallow 10
Cliff Swallow 45
Black-capped Chickadee 12
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 2
Bushtit (Pacific) 12
Brown Creeper 3
Pacific Wren 3
Marsh Wren 10
Bewick's Wren 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin 20
European Starling 50
American Pipit 5
Orange-crowned Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 20
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 60
Spotted Towhee (Pacific) 6
Savannah Sparrow 12
Fox Sparrow (Sooty) 1
Song Sparrow 25
White-crowned Sparrow 5
Golden-crowned Sparrow 40
Red-winged Blackbird 25
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Red Crossbill 2
Pine Siskin 4
American Goldfinch 2
Evening Grosbeak 2
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