[Tweeters] Nisqually NWR Wednesday Walk 12/16/2015

Shep Thorp shepthorp at gmail.com
Wed Dec 16 19:00:32 PST 2015

Hi Tweets,

thirty of us enjoyed a very nice day at the Refuge with temperatures in the
40's degrees Fahrenheit, cloudy skies, and a High 15'1" Tide at 9:52am.
GOOSE, GREAT HORNED OWL brooding clutch, domestic type SWAN GOOSE/CHINESE
few of our birders reported hearing a Swamp Sparrow north of the Nisqually
Estuary Trail or new dike east of Leschi Slough. Another birder
photographed a Western Sandpiper on the boardwalk. Here is our eBird
report with photo's, including Red-shouldered Hawk and funky domestic gone
feral goose.

We had 74 species for the day, and I've got 178 species for the year on my
Wednesday walks. Mammals seen included Eastern Gray Squirrel, Harbor Seal,
California Sea Lion, Steller's Sea Lion and Columbia Black-tailed Deer.

Until next week when we meet again at 8am.

Happy birding,

Shep Thorp
Browns Point

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 1
Cackling Goose (minima) (Branta hutchinsii minima) 2000
Cackling Goose (Taverner's) (Branta hutchinsii taverneri) 80
Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima) (Branta canadensis moffitti/maxima) 75
goose sp. (Anser/Chen/Branta sp.) 1 Domestic escape. Chinese Goose?
Swan Goose? Hybrid?

<a href="
title="Hybrid Goose. Chinese Goose? Swan Goose? Suspect domestic escape.
Twin Barns Overlook."><img src="
alt="Hybrid Goose. Chinese Goose? Swan Goose? Suspect domestic escape.
Twin Barns Overlook." /></a>
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 6
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) 5
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 2000
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 300
Mallard (Domestic type) (Anas platyrhynchos (Domestic type)) 1
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 200
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 750
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 1500
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 30
Greater/Lesser Scaup (Aythya marila/affinis) 10 Off Luhr Beach.
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 3
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 200
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) 25
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 5
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 7
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 15
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 1 Flooded field south of Access Road.
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) 1
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 2
Brandt's Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) 10
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 40
Pelagic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) 2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 50
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 30
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1 Previously reported rarity.
Photographs taken.
<a href="
title="Red-shouldered Hawk. Nisqually Estuary Trail. Over fresh water
marsh."><img src="
alt="Red-shouldered Hawk. Nisqually Estuary Trail. Over fresh water marsh."
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 4
Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan's) (Buteo jamaicensis harlani) 1
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) 2
American Coot (Fulica americana) 10
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 1
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 25 <a href="
title="Greater Yellowleg. Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail."><img src="
alt="Greater Yellowleg. Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail." /></a>
Dunlin (Calidris alpina) 100
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 70
peep sp. (Calidris sp. (peep sp.)) 1 Western Sandpiper photographed by
another birder.
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 1
Mew Gull (Larus canus) 100
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 100
Thayer's Gull (Larus thayeri) 1 Seen in surge plain east of Leschi
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 20
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) (Larus occidentalis x glaucescens)
Larus sp. (Larus sp.) 200
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 12
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) 1
Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 3
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 6
Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber) 4
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 15
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
Peregrine Falcon (North American) (Falco peregrinus anatum) 1
Peregrine Falcon (Peale's) (Falco peregrinus pealei) 3 <a href="
title="Peregrine Falcon. Visitor Center, Nisqually NWR."><img src="
alt="Peregrine Falcon. Visitor Center, Nisqually NWR." /></a>
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 1
American/Northwestern Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos/caurinus) 200
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 30
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens) 1
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 10
Pacific Wren (Troglodytes pacificus) 6
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 12
Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 8
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 50
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 15
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 51
Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 100
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) (Setophaga coronata auduboni) 5
Fox Sparrow (Sooty) (Passerella iliaca [unalaschcensis Group]) 5
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) 40
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 30
Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) 3
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 15
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 15
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) 10
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1

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