[Tweeters] Common Terns at Nisqually NWR Wednesday Walk 10/5

Shep Thorp shepthorp at gmail.com
Fri Oct 7 20:01:29 PDT 2016

Hi Tweets,

I forgot to report on Tweeters that myself and two others enjoyed 5 Common
Terns from the Puget Sound Viewing Platform and the bridge between the
Observation Tower and Photo Blind 2 days ago actively foraging the tidal
channels on a falling tide. My first Common Terns for the Refuge and later
then what I typically see around Browns Point Tacoma.

Here's my eBird report for the day.

Good birding,

Shep Thorp
Browns Point

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR, Thurston, Washington, US
Oct 5, 2016 7:38 AM - 2:38 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: Wednesday walk. Common Tern from Puget Sound Viewing
Platform. Cloudy, intermittent rain, temperature in the 60's degrees
Fahrenheit. High 12'5" Tide at 9:21 am. Mammals seen include River Otter,
Columbia Black-tailed Deer, Harbor Seal, California Sea Lion, Eastern Gray
60 species (+7 other taxa)

Cackling Goose (minima) 300
Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima) 50
Domestic goose sp. (Domestic type) x Canada Goose (hybrid) 1
American Wigeon 300
Mallard 75
Northern Shoveler 10
Northern Pintail 30
Green-winged Teal 300
Surf Scoter 2
Hooded Merganser 1
Common Loon 3
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Horned Grebe 7
Brandt's Cormorant 10
Double-crested Cormorant 50
Great Blue Heron 30
Northern Harrier 2
Cooper's Hawk 2
Bald Eagle 5
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Least Sandpiper 100
Western Sandpiper 7
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher 8
Greater Yellowlegs 19
Mew Gull 4
Ring-billed Gull 200
California Gull 3
Glaucous-winged Gull 10
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 2
Common Tern 5 Observed in two locations over 10-15 minutes. From
Puget Sound Viewing Platform and bridge between Observation Tower and Photo
Blind. Foraging along estuary channels at 1/4 mile in binoculars and 40 x
spotting scope. Small black billed tern with black nape extending from eye
region and caudal crown. Some individuals had thin black line on the
dorsal pytagium. Forked tail. These terns were actively foraging and
diving into estuary channels foraging for fish. First time Common Tern for
me at Nisqually!
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Mourning Dove 1
Anna's Hummingbird 2
Belted Kingfisher 3
Red-breasted Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 7
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Peregrine Falcon (Peale's) 1
Steller's Jay 1
American/Northwestern Crow 250
Common Raven 2
Tree/Violet-green Swallow 75
Barn Swallow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 15
Brown Creeper 15
Pacific Wren 3
Marsh Wren 1
Bewick's Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 30
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
American Robin 20
European Starling 100
American Pipit 6
Cedar Waxwing 25
Yellow-rumped Warbler 27
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 3
Fox Sparrow 3
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Golden-crowned Sparrow 30
Savannah Sparrow 15
Song Sparrow 25
Lincoln's Sparrow 3
Spotted Towhee 3
Western Meadowlark 12
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