[Tweeters] NIsqually NWR 3/29/17

Phil Kelley scrubjay323 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 29 14:39:10 PDT 2017


Today 16 of us braved the conditions and walked Nisqually. The forecast was
worse than the actual weather, but I was not prepared for the wind out on
the estuary dike. We had a 0.6 low tide at 1:34 so lots of mud in the
reclamation area.

The tide was way in when we started the walk and we had FOY WOOD DUCKS fly
in near the Ed Center. We also got buzzed by a male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
there, A bit later we observed a female ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD that appeared to
be drinking beads of rein off a small fir tree.

There were lots of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS about and not much else in the
way of passerines. Waterfowl were scattered on the ample ponds throughout
the refuge.

There is still one GREAT-HORNED OWL near the nest tree but still no signs
of successful nesting.

There were plenty of swallows about, mostly VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS, with a
few TREE SWALLOWS thrown in. A couple of BARN SWALLOWS were also seen.

For the day I had 40 species and now have 78 for the year. WOOD DUCK and
BARN SWALLOW being new for the year. Mammals seen were COTTONTAILED RABBIT

Until next week.....

Phil Kelley
scrubjay323 at gmail.com
Lacey, WA
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