[Tweeters] Nisqually NWR 5/17/17

Phil Kelley scrubjay323 at gmail.com
Wed May 17 20:05:08 PDT 2017


Today 38 of us enjoyed a great day at Nisqually. It was fairly warm and no
rain so it was comfortable. We had a 9.6 high tide at 9:53 so lots of mud
in the surge plain.

It was a surprisingly good day for waterfowl with 10 or so BLUE-WINGED TEAL
leading the way. For some reason we didn't see any ducklings but did have a
couple of families of goslings out on the estuary dike.

There is at least one eaglet on the south nest and we found 2 owlets inside
the boardwalk near the nest tree. We also had an OSPREY working McAllister

We also had a six swallow day as well as 20+ VAUX'S SWIFTS. Shep also had a
PURPLE MARTIN over the pond south of the twin barns.

Something was going on in McAllister Creek as there were more
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS on the water in a group as I've ever seen there.
They were joined by GREAT BLUE HERON and CASPIAN TERNS setting up a wall of
birds working the falling tide.

For the day I had 49 species and now have 109 for the year. Mammals seen

Until next week when Shep and Eric will lead.....

Phil Kelley
scrubjay323 at gmail.com
Lacey, WA

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