[Tweeters] Nisqually NWR Wednesday Walk 8/1/2018

Shep Thorp shepthorp at gmail.com
Fri Aug 3 13:06:41 PDT 2018


Dear Tweets,

we had a nice summers day at the Refuge with continued young being fed in
the Orchard and Riparian Forest, and good numbers of migrating swallows.
Highlights included three falcons, PEREGRINE, MERLIN and AMERICAN KESTREL.
8-10 BANK SWALLOWS mixed in with 5 other species, we had a 7 swallow
species day. And both VIRGINIA RAIL at the Visitor Center Pond Overlook
and SORA in the fresh water marsh on the inside of the dike across from the
Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail. A second cycle non breeding BONAPARTE'S
GULL remains in the area at the beginning of the board walk.

We had 69 species for the day, with 146 species for the year on the walk.

Mammals seen included Eastern Cotton-tailed Rabbit, Columbian Black-tailed
Deer, Coyote and Harbor Seal.

Here is our eBird report.

Until next week when Phil returns to lead the walk, happy birding!

Shep Thorp

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Shep Thorp
Browns Point
253-370-3742

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR, Thurston, Washington, US
Aug 1, 2018 7:57 AM - 4:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.774 mile(s)
Comments: Wednesday Walk. Temperatures in the 60's to 70's degrees
Fahrenheit with cloudy skies in the morning and sun in the afternoon.
High 10.59ft Tide at 8:45am. Mammals seen Eastern Cotton-tailed Rabbit,
Columbian Black-tailed Deer, Coyote, Harbor Seal.
69 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima) 75
Wood Duck 2
Cinnamon Teal 1
Mallard 15
Hooded Merganser 1
Brandt's Cormorant 2
Double-crested Cormorant 50
Great Blue Heron 50
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 3
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 10
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Virginia Rail 2
Sora 1
Least Sandpiper 4
Western Sandpiper 2
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Bonaparte's Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 100
California Gull 50
Glaucous-winged Gull 5
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 1
Caspian Tern 40
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
Band-tailed Pigeon 2
Mourning Dove 3
Vaux's Swift 2
Anna's Hummingbird 1
Rufous Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 4
Red-breasted Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 1
American Kestrel 1
Merlin 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Western Wood-Pewee 7
Willow Flycatcher 7
Steller's Jay 1
American/Northwestern Crow 5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Purple Martin 15
Tree Swallow 20
Violet-green Swallow 5
Bank Swallow 8 Probably more. Multiple birds seen flying over fields
south of Twin Barns and over fresh water marsh. Smaller, more gray and with
white throat in contrast to area NRWS. Smaller, more brown, and with less
dark contrast below eye in comparison to young and female TRSW. Obvious
neck tie on views of underside.
Barn Swallow 50
Cliff Swallow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 15
Brown Creeper 4
Pacific Wren 1
Marsh Wren 2
Bewick's Wren 4
Swainson's Thrush 6
American Robin 30
European Starling 500
Cedar Waxwing 30
Common Yellowthroat 5
Yellow Warbler 5
Wilson's Warbler 4
White-crowned Sparrow 3
Savannah Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 20
Spotted Towhee 1
Western Tanager 1
Black-headed Grosbeak 1
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Brown-headed Cowbird 30
Purple Finch 4
American Goldfinch 40

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47626442
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