[Tweeters] Nisqually NWR 11/21/18

Phil Kelley scrubjay323 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 21 16:43:16 PST 2018


Today 15 of us walked Nisqually. It was in the 40s and off and on rain
so folks dropped out early (me included). It was pretty quiet and we
had a 5.5 tide at 10:01 so mostly mud in the reclamation area.

Highlights included a VIRGINIA RAIL inside the twin barns boardwalk
near the turn off to the twin barns. One has been seen in this area
for the last several weeks along with SORA and WILSON'S SNIPE.

Another highlight was 4 SNOW GEESE along the McAllister Creek access
road across from the parking lot. Another SNOW GOOSE was seen inside
the estuary dike.

We did get to watch a GREAT BLUE HERON catch and swallow an adult BULL
FROG. It didn't go down easy but eventually it did.

Out on the mud flats we had DUNLIN, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS and GREATER
YELLOWLEGS. There was a PEREGRINE FALCON roosting in a tree there

Passerine numbers were down due to the weather except for a couple of
flocks of GOLDFINCH.

For the day I had 39 species and now have 128 for the year. The only
mammal I saw was a BLACK-TAILED DEER and fawn.

For a complete list see Shep's ebird report.

Until next week...HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

Phil Kelley
scrubjay323 at gmail.com
Lacey, WA

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