[Tweeters] Fwd: eBird Report - Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR, Sep 5, 2018

Jon. Anderson and Marty Chaney festuca at comcast.net
Wed Sep 5 18:31:34 PDT 2018

Hi all, this is the eBird checklist for the September 5th weekly bird walk at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. We missed having our usual leaders - Phil Kelley and Shep Thorp put a lot of time in volunteering to lead these walks, but were called away to other duties this morning.

It was a beautiful day to be out birding, although the passerine birds were a bit spotty. However, we did get to view a few mixed-species flocks, and got great views of Black-throated Gray Warblers, Willow Flycatchers, and California Scrub-Jays. There are a lot of young birds-of-the-year to be seen, making species identifications more problematic. Those who went out onto the estuary boardwalk were treated to views of Baird’s Sandpipers in the ‘peep’ flock. The vanguard of the fall waterfowl are being seen, with our first-of-the-season American Wigeon and a Common Merganser.

Here’s hoping to see you at Nisqually, where we meet at the Visitors’ Center at 8 a.m. every Wednesday. Good Birding,

- Jon. Anderson

---------- Original Message ----------
From: ebird-checklist at cornell.edu
To: festuca at comcast.net
Date: September 5, 2018 at 6:24 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR, Sep 5, 2018

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR, Thurston, Washington, US
Sep 5, 2018 7:49 AM - 3:26 PM
Protocol: Traveling 6.17 mile(s)
Comments: Wednesday weekly walk. Sunny, Northeast breeze at 3-5 knots & Temperature 55-80° F. There was a -0.46-foot low tide at 8:17 a.m., flooding toward a +12.26-foot high water at 3:50 p.m. Mammals seen included eastern cottontail, eastern grey squirrel, Columbian black-tailed deer, a vole or shrew in the surge plain, and Harbor Seals.
65 species (+8 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 4
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 3
American Wigeon (Mareca americana) 2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 110
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 4
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 1 Mouth of McAllister Creek
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 2
Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata) 3
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) 3
Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 6
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) 1 Heard vocalizing from cattail marsh
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 13 Estuary Boardwalk
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 9 There were 7 on the estuary channel at the entrance road, and 2 more heard from the north dike
Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) 3 Estuary Boardwalk
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 6 Estuary Boardwalk
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) 55 Estuary Boardwalk
peep sp. (Calidris sp. (peep sp.)) 60
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 1 Mouth of McAllister Creek
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 6
Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) 1 Continuing along the Estuary Boardwalk
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 65
California Gull (Larus californicus) 25
Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) 4
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) (Larus occidentalis x glaucescens) 3
Western/Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus occidentalis/glaucescens) 30
Larus sp. (Larus sp.) 425 Mostly Ring-bill & California. Wasn't able to get species in the heat shimmer
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 18
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 70
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 50
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 2
Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius) 1
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 6
Red-tailed Hawk (calurus/alascensis) (Buteo jamaicensis calurus/alascensis) 3
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 4
Downy Woodpecker (Pacific) (Dryobates pubescens gairdnerii/turati) 4
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (Colaptes auratus [cafer Group]) 2
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1
Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) 5
Warbling Vireo (Western) (Vireo gilvus [swainsoni Group]) 2
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 1 Heard from timber west of McAllister Creek
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 3 In & around the Orchard
American/Northwestern Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos/caurinus) 40
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1 Heard from timber west of McAllister Creek
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) 4
Tree/Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor/thalassina) 6
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 16
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 22
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens) 4
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 6
Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 5
Swainson's Thrush (Russet-backed) (Catharus ustulatus [ustulatus Group]) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 6
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 225
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens) 3
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 6
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 3
White-crowned Sparrow (pugetensis) (Zonotrichia leucophrys pugetensis) 3
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 6
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 9
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 6
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 4
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 1
Black-throated Gray Warbler (Setophaga nigrescens) 2
Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla) 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48316527

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (/content/nw)

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