[Tweeters] NIsqually NWR 4/17/19

Phil Kelley scrubjay323 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 17 15:21:07 PDT 2019


Today 25 of us enjoyed a great walk at Nisqually. It was overcast and
cool at the start but warmed up later in the day. We did find some
interesting birds. We had a 2.5 low tide at 11:16 so lots of mud in
the reclamation area.

Several FOY birds were seen including a CASSIN'S VIREO Shep found just
outside the visitor center. Other firsts included CASPIAN TERN and
PIED-BILLED GREBE. There was a WHIMBREL reported at the Nisqually
overlook but when I got there I saw a GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Don't know
if it was mistaken identity or if the WHIMBREL had moved on.

Another interesting find was a female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD working on a
nest in the brush along the boardwalk heading out toward the twin
barns. Another nest was reported near the beaver dam.

Out inside the estuary dike we had 3 male EURASIAN WIGEON and at least
one female. Most I've seen at one time. The PIED-BILLED GREBE was in
the same general area.

There were 3 CASPIAN TERNS working McAllister Creek along with MEW and

For the day I had 46 species and now have 84 for the year. Mammals

Until next week when Shep will lead....

Phil Kelley
scrubjay323 at gmail.com
Lacey, WA

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