[Tweeters] Delayed Report for Nisqually NWR Wednesday Walk on 1/30

Shep Thorp shepthorp at gmail.com
Sat Feb 2 15:38:48 PST 2019

Hi Tweets,

we had a nice day at Nisqually NWR last Wednesday with nice looks at
light merrilli type SONG SPARROW out on the dike near the entrance of the
Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail (photo embedded). RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD
males have moved back into the freshwater marsh to claim territory and were
fairly vocal despite the fog. We walked out to the very end of the
boardwalk for the first time since October with the reopening of this trail
and the end of hunting season. Unfortunately the fog made scoping of the
reach impossible, but we had nice looks of LEAST SANDPIPER and a EURASIAN
WIGEON at the terminus of the trail. 54 species for the day with 77
species for the year. See our eBird report pasted below.

Happy birding,

Shep Thorp
Browns Point

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR, Thurston, Washington, US
Jan 30, 2019 7:47 AM - 2:24 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.501 mile(s)
Comments: Wednesday Walk. Clear skies with fog. Temperature in the 30’s
to 40’s. A High 13.42ft Tide at 12:55pm. Mammals seen Harbor Seal.
54 species (+5 other taxa)

Cackling Goose (minima) 500
Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima) 50
Northern Shoveler 100
Gadwall 50
Eurasian Wigeon 1
American Wigeon 500
Mallard 150
Northern Pintail 200
Green-winged Teal 500
Ring-necked Duck 8
Surf Scoter 1
Bufflehead 200
Common Goldeneye 20
Common Merganser 5
Red-breasted Merganser 8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
Anna's Hummingbird 2
American Coot 10
Dunlin 75
Least Sandpiper 115 Counted, probably more.
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Greater Yellowlegs 6
Mew Gull 30
Ring-billed Gull 60
Glaucous-winged Gull 2
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 2
Western/Glaucous-winged Gull 10
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 15
Northern Harrier 3
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 8
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-breasted Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) 2
American Kestrel 1
American/Northwestern Crow 150
Black-capped Chickadee 20
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 8
Brown Creeper 5
Pacific Wren 3
Marsh Wren 3
Bewick's Wren 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
American Robin 20
European Starling 35
American Goldfinch 15
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 1
Golden-crowned Sparrow 15
Song Sparrow 20
Song Sparrow (montana/merrilli) 1 White supercilium, much whiter with
no blurriness to sides, lighter bill and legs, finer streaking than typical
Song Sparrow of Nisqually.
Photos pending. Observed foraging for 1-2 minutes with binoculars.
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Spotted Towhee 6
Red-winged Blackbird 15
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