[Tweeters] NIsqually NWR 2/20/19

Phil Kelley scrubjay323 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 20 14:13:26 PST 2019


Today 30 of us enjoyed a brisk walk at Nisqually. It was in the upper
30s when we started and soon it began to drizzle a bit. We had a 4.9
low tide at 12:24 so lots of mud in the estuary area.

It was quiet early with HOODED MERGANZERS being the best bird at the
visitor center. The orchard was pretty quiet but it did pick up after
that. We did find a VARIED THRUSH in the orchard and a HUTTON'S VIREO
in the firs at the start of the maintenance road. We also had a HAIRY
WOODPECKER in the cottonwoods there.

We had a good number of waterfowl including a EURASIAN WIGEON inside
the estuary dike, but no significant numbers of any one species,
except CACKLING GEESE, which numbered about 1000.

Out in the reclamation we had WESTERN MEADOWLARKS and an AMERICAN
KESTRAL. No shorebirds were noted from the estuary dike due to the low
tide. Some may be noted in the ebird report from the folks who walked
the estuary dike.

For the day I had 40 species and now have 60 for the year. The only
mammal I saw was a GRAY SQUIRREL.

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