[Tweeters] Nisqually NWR Wednesday walk, 10/23/2019

Kenneth Brown kenbrownpls at comcast.net
Thu Oct 24 11:21:37 PDT 2019


It was cool in the morning but a beautiful day at the refuge. 20 or so started out at 8am for our typical route, finishing up around 1:30pm. The tide was low at the start and still low when we arrived on the dike. The end of the dike and McCallister Creek Boardwalk are still closed off for bridge replacement.

One unusual finding was 18 Wilson's Snipe all in close proximity to each other acting like peeps, on the edge of the open muddy pond on the west side of the Twin Barns access road. One Cackling Goose had a yellow neck collar with "9%" in black lettering.

The list of species follows:

Greater White-fronted Goose 18
Cackling Goose 1200
Canada Goose 4
Cinnamon Teal 1
American Wigeon 60
Mallard 50
Northern Pintail 100
Green-winged Teal 40
Hooded Merganser 2
Anna's Hummingbird 3
Killdeer 1
peep sp. 20
Long-billed Dowitcher 12
Wilson's Snipe 18
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Ring-billed Gull 24
Glaucous-winged Gull 2
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 2
Double-crested Cormorant 8
Great Blue Heron 10
Osprey 1 observed by several people, photo
to follow.
Northern Harrier 1
Bald Eagle 5
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Great Horned Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 3
Red-breasted Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 15
American Kestrel 1
Merlin 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
American Crow 250
Common Raven 3
Black-capped Chickadee 24
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 6
Golden-crowned Kinglet 12
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 9
Brown Creeper 3
Pacific Wren 1
Bewick's Wren 2
European Starling 24
Varied Thrush 2
American Robin 25
Cedar Waxwing 4
Pine Siskin 60
American Goldfinch 2
Golden-crowned Sparrow 6
Song Sparrow 15
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Spotted Towhee 2
Western Meadowlark 5
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 5

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S60871824

Three of us walked back out to the dike to check the tidal push in the afternoon and found duplicate and additional species as follows:

Cackling Goose 500
Northern Shoveler 2
American Wigeon 2000
Mallard 50
Northern Pintail 150
Green-winged Teal 1500
Hooded Merganser 2
Black-bellied Plover 5
Killdeer 10
Marbled Godwit 1
Dunlin 4
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Mew Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 50
gull sp. 200
Great Blue Heron 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Bushtit 12
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Cedar Waxwing 3
Golden-crowned Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 2
Spotted Towhee 1
Western Meadowlark 2
Red-winged Blackbird 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S60875550
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