[Tweeters] Informal Wednesday Walk, Billy Frank Jr Nisqually NWR for 3/23/2022

Shep Thorp shepthorp at gmail.com
Wed Mar 23 22:14:52 PDT 2022

Hi Tweets,

We had a damp day at the Refuge with very nice birding. Temperatures were
in the 50's degrees Fahrenheit with cloudy skies and occasional light
rain. There was a High 13.4ft Tide at 9:12am. Highlights included five
the old McAllister Creek Access Road, continuing EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL
at the Twin Barns Overlook, EURASIAN WIGEON, two early SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS
on the surge plain and a SNOW GOOSE mixed in with the CACKLING Geese.

We observed 69 species for the day, and have seen 108 species this year.
See eBird report attached.

Have a nice week and happy birding,

Shep Thorp
Browns Point

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR, Thurston, Washington, US
Mar 23, 2022 7:06 AM - 3:03 PM
Protocol: Traveling
7.847 mile(s)
Checklist Comments: Informal Wednesday Walk. Cloudy with intermittent
light rain. Temperatures in the 50’s to 60’s degrees Fahrenheit. A High
13.4ft Tide at 9:12 am. Mammals seen Eastern Cotton-tailed Rabbit, Coyote,
Eastern Gray Squirrel, and Harbor Seal. Also seen Red-eared Slider,
Northwestern Salamander egg cluster, and Pacific Choral Frog.
69 species (+8 other taxa)

Snow Goose 1
Brant 45
Cackling Goose (minima) 950
Cackling Goose (Taverner's) 50
Canada Goose 36
Wood Duck 4
Northern Shoveler 400
Gadwall 15
Eurasian Wigeon 1
American Wigeon 500
Mallard 150
Northern Pintail 300
Green-winged Teal 900
Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) 1 Continuing. Twin Barns Overlook. Photos
Green-winged Teal (Eurasian x American) 1 Observed at Twin Barns
Overlook for 10 minutes roosting adjacent to Eurasian Green-winged Teal.
Seen at 200 feet with 20x spotting scope. A green winged teal with
prominent horizontal line and increased white around green eye patch. Photo.
Ring-necked Duck 8
Greater Scaup 6
Surf Scoter 8
Bufflehead 200
Common Goldeneye 40
Hooded Merganser 6
Common Merganser 2
Red-breasted Merganser 15
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Horned Grebe 10
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 16
Anna's Hummingbird 3
Rufous Hummingbird 5
Virginia Rail 1
American Coot 90
Killdeer 1
Dunlin 350
Semipalmated Sandpiper 2 Observed at 1/4 mile in surge plain north of
the Nisqually estuary trail. Two small sized shorebirds in comparison to
surrounding GWTE and GRYE, with orange bill, orange legs and single neck
band. Observed for 5 minutes by multiple birders using spotting scopes.
peep sp. 2
Long-billed Dowitcher 20
Wilson's Snipe 3
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Greater Yellowlegs 25
Short-billed Gull 175
Ring-billed Gull 20
Glaucous-winged Gull 3
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 6
Western/Glaucous-winged Gull 30
Common Loon 1
Brandt's Cormorant 9
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 25
Northern Harrier 1
Bald Eagle 30
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Belted Kingfisher 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted x Red-shafted) 1
American Crow 150
Black-capped Chickadee 15
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 2
Tree Swallow 150
Violet-green Swallow 75
Bushtit 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 8
Brown Creeper 3
Pacific Wren 2
Marsh Wren 15
Bewick's Wren 6
European Starling 30
American Robin 75
Purple Finch 3
Fox Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Golden-crowned Sparrow 30
Song Sparrow 30
Spotted Towhee 3
Red-winged Blackbird 83
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 35

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S105463071
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