Subject: [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR 3/31/05 Date: Mar 31 16:21:22 2005 From: Scrubjay323 at aol.com - Scrubjay323 at aol.com
Today 3 of us walked Nisqually NWR in cool, overcast conditions. Raptor numbers were low again, but all in all we had a pretty good day.
Highlight of the day was watching the GREAT HORNED OWL and two chicks in the tree inside the boardwalk near the crossover trail. As we watched the chicks jumped back down into the nest cavity one by one. An interesting way to conclude the walk!
Other highlights included seeing three male CINNAMON TEAL on the ponds across from the parking lot and on the way out to McAllister Creek, our first SAVANNAH SPARROWS of the year, and several pair of WOOD DUCKS in the trees behind the visitor center, apparently looking for nest holes.
Waterfowl were pretty numerous, with most of the ducks paired off. There is still plenty of water on the refuge, but most of the ducks are in the edges, not rafted up in the open like they were recently. On the pond on the right on the way to McAllister Creek we had a small flock of DUNLIN, and the adult NORTHERN SHRIKE was in the trees just beyond that pond.
Although YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were everywhere, other passerines were difficult to find. We did see BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, BROWN CREEPERS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, TOWHEE, SONG and GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW, and BUSHTIT. FLICKERS and DOWNEY WOODPECKER were also seen.
Total species for the day was 48, with CINNAMON TEAL and SAVANNAH SPARROW being new for the year. Total for the year is now 90 species.
Strange, but we saw no mammals or reptiles for the day.
Next week will be the monthly walk of the complete loop, so here's hoping for good weather. Until then....
Phil Kelley Lacey, WA 360-459-1499 scrubjay323 at aol.com
"We were few and they were many. Now we are many and they are few." Confucius