Subject: [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR 4/6/16 Date: Apr 9 08:51:05 2016 From: Phil Kelley - scrubjay323 at gmail.com
Sorry for the late report but my goof off schedule has been pretty full the last couple of days.
Wednesday morning 50some of us enjoyed a great day at Nisqually. The weather was great and it was spring break so we had several families join us for the walk. We had a 1.6 low tide at 11:47 so not much water out in the reclamation area.
Highlights included FOY COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS. The ORANGE-CROWNS were heard across from the visitor center and along the boardwalk. The COMMON YELLOWTHROAT were everywhere along the sloughs that you would expect them to be. One YELLOWTHROAT near the visitor center overlook got too close to where a SONG SPARROW is building a nest and got run off. We also had WOOD DUCKS, HOODED MERGANSERS, and PIED-BILLED GREBE there.
Fresh water ponds are drying up and waterfowl numbers are diminishing and passerines are beginning to show up. We've located three RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD nests that I'm not sure I can find next week as they are so well hidden. I'm sure we will locate more as the weeks go on.
For the day I had 49 species and now have 94 for the year.
A couple of RED-EARED SLIDERS were sun bathing and there were a couple of COTTON-TAILED RABBIT around.