Subject: [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR 4/20/16 Date: Apr 22 05:35:29 2016 From: Phil Kelley - scrubjay323 at gmail.com
35 of us enjoyed a great walk at Nisqually Wednesday morning. It was sunny and warm and we had a low 1.6 ft tide at 11:59. I had to leave by 11:00 so I missed the mud out in the reclamation area.
Highlights included CHIPPING SPARROW, WHITE PELICAN, CINNAMON TEAL, and PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER.
The CHIPPING SPARROW was seen in the orchard near the junction of the entrance road and the road to the maintenance area. It is the first CHIPPING SPARROW I've seen since 2007.
Six WHITE PELICANS were ketteling over McAllister Creek and afforded good looks for all.
We saw a couple of CINNAMON TEAL throughout the refuge, mostly along the grassy edges of the shrinking ponds.
The PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was in the thicket just before the second overlook on the way to the twin barns.
We had several WILSON'S SNIPE by the pond between the entrance road and the riparian area across from the visitor center. We also saw our first mixed flock of shorebirds on the back of the grassy pond south of the twin barns. Here we got good scope views of GREATER YELLOWLEGS, DUNLIN (some with their black bellies), and LEAST SANDPIPERS. We also saw KILLDEER in that area.
While searching the pond across from the parking lot we had a jay flyover. Both STELLER'S JAYS and WESTERN SCRUBJAYS, about half dozen each flew from inside the boardwalk out toward I-5. First time I've seen that many of either on the refuge.
Still waiting for the warbler influx but still I had 52 species doing just the boardwalk. I now have 112 species for the year.
Mammals seen included BLACK-TAILED DEER and COTTON-TAILED RABBIT.