Subject: [Tweeters] NIsqually NWR 11/6/19 Date: Wed Nov 6 18:58:59 PST 2019 From: Phil Kelley - scrubjay323 at gmail.com
Today 35 of us enjoyed a good walk at Nisqually. We had high overcast
and cool temps, but it was a good day. We had a 13.2 high tide at 1:57
so we had good viewing out on the surge plain.
Highlights included great views of LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, GREATER
YELLOWLEGS, and wintering waterfowl, including first of the season
BUFFLEHEAD and RING-NECKED DUCK and the RED-SHOULDERED HAWK.
The orchard was again very active with ROBINS, FLICKERS, STARLINGS,
both CHICKADEES, BROWN CREEPER, and KINGLETS very active.
Raptors were present in good numbers including several BALD EAGLES,
RED-TAILED HAWKS, NORTHERN HARRIERS, including 1 male, PEREGRINE
FALCON, and the RED-SHOULDERED HAWK flying over the marsh near the old
McAllister Creek trail.
The incoming tide put LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS and GREATER YELLOWLEGS
right up to the dike while DUNLIN flew about a little further out. A
PEREGRINE dove on the DUNLIN but didn't appear to be successful.
Off the twin barns overlook we had about 15 WILSON'S SNIPE working the
edge of the pond.
The estuary boardwalk continues to be closed as the contractor
finishes up the bridge replacement. The boardwalk should reopen soon.
For the day I had 40 species and now have 124 for the year. Mammals
seen were BLACK-TAILED DEER and GRAY SQUIRRELS.