Subject: [Tweeters] NIsqually NWR 11/27/19 Date: Wed Nov 27 15:20:32 PST 2019 From: Phil Kelley - scrubjay323 at gmail.com
Today 25 of us enjoyed (survived?) a cold, windy walk at Nisqually.
With the wind blowing and an early high tide we decided to head
straight out to the estuary dike and boardwalk.
There was still lots of water on the surge plain and we did see some
good birds but it was bitter cold in the wind. Most of us never made
it to the estuary boardwalk.
Out on the surge plain we saw GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LONG-BILLED
DOWITCHERS, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, WIGEON, GADWALL, NORTHERN PINTAIL,
GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and lots of RING-BILLED GULLS working the area. We
had flyovers of MEW GULLS and NORTHERN HARRIERS. We saw a MERLIN on
the way out and had a PEREGRINE FALCON working the marsh across from
the parking lot.
At the Nisqually overlook we had BALD EAGLES and had CALIFORNIA SEA
LIONS in the river. Along the Nisqually boardwalk we found a GREAT
HORNED OWL near the beaver dam and picked up a small flock of
passerines that included both CHICKADEES and both KINGLETS, as well as
BROWN CREEPER and RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER.
The orchard didn't have much new to offer but we did get great looks
at a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER work over a tree within 15 feet of us for
a good 15 minutes. Our presence didn't concern it at all.
For the day I had 41 species and now have 126 for the year. Mammals
seen were the SEA LION and BLACK-TAILED DEER.