Nisqually NWR

Hugh Jennings hughbirder at bigzoo.net
Sat Sep 28 19:30:18 PDT 2002


The E. Lake WA AS had a field trip to Nisqually scheduled for this day, not
knowing that the Nisqually Wetlands Festival was going on. They had an
interesting program planned for the day and there were a lot of people on
the trails. However, we did see a few good birds, 44 overall. The American
Bittern was memorable, one of the best sightings ever for most of us and a
first for some. Excellent photo taking opportunity at the bird only about 30
ft. away.

Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Gadwall
Green-winged Teal
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
American Bittern - watched for ~ 10 min. catching fish and snatching
   dragonflies out of the air - first time I have seen this behavior.
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Virginia Rail - was going to play tape, but dead battery required
   resorting to lower technology method of clapping hands which brought
   immediate response.
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Rock Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
American Robin
European Starling
Brown Creeper
Marsh Wren
Bewick's Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet - one of most beautiful displays of golden    crown
any of us had seen.
Black-capped Chickadee
American Pipit - at least two in grass fields NE of twin barns
American Goldfinch
Purple Finch - one female
House Finch
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Western Tanager
Red-winged Blackbird

Hugh Jennings
Bellevue, WA
hughbirder at bigzoo.net





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