[Tweeters] Nisqually NWR 8/13/08

Scrubjay323 at aol.com Scrubjay323 at aol.com
Thu Aug 14 07:45:29 PDT 2008


Tweets,

Yesterday 9 of us enjoyed an abbreviated walk at Nisqually on a delightful
morning. The walk was abbreviated as the trail to McAllister Creek is closed
temporarily due to construction for the next month or so.

The birds were very cooperative as there were families feeding and fall
migration flocks seem to be gathering.

Highlights included 2 AMERICAN BITTERN sightings, and a couple of mixed
flocks of warblers. There were also many flycatchers about.

The BITTERN were seen from the start of the boardwalk to the twin barns and
at the ring dike on the Nisqually River side. NOTE: The ring dike will be
removed starting Monday as part of the restoration project.

The flocks of warblers were seen just past the Nisqually River overlook and
near the primitive trail past the ring dike. Both flocks included WILSON'S
WARBLERS, YELLOW WARBLERS, WARBLING VIREOS, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, and
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS. The flock near the Nisqually River overlook
included TOWNSEND'S WARBLER.

We also saw about a dozen LEAST SANDPIPERS on the muddy river bank and a
juvenile PEREGRINE FALCON was in the vicinity.

All told we saw 46 species with nothing new for the year.

Mammals seen were EASTERN GRAY SQUIRREL and LONG-TAILED WEASEL.

Until next week.....

Phil Kelley
scrubjay323 @aol.com
Lacey, WA
360-459-1499




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