[Tweeters] Nisqually Delta 11-08-2008
avnacrs4birds at q.com
Sun Nov 9 20:50:10 PST 2008
Although we started out birding in a driving rain, the weather, though
blustery at times, came through fine for six of us on a Seattle Audubon trip
to a soggy Nisqually refuge on Saturday. The rain didn't hurt too much,
especially since we carded 24 of a final total 39 species (61%!) within 100
yards of the parking lot beside the trail to McAllister Creek. Included
among these birds were about a dozen LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS feeding to the
left of the trail, and one PECTORAL SANDPIPER in bright plumage--this latter
shorebird was a complete surprise. To the right of the trail, the extensive
mud-pond yielded a coursing flock of about 120 DUNLIN and one lone
SANDERLING, which ensconced itself next to a Dunlin that had broken from the
main flock. Further down the trail we located two AMERICAN COOT, as well as
a PIED-BILLED GREBE on McAllister Creek.
Other notable sightings for us included very good views of two different
PEREGRINE FALCONS (imm. and adult) and NORTHERN SHRIKE, as well as a
HUTTON'S VIREO and WINTER WREN. About a half-dozen Red-tailed Hawks and
about the same number of Northern Harriers were hunting the drier areas. A
male and female (by size) Bald Eagle interacted extensively for a brief
time, and raised havoc with the ducks near the barns, which all took flight
for a couple of minutes before settling back down.
Very large flocks of ducks included Mallard, Northern Pintail, American
Wigeon, with a sprinkling of Northern Shovelers and Green-winged Teal.
Cackling geese seemingly outnumbered Canada geese by about 250:1.
Here's the complete list:
Great Blue Heron
Rock Pigeon (I)
European Starling (I)
May all your birds be identified,
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