[Tweeters] Nisqually NWR Wednesday Walk 3/30/2016

Shep Thorp shepthorp at gmail.com
Fri Apr 1 13:00:56 PDT 2016

Hi Tweets,

sorry for the late report, misplaced my original draft, so here is the
abbreviated late report.

We had a gorgeous day at the Refuge last Wednesday. Highlights included a
GRAY WHALE spotted by Jon Anderson in Shannon Slough and McAllister Creek
foraging for 1-2 hours. We also had first of year CLIFF SWALLOW and
SAVANNAH SPARROW. Lots of breeding activity including CANADA GOOSE, WOOD
70 species seen with 108 for the year.

Here is my eBird report. Until next week when we meet again at 8am at the
Visitor Center.
Good birding,

Shep Thorp
Browns Point

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR, Thurston, Washington, US
Mar 30, 2016 7:17 AM - 3:17 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: Wednesday walk. Sunny, temperature in the 60's degrees
Fahrenheit. High 11'9" Tide at 10:15am. Gray Whale observed for 1-2 hours
in Shannon Slough and McAllister Creek. FOY CLIFF SWALLOW and SAVANNAH
SPARROW. Mammals seen include American Beaver, Columbia Black-tailed Deer,
Cotton-tailed Rabbit, Gray Whale, Harbor Seal, California Sea Lion. Garter
Snake cluster observed as well. <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS,
version 1.1.5 Build 44
70 species (+10 other taxa)

Brant (Black) 250
Cackling Goose 400
Cackling Goose (Taverner's) 15
Canada Goose 75
Wood Duck 8 <a href="
title="Wood Duck. Nisqually NWR."><img src="
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1715/25554413704_bf71e70248.jpg" alt="Wood
Duck. Nisqually NWR." /></a>
Gadwall 40
Eurasian Wigeon 2
American Wigeon 800
Eurasian x American Wigeon (hybrid) 1
Mallard 200
Northern Shoveler 150
Northern Pintail 300
Green-winged Teal (American) 1000
Ring-necked Duck 12
Greater Scaup 6
Surf Scoter 50
Bufflehead 150
Common Goldeneye 25
Bufflehead x Common Goldeneye (hybrid) 1 Previously reported. Seen
flying north along McAllister Creek.
Hooded Merganser 6
Common Merganser 16
Red-breasted Merganser 12
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Brandt's Cormorant 3
Double-crested Cormorant 12
Great Blue Heron 25
Northern Harrier 3
Bald Eagle 18 Adult birds observed in both south nest and north nest
along west bank of McAllister Creek.
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Virginia Rail 3
American Coot 50
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Greater Yellowlegs 12
Dunlin 7
Least Sandpiper 25
Mew Gull 150
Ring-billed Gull 25
Glaucous-winged Gull 5
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 2
Western/Glaucous-winged Gull 50
Larus sp. 150
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
Mourning Dove 1
Rufous Hummingbird 12 Two occupied nests. One on the west side of the
Twin Barns Loop Trail just north of the two bench observation platform just
before the Twin Barns cut off, directly over the board walk. The other on
the east side of the Twin Barns Loop Trail adjacent and above the Rufous
Hummingbird sign.
hummingbird sp. 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-breasted Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker (Pacific) 6
Hairy Woodpecker (Pacific) 2 Pair seen breeding and nest building in
snag on the east side of the Old Nisqually River Dike between the Riparian
Forest cut off and the Twin Barns cut off, closer to the Beaver Dam, but
across the dike.

<a href="
title="Hairy Woodpecker. Nisqually NWR."><img src="
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1684/26133230876_63da117219.jpg" alt="Hairy
Woodpecker. Nisqually NWR." /></a>
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Peregrine Falcon (Peale's) 1
Steller's Jay 2
American/Northwestern Crow 10
Common Raven 2
Tree Swallow 125
Violet-green Swallow 8
Cliff Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 20
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 2
Bushtit 2
Brown Creeper 5
Pacific Wren 8
Marsh Wren 16
Bewick's Wren 5
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
American Robin 30
European Starling 100
Yellow-rumped Warbler 40
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 1
Fox Sparrow (Sooty) 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 1
Golden-crowned Sparrow 15
Savannah Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 25
Spotted Towhee 1
Red-winged Blackbird 75
Pine Siskin 5

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