[Tweeters] New Year's Day at Nisqually

Tucker, Trileigh TRI at seattleu.edu
Sun Jan 3 13:40:52 PST 2016

Happy New Year, Tweets!

My New Year started out in the best way possible, with a day of birding at Nisqually. (Apparently a lot of other people’s New Year also started out that way, since the parking lot was crowded when we got there and overflowing when we left.) I was thrilled to finally see the Great Horned Owl on its nest<https://www.flickr.com/photos/trileigh/23785892419/in/dateposted-public/>, which I’ve been hearing about through Tweeters for some time now. Kestrels abounded along with hawks and dabbling ducks and both adult and juvenile Bald Eagles, and we had some distant flybys from a Northern Harrier<https://www.flickr.com/photos/trileigh/24156206275>. Another highlight for me was a Peregrine Falcon who kept darting off and back to a snag<https://www.flickr.com/photos/trileigh/23526921083>. I was also happy to get great looks at some Northern Pintails<https://www.flickr.com/photos/trileigh/24071095271> and Green-winged Teals<https://www.flickr.com/photos/trileigh/24071093091>. The pintail couple were doing some mating displays, with first the male<https://www.flickr.com/photos/trileigh/23527786884> and then the female <https://www.flickr.com/photos/trileigh/24155984485> extending their necks in flirtation.

I assume that this bird in flight is a Greater Yellowlegs<https://www.flickr.com/photos/trileigh/23526926073> because Lessers are so rare at Nisqually.

(If the embedded links don’t work, the photos are at flickr.com/photos/trileigh.)

A terrific New Year Of Birding to all!

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Trileigh Tucker
Pelly Valley, West Seattle
Natural history blog: naturalpresence<naturalpresencearts.com>arts.com<naturalpresencearts.com>
Photography: flickr.com/photos/trileigh

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