[Tweeters] Nisqually NWR 6/15/16

Phil Kelley scrubjay323 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 15 18:11:20 PDT 2016


Tweets,

Today 36 of us enjoyed a slow summer day's birding at Nisqually. It was
slow! Chilly at the start and warming up later and with a 1.6 low tide at
9:51 there wasn't much to see where there should have been water.

Highlights included an active BULLOCK'S ORIOLE near the education center,
an active RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, and an active BUSHTIT nest.

Raptors seen included several BALD EAGLES including one in the nest tree on
the other side of McAllister Creek and an OSPREY flying over McAllister
Creek.

Not much in the line of waterfowl. Just a few MALLARDS and HOODED MERGANSER
females as well as a pair of CINNAMON TEAL, a BLUE-WINGED TEAL and a pair
of GADWALL all out inside the estuary dike.

The HUMMINGBIRD nest is about 75 yards from the twin barns turn off heading
toward the Nisqually side. It is about eye level, a few feet off the
boardwalk on the left side on the lowest hanging branch on that tree. The
BUSHTIT nest is on the highest branch on a shrub about 75 feet past the
woodland stub turn off on the inside of the boardwalk.

For the day I had 42 species and still have 136 for the year.

Mammals seen were MUSKRAT, RACCOON, COTTON-TAILED RABBIT, and BLACK-TAILED
DEER.

Until next week.....

Phil Kelley
scrubjay323 at gmail.com
Lacey, WA
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