[Tweeters] NIsqually NWR 9/27/17

Phil Kelley scrubjay323 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 27 19:59:24 PDT 2017


Today 25 of us had a nice day at Nisqually. It was cool and smoky at
the start but soon cleared and turned out clear and warm. We had a
11.06 high tide at 12:15 and there was water in some of the interior
ponds so waterfowl are coming back.

We got off to a great start with a RIVER OTTER in the pond at the
visitor center.

Other highlights included a flock of BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, a first of
the year, and some peeps out on the surge plane. We also had good
looks at a PILIATED WOODPECKER in the orchard and some CANADA GEESE
and CACKLING GEESE on the pond across from the orchard and on the pond
along the maintenance road. There was a COYOTE working the tree line
behind the second pond.

There were lots of CHICKADEES and SPARROW activity along the trees
near the ed center and we had 2 WILSON'S SNIPE along the slough on the
way to the twin barns.

For the day I had 42 species with the BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER being the
only new species for the year, giving me 130 species.

Jon Anderson led the charge out to the end of the estuary boardwalk
and his ebird report will add species to this report.

Until next week....

Phil Kelley
scrubjay323 at gmail.com
Lacey, WA

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