Yesterday 24 of us enjoyed a good walk at Nisqually. It was chilly with a bit of drizzle but not too bad until we got out onto the estuary dike where the breeze cooled things down even more. It got a bit raw. We had a 12.1 high tide at 1:40 so that helped a bit.
Of note were the decreased numbers of waterfowl. Someone or something must have told them it was time to head north because there was a lot of open water to be seen. The number of species was as to be expected but the quantity within species was noticeably down.
Not much at the visitor center, but we did see RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER and FLICKER there. No SNIPE.
Our best spot of the day was by the Land Trust building near the maintenance area. There we had GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS, FOY WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, FOX and SONG SPARROWS, BROWN CREEPER, SPOTTED TOWHEE, BEWICK'S WREN, and DOWNY WOODPECKER. We also had KINGLETS and CHICKADEES there.
The GREAT HORNED OWL continues to stand watch over the three pronged tree where it has been for the last 4 or 5 weeks. Hope this is not a replay of last year when there were no fledglings.
There was a KESTRAL out in the reclamation area and a couple of BALD EAGLES about but I didn't see any other raptors.
The only shorebird I saw was some GREATER YELLOWLEGS. I think Shep may have gotten some more off the estuary boardwalk.
For the day I had 47 species and now have 74 for the year. The only mammal I saw was a couple of GRAY SQUIRRELS.