Date: 3/9/17 12:32 pm
From: Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR 3/8/17
Tweets,

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.

Until next week when Shep and Eric will lead.....

Phil Kelley
<scrubjay323...>
Lacey, WA

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