Today 35 of us enjoyed a chilly but productive day at Nisqually. we had a 12.1 high tide at 10:39 AM and the birds cooperated.
We started with an AMERICAN BEAVER at the visitor center just before 8. And had a nice mixed flock at the start of the maintenance road near the orchard. In it were both CHICKADEES, both KINGLETS, SONG SPARROWS, a DOWNY WOODPECKER, BROWN CREEPERS, and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.
In the field across from the parking lot were 3 SNOW GEESE along with several hundred CACKLING GEESE. There also were 3 WILSON'S SNIPE in that area.
Out inside the estuary dike we had a lone, immature GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE hanging out with a handful of CACKLING GEESE. An AMERICAN BITTERN flew over the marsh and a VIRGINIA RAIL was heard calling.
On the surge plain we found GREATER YELLOWLEGS, a female AMERICAN KESTREL, and WESTERN MEADOWLARKS.
Along the estuary boardwalk we saw COMMON LOON, SURF SCOTERS, BUFFLEHEAD (first of the season), DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, and several peeps, including LEAST and WESTERN SANDPIPER, DUNLIN, and more GREATER YELLOWLEGS.
For the day I had 56 species and now have 133 for the year. Mammals seen included BEAVER and HARBOR SEAL.