---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...> Date: Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 3:17 PM Subject: NIsqually NWR 1/24/18 To: Dennis & Bonnie <dennisweeks1...>, Glynnis Nakai <glynnis_nakai...>, Marian Bailey <Marian_Bailey...>, Teresa Hertzel <Nancy.hertzel...>, Tweeters <tweeters...>, Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...>
Today 20 of us braved a threatening day to bird Nisqually NWR. The day turned out better than expected with the rain holding off until about 12:30. We had a 14.4 high tide at 10:31 AM so we had lots of water in the reclamation area.
Highlights included the continuing SAW-WHET OWL and a EURASIAN WIGEON,
With the recent rains there was water everywhere on the refuge and waterfowl were scattered throughout. The EURASIAN WIGEON was out in the reclamation area with a flock of AMERICAN WIGEON. Also in that area was a HOODED MERGANSER, GADWALL, PINTAIL, MALLARDS, and GREEN-WINGED TEAL.
There were several RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS on McAllister Creek and a couple of COMMON MERGANSERS on the Nisqually River.
There was only 1 GREAT HORNED OWL visible over the beaver dam today so perhaps nesting has started. Here's hoping.
For the day I saw 47 species and now have 51 for the year. Mammals seen included BLACK-TAILED DEER, GRAY SQUIRREL, and MUSKRAT. Some of the early arrivals saw a BEAVER at the visitor center.
Until next week when Shep and Eric will lead in my absence....