Date: 5/28/18 9:46 am
From: Shep Thorp <shepthorp...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Billy Frank Jr., Nisqually NWR, Wednesday Walk for 5/23/2018
Hi Tweets,

sorry for the late report, busy at the ol' Vet Clinic with the Holidays.

We had another great day, with temperatures in the 60's and 70's degrees
Fahrenheit, and enough Cotton Wood seeds that it looked like it had
snowed! We picked up 5 first of year, included FORSTER'S TERN, WHIMBREL,

The tern (see photo's on eBird) and whimbrel were out on the mudflats, the
oriole around the parking lot between the Visitor Center and Education
Center, and I suspect the flycatcher was just passing through. We had high
the west side of McAllister Creek are active.

We have 142 species for the year so far. Overall, I think our shorebird
migration was slow for the spring.

Mammals seen included Mink, Muskrat, Harbor Seal, Cotton-tailed Rabbit and
Eastern Gray Squirrel.

eBird listed pasted.

Until next week when we meet again at 8am, good birding!


Shep Thorp
Browns Point

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR, Thurston, Washington, US
May 23, 2018 7:14 AM - 3:47 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.163 mile(s)
Comments: Wednesday Walk. Sunny skies, temperatures between 58-76
degrees Fahrenheit. Mammals seen included Cotton-tailed Rabbit, Mink,
Eastern Gray Squirrel, Muskrat, and Harbor Seal.
64 species (+4 other taxa)

Canada Goose (moffitti/maxima) 75
Canada Goose (canadensis Group) 6
Wood Duck 6
Blue-winged Teal 2
Cinnamon Teal 2
Northern Shoveler 4
Mallard 50
Northern Pintail 1
Green-winged Teal 1
Hooded Merganser 6
Double-crested Cormorant 100
Great Blue Heron 90
Northern Harrier 2
Bald Eagle 18
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Virginia Rail 1
Whimbrel 2
Spotted Sandpiper 4
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Ring-billed Gull 75
California Gull 1
Glaucous-winged Gull 10
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 2
Larus sp. 150
Caspian Tern 40
Forster's Tern 2 Photo’s. McAllister Creek Viewing Platform.
Observed for 30 minutes with 60 x spotting scope. Roosting and foraging
in vicinity of McAllister Creek Viewing Platform. 1/4-1/3 the size of
surrounding Caspian Terns. Long-forked tail while flying. Light gray
outer rectrices, light gray outer margins of primary feathers underside of
wing. Two toned bill orange at base and black at tip. Orange legs.
Initially I thought these might be Common Terns, but not the typical time
of year that I see them. Bill and legs more orange than red like with
COTE. Not as dark on outer tail or underside of wing as COTE. Looked
pretty good to me for FOTE.
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Band-tailed Pigeon 1
Rufous Hummingbird 10
Belted Kingfisher 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 3
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
Western Wood-Pewee 5
Willow Flycatcher 5
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 3
Warbling Vireo 6
American/Northwestern Crow 10
Common Raven 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 7
Purple Martin 2
Tree Swallow 40
Violet-green Swallow 4
Bank Swallow 4
Barn Swallow 30
Cliff Swallow 45
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Bushtit 4
Brown Creeper 1
Marsh Wren 5
Bewick's Wren 3
Swainson's Thrush 20
American Robin 10
European Starling 100
Cedar Waxwing 35
Common Yellowthroat 15
Yellow Warbler 20
Wilson's Warbler 12
Savannah Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 20
Spotted Towhee 2
Western Tanager 5
Black-headed Grosbeak 3
Bullock's Oriole 1
Red-winged Blackbird 50
Brown-headed Cowbird 20
Purple Finch 1
American Goldfinch 20

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