Yesterday 30+ of us enjoyed a great walk at Nisqually. It was cool at the start but warmed up quickly. We had an 8.5 high tide at 11:38, but it wasn't high enough to put much water onto the reclamation are. In fact there isn't much water anywhere on the refuge except inside the boardwalk.
The birds were very vocal yesterday but with the full foliage they were difficult to see. Highlights included BAND-TAILED PIGEONS, a BALD EAGLE with chicks, and OSPREY.
We also had a good day for flycatchers with several WESTERN WOOD PEEWEES, WILLOW and PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS in the riparian area along the boardwalk. OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were heard across McAllister Creek.
The BALD EAGLE was siting by the nest on the far side of McAllister Creek and there were 2 chicks in the nest. We also had 2 OSPREY fishing along the creek.
We sighted BAND-TAILED PIGEONS across from the orchard and later flying over the twin barns.
For the day I had 51 species and now have 107 for the year.