Date: 6/27/18 9:18 pm From: Shep Thorp <shepthorp...> Subject: [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR Wednesday Walk for 6/27/2018
a very pleasant summers day at Nisqually for 30 plus bird watchers, with cloudy skies and temperatures in the 60's degrees Fahrenheit. We had a Low -1.59ft Tide at 12:03pm. Highlights included many babies, HOODED MERGANSER, BALD EAGLE, DOWNY WOODPECKER, TREE SPARROW, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, WILLOW FLYCATCHER and YELLOW WARBLER. We also had many males singing on territory. Jon Anderson reports another visitor reported a Summer Tanager on the Riparian Side of the Twin Barns area, but we did not see this species on our way through. Jon did give it a second try, but was not able to confirm.
Starting out at the Visitor Center Pond Overlook, there were 5 baby HOODED MERGANSER with a hen in the pond and many recently fledged TREE SWALLOW learning to fly over the pond. BARN SWALLOW were nesting in the Visitor Center. We also observed NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW foraging.
The Orchard was good for nesting CEDAR WAXWING, YELLOW WARBLER and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH. We also had good looks of RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, WILLOW FLYCATCHER and juvenile DOWNY WOODPECKER.
The Access Road was good for SAVANNAH SPARROW, PURPLE FINCH, both variety of CHICKADEE, and a large flock of BUSHTIT.
The west entrance to the Twin Barns Loop Trail provided nice observation of SWAINSON'S THRUSH, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, BEWICK'S WREN, MARSH WREN and RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD.
The Twin Barns Overlook had two juvenile WILLOW FLYCATCHERS that were really just fly chasing and not quite ready for graduation. The grass in the field is tall with no visible water, so waterfowl viewing only exists with something flying in or something flushed out by an eagle fly over.
Out on the dike or Nisqually Estuary Trail, we had nice observation of CINNAMON TEAL with quick looks at VIRGINIA RAIL and BANK SWALLOW. A flock of 10 plus GADWALL flew into the fresh water marsh. There were many more CLIFF SWALLOW over the marsh, along with good numbers of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS.
The Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail was good for BALD EAGLE, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, CALIFORNIA GULL, RING-BILLED GULL and GREAT BLUE HERON. BELTED KINGFISHER and CASPIAN TERN were seen along the way, and PURPLE MARTIN was observed off Luhr Beach.
On our return we picked up BROWN CREEPER, WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE, PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, and WARBLING VIREO along the east side of the Twin Barns Loop Trail.
For the day we had 62 species with 143 species for the year so far.
Until next week when we meet again at 8am at the Visitor Center Pond Overlook,