Date: 10/11/18 6:25 am From: Phil Kelley <scrubjay323...> Subject: [Tweeters] Nisqually NWR 10/10/18
Yesterday 25 of us enjoyed a chilly, foggy walk at Nisqually. The fog never really lifted until after noon so viewing conditions were a bit difficult. We had a 3.0 low tide at 1:08 so we had lots of mud along the estuary boardwalk.
Waterfowl are starting to arrive on the refuge wit our first of the season COMMON GOLDENEYE and NORTHERN SHOVELERS being seen, Also we saw more AMERICAN WIGEON than last week.
There also are more passerines about than I expected as we had ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS, a male COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, and YELLOW WARBLERS. This seems late for them to still be hanging around. We also had a couple of nice mixed flocks of both CHICKADEES and both KINGLETS, as well as a nice flock of BUSHTITS.
Raptors included BALD EAGLES, RED-TAILED HAWK, NORTHERN HARRIER and AMERICAN KESTREL. Most were roosting with only the HARRIER flying.
For the day I had 46 species and now have 119 for the year. Mammals seen were EASTERN GRAY SQUIRREL and COYOTE.