Slough north of visitor center
Brushy area near two barns
Marshy ponds within the dike
Sunlit willow beyond the dike
New tidal flats along McAllister Ck
Boardwalk along McAllister Ck
Trail through riparian cottonwoods
2012-02-15 13:00 for 4 hours (photography)
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (WATCNISQ)
Nisqually, WA (USA)
Elevation: 10 feet
The wildlife refuge covers the western half of the estuary of the Nisqually River and consists of fresh and saltwater marshes, ponds and channels, pastures and hayfields, a few barns and a riparian forest of cottonwood, alder, big-leaf maple and ash, understorey shrubs including salmonberry and Oemlaria, and lots of horsetails. Trails meander through the woodland and follow dikes out into the marshes, offering views of sloughs and flooded fields.
Sunny, 46F, light SE breeze, low tide.
Susan and I walked the trails and boardwalk out as far as the second shelter (beyond the bird blind). I took photos and we took our time. I recorded sightings rather casually and didn't bother to count all the ducks, particularly the distant waterfowl beyond the dike.