Trip Report
Nisqually 2011-10-12
Marsh by visitor center
Fields west of visitor center
New saltmarsh beyond dike
New saltmarsh beyond dike
2011-10-12 08:00 for 5 hrs 30 mins (birding) 61 sightings Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (WATCNISQ) Nisqually, WA (USA) Lat,Long: 47.08028,-122.71402 Map 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. pc, 60's Perused pond W of visitor center then followed boardwalk to twin barns, dike out to the end, and back via the road/trail through the woods.
Birded with the Wednesday morning group led by Shep Thorpe but recorded only the species I saw; I missed a few seen by others in the group. I noted species in the field but didn't record counts for most.
Greater White-fronted Goose 4   Flying over
Canada Goose p   Mostly Cackling
Gadwall 3  
American Wigeon p  
Mallard p  
Northern Shoveler 2  
Northern Pintail 20  
Green-winged Teal p  
Lesser Scaup 1  
Hooded Merganser 3  
Pied-billed Grebe p  
Double-crested Cormorant 3  
Great Blue Heron 3  
Great Egret 1  
Turkey Vulture 15  
Bald Eagle 4  
Northern Harrier 1  
Cooper's Hawk 2   Juvenile over twin barn overlook, adult in distant trees beyond dike
Red-shouldered Hawk 1   Juvenile over cottonwoods along the river at the end of the trail, first sighting in several years, I think.
Red-tailed Hawk 1  
American Kestrel 1  
Peregrine Falcon 4   Including adult female by visitor center, juvenile Fp tundrius? out beyond dike.
Virginia Rail 1   Preening in sunshine at edge of marsh pond SW of visitor center parking lot
Black-bellied Plover 3  
Killdeer p  
Greater Yellowlegs 1   McAllister Ck
Long-billed Dowitcher 100  
Mew Gull p   McAllister Ck
Ring-billed Gull p  
Glaucous-winged Gull p  
Vaux's Swift 2   Over trees near twin barns
Belted Kingfisher 1   By bird blind stream
Downy Woodpecker 2  
Hairy Woodpecker p  
Northern Flicker 3  
Steller's Jay p  
American Crow p  
Violet-green Swallow 12  
Barn Swallow p  
Black-capped Chickadee p  
Brown Creeper p  
Bewick's Wren 1   Calling in woods
Pacific Wren p  
Marsh Wren p  
American Robin p  
European Starling 50  
American Pipit 1  
Cedar Waxwing p  
Common Yellowthroat p  
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2  
Spotted Towhee p  
Savannah Sparrow 3   Dead bushes along McAllister Creek
Fox Sparrow 1   Bushes near twin barns
Song Sparrow 10  
Lincoln's Sparrow 2   Twin barns overlook
Golden-crowned Sparrow 5   Twin barn overlook
Dark-eyed Junco 3  
Red-winged Blackbird 5  
Western Meadowlark 3  
House Finch p  
American Goldfinch p  
Greater White-fronted Goose
Cackling Geese in flight
Cackling Geese in field
American Wigeon
Mallards grazing on duckweed
Northern Pintail
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Adult female
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Visitor Center adult
Tundrius subspecies? (by pale crown)
Virginia Rail
Virginia Rail
Greater Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs
Long-billed Dowitcher
Mew Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Belted Kingfisher
American Crow
European Starling
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow