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Checklist S48219430

 
Location
Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR, Thurston County, Washington, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:05 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
2
Duration:
4 hour(s), 16 minute(s)
Distance:
4.965 mile(s)
Observers:
David Richardson
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.7.33
Species
41 species (+4 other taxa) total
11
Canada Goose
1
Wood Duck
4
Gadwall
6
Mallard
1
Mallard (Domestic type)
22
Common Merganser
1
Anna's Hummingbird
9
Semipalmated Plover
14
Least Sandpiper
120
Western Sandpiper
2
Greater Yellowlegs
1
Bonaparte's Gull
2
Mew Gull
170
Ring-billed Gull
4
California Gull
5
Glaucous-winged Gull
50
gull sp.
200
Caspian Tern

Several large flocks on the sound at the end of the outer boardwalk. The first flock was sitting on the penninsula about 1/4 from the end of the boardwalk. Counted 90 in that flock. There could have been 10 + or - . Big terns with bright red bills, black heads made it easy to distinguish them from the gulls which were in a large flock sitting to the right of them, mostly ring-bills and glaucous-winged. The terns made their loud raucous calling noise as well. Definitely not smaller foresters or commons which are quite unusual for Nisqually. At the right across the refuge there were three or four more flocks, not quite as large, averaging about 25-40. I did research on the reports for Nisqually which go back to the late 1980s. No flocks this large have been counted, however, there are numerous reports of "many" and "lots" reported. At the viewpoint using 20 x 80 scopes there were 8 persons present. Several of us viewed the flocks and together we made our guestimate of 200.

24
Double-crested Cormorant
1
cormorant sp.
2
American Bittern
11
Great Blue Heron
6
Bald Eagle
1
Red-tailed Hawk (calurus/alascensis)
2
Belted Kingfisher
1
Willow Flycatcher
5
American Crow
4
Tree Swallow
1
Violet-green Swallow
40
Barn Swallow
5
Cliff Swallow
1
Cliff Swallow (pyrrhonota Group)
7
Black-capped Chickadee
14
European Starling
1
American Pipit
2
Savannah Sparrow
6
Song Sparrow
1
Spotted Towhee (oregonus Group)
8
Red-winged Blackbird
1
Common Yellowthroat
2
Yellow Warbler
2
Black-throated Gray Warbler
1
Townsend's Warbler
1
Wilson's Warbler
1
Western Tanager
 

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