The Nisqually Wildlife Refugehttp://www.fws.gov/Nisqually/
has been a favorite birding site for years. On May 4, the 5.5 mile Brown Farm Dike Trail was closed permanently as part of an estuary reclamation project. The dike will be removed allowing the Nisqually River and McCallister Creek to flow naturally across their flood plains.
The weather forecast for Monday, April 20 was for sunny skies. I decided I would walk the trail twice, clockwise in the morning and counter-clockwise in the afternoon to try to keep the sun in as favorable position as possible.
The photographs in this gallery appear in the order shot. I started around 8:30 AM and finished 23,027 steps, 10.9 miles and 500 photographs later at 6:00 PM.