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Created 22-Apr-09
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The Nisqually Wildlife Refuge

http:/​/​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.

Male Buffle Head

Male Buffle Head

Marsh Wren

Marsh Wren

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

Greater Yellowlegs and Female Green-winged Teal

Greater Yellowlegs and Female Green-winged Teal

Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow

Horned Grebe

Horned Grebe

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

Gull

Gull

Horned Grebe

Horned Grebe

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

Cinnamon Teal

Cinnamon Teal

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

Turtle.

Turtle.

Female Hooded Merganser

Female Hooded Merganser

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow

Male Rufous Hummingbird

Male Rufous Hummingbird

Male Rufous Hummingbird

Male Rufous Hummingbird