Another Sunny Day at Nisqually

Considering the amount of rain we’ve had recently, I quickly seized on yesterday’s sunshine to head off to Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, my first chance to walk it since they opened the outside loop at the end of January. More than a few people seem motivated by the same idea.

I pointed out this American Bittern to a man and his mother whose pace seemed to match my own.


As it turned out, we spent most of the morning together and once again proved the old birding adage that three sets of eyes are always better than one set as his mother pointed out this beautiful heron right beside the trail

Great Blue Heron

and the son pointed out this impressive kestrel just as we were finishing our walk.

American Kestrel

All in all, it was a delightful day and a much need respite from the continual grey weather that has dominated this winter.

5 thoughts on “Another Sunny Day at Nisqually”

  1. Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your photos – really beautiful images of the birds and always so sharp! I particularly the way you can see the heron’s chest feathers reflected in the water.

  2. Lovely photos, as ever. Driving back from town today, we noticed three herons sitting by the riverbank. Not so long ago, you would never have seen such a sight as the river flowed brown in this part of the old industrial Welsh valleys. There is always hope.

  3. I’ll say it again, loren. Your photos are extraordinary!

    Just now looked up to see a Downy Woodpecker about 12 feet away at the suet feeder outside my window on the vertical beam of my porch. Even though it’s still cold and grey, the days are getting longer. Today is the first time I have felt a lifting of my spirits in a spring way.

  4. My son returned from a tour of the Nisqually with the two wild grandsons. He said the birders probably were not happy as the boys did not have any sort of silencers, still they saw eagles and the great horned owl. kjm

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