"Some photos from March 27, 2010" Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Travelogue by glabah
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March 27, 2010 was a beautiful, though somewhat hazy, day at the refuge. If you really wanted to, you could see the Olympic Mountains in the distance, on the other side of Puget Sound.
Perhaps the most interesting development during the past month or so has been the installation of wooden stakes that indicate the planned route of the new walkway. This new boardwalk will provide additional viewing opportunities of the newly restored Nisqually River Delta.
Construction is to be completed sometime in the fall, or so.
The river delta has only been restored a few months, and yet the wildlife moved in very soon after the construction equipment had moved away. Here, a heron enjoys one of the new waterways.
Other birds on hand on March 27th include this shore bird (the identification of which I do not know) a Great Horned Owl, and an American Bittern.
Swallows had also returned to the refuge, with quite a number of what appeared to be tree swallows swarming about the open areas of the refuge.
On a clear day you can see the Olympic Mountains looming over the refuge. On a somewhat clear day, you can somewhat see the Olympic Mountains.
March 27th fell into the "Somewhat Clear" day category.
Clear days on the weekends, even cold and windy days like this one, really bring out the people. The new Nisqually Estuary Trail on top of the dike proved to be quite popular today.
Several large groups of shovelers were on hand, and a few pintails.
Here is another large group of shovelers. Many of the shovelers were busy spinning in circles to dig up food from the bottom.
The pintails were also very busy at digging up food, though there methods are a bit different. These are fairly attractive birds in their spring breeding colors, especially in sunlight.
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