Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"As one of western Washington’s most accessible wildlife refuges, the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is as close to a sure bet for good birding as you can get. The varied habitats along the Nisqually River and the tideflats host more than 200 bird species and, depending on the season, the refuge offers everything from waterfowl to glimpses of some of the west side’s hard-to-find shorebirds. Habitats: Mixed forest, riparian, mudflat, salt marsh, wetland.
Specialty birds: Common Loon; Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorants; Greater White-fronted Goose; Brant; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Sandhill Crane; Black-bellied Plover; Baird’s and Pectoral Sandpipers; Short-billed Dowitcher; Rednecked Phalarope; Bonaparte’s, Mew, Thayer’s, and Western Gulls; Common Murre; Pigeon Guillemot; Band-tailed Pigeon; Short-eared Owl; Vaux’s Swift; Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds; Pileated Woodpecker; Redbreasted Sapsucker; Pacific-slope Flycatcher; Hutton’s and Cassin’s Vireos; Purple Martin."