Caspian Terns & Red-Winged Blackbirds@Nisqually NWR

On Tuesday, May 22, we visited the Nisqually NWR near Olympia, WA.  We arrived around 2:00 P.M., and it was sunny and warm.  It was a beautiful day, but the reserve was very quiet until we reached the observation tower except for some Red-Winged Blackbirds resting on a small shrub.  At the observation tower, Cliff Swallows were going in and out of their nests, and Barn Swallows were also flying around as well.  (Sorry, no pictures of them flying.  They were way to fast for me.)  We started to see Caspian Terns flying high above in distance.  We walked all the way to the viewing platform at the end of the trail.  I saw a big brown bird flying in the distance.  I think it was Golden Eagle, but not sure at all since I couldn’t capture it on my camera….

Red-winged Blackbird (Adult Male) resting on a small shrub.

Cliff Swallow 

Two birds ready to take off,  I think they are female Red-winged blackbirds, but not sure… I didn’t see any male Red-winged blackbirds near by.

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