[Tweeters] Marymoor Park Report (Redmond, King Co., WA) 2004-12-08

Michael Hobbs hummer at isomedia.com
Wed Dec 8 21:42:58 PST 2004

Tweets - it was a heck of a day to be out birding at Marymoor.  First was 
about 2 1/2 hours of mostly hard rain with sufficient winds to blow the rain 
down your collar, followed by stiff winds which cleared the rain, but didn't 
help with the birding much.  For birders, we were just 4.  Amazingly, there 
were two new people out for their first walk with me at Marymoor.  Helen and 
Henry earned the seldom-granted and highly esteemed honorific of "Intrepid" 
on their virgin tour, staying with us for the whole trip.  Conditions 
warrented granting the title after just the first 2 hours.

Birds were, unsurprisingly, hard to come by.  We'd found less than 25 
species by the time we got to the lake overlook, and added only a handful 
more by the time we got to the mansion.  But patience paid off, and we had 
some good sightings in the sunshine and wind late in the morning.  The 
Rowing Club provided many of the highlights:

Green Heron                     Nice looking bird, south pond at RC
Gadwall                           Unusually high count of 8 at the weir
Common Merganser         1 male on the lake
Wilson's Snipe                 2 at north Rowing Club pond
Virginia Rail                    3+ responded to clapping from boardwalk
Red-breasted Sapsucker   CLOSE look NE of mansion
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3 or more on chip piles near Pea Patch
Fox Sparrow                    Many (perhaps 8-10) in the grove by the weir

At the Rowing Club, besides the Green Heron and the Snipe, we had a female 
AMERICAN WIGEON, a male GREEN-WINGED TEAL, a *large* flock of BUSHTITS and 
another of RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, and our best views of BEWICK'S WREN and 
both chickadees that we had all day.

Last Thursday I saw a PEREGRINE FALCON on a snag in Snag Row, and a NORTHERN 
SHRIKE south of the velodrome.  The Peregrine was seen Friday as well on the 
monthly ELWAS walk (first Friday of every month).  The ELWAS trip helped out 
our week list quite a bit, filling in several "common" birds not seen today.

For the day, a hard-earned 40 species.  For the week, 45.

== Michael Hobbs
== Kirkland, WA
== http://www.scn.org/fomp/birding.htm
== hummer at isomedia.com

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