[Tweeters] Marymoor Park Report (Redmond, King Co., WA) 2007-07-05

Michael Hobbs birdmarymoor at verizon.net
Thu Jul 5 13:30:23 PDT 2007

Tweets - ten of us were enjoying a wonderful day up until the time we
entered the East Meadow area. Matt thought he heard something odd about a
Savannah Sparrow song, and when I tried to hear what he was talking about,
all I could notice was an incessant call coming from southeast of the

Heading over there, it took a few minutes to find the LEAST FLYCATCHER,
which gave us prolonged distant looks. I manage to get some brief close
looks as well by climbing around the interior of the area east of the East
Meadow. Phone calls were made, and we ended up with additional people
joining for the rest of the walk. This is the second Least Flycatcher
report from Marymoor Park, the previous one being from 1983. The bird was
still singing when we left.

At the mansion area we had our second surprise, a HUTTON'S VIREO. While not
a rare bird in King County, this was only our 4th sighting ever at Marymoor.

Other highlights:

At least two OSPREY were seen on the nest. Later, after the excitement of
the LEFL, we watched an OSPREY diving on a circling immature BALD EAGLE over
the East Meadow.

Very surprisingly, we had two BLACK SWIFTS over the park; while we often see
them in July, it is almost always on cloudy days. Today was about as far
from cloudy as is possible.

A RED-EYED VIREO actually allowed us views as we entered the Cottonwood

The lake was pretty much bird-free, but there was a distant gull, probably a
BONAPARTE'S GULL by size and flight style.

West of the mansion, we enjoyed watching a couple of BROWN CREEPERS.

For the day we managed 59 species. The year list is up to 134 or so.

== Michael Hobbs
== Kirkland, WA
== http://www.marymoor.org/birding.htm
== birdmarymoor at verizon.net

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