[Tweeters] Marymoor Park Report (Redmond, King Co., WA) 2009-06-25

Michael Hobbs birdmarymoor at verizon.net
Thu Jun 25 17:34:44 PDT 2009


Tweets - it did not feel like summer today. In absolute terms, the temps
were okay (55-64 degrees), but with cloudy skies and a stiff wind, it was
chilly. The wind made things difficult as usual. I hate wind. About a
dozen of us started out at 5:30 for a pretty decent day.

Highlights:

AM. BITTERN One seen briefly near the weir
Barn Owl Adult visible in the nest box
Pac.-slope Flycatcher 1 faintly singing in Big Cottonwood Forest
Purple Martin 6 at lake
Red-eyed Vireo 2-3 singing today! (invisibly)
Lazuli Bunting Pair between Compost Piles & model airplane
field
Bullock's Oriole Male just east of weir
Long-tailed Weasel Crossed trail near weir

The AMERICAN BITTERN was our first for 2009. We get bitterns usually about
3-4 times per year, and we've had them every month except December. They
seem to occur slightly more often in May and June than in other months, but
with little other discernable pattern.

We have not previously had PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER often during the peak
breeding season; usually only as migrants. One, at least, was singing last
Thursday, and was heard again Saturday, and then today. So maybe he's on
territory.

Last Saturday, my son Tim and I put up two more gourds for PURPLE MARTINS on
a piling visible from the lake platform. Today, a female (and later a male)
was in the leftmost of the near (old) gourds, and three martins were perched
on the crossbar of the new gourd pair. All together, I think we saw 6
martins from the lake platform. On Saturday, Tim and I also canoed over to
the northeast corner of the lake, where I was surprised to see that someone
had put up some new boxes, and possibly cleaned and refurbished some of the
old boxes. In a very quick scan, we found martins in at least 6 of those
boxes. So a banner year for nesting Purple Martins at Marymoor!

LOT OF BABY BIRDS were about today, including Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser,
Osprey (baby(s?) on nest), Bald Eagle, Rufous Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker,
American Crow, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Bushtit, Golden-crowned
Kinglet, American Robin, Dark-eyed Junco, and Brown-headed Cowbird. (Maybe
some of the House Finch too?)

The weasel was very cute!

For the day, 54 species. For the year, 141?

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



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