[Tweeters] Marymoor Park Report (Redmond, King Co., WA) 2011 August 11

mattxyz at earthlink.net mattxyz at earthlink.net
Thu Aug 11 18:22:46 PDT 2011


Hi Tweets -
Brian Bell & I subbed for Michael Hobbs today on a cloudy august day
at Marymoor today. Birding was noticeably slower than in recent
weeks, with stretches between the flocks of birds. In the end we came
up with 58 species for the day, with some signs of fall migration
mixed in.

Highlights:

Green Heron - 2 adults - no sign of the younguns, but there was lots
of rowing traffic.

Cooper's Hawk - one adult w/ a full crop -- a park worker mentioned
seeing it catch a mammal of some sort

Merlin - our 4th week straight for Merlin

Spotted Sandpiper - it has not been a good year for them at Marymoor
[often we have scattered summer sightings] - today we saw one from
the viewing platform then one [same or different?] on the slough by
the windmill

Barn Owl - 2 adults hunting in the east meadow & at the model
airplane field, and sounds of one baby in the windmill, all early.

Western Wood-Pewee - feeding a Brown-headed Cowbird

Willow Flycatchers - still many around singing, along with a pretty
high count of Pewees.

Purple Martin - 2 were at the gourds, male & female

Tree Swallow - last week and this week, we've had adults feeding
young in one of the east meadow nest boxes -since most of the
swallows have left, this is a late double clutching , we assume.

Orange-crowned Warbler - 2 , presumably moving through

Black-throated Gray Warbler- one immature male, presumed migrant

Common Yellowthroats- many family groups around, w/ 10+ young seen

On the 'other' front, Brian saw our first Coyote in a long time,
early. And we had a big crawfish off one of the dog launches.

Good birding,

Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA


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