[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co., WA) 2013-01-24

Michael Hobbs birdmarymoor at frontier.com
Thu Jan 24 16:10:18 PST 2013


Tweets – thankfully the weather lived up to this morning’s forecast, not last night’s. It was a delightful day, with temps in the upper 30’s, sunshine, no wind, and just a touch of fog. And while it wasn’t birdy the whole morning, we did pretty well.

Highlights:

Gr. Wh.-fronted Goose At least 5 with Cackling Geese
Green-winged Teal A dozen below the weir
Lesser Scaup Four at lake (one might have been Greater)
Western Grebe Two, far out on lake
Great Blue Heron Several sitting on, or next to, nests at heronry
Virginia Rail Again heard, east of East Meadow
Western Gull 1-2, with other gulls, grass soccer fields
Barn Owl Matt & I watched them catch prey twice
Red-breasted Sapsucker 1 at Rowing Club
Hairy Woodpecker 1 near first dog swim beach
Pileated Woodpecker One far to the west of the slough
Northern Shrike Two seen simultaneously
Varied Thrush Female at Rowing Club
Red Crossbill ~20, mansion and Rowing Club

One or two Barn Owls gave a great show over the East Meadow around 7:15. We had three sightings, and twice (about 10 minutes apart), we watched a Barn Owl drop into the grass on, taking flight a moment later with a furry snack to carry back into the willows.

We also had RIVER OTTERS at the lake, and a MUSKRAT at the Rowing Club.

For the day, 64 species! Lesser Scaup, Western Gull, Pileated Woodpecker, and Varied Thrush were new for 2013. Brian Bell had a Snow Goose, Peregrine Falcon, and California Gull there on Sunday, bringing the year list to 79.

== Michael Hobbs
== www.marymoor.org/birding.htm
== BirdMarymoor at frontier.com


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