[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2015-03-12

Michael Hobbs birdmarymoor at frontier.com
Thu Mar 12 14:39:23 PDT 2015


Tweets – Actually rather quiet today, perhaps because of a moderately stiff breeze. The weather was otherwise fine, with temps in the 50s and sun filtering through the clouds all morning. But it was definitely quiet compared with recent weeks.

Highlights:

Cackling Goose One flying around looking lost
Northern Pintail Two flew up the slough towards the lake
Barn Owl Pair at windmill, with one entering through shaft housing
Anna’s Hummingbird Female again on nest near start of boardwalk
Merlin One made a long flight across the park, past us
Northern Shrike East Meadow
Brewer’s Blackbird Three females atop a tall cottonwood – First of 2015
Red Crossbill Perhaps 20 in firs near the mansion

At least 4-5 times, we saw the herons fly up from the heronry when eagles (both adult and juvenile) flew past. Disturbance frequency was high. When the herons were at the heronry, they were standing up in alert posture, not settled comfortably.

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and FOX SPARROW singing today; first of spring. The Fox we heard wasn’t really coming out with a full, loud song yet.

We had a great look at an AMERICAN BEAVER just below the weir. PACIFIC TREE FROGS were in full chorus pre-dawn.

For the day, “just” 58 species. We had several “misses”, including Virginia Rail, Wilson’s Snipe, any gulls except GWGU/”Olympics”, Brown Creeper, and Pacific Wren. We’ve also had Western Meadowlark 10 times previously for this week of the year, so they kind of count as a miss today too.

Adding BREWER’S BLACKBIRD and my MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD from yesterday afternoon to the year’s list, we’re now at 86 species for the year.

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


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