[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2015-03-26

Michael Hobbs birdmarymoor at frontier.com
Thu Mar 26 14:04:32 PDT 2015


Tweets – 47 degrees and foggy smoothly transitioned to 62 degrees and sunny within a couple of hours. That’s downright hot around here. Everything was singing, and it was generally wonderful.

Highlights:

American Wigeon One below weir
Northern Saw-whet Owl One tooting near east end of boardwalk, 6:00 a.m.
Anna’s Hummingbird Beaks of 2 babies visible at nest, west end of boardwalk
All five expected woodpecker species
SAY’S PHOEBE In East Meadow, foraging low – our first since 2012
Northern Shrike Should be leaving very soon
C. YELLOWTHROAT Male singing at Rowing Club
Savannah Sparrow They’re BAAACK. 10+ singing, East Meadow
Western Meadowlark One north of fields 7-8-9 – First of Year
Red Crossbill Continue in numbers around mansion

This sets the Marymoor record for earliest date for COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. We’ve only had 4 previous March records, the earliest of those being March 27, 2001.

For the day, 67 species. For the year, adding SAY’S PHOEBE, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, SAVANNAH SPARROW, and WESTERN MEADOWLARK, we’re up to 91 species.

While we’ve been having higher species counts on the weekly surveys than usual, our overall year list is lagging a few species below our recent averages. We had fewer of the typical “winter species” than we usually get. Misses include Snow Goose, Northern Shoveler, Canvasback, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Western Grebe, Northern Harrier, Dunlin, Western Screech-Owl, and Short-eared Owl. There are additional species, such as California Quail, Green Heron, Band-tailed Pigeon, Common Raven, Cedar Waxwing, and House Sparrow, that will show up later, but which we’ve typically had at least once by this time of year.

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




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