[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2016-12-15

Michael Hobbs birdmarymoor at frontier.com
Thu Dec 15 15:06:52 PST 2016


Tweets – a remarkably nice day, with temps hovering around the freeze, almost no breeze at all, and a thin blanket of high clouds that occasionally showed blue. It gave us comfortable conditions and good light. The geese dominated the scene, but there was more to see too.

Highlights:

Gr. Wh.-fronted Goose Could only find one, surprisingly
Snow Goose One found by people exiting the park to the NE
CACKLING GOOSE 2000+, with lots of movement. Mostly staying on grassy fields
Canada Goose 100+ only
American Wigeon Flock of ~35 in slough below weir – highish count for Marymoor
- nine species of duck-
Bald Eagle Adult eating coot along slough; 2nd came in, chase ensued
Sharp-shinned Hawk Juvenile along boardwalk
Great Horned Owl Matt heard early, near mansion
N. Saw-whet Owl Matt heard early, south of East Meadow
Pileated Woodpecker 1 heard, glimpsed, near mansion just after 8
MERLIN 1 on fir above mansion just after 8
Northern Shrike E and SE of East Meadow today
Yellow-rumped Warbler A handful of “Audubon’s” about
Western Meadowlark ~12 near model airplane field

The CACKLING GEESE were amazing, with huge flocks flying in and landing right around 8:00 a.m. Later, they were split into 2-4 flocks on the fields, and when spooked, they’d rearrange themselves. So they were a constant presence in the air and on the ground.

We also saw 2 COYOTE on the far side of the slough. Matt saw American Beaver pre-dawn near the lake platform.

For the day, 60 species.

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