[Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 28 July 2016

Scott Ramos lsr at ramoslink.info
Thu Jul 28 20:10:43 PDT 2016

With only a relatively brief time window to visit the park this morning, the visit had to include the only area in the park still with suitable habitat for shorebirds. The choice paid off—a Solitary Sandpiper appeared in the Entrance Pond for me and Willm Martens-Habbena. It was actually a pretty noisy morning throughout the park with lots of young birds doing juvenile stuff—begging, chasing and cuddling (Bushtits, of course). Had I stayed longer, other nice birds did show up as others have reported.

Pied-billed Grebe - 12 or more; evidence now of at least 4 different families of Pied-billed Grebe, with the addition of a new clutch in the Dead-end Pond
Osprey - 3 birds on the nest platform
Cooper’s Hawk - an adult male flew to the highest conifer along 62nd Ave, and perched there until pushed off by a couple crows
Spotted Sandpiper - calling from Sail Lagoon
SOLITARY SANDPIPER - only the third sighting in the park, per eBird (others were Aug 2010; May 2013); very active in the Entrance Pond, and apparently stayed through the afternoon
video: https://youtu.be/zboXRI_Qi9E
Belted Kingfisher - pretty regular now after mostly abandoning the park last year when the COHA nested near their burrow
Downy Woodpecker - half a dozen, all over the park
Bushtit - large family group at the Crescent Pond; initially a group of at least 8 were huddled together on one branch
Black-throated Gray Warbler - male on Kite Hill; 2 weeks in a row; these are likely passing through

For the day, 39 species; with SOSA new, 124 species for the year.
Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30881974 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30881974>
Scott Ramos
Magnuson Park Geography <https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zXRxfq3LHS_o.kvemGrlPu-NM&usp=sharing>

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