[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2017-04-06

Michael Hobbs birdmarymoor at frontier.com
Thu Apr 6 20:22:38 PDT 2017


Tweets – We were dampened by drizzle/light rain for a couple of hours this morning, then had a little bit of clearing, then more drizzle. Skies were mostly gray. Unsurprisingly, the birds weren’t as active as they might have been. I think it’s pretty typical to feel that “Spring is late”, and there’s certainly no evidence to the contrary this year. But looking at past years, we’re often still waiting for the bulk of the spring migration at this date. I think we’re just perennially impatient.

Highlights:

- 9 species of duck –
Pied-billed Grebe – only one; quite possibly they won’t nest at Marymoor again this year
Wilson’s Snipe – might have heard a winnow at dawn
Barn Owl – adult brought prey to the windmill before 5am, Matt heard the baby(s)
SAY’S PHOEBE – One in the East Meadow gave us great looks
C. YELLOWTHROAT – First of 2017 for us, but seen as early as last weekend. Several males.
Y.-rumped Warbler - ~20, including 1-2 Myrtle’s. Singing.

Still no Orange-crowned Warbler, and we didn’t haven’t seen a Brown-headed Cowbird yet. Both should be there next week. There’s a long list of fairly rare birds that could show up next week too, though subsequent weeks look even better. PATIENCE.

For the day, 56 species. For the year, the park is up over 100.

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