Horned Lark, was [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2017-02-16

Rick Tyler rhtyler at gmail.com
Fri Feb 17 09:26:55 PST 2017


I dipped on the Horned Lark this morning from 8-9am. I did see the Northern
Shrike several times (or, I saw five Northern Shrikes).

Rick Tyler

On Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 4:47 PM, Todd Sahl <toddsahl at yahoo.com> wrote:


> The Horned Lark is still present west of the soccer fields, just south of

> the closed gravel parking lot.

>

> Todd Sahl

> Redmond, WA

>

> Sent from my iPhone

>

> On Feb 16, 2017, at 1:58 PM, Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor at frontier.com>

> wrote:

>

> Tweets – we had unexpectedly nice weather today, and over a dozen

> birders. The birds cooperated, making for an excellent day. It was warm,

> and partly sunny by our start time (though Matt got rained on pre-dawn).

>

> After our recent rains, there was water everywhere. Large puddles in

> fields and parking lots, water over the paths, water over the boardwalk.

> It was passible with over-the-ankles boots, but just barely and only with

> care.

>

> Sadly, we also noticed that the “odd-snag”, a tremendously old Douglas Fir

> snag that stood just SW of the park entrance, has broken off very short.

> For at least a couple of decades, RED-TAILED HAWKS nested atop the snag,

> which featured a “toothpick” spike about 6 feet tall that stuck up from

> above the broken-off top. The hawks would nest at the base of the spike

> which I expect it made the nest harder for eagles to predate (though we did

> once witness an eagle take a baby hawk). A few weeks ago, a Red-tail was

> seen building up the nest for another year; now they will have to find a

> new place to nest.

>

> Highlights:

>

> Northern Pintail One male in a field puddle – First for

> 2017

> California Gull Maybe 3

> Herring Gull At least 1; possibly a Thayer’s or

> two as well

> Green Heron Continues at Beaver Lodge

> SHORT-EARED OWL Matt & Sharon saw two, pre-dawn, East Meadow

> Red-breasted Sapsucker 2, possibly flirting, Rowing Club

> Pileated Woodpecker Male (first year?), Dog Meadow

> Northern Shrike Seen several times

> HORNED LARK One on soccer fields west of Fields 7-8-9

> - SWALLOWS - About 6. At least one was almost

> certainly a TREE.

> CEDAR WAXWING A flock of 11, Dog Meadow

> Yellow-rumped Warbler Several “Audubon’s”

> Western Meadowlark At least 2 at model airplane field

>

> It was a big surprise to find a HORNED LARK on the grass fields just NE of

> Lot C (where we meet). This is just our 3rd spring sighting ever for

> Horned Larks at Marymoor (and only our 18th sighting in all). The two

> previous spring sightings were 2002-02-15 (only one day off from today’s

> date!) and 2002-04-17.

>

> It was a good day for animal sightings too. In addition to the usual

> Eastern Gray Squirrels and Eastern Cottontails, Matt *saw* a BEAVER

> pre-dawn, and we had at least 2 RIVER OTTERS on the lake. At the Rowing

> Club pond were at least 3 RED-EARED SLIDERS and 1-2 very bright PAINTED

> TURTLES.

>

> For the day, 60 species. For the year, I believe we’re at 82 species

> (plus swallow sp.)

>

> == Michael Hobbs

> == www.marymoor.org/birding.htm

> == BirdMarymoor at frontier.com

>

>

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