[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2017-03-09

Matt Bartels mattxyz at earthlink.net
Thu Mar 9 15:55:55 PST 2017


Hi Tweets-
Brian, Sharon & I filled in for a traveling Michael today at Marymoor. It was an overcast day, but the rain didn’t really pick up until late in the day, and even then it wasn’t that heavy. We had many hopes for spring arrivals that weren’t fulfilled, but overall it was a birdy day with some nice finds along the way for the 11 of us present.

Highlights:

Wood Duck - one male at Rowing Club - first of year
5 species of gull, including an adult Herring
Great Blue Herons - 40+ at heronry in the off-leash area - lots of stick-bringing and posturing
Green Heron -still hanging out in slough
Barn Owl - adult seen and begging baby heard in windmill, early
Western Screech-Owl - heard early along boardwalk
Red-breasted Sapsuckers - drumming and calling in the cottonwoods.
Hutton’s Vireo - near windmill — still very unusual at Marymoor, but i think our third sighting this year.
White-crowned Sparrow - 3 total, including one weak pugetensis song - perhaps still from one of the wintering immatures, rather than necessarily a new arrival.
Western Meadowlark - 8 in the soccer fields, including some singing.

Finches were notably absent for much of the day — finally at the Rowing Club we picked up a small flock of Pine Siskins and a single Purple Finch. No House Finch or Am. Goldfinch to be found anywhere.

For the day, 60 species.

Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA




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