[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2019-01-03

Michael Hobbs birdmarymoor at frontier.com
Thu Jan 3 21:06:38 PST 2019


Tweets – We had steady light rain (occasionally fading to drizzle) until maybe 9:30, but then the rain held off until we were done. Otherwise, it was pretty warm, and we mostly missed out on the gusty winds. So, not too bad (though not nearly as nice as New Years Day). As for birds, the day featured no surprises, but few disappointments either.

Highlights:
a.. Cackling Goose – about 1000, but a very uniform flock
b.. Wood Duck – pair in the slough
c.. Common Goldeneye – female from Lake Platform – only 4th sighting of the winter, all of single birds!
d.. Mew Gull – maybe 750 on grass soccer fields! Quite possibly a High Count for Marymoor.
e.. Ring-billed Gull – 2-3, first since in six weeks
f.. Ring-necked Pheasant – male persists at Rowing Club
g.. Green Heron – *heard* at Rowing Club
h.. Western Screech-Owl – Matt heard one early
i.. Hairy Woodpecker – one seen very distantly across Dog Meadow
j.. Pileated Woodpecker – one seen even more distantly west of Lake Platform
k.. Northern Shrike – seen, again between Compost Piles and model airplane field; *might* have been 2
Misses included American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal (seen 1/1/19), Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser (seen 1/1/19), Wilson’s Snipe, and Lincoln’s Sparrow.

I visited the park on New Day, and besides the GWTE and HOME noted above, I also had VIRGINIA RAIL, PINE SISKIN, and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH. Hank Heiberg ebirded GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE on 1/2/19.

So today, we had 53 species. With my 5 additional species, plus Hank’s geese, the 2019 Marymoor list stands at 59 species. Not too bad a start for the New Year.

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