[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2013-12-05
birdmarymoor at frontier.com
Thu Dec 5 15:39:27 PST 2013
Tweets – more of this ridiculous frosty, dry weather. It was 20 DEGREES when we started this morning, and only just got to 31-32 degrees when we left at noon. There was no wind to clear the thin, high overcast, which instead thickened through the late morning. It made for a cold day, but manageably cold due to the still dryness. Ducks may have been assembled around the slough due to frozen ponds elsewhere; certainly the Rowing Club ponds were nothing but ice. The high numbers (12 species) of ducks made up for low numbers of passerines.
Gr. Wh.-fronted Goose One with Cacklers on grass fields
TRUMPETER SWAN 4 flew silently overhead – First of the year
Wood Duck At least 1 pair
American Wigeon One female barely visible in slough
Northern Shoveler Several
Green-winged Teal At least 1 pair
Lesser Scaup A few seen late on lake
Pied-billed Grebe A late count on the lake: 20+
Horned Grebe Four seen late on lake
Cooper’s Hawk Maybe a Sharpie too
Pileated Woodpecker One heard from Rowing Club
AMERICAN KESTREL One on Field 9
For passerines, we managed to find at least 1 of many of the usual suspects, but nothing unusual. We were at Dog Central (maybe 9:00 a.m), and the list was already at 30 species before we got our first AMERICAN ROBIN. I doubt we had even 10 total; probably more like 6-8.
Our only previous winter sightings of AMERICAN KESTREL were all in the winter of ‘08/’09. A male was seen 11-Dec-08, a male on 01-Jan-09, a female on 08-Jan-09, and a pair on 15-Jan-09. It’s unclear how many individuals that represents, but regardless, it’s clear that this species is quite unusual in winter at Marymoor. We have no sightings from November or February.
A really pretty COYOTE, maybe the same one that was photographed so wonderfully last January, crossed the grass soccer fields right at 8:00 a.m. Matt also heard an AMERICAN BEAVER pre-dawn. There is a LOT of beaver activity (i.e. cutting down trees) at the park right now!
For the day, 53 species.
== Michael Hobbs
== BirdMarymoor at frontier.com
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