[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co., WA) 2013-05-16

Michael Hobbs birdmarymoor at frontier.com
Thu May 16 12:32:15 PDT 2013


Tweets – the rather heavy overcast of the early morning slowly thinned to broken sunshine by late morning, and the threatened showers never happened. So it was kind of dark for the first hour which made viewing difficult, but otherwise, the weather was very nice. The birding was great. It was really, really birdy, and it was often difficult to hear the less common species over the cacophony of American Robins, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Warbling Vireos, and Wilson’s Warblers.

Highlights:

Northern Shoveler At least 1 of a flyby flock of 5; unsure of the rest
Great Blue Heron Several of the young are quite large
Osprey 1 on nest; 6 simultaneously kettling near windmill!
Spotted Sandpiper First of Spring; 1 near weir at about 6 a.m.
Vaux’s Swift Great looks near weir, maybe 8 total
Hairy Woodpecker Male bringing food to nest; young chirping inside
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER – 1, silent, across slough from Dog Central
Western Wood-Pewee Three – FOS
Hammond’s Flycatcher Probable, along boardwalk. Silent, poor views
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 1 near 3rd dog swim beach,, silent, good looks
Warbling Vireo Ubiquitous, singing - 30+
Purple Martin 2-3 seen, male gathering nest material
Tree Swallow Pair copulating
N. R.-winged Swallow A couple seen
Pacific Wren One singing near dog area portapotty. LATE.
Swainson’s Thrush Saw about 3; Matt heard singing early
Cedar Waxwing Nest being built, west edge of Dog Meadow
Or.-crowned Warbler Only 1
Bl.-thr. Gray Warbler Female, west edge of Dog Meadow
Townsend’s Warbler One heard singing, SE of East Meadow
Wilson’s Warbler Ubiquitous, singing - 25+
Western Tanager Flock of 8, maybe 10+ total
BULLOCK’S ORIOLE Copulating, NW part of Dog Meadow; 3 birds total
Red Crossbill Flock of a dozen or more near start of boardwalk
Evening Grosbeak Heard near mansion

For the day, 71 species! For the year, adding SPOTTED SANDPIPER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE, and PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, I think we’re up to 129 species.

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


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