[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co., WA) 2013-09-26
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Thu Sep 26 15:47:54 PDT 2013
The day started with a good amount of fog and never really warmed up, but it was birdy for our weekly walk at Marymoor Park. With Michael away, Brian Bell & I led a group of 10 on a pleasant fall day with some nice finds along the way.
Barn Owl - good looks during a break in the pre-dawn fog around 6:30 in the east meadow.
Warblers - after some slow weeks, we finally had good numbers of warblers. Primarily Yellow-rumped [both Audubon's and Myrtle's], we also enjoyed looks at 3-4 Black-throated Gray Warblers and 3 Orange-crowned Warblers. Common Yellowthroats remained heard-only today.
Pileated Woodpecker - first in over a month, I think, with two good sightings during the day
Merlin - chasing a finch or Savannah Sparrow around the soccer fields
Red-necked Grebe - pretty unusual for Marymoor Park, out quite a ways on the lake today
Fox Sparrow & Golden-crowned Sparrows are both back in the park, and both were singing occasionally.
We also heard a few Lincoln's Sparrows and got good looks at one of them.
Chipping Sparrow - 1st winter bird - best bird of the day , found and photographed by Ollie Oliver in the Pea Patch Community Garden after the rest of the group had moved on.
Green Heron - our juvie remains pretty reliable now at the Rowing Club pond.
Several birds seem to have departed for the year, with no flycatchers, vireos, swallows, or swifts seen. Dave H. will be pleased to hear our Osprey appear to have departed, and we did not find any Rufous Hummers!
For the day, 53 species,
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