[Tweeters] Magnuson Park, 13 March 2014

Scott Ramos lsr at ramoslink.info
Thu Mar 13 17:41:22 PDT 2014

Starting in the mid-30s, the day progressed from a beautiful sunrise, through a lowering cloud cover, eventually burning off to a pleasant partly cloudy. And, it was birdy—lots of birds and lots of singing.

With daylight savings time, it is once again fairly easy to arrive early enough to catch a Barn Owl, calling from near the community center, and a Wilson’s Snipe, calling from the central meadows. The Virginia Rails were also calling quite early—there were at least 4 of them today, each in a different area. Other notables included:

Trumpeter Swan - 15 out in the lake, halfway between Sand Point and Kirkland
Northern Shoveler - at least a dozen in the new headwaters ponds—they seem to like this spot better than any of other wetlands locations
Ring-necked Duck - 1 female remains in the ponds
Hooded Merganser - male in Promontory Pond; not common in the park
Red-breasted Merganser - a pair north of NOAA; interesting that there were no Common Mergansers
Western Grebe - at least 4 dozen, spread out across the lake
Herring Gull - 2 on the swim platform, with 4 other gull species
Belted Kingfisher - a pair is evaluating possible locations in Kingfisher Basin. While the female watched, the male entered a couple of holes in the bank, including the one they used last year.
Violet-green Swallow - at least 4 dozen, and Tree Swallow (FOY) - about half a dozen
Palm Warbler - continues, this time high in a cottonwood tree in the east meadow, foraging with a Yellow-rumped Warbler

For the day, 63 species; with TRSW and WISN new, 78 species for the year.
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Scott Ramos

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