[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2014-03-21

Michael Hobbs birdmarymoor at frontier.com
Thu Mar 20 16:23:22 PDT 2014

Tweets – we had a nippy start (30 degrees), but there was a lot of blue sky this morning, and the fog was thin, and the wind light. It made for a rather pleasant day at the park, and it felt fairly birdy even though the species count took its time in climbing.


Wood Duck Pair across slough in perfect light :)
TURKEY VULTURE Flying north over Rowing Club – First of Year
Sharp-shinned Hawk Juvenile hunting swallows
California Gull Probably 70+ in large gull flock early
Anna’s Hummingbird Female on nest south of Dog Area
Rufous Hummingbird Female near old Rowing Club building
R.-br. Sapsucker Pair again at Rowing Club
Savannah Sparrow 1 in East Meadow
WH.-THR. SPARROW 2+ just east of Rowing Club parking lot
Western Meadowlark 2 in East Meadow

Denis DeSilvis let me know that he and the UW Retirees birder group had found an ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD nest a little south of the south gate out of the Dog Area yesterday. We tried to relocate the nest without success, until one person spotted a female Anna’s foraging. It was then a matter simply of watching and waiting for her to return to the nest. Voila. The nest is 18-20 feet up a mult-stemmed small tree on the east side of the trail. It’s fairly easy to view once you know where it is, but it would be devilishly hard to find if you weren’t following mamma home.

Big misses today included Downy Woodpecker, Northern Shrike, and Bushtit. Sapsucker and flicker were our only woodpeckers. Consistent with recent weeks, but different from previous years, we had no Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, Pine Siskin, nor American Goldfinch.

We did manage 57 species, though, and Turkey Vulture was new for the year to bring our year total to 91 species.

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

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