[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2014-09-18

Michael Hobbs birdmarymoor at frontier.com
Thu Sep 18 20:24:16 PDT 2014

Tweets – It was dark and misty this morning, though we didn’t get rain or even drizzle, really. But it was dark, and it was QUIET, especially for the first couple of hours. Also rather steamy and moist, with temps in the 60’s, and humidity that you could practically wring out of the air.

The big highlight were 3 JAEGERS that flew past the Lake Platform heading north. This wasn’t a total surprise, since we had a Jaeger fly north on the very same day of September, back in 2008. Our consensus was that today’s birds were LONG-TAILED JAEGERS, for they looked slim and had very long tails. Last year, we had a Long-tailed Jaeger on August 29th for our only other Jaeger sighting at the park.

Other highlights:

Common Loon One WELL out on the lake – First of fall
Osprey Still 2 over the lake
Bald Eagle Adult at lake, after 2 week summer vacation
Wilson’s Snipe Again, 2 below weir
American Kestrel 1 over mansion area, 11:20 – First of fall
Merlin 1 perched near mansion, 11:20 – First of fall
Willow Flycatcher Last of the year? 1-2
Bl.-thr. Gray Warbler Grace saw 1, south end of Dog Meadow
HOUSE SPARROW One at Compost Piles – First for 2014

In the last two years, we’ve had as many sightings of Jaegers (2) as House Sparrows :)

For the day, 58 species. Misses today included Green Heron, Vaux’s Swift, Barn Swallow, and Yellow-rumped Warbler.

I believe we’re up to 152 species for the year.

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

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