[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2015-01-22

Michael & Janka Hobbs MJCT_Hobbs at msn.com
Thu Jan 22 16:56:12 PST 2015

Tweets – A bit disappointing to have clouds and mist (and rain by 10:30) after the gorgeous day yesterday. Not the nicest welcome back for me after my vacation. But it was nice to see friends and to see many of the regular birds of Marymoor. We managed a tiny increase in our species count to 58, after 3 straight weeks of 56 species, plus we added a few new birds for the year (FOY). But these winter walks are often fairly predictable in terms of the species list, and today was no exception.


Cackling Goose Hundreds flew over at 8:15, but didn’t land
American Wigeon One male in slough well north of the weir
Green-winged Teal 20+ in slough well north of the weir
Northern Pintail One male in sough well north of the weir – FOY
Horned Grebe 3 far out on the lake
Great Blue Heron Many sitting near or on nests, some pairs
Wilson’s Snipe Early crew heard some – FOY
California Gull One in smallish gull flock – FOY
Barn Owl Sounds and glimpses early
N. SAW-WHET OWL Matt had great looks, 5:45a.m., just east of boardwalk
PEREGRINE FALCON One cruised by south of East Meadow
Bushtit One large flock, Dog Meadow edge – FOY
Dark-eyed Junco Notably large flocks

The nice mixed flock of DUCKS in the slough at the north end of the “Transition Zone” (the area they mow north of the weir) was a highlight, as was a mixed flock of woodpeckers in a tree far across the slough, which yielded terrible looks at Downy, Hairy, Flicker, and PILEATED WOODPECKER. The rest of the morning was q u i e t.

For the year, I believe we’re up to 72 species.

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

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