[Tweeters] A Morning in Marymoor

Joshua Glant josh.n.glant at gmail.com
Sat May 9 12:44:12 PDT 2015

Hello Tweets,

Just had a fine visit to Marymoor. There were at least 3 singing Lazuli Buntings (FOY) around Lot G; I got my finest looks yet of the species behind the Compost Pile. Also there, I got a good look at a yellowthroat and a Yellow-rumped Warbler.

In the forest, there were Black-headed Grosbeaks everywhere! Caroling and calling throughout the forest. One singing male gave a brief Rose-breasted vibe from a distance, giving me a jolt of excitement. However, when it flew into a cottonwood and I got my binocs on it, I concluded that it did not in fact have a rosy-red triangle on a white belly, but rather bright orange underparts tinged with a bit of yellow.

Also, displaying Rufous Hummingbirds in the Mysterious Thicket and buzzing all over, a singing Warbling Vireo, my FOY Western Wood-Pewee calling somewhere in the forest, maybe a Western Tanager call, yellow-rumps, and two warblers that I only saw briefly and could not identify.

Savannah and Song Sparrows were around in good numbers, as were towhees and robins. Crows and eagles flew overhead.

My only miss was the absence of the Purple Martins. Have the Tree Swallows taken over all 4 gourds? They were entering all of them.

Oh, and if you live near any cottonwoods, look outside! Today is the beginning of the Cotton Rain, when cotton seeds fill the sky so thickly, it seems that it's snowing on a cloudless day in May. Lots in Marymoor, and on Mercer Island too.

Good birding, Joshua Glant

Mercer Island, WA

Josh.n.glant at gmail.com

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