[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2016-12-15

Michael Hobbs birdmarymoor at frontier.com
Thu Dec 15 15:06:52 PST 2016

Tweets – a remarkably nice day, with temps hovering around the freeze, almost no breeze at all, and a thin blanket of high clouds that occasionally showed blue. It gave us comfortable conditions and good light. The geese dominated the scene, but there was more to see too.


Gr. Wh.-fronted Goose Could only find one, surprisingly
Snow Goose One found by people exiting the park to the NE
CACKLING GOOSE 2000+, with lots of movement. Mostly staying on grassy fields
Canada Goose 100+ only
American Wigeon Flock of ~35 in slough below weir – highish count for Marymoor
- nine species of duck-
Bald Eagle Adult eating coot along slough; 2nd came in, chase ensued
Sharp-shinned Hawk Juvenile along boardwalk
Great Horned Owl Matt heard early, near mansion
N. Saw-whet Owl Matt heard early, south of East Meadow
Pileated Woodpecker 1 heard, glimpsed, near mansion just after 8
MERLIN 1 on fir above mansion just after 8
Northern Shrike E and SE of East Meadow today
Yellow-rumped Warbler A handful of “Audubon’s” about
Western Meadowlark ~12 near model airplane field

The CACKLING GEESE were amazing, with huge flocks flying in and landing right around 8:00 a.m. Later, they were split into 2-4 flocks on the fields, and when spooked, they’d rearrange themselves. So they were a constant presence in the air and on the ground.

We also saw 2 COYOTE on the far side of the slough. Matt saw American Beaver pre-dawn near the lake platform.

For the day, 60 species.

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

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