[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2017-02-16

Todd Sahl toddsahl at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 16 16:47:19 PST 2017

The Horned Lark is still present west of the soccer fields, just south of the closed gravel parking lot.

Todd Sahl
Redmond, WA

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> On Feb 16, 2017, at 1:58 PM, Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor at frontier.com> wrote:


> Tweets – we had unexpectedly nice weather today, and over a dozen birders. The birds cooperated, making for an excellent day. It was warm, and partly sunny by our start time (though Matt got rained on pre-dawn).


> After our recent rains, there was water everywhere. Large puddles in fields and parking lots, water over the paths, water over the boardwalk. It was passible with over-the-ankles boots, but just barely and only with care.


> Sadly, we also noticed that the “odd-snag”, a tremendously old Douglas Fir snag that stood just SW of the park entrance, has broken off very short. For at least a couple of decades, RED-TAILED HAWKS nested atop the snag, which featured a “toothpick” spike about 6 feet tall that stuck up from above the broken-off top. The hawks would nest at the base of the spike which I expect it made the nest harder for eagles to predate (though we did once witness an eagle take a baby hawk). A few weeks ago, a Red-tail was seen building up the nest for another year; now they will have to find a new place to nest.


> Highlights:


> Northern Pintail One male in a field puddle – First for 2017

> California Gull Maybe 3

> Herring Gull At least 1; possibly a Thayer’s or two as well

> Green Heron Continues at Beaver Lodge

> SHORT-EARED OWL Matt & Sharon saw two, pre-dawn, East Meadow

> Red-breasted Sapsucker 2, possibly flirting, Rowing Club

> Pileated Woodpecker Male (first year?), Dog Meadow

> Northern Shrike Seen several times

> HORNED LARK One on soccer fields west of Fields 7-8-9

> - SWALLOWS - About 6. At least one was almost certainly a TREE.

> CEDAR WAXWING A flock of 11, Dog Meadow

> Yellow-rumped Warbler Several “Audubon’s”

> Western Meadowlark At least 2 at model airplane field


> It was a big surprise to find a HORNED LARK on the grass fields just NE of Lot C (where we meet). This is just our 3rd spring sighting ever for Horned Larks at Marymoor (and only our 18th sighting in all). The two previous spring sightings were 2002-02-15 (only one day off from today’s date!) and 2002-04-17.


> It was a good day for animal sightings too. In addition to the usual Eastern Gray Squirrels and Eastern Cottontails, Matt *saw* a BEAVER pre-dawn, and we had at least 2 RIVER OTTERS on the lake. At the Rowing Club pond were at least 3 RED-EARED SLIDERS and 1-2 very bright PAINTED TURTLES.


> For the day, 60 species. For the year, I believe we’re at 82 species (plus swallow sp.)


> == Michael Hobbs

> == www.marymoor.org/birding.htm

> == BirdMarymoor at frontier.com



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