[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2018-08-23

Michael Hobbs birdmarymoor at frontier.com
Thu Aug 23 14:49:14 PDT 2018


Tweets – this morning dawned breezy, cloudy, and exceptionally smoky. Despite the breeze, it seemed as though all of the smoke had been compressed below the clouds; the smell of smoke was very strong, and visibility was quite restricted. By about 7:30, though, we began to get mist and then mizzle. By later in the morning we even got a little drizzle. By the time we were at the Rowing Club, we saw actual BLUE SKY with no hint of orange through the holes in the cloud cover.

As far as birds, it was very quiet, however.

Highlights:
a.. Rufous Hummingbird – still at least one in the Pea Patch
b.. GREATER YELLOWLEGS – heard very distant Tu-Tu-Tu calls from somewhere to the east. First of 2018
c.. Western Screech-Owl – heard pre-dawn near east end of boardwalk
d.. Pileated Woodpecker – heard distantly, seen distantly, finally seen close up from boardwalk.
e.. Western Wood-Pewee – Adult feeding juvenile near weir; maybe 4 birds total
f.. Willow Flycatcher – Maybe 5 total
g.. Warbling Vireo – at least 1
h.. Barn Swallow – maybe as many as 35 (some of those have to go down as “swallow sp.” due to distance, but they looked right for Barn)
i.. Swainson’s Thrush – Heard maybe 8; saw none
j.. Yellow Warbler – 1 or 2; only warbler seen for sure besides Common Yellowthroat
k.. Black-headed Grosbeak – still a couple
Misses included Hooded Merganser, Vaux’s Swift, Green Heron (may have heard pre-dawn from boardwalk), Violet-green Swallow, Marsh Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet (may have heard), Savannah Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird (may have glimpsed one), and Orange-crowned, Black-throated Gray, and Wilson’s Warblers.

For the day, just 46 species, our lowest species total for 2018!

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