[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2018-06-14

Michael Hobbs birdmarymoor at frontier.com
Thu Jun 14 15:52:27 PDT 2018

Tweets – the rain did NOT clear off early. In fact, we had everything from mist to rain until about 9:00 a.m., which, a, put a damper on things. We did eventually get sunshine, and luckily mist and mizzle dominated. It was pretty birdy, though birds were not always easily visible. Lot of baby birds about, which also meant lots of squeaks and chirps in the bushes.

a.. Wood Duck – female with a host of small ducklings, several adults too
b.. Hooded Merganser – a couple of flybys
c.. Pied-billed Grebe – adult from Lake Platform; first since the end of April
d.. Band-tailed Pigeon – especially numerous
e.. Mourning Dove – one along weir; always possible but never expected at Marymoor
f.. Black Swift – two distant birds
g.. Green Heron – flyby
h.. Western Screech-Owl – Matt heard and saw one ~4:15, east of boardwalk
i.. Red-breasted Sapsucker – nest hole with baby(s) near Dog Central in old cottonwood
j.. Peregrine Falcon – 2nd week in a row; adult flew past Pea Patch heading west
k.. Northern Rough-winged Swallow – at least one
l.. MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER – singing, and glimpsed, west edge of Dog Meadow. First of 2018, and first since 2015.
m.. Western Tanager – female-type. Not expected this time of year.
n.. Lazuli Bunting – 2-3 males singing near Viewing Mound, giving great looks
MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER is just shy of outright rare at Marymoor, with only 22 sightings, and reports from only 12 of the last 25 years. Today’s sighting was the latest spring date ever by four days, and only the 2nd June sighting ever. Most sightings have been in May, September, and October, with a few more in spring than in fall.

Baby birds included (incomplete list): Wood Duck, Mallard, Rufous Hummingbird, Great Blue Heron, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Black-capped Chickadee, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, European Starling, Savannah Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, and Dark-eyed Junco.

For the day, 68 species.

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