[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2018-10-04

Michael Hobbs birdmarymoor at frontier.com
Thu Oct 4 15:14:12 PDT 2018

Tweets – A very nice morning today, with partly sunny skies and no wind. Temps moderate. Birds really quite good.

a.. Cackling Goose – About 35 total – First of Fall (FOF)
b.. Ring-necked Duck ? – or let’s say “some brownish diving ducks – FOF”
c.. Western Grebe – a few on lake
d.. Wilson’s Snipe – Matt heard a couple pre-dawn – FOF
e.. Northern Harrier – at least 1
f.. Cooper’s Hawk – many sightings – three total birds?
g.. Violet-green Swallow – 3
h.. Barn Swallow – 1
i.. CLAY-COLORED SPARROW – one in weeds and blackberries near Viewing Mound, new for 2018
j.. WHITE-THROATED SPARROW – One with GCSP below weir – FOF
k.. Common Yellowthroat – maybe 3 juveniles
Jordan’s photos (https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48930674) helped us be sure it was a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and not a Chipping Sparrow; the differences can be subtle. This is the 5th or 6th Clay-colored we’ve found at Marymoor, all in the Sept-Nov period. It’s the 3rd time we’ve had CCSP in Week 40, the other times being in 2005 and 2006.

For the day, we got 60 species (counting the diving ducks). Purple Finch and Lincoln’s Sparrow were in the “probable but not quite listable” category. Other than that, our only obvious “miss” for the day was Hooded Merganser.

The year list is now at 150 +/- 1

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

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