[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2019-03-14

Michael Hobbs birdmarymoor at frontier.com
Thu Mar 14 18:50:06 PDT 2019

Well, it was a fine day at Marymoor. But... You know those signs in bars, “Free beer TOMORROW”? Well, today’s motto became “Great birds NEXT WEEK”, for except for the continuance of TREE SWALLOWS, we didn’t have any new spring birds. Still, on a nice morning with lingering overcast but no wind, we managed 59 species, and really CAN’T COMPLAIN. Still, spring has to spring sometime soon.

a.. Cackling Goose – maybe 1000 in large strings of birds flying southeast
b.. American Wigeon – at least 1 well out on lake; pair yesterday
c.. Mallard – pair copulating at Rowing Club; also intersex bird below weir
d.. Ring-necked Pheasant – doing crow and flutter in Pea Patch
e.. Great Blue Heron – pairs sitting on nests, maybe 45 birds total!
f.. Green Heron – one near Rowing Club dock, skulking
g.. Killdeer – pair copulating below weir
h.. Wilson’s Snipe – three on far side of slough below weir
i.. Western Screech-Owl – Matt had one before 6 at east end of boardwalk
j.. Red-breasted Sapsucker – three sightings
k.. Northern Shrike – one just before 7:30 a.m., north of Fields 7,8,9
l.. Tree Swallow – seen over many parts of the park – low numbers though – maybe 8. First of Spring last Monday.
m.. Ruby-crowned Kinglet – many singing
n.. Varied Thrush – at least 2 heard east of the slough
o.. Lincoln Sparrow – 1 near West Kiosk
p.. Western Meadowlark - 5+, East Meadow
59 species today, plus 3 more earlier this week. Not bad, but still waiting on Rufous Hummingbird, Say’s Phoebe, Mountain Bluebird, Osprey, Savannah Sparrow, etc.

Great Spring Birds NEXT WEEK.

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