[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2019-05-02

Michael Hobbs birdmarymoor at frontier.com
Thu May 2 15:00:17 PDT 2019


Tweets – The weather was disappointing this morning, with a dark overcast that made viewing difficult, and a COLD breeze that chilled both us and the birds. Passerines weren’t singing much, and really didn’t want to come out into the open. It made for a trying morning. We had several species that were glimpsed or were possibly heard, but whose identities could not be confirmed. Several birds were seen only by a small number of people. The weather was improving a bit just as we were leaving, of course. Still, not a bad day, with a few surprises, a few new year birds, and a decent species tally.

Highlights:
a.. Mallard – first ducklings of the year, with seven tiny ones at the Rowing Club dock
b.. Green-winged Teal – still 4-6 hanging around. Getting late for them
c.. EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE – one flew NW. First for 2019
d.. Wilson’s Snipe – one seen below the weir – getting late
e.. Spotted Sandpiper – one below the weir
f.. GREATER YELLOWLEGS – two below the weir, seen very well
g.. Sharp-shinned Hawk – juvenile, first since February
h.. Barn Owl – Kazuto Shibata saw one in the East Meadow predawn
i.. Western Screech-Owl – seen, near east end of the boardwalk before 5am
j.. Hairy Woodpecker – one
k.. Pileated Woodpecker – two
l.. WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE – one seen very well from west end of the boardwalk – Earliest spring sighting ever for Marymoor
m.. HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER – one identified from poor looks, call notes. Second probable bird near the pewee must remain as Empidonax sp.
n.. WARBLING VIREO – at least 3. New for 2019
o.. Purple Martin – male in far right gourd; on eggs already?
p.. Pacific Wren – first since March, and a rather late sighting for Marymoor (they’ve never nested here)
q.. Lincoln’s Sparrow – two; getting late
r.. MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER – male in blackberries south of graffitied shelter – 2nd earliest spring sighting ever, new for the 2019 list
s.. BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK – maybe 4-5 males, singing – First for 2019
We did not find the VESPER SPARROW that was seen at least Sunday-Wednesday.

Birds we had last week but didn’t find this week, and which are probably gone until fall: American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Pied-billed Grebe (haven’t nested in the park in several years), American Coot, Double-crested Cormorant, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, and Fox Sparrow.

Misses included Rock Pigeon, Green Heron, Brown Creeper (might have heard), and Pine Siskin. Western Tanager has been seen this week in 14/25 previous years, but we have yet to get one this year; likely to be present very soon if not already.

Adding the Eurasian Collared-Dove, Western Wood-Pewee, Warbling Vireo, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak, and counting the Vesper Sparrow, I believe we’re up to 115 species for the year. For the day, 69 species, which is not shabby by any measure.

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