[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2020-01-02

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Thu Jan 2 19:03:19 PST 2020


Tweets – We had a gorgeous morning that started quite birdy to start our 2020 lists. The weather did deteriorate as the morning waned, and by the time we got to the Rowing Club, we were absolutely beset by a light drizzle Not a bad day. The most notable thing were the large numbers of MEW GULLS, AMERICAN ROBINS, GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, and SONG SPARROWS. Finches and diving ducks were lacking, though, continuing recent trends.

Highlights:
a.. American Wigeon – maybe 75, all flybys. (Might have been a Pintail mixed in somewhere... PinWigeon flyby flocks are tough)
b.. Northern Pintail – pair landed below the weir
c.. Barn Owl – at least two, with some great looks before 7:30
d.. Western Screech-Owl – Matt heard one predawn
e.. Northern Saw-whet Owl – ditto
f.. Hairy Woodpecker – probably at least two
g.. Pileated Woodpecker – at least two, several sightings
h.. Northern Shrike – Margaret saw one on her way out early; we dipped later
i.. Western Meadowlark – at least two in the Dog Meadow
Several birds were heard singing; not a big surprise now that we’re past the solstice. These included Anna’s Hummingbird, Black-capped Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Bewick’s Wren, and Golden-crowned Sparrow.

Misses included Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Bushtit, Marsh Wren, Purple Finch, and Lincoln’s Sparrow.

For the day, AND FOR THE DECADE, 53 species. Not a bad start.

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