[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2021-08-12

Matt Bartels mattxyz at earthlink.net
Thu Aug 12 13:01:32 PDT 2021

Hi Tweeters -
Not a bad ‘doldrums’ day at Marymoor—— As mentioned in an earlier message, the highlights of the day came in the first hour, when Sandi, first-time Marymoor-walk participant, picked out the first-ever BLACK PHOEBE for the park. It gave brief glimpses then disappeared for a bit, then started sticking around on visible perches for nice looks. While we were watching, we began hearing a second ‘different’ chip note - after a bit of searching, up popped a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH! 2nd ever for the park, and first for the Marymoor survey. Like the Black Phoebe, after a bit of waiting, the Waterthrush eventually popped up for great views for all.

We eventually continued with rest of the walk — it was not bad for a mid-august day at the park - lots of weird signing presumably from young birds.

Pied-billed Grebe - adult & imm close to the viewing platform - after being only far far away or absent all summer, nice to have closer looks.
Eurasian Collared-Dove - 1 fly-by from East Meadow viewing mound
Mourning Dove - 1 fly-by in dog area
Caspian Tern - one, again. Tenth straight week, and 12th of last 13 weeks
Green Heron - one imm at Rowing Club
Osprey - still have 2 active nests
Willow Flycatcher - still many fitz-bew-ing families around
Black Phoebe - park first
Warbling Vireo - 3 together at Rowing Club, after missing all day earlier and last week
Northern Waterthrush - park 2nd, first for survey
Yellow Warbler - none seen, but still a couple singing
Vaux’s Swift - only got them from the Rowing Club, near the end of the walk
Great Blue Heron - did we really only see one all day? I think so
Purple Martin - overhead we heard a few , but none at the gourds after having 4 in a gourd last week.
Swainson’s Thrush - only heard them at Rowing Club- none earlier
Black-headed Grosbeak - only one found

Misses included: Band-tailed Pigeon [tho we had 3 species of pigeon/dove]; most woodpeckers [only had Downy and N. Flicker], swallows [only had Purple Martin]; Brown-headed Cowbird [we really haven’t had many this summer.

Overall though, can’t complain after an outing like this.

For the day, 56 species [including gull sp.]

Matt Bartels
[substituting for Michael today]
Seattle, WA

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