[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2021-12-16

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Thu Dec 16 14:48:22 PST 2021

Tweets – The weather really wasn’t very cooperative this morning. Matt and I had good owling weather from about 5:10-6:10, and late in the main survey it got pretty nice. But between about 6:15 and 10:30 it was wet and cold with pretty continuous mizzle and drizzle. Dark too. We did the walk anyway, and we did see some birds as we usually do.

a.. American Wigeon – two in slough below the weir
b.. Eight species of duck total
c.. Killdeer – at least 32 on various grassy fields
d.. Wilson’s Snipe - 4+ along near shore below weir, though they were wearing their invisibility cloaks most of the time
e.. Three species of owl predawn – I saw a Barn Owl and heard a Northern Saw-whet, while Matt heard a Great Horned. Now owls after it started raining though
f.. Red-breasted Sapsucker – one right before the start of the boardwalk
g.. Pileated Woodpecker – one landed on the far side of the slough below the weir
h.. Merlin – East Meadow near the Audubon sheds
i.. White-throated Sparrow – one with a huge flock of Zonos east the path below the weir
j.. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER – heard chipping then seen from the Rowing Club dock
A late scan of the lake turned up the only COMMON MERGANSERS (5), WESTERN GREBE (5), and HORNED GREBE (1) of the day, and was highlighted by a flyover of two calling TRUMPETER SWANS.

We barely heard a very few PINE SISKIN and had no sign of last week’s Common Redpoll.

This was only our 5th December record of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER.

Misses included Hooded Merganser, Rock Pigeon, Short-billed Gull (though there were about 25 gull sp. far off that we didn’t get a good look at), Cooper’s Hawk, Marsh Wren, Purple Finch, Lincoln’s Sparrow, and Red-winged Blackbird.

Despite the long list of misses, we had 57 species.

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