[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2021-01-07

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Fri Jan 8 11:05:53 PST 2021

Tweets – Yesterday, the day was gorgeous; the park was flooded. High water closed parts of the boardwalk and slough trail, making it impossible to walk the full loop; we had to probe in from each side separately. Three of us did make it to the Lake Platform (from the east), not that we found many species on the lake. Waterbirds have *so many* places to be, with all of the flooded fields in the area. And due to COVID, we again split into two groups to try and be safe. Still, we managed to find a very respectable number of species.

a.. Wood Duck – Flyovers, seen by the Jordan’s group
b.. Horned Grebe – three FAR out on the lake
c.. Virginia Rail – heard (seen by Jordan’s group) east of the East Meadow; the usual haunts along the slough and boardwalk are too flooded
d.. Barn Owl – Matt saw one in the shaft opening of the windmill just after 5 a.m.
e.. Western Screech-Owl – The owling team heard one from the “Mysterious Thicket” pre-dawn
f.. Hairy Woodpecker – female in Big Cottonwood Forest
g.. Varied Thrush – female near the Hairy, in the Big Cottonwood Forest
h.. Cedar Waxwing – Jordan’s group saw three
i.. Western Meadowlark – My group found two in the East Meadow and Dog Meadow, with at least one of them singing
j.. Yellow-rumped Warbler – two at the Rowing Club, our first since October!
Singing has really picked up in the last two weeks. Species heard singing yesterday: ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, PACIFIC WREN, BEWICK’S WREN, HOUSE FINCH, SONG SPARROW, GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW, DARK-EYED JUNCO, WESTERN MEADOWLARK, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD. The Bewick’s Wrens were really going at it, all over the park. A few other species were heard tuning up, but not really singing.

Misses yesterday included Ring-necked Duck, Marsh Wren, and Lincoln’s Sparrow.

For the day, 61 species; a very good start to 2021.

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