[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2021-06-17

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Thu Jun 17 16:29:23 PDT 2021

Tweets – This (near-)Solstice Edition of the Marymoor Survey was a truly enjoyable day at the park. Crystal clear air (after a trace of morning fog quickly burned off), comfortable temps, blue skies, no wind. Birds were singing, and were out and about, allowing wonderful looks. Many fledged and unfledged young. Hummingbirds (many of them young) were chasing each other as well as any other bird they could find. We had at least a couple of dozen hummingbirds, about equal Anna’s and Rufous.

a.. Wood Duck – at least three clutches of babies with moms; no obvious adult males
b.. Vaux’s Swift – great looks at 4-5 drinking from the slough in flight, just out from the Lake Platform
c.. Rufous Hummingbird – an unexpectedly large number of juveniles about
d.. Caspian Tern – early flyby of 6, and one from the Lake Platform
e.. Great Blue Heron – many large young in the nests
f.. Cooper’s Hawk – one subadult below the weir
g.. Red-breasted Sapsucker – at least 2 drumming males, and several additional sightings
h.. Downy Woodpecker – several, including adult male flying around with a juvenile, south end of the East Meadow
i.. HAIRY WOODPECKER – our first sighting in many weeks – an adult bringing food to a nest hole with at least one noisy youngster, RIGHT OVER THE TRAIL. They must have been in stealth mode for the last 6 weeks
j.. Merlin – quick flyby near the concert stage
k.. Northern Rough-winged Swallow – one or two below the weir
l.. HOUSE WREN – continuing semi-rarity - singing incessantly from birch tree just south of the Pet Memorial Garden (or SE of the Pea Patch)
m.. MacGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER – male at the Mysterious Thicket (between East Meadow and east end of the boardwalk), singing Common Yellowthroat song!!! – First of Year
n.. Western Tanager – at least two at Rowing Club
o.. Lazuli Bunting – many singing males, 2-3 females, male feeding either a juvenile or an adult female
We had a near disaster. We were tracking down a very loud chip note on the lawn NE of the mansion. It turned out to be a juvenile DARK-EYED JUNCO, too young to fly. I *very* nearly stepped on it, whence it fluttered away with lots of squawking. An AMERICAN CROW then flew down to snatch the chick, but the crow momentarily backed off at our shouts and hand waving. The Junco parents immediately chased the crow away. We left the area hoping the crow (which returned, still mobbed by the adult juncos) would continue to be thwarted.

Misses today included Gadwall, Common Merganser, Black Swift, Green Heron, and Cliff Swallow.

There was no sign of the Gray Catbird seen on the 12th, nor the Ash-throated Flycatcher seen on the 14th.

For the day, 64 species.

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