[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2021-06-24

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Thu Jun 24 12:14:53 PDT 2021

Tweets – It was a delightful sunny day today, with comfortable temps and no wind. We’re into the “summer doldrums” as far as species go, with a low likelihood of unexpected species. But we had quite a few baby birds to admire, and we found pretty much everything that should be there this time of year.

a.. Caspian Tern – 2-3. This is the only week of the year in which they have been seen in over half of all years, and are therefore “expected”
b.. Osprey – Three babies on the east ballfields nest. Uncertain if there are young at the Lot B nest, but both adults were at that nest
c.. Barn Owl – One from the Viewing Mound pre-dawn
d.. Belted Kingfisher – Three apparent juveniles perched together low along the slough; a fourth kingfisher was seen flying, probably a parent trying to catch enough food
e.. Merlin – one flew over the concert venue heading west, with prey. From the distance it was flying encumbered, I speculate there is a nest nearby to the west of the park
f.. Northern Rough-winged Swallow – two from Fields 7-8-9
g.. Bushtit – flock of 26+ followed us down the edge of the Dog Meadow
h.. HOUSE WREN – continuing to sing constantly from the birch just south of the Pet Memorial Garden. Fourth week running for this local rarity
i.. Bullock’s Oriole – about 4 total, including a juvenile begging from an adult male
j.. MacGILLVRAY’S WARBLER – male continues at “Mysterious Thicket”, but it was not singing today. This is our latest spring sighting ever for this species, but we’ve also never had one on territory
Besides Osprey, Belted Kingfisher, Bushit, and Bullock’s Oriole, other notable sightings of baby birds included Red-breasted Sapsucker, Hairy Woodpecker, White-crowned Sparrow, Common Yellowthroat, and Yellow-rumped Warbler. The Hairy, Yellowthroat, and Yellow-rumped featured babies begging from adult males.

Last week was notable for having SO MANY hummingbirds. Today, numbers were back to normal, with maybe 8 Anna’s and 2-4 Rufous (no adult males noted). It’s likely that some of last week’s bonanza are now dispersing to higher elevations.

Misses today included Hooded Merganser, Rock Pigeon, Green Heron, Red-eyed Vireo, and Cliff Swallow.

For the day, 63 species.

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