[Tweeters] Marymoor Park

Beth Shepherd betwei at msn.com
Fri Mar 5 15:16:39 PST 2021

I saw and photographed a shrike at Marymoor on 3/2.

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Today's Topics:

1. Re: bird-finding book RFI (Philip Dickinson)
2. Thanks, all set for AZ & AK bird books (Gary Bletsch)
3. Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2021-03-04
(birdmarymoor at gmail.com)
4. Wood Duck Nesting Questions (Diane Weinstein)


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Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2021 14:11:50 -0800
From: Philip Dickinson <pdickins at gmail.com>
To: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch at yahoo.com>
Cc: Tweeters Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] bird-finding book RFI
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Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona from Tucson Audubon is excellent, but I think the last edition was 2015. Birding in Southeastern Arizona bay have a more recent update and also is excelkent

Phil Dickinson

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> On Mar 4, 2021, at 8:56 AM, Gary Bletsch <garybletsch at yahoo.com> wrote:


> ?

> Dear Tweeters,


> Now that I have had my first shot in the arm, I am finally planning a couple of trips. Might there be recommendations for bird-finding guides to Arizona and Alaska?


> The AZ trip will be mostly in SE AZ, but I will probably cover other areas in the state; a statewide book would be nice, but one concentrating on SE AZ would be, too.


> I will be in the Anchorage area on the other trip. A bird-finding guide to the whole state of AK would be nice, but if there is one for just the Anchorage area, that would also be good--especially since Alaska is so huge.


> Please send any suggestions directly to me.


> Thanks!


> Yours truly,


> Gary Bletsch


> garybletsch at yahoo.com



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Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2021 00:53:53 +0000 (UTC)
From: Gary Bletsch <garybletsch at yahoo.com>
To: Tweeters Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Tweeters] Thanks, all set for AZ & AK bird books
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Dear Tweeters,
Thanks to one and all for the many excellent suggestions. Several Tweeters offered to lend me their books, and one kind Tweeter actually offered to mail me his copy of one of the books to keep! Between that book, and the recommended titles that I have ordered, I am all set for both trips.?
On a Washington birding note, I will report that I encountered drumming Red-breasted Sapsuckers in two different spots in the Upper Skagit Valley today. It is so nice to have that sign of spring, along with the skunk cabbage, the Tree Swallows, and the songs of the frogs.
Yours truly,
Gary Bletsch
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Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2021 17:55:04 -0800
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Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2021-03-04
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Tweets - Beautiful dawn, thin overcast after sunrise, no rain, little wind until the end, but rather chilly. Not nearly as spring-like as yesterday. Big group; had to split in two, going in opposite directions, and even then the groups were rather large. Spring is definitely happening, though.

a.. Cackling Goose ? maybe 2000, mostly in long strings flying SE to the east of the park before 7:00 a.m.
b.. TRUMPETER SWAN ? flock of 33 in a nice V, flying north over the East Meadow, calling
c.. Great Blue Heron ? I counted 70 birds at the heronry, with maybe 15 more flying around. Much nest building going on.
d.. Barn Owl ? one flew across the East Meadow a little after 6:00 a.m.
e.. Red-breasted Sapsucker ? two sightings for my group. First of the Year (FOY)
f.. TREE SWALLOW ? Maybe 4 at the Pea Patch and 4 at the East Meadow (FOY)
g.. VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW ? two over fields 7-8-9 (FOY)
h.. Bushtit ? at least a dozen at the Rowing Club. These have been hard to come by this winter at Marymoor
i.. Varied Thrush ? quite a few heard, some people even saw a couple briefly
j.. Cedar Waxwing ? three heard, glimpsed, near the stage
Today?s sighting of VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW is our 5th-earliest sighting ever, though still (just) over a week later than our earliest-ever sighting in 2016.

Misses today included Ring-necked Duck, Cooper?s Hawk, Pacific Wren (though I heard one yesterday at the park), Western Meadowlark, and Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Eagerly awaiting our first Rufous Hummingbird and Savannah Sparrow; maybe next week. Say?s Phoebe and Mountain Bluebird are unlikely before the 3rd week in March, but possible sooner.

Between the two groups, we had 63 species today. With the two species of swallow, we?re up to 84 species for 2021.

= Michael Hobbs
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Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2021 03:54:51 +0000
From: Diane Weinstein <diane_weinstein at msn.com>
To: Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Tweeters] Wood Duck Nesting Questions
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I was helping clean out Wood Duck nest boxes today, March 4th. It was too late, as all three boxes had eggs in them. Last year, the boxes were cleaned out on March 17th and there were no eggs at that time. Maybe the Wood Ducks nested early this year or last year they were late. I have read that Wood Ducks sometimes produce two broods a year. So, when would be the best time to safely clean out the boxes?

One of the nests had a large blue egg, slightly bigger than the cream-colored Wood Duck eggs. Any guesses as to whose egg it is. I have seen Hooded Mergansers nesting in the boxes before, but their eggs are also cream-colored.

Diane Weinstein

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