[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2021-10-07

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Thu Oct 7 15:26:16 PDT 2021

Tweets – Another gorgeous, wonderful day at the park. Weather was great, birds were plentiful. A great day for raptor diversity! What more can one ask for?

a.. American Wigeon – Two at the weir, more in a flyover. First of Fall (FOF)
b.. Mourning Dove – one at the Compost Piles just before the walk
c.. Ring-billed Gull – one (FOF)
d.. TURKEY VULTURE – 1-3 over the windmill (might have been just one circling overhead) (FOF)
e.. NORTHERN HARRIER – one flew from grass soccer fields towards the East Meadow just before the walk started. First of the Year! (FOY)
f.. Sharp-shinned Hawk – one flew over the boardwalk
g.. Cooper’s Hawk – one near the Viewing Mound shortly before the walk
h.. Bald Eagle – heard calling, and one seen distantly from the Lake Platform
i.. Red-tailed Hawk – several
j.. Western Screech-Owl – Matt and I heard one or two pre-dawn, but never managed a view
k.. Great Horned Owl – Matt and I heard a pair calling pre-dawn, and saw them in a snag far to the east
l.. Pileated Woodpecker – heard a few times
m.. Merlin – one from the Viewing Mound pre-dawn
n.. PEREGRINE FALCON – one glimpsed flying south over the Dog Meadow
o.. Violet-green Swallow – late morning these were pretty much everywhere you looked, high in the sky. Maybe 75 total
p.. Barn Swallow – Matt had one
q.. Bushtit – small flock below weir – first sightings in 5 weeks
r.. Swainson’s Thrush – Matt and I heard a few pre-dawn. They should be leaving completely VERY soon
s.. Western Meadowlark – seven north of Fields 7-8-9. One or more were singing
t.. Orange-crowned Warbler – at least two, both very yellow
A late scan of the lake turned up three HORNED GREBE and three RED-NECKED GREBE (FOY), as well as our only DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. Jordan had a CALIFORNIA SCRUB-JAY on his way out of the park.

Singing birds included Anna’s Hummingbird, Marsh Wren, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, and Western Meadowlark.

Misses today included Gadwall, Hooded Merganser, Virginia Rail, Green Heron, Barn Owl, Brown Creeper, Cedar Waxwing, and American Pipit (though several times we thought we might be hearing them).

Despite the long list of Misses, we still had 66 species today!

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