[Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2021-09-30

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Thu Sep 30 14:49:46 PDT 2021

Tweets – This terribly rainy morning featured NO rain from 6:30 – 10:00 a.m., and another break from 10:30 – 11:10 a.m. So we had over 4 hours without rain to contend with. It was not a birdy day, especially before we got to the Lake Platform, but by the end of the morning, we’d done pretty well. No truly shocking rarities, but some quite unexpected birds. Quite a few “misses” too.

After the walk, I did a late scope of the lake, and was able to verify some birds that had been challengingly far out from the Lake Platform.

a.. Wood Duck – two at the Rowing Club
b.. LESSER SCAUP – the late scan of the lake allowed me to ID the 3 ducks we’d seen – very early for Scaup at Marymoor
c.. HORNED GREBE – the late scan of the lake turned up one, First of Fall (FOF). It was loosely with the...
d.. Western Grebe – four far out on the lake, seen from the Lake Platform
e.. BLACK SWIFT – eleven flew overhead towards the lake!
f.. American Coot – five at the lake
g.. Barn Owl – seen after 6:30 a.m. It flew from the model airplane field down across the East Meadow, and then spent a long time working the Dog Meadow
h.. AMERICAN KESTREL – one near the eastern baseball fields
i.. CALIFORNIA SCRUB-JAY – one atop the lone cottonwood just north of the “Mysterious Thicket”. 7 of our 13 sightings of CASJ have been in Septembers
j.. Western Meadowlark – three in the East Meadow
k.. Fox Sparrow – several calling, a few singing, but none seen
l.. Orange-crowned Warbler – one with chickadees south of the East Meadow
In the field, I thought fall sightings of Black Swift were more unusual at Marymoor than my records reveal. This was our 5th September sighting, tied for our 2nd latest fall sighting, beaten only by four birds on 1999-10-07.

Misses included Hooded Merganser, Green Heron, Barn Swallow, Bushtit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and American Pipit.

For the day, 58 species. Not bad for a rainy day that wasn’t very birdy

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