[Tweeters] Marymoor Park Report (Redmond, King Co.) 2022-05-26

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Thu May 26 12:52:04 PDT 2022

Tweets – We had high overcast and a very few sprinkles late in the morning, but otherwise the weather was really good. Steve Hampton posted to Tweeters this morning that the radar had shown a lot of bird migration last night. Unfortunately, at least at Marymoor, it appears to have been the *departure* of many, many birds. Our species count was way down from last week, and numbers for some of the remaining birds were also way down.

a.. Wood Duck – Four adult males, two adult females, and 10 small ducklings at the Rowing Club
b.. Eurasian Collared-Dove – one at Pet Memorial Garden
c.. Mourning Dove – one heard calling from east of the Interpretive Trail
d.. Pileated Woodpecker – probably 2, at the Rowing Club
e.. Swainson’s Thrush – our first looks of the year, following three weeks of heard-only
f.. Orange-crowned Warbler – Matt heard one predawn
g.. Wilson’s Warbler – one heard singing along Snag Row
h.. Lazuli Bunting – males and females about
At the Rowing Club, PILEATED WOODPECKER(s) were doing their “long call” non-stop for minutes. We finally found one of them, quite agitated on a telephone poll, glaring at *something*. Following its gaze, I spotted what I thought at first was a house cat, but then the cat jumped over the fence and I got a great look at a BOBCAT. This would have been just SE of the parking lot under the trees. Despite following the mixed flock of agitated birds, we were unable to get another look a the kitty.

While we did get actual looks at some species that are often hard to see (MARSH WREN, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT), the big story today was the long list of birds we *didn’t* find today at Marymoor. We had none of the non-breeding species that were so numerous last week (no Black-swift, Short-billed Gull, Caspian Tern, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Cassin’s Vireo, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Evening Grosbeak, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, Nashville Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler, or Yellow-rumped Warbler). These may all be heading to breeding locations away from the park.

Statistical misses (those seen 50% or more previous years, but not today) included Rock Pigeon, Vaux’s Swift, Spotted Sandpiper, Green Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Bushtit, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and Yellow-rumped Warbler.

For the day, just 61 species (down from 77 last week!)

Happy Memorial Day everyone.

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