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July can be a quiet time at Marymoor, and daily species totals are noticeably lower than in spring or fall. The days are often warm, many species are finished with breeding. Males often stop singing for the year. Mostly, the species seen are the same as in June.

But even though it is the height of summer, birds begin to move around again as they finish their breeding seasons, and unusual species can show up. Some of these may be juveniles wandering away from their nesting areas.

Late in the month, the first Black-throated Gray or Wilsonís Warblers of the fall may show up, as may Western Tanagers.

Rarities previously noted in July include Redhead, Sora, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Bonaparteís Gull, Barred Owl, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Huttonís Vireo, House Wren, and Yellow-breasted Chat.


Least Flycatcher, 2010-07-15.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Yellow-breasted Chat, 2012-07-12.  Photo by Michael Hobbs

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