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Bird Sightings Week 9
February 26-March 4*

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Rarities for Week 9:

Herring Gull 27-Feb-14 Adult and immature
Herring Gull 26-Feb-15 Adult
Thayer's Gull 28-Feb-13 Two birds
Glaucous Gull 03-Mar-07 Observed by Charlie Wright
Bohemian Waxwing 28-Feb-12 One bird with a large flock of Cedar Waxwings.  Observed 28-Feb through 10-Apr

...Bohemian Waxwing

01-Mar-12  

...Bohemian Waxwing

03-Mar-12 Reported by Lillian Reis

Report for March 2, 2017                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

The rain never got beyond spizzle (sort of a spitting drizzle that barely wetted us), though the overcast was pretty dark all morning. A touch of breeze now and then would have made things cold, but the temps were in the low 40’s, so we were pretty comfortable. It was moderately birdy.

Highlights:

Cackling Goose              Many small to middling flocks flying by
SWAN SP.                    Two in a somewhat distant flyby, probably Trumpeter
American Wigeon           At least 2 below the weir
Horned Grebe                Two well out on the lake
Green Heron                  Very dependable upon the beaver lodge
Bald Eagle                      I believe they lost their nest; building a new one nearby
Red-tailed Hawk            Building a new nest near the site of the old odd-snag nest
BARN OWL                  Matt saw and adult, heard babies inside windmill, early
Great Horned Owl          Heard up the hill west of the entrance
Western Screech-Owl     Matt heard, early, boardwalk
Short-eared Owl             East Meadow – third straight week
Hairy Woodpecker         Had a 4 woodpecker day, missing only Pileated
Tree Swallow                 One seen
Bushtit                            First of 2017 – maybe a half-dozen along slough
Varied Thrush                 Heard and finally seen. First confirmed for 2017
Westerm Meadowlark    Still hanging out around model airplane field

We *might* have seen a Rufous Hummingbird, and Sara though she heard one, but we can’t confirm. This would be about as early as we’ve EVER had one, but it’s plausible. They should be arriving very soon if not already.

Matt also saw American Beaver at the lake platform, pre-dawn.

Misses included Ring-billed Gull, Steller’s Jay, Brown Creeper, Marsh Wren, and House Finch.

For the day, 61 species. I believe we’re at 85 species for the year.

After the walk, we had an Au Revoir party for Grace & Ollie Oliver, who are moving to Poulsbo. We will miss them, and I will greatly miss Ollie’s photographs which have constituted much of the Bird Blog for the last many years.

== Michael Hobbs


Killdeer in slough below weir.  Photo by Hugh Jennings
Wilson's Snipe in slough below weir.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Green Heron on the beaver lodge.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


American Coots.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Male Red-winged Blackbird.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Varied Thrush.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


American Coots.  Photo by Bob Asanoma


Nesting Anna's Hummingbird at the Rowing Club.  Photo by Bob Asanoma

Report for March 3, 2016                                                                                                                    Birding at Marymoor

Despite somewhat dire weather forecasts, this morning was amazingly pleasant. There was some thunder and lightning long before dawn, but for our walk, we had several hours of SUNSHINE. No, really. And then, while it did start getting a touch blustery, and while Big Dark Clouds blew past, we had only a few moments of sprinkles. And the birds were out and about enjoying it all, as we were.

Highlights:

Cackling Goose                   1 flock twice, or 2 flocks of ~25
American Wigeon                 Four, well below weir
Greater Scaup                      Appear to be the same 3 we’ve been seeing
Green Heron                        Juvenile on beaver lodge yet again
Virginia Rail                          Heard “singing” east of East Meadow
Wilson’s Snipe                     Four east of East Meadow
California Gull                       Three in very bright breeding plumage
Band-tailed Pigeon                Flyover, 1 bird – First Of Year
Barn Owl                             Sharon saw one pre-dawn at windmill
Red-breasted Sapsucker      At least 2 birds, at least 3 sightings – FOY
Merlin                                  Seen twice along slough
Northern Shrike                    Juvenile seen just before 7
-Swallows-                           Mix of TREE and VIOLET-GREEN 50-60
Varied Thrush                       Two singing near mansion just after 7 a.m.
Townsend’s Warbler            Male near mansion – FOY
Lincoln’s Sparrow                One below slough, briefly seen – FOY
Western Meadowlark           Flock of a dozen plus again north of Fields 7-8-9
Coyote                                 Two walked past the Viewing Mound ~6:45

The first SALMONBERRY blossoms of the year were seen, so after the Rowing Club, I made a quick swing back down through the Dog Area. Sure enough, at the very southern tip of the Dog Meadow, I found a male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD – First Of Year. This is the earliest we’ve ever had Rufous Hummingbird; the previous early date was 2015-03-05 (which is only 1 day later, since this year is a leap year). OF NOTE IS THE FOLLOWING: This is the 9th time we’ve had a RUHU prior to March 15th. Six of the 9 early sightings are from the last 3 years!

For the day, a phenomenal 65 species. And FIVE new species for the year to bring our year total to 84 species.

== Michael Hobbs


2nd-winter Ring-billed Gull.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

American Wigeon, including a male with a lot of coppery tones in his green head stripe.  This is probably not an indication of hybridization with Eurasian Wigeon; for certainly the bird looks like an American in all other respects.  Photo by Ollie Oliver
 


Female Downy Woodpecker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Common Goldeneye.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


New heronry.  On March 5, I counted 22 nests started.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Great Blue Heron choosing just the right stick.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Juvenile Green Heron streeeeeeeeeetches out...


...and catches a tiny morsel of breakfast.  Photos by Ollie Oliver


California Gull in breeding plumage.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


California Gull in breeding plumage.  Photo by Bob Asanoma


Adult Glaucous-winged Gull.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Adult Glaucous-winged Gull.  Photo by Bob Asanoma


Adult Western Gull.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Double-crested Cormorant.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Townsend's Warbler.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Ruby-crowned Kinglet.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Dawn.  Photo by Bob Asanoma

Report for February 26, 2015                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

Another fine day for February; though today was gray and misty, it was warm  (44-50) and fairly birdy.

Highlights:

Red-tailed Hawk                   One at odd-snag nest west of park entrance
California Gull                        Two adults
HERRING GULL                 3rd-winter bird with GWGU and GWGUxWEGUs
Northern Saw-whet Owl       Matt heard one very early
Northern Shrike                     Adult in East Meadow
Tree Swallow                        6 over Dog Meadow
Red Crossbill                         ~30 in mansion firs
American Goldfinch               Large flock, 10-20 birds !

We’d done pretty well for species count by the time we got to the Rowing Club, though the only woodpecker we’d had was NORTHERN FLICKER. But down near the old boathouse, we suddenly had a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER, two male DOWNY WOODPECKERS, and a pair of HAIRY WOODPECKERS. Couldn’t turn up a Pileated though.

So, for the day, 60 species. We averaged 60.25 species/week for February, after averaging 57 in January. Low count for the year: 56 (thrice). 2015 is starting well!

Nothing new for the year except MUSKRAT.

== Michael Hobbs


Bewick's Wren.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Adult California Gull.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Third-winter Herring Gull.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Third-winter Herring Gull.  Photo by Marvin Hoekstra


Hairy Woodpecker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Downy Woodpecker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Red-breasted Sapsucker.  Photo by Marvin Hoekstra


Male Northern Pintail, 2015-02-25.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Double-crested Cormorant, 2015-02-25.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Double-crested Cormorant, 2015-02-25.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Green-winged Teal pair, 2015-02-25.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2015-02-25.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Black-capped Chickadee, 2015-02-25.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


American Robin, 2015-02-25.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for February 27, 2014                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

What a glorious day today! It felt like spring, with temps quickly rising from the low 40’s to the mid-50’s, and with the thin overcast clearing to mostly sunshine. It was WAY birdy. We passed last week’s total by the time we got to Dog Central!

Highlights:

TRUMPETER SWAN     Four flew north
Wood Duck                     Pair in slough south of Dog Area
American Wigeon             Matt had 17 early, we had a pair
Lesser Scaup                   1-2 females
Great Blue Heron             26 on or near nests. One brought twigs
Sharp-shinned Hawk       1 near windmill
Cooper’s Hawk               Several sightings. Not sure how many birds
Wilson’s Snipe                 1 on far shore of slough at Dog Central
6 Gull Species                   Including Western, California, and HERRING
Red-breasted Sapsucker   Drumming near mansion, + at RC
Pileated Woodpecker       1 flew into mansion area
Northern Shrike                East Meadow
TREE SWALLOW          3+, East Meadow
Townsend’s Warbler        Male south of mansion
Lincoln’s Sparrow            One glimpsed early at Compost Piles
W. MEADOWLARK      One just before 7 a.m. at Compost Piles
Purple Finch                     Pair near mansion, singing

We also had a MYSTERY BIRD THAT GOT AWAY. As we walked the grass soccer fields looking at gulls, a small bird took off unseen from the grass somewhere near us. The flight call initially had me thinking American Pipit, but it soon became clear that it wasn’t. Matt spotted the bird first in flight; eventually most of us got increasingly distant views of the bird as it flew off to the north. Based on flight calls and what little we could see, it was probably either a SNOW BUNTING or LAPLAND(?) LONGSPUR. Whatever it was, it would have been a GREAT bird, if we could only have had a real look. Matt saw it best, and thought the breast looked quite yellow/orange. More distantly it appeared quite white underneath, and it seemed to have significant white patches on the wings.

This afternoon, I did my annual garbage cleanup of the park. The only additional bird I got for the day was HAIRY WOODPECKER. But that made it a 5 woodpecker day. So, for the day, we had 65 species, plus the Mystery Bird That Got Away. For the walk itself, 61 species in just 4.5 hours (7-11:30), equaling the 61 on our Long Day three weeks ago with a LOT more birding effort.

There were a bunch of year birds: Trumpeter Swan, Western Gull, California Gull, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Tree Swallow, Townsend’s Warbler, and Western Meadowlark. (Purple Finch was also new for the Thursday surveys, though I’d had one on a visit during Week 1). So with seven new year birds, I believe that brings us to 84 species for the year.

== Michael Hobbs


Western Meadowlark before sunrise.  Photo by Ollie Oliver
Female Pileated Woodpecker.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Pied-billed Grebe.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Common Goldeneyes .  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Trumpeter Swans.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Wilson's Snipe.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Northern Shrike.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Herring Gull with Glaucous-winged Gull .  Photo by Ollie Oliver


California Gull with Glaucous-winged x Western hybrids.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


California Gull.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Juvenile Herring Gull and juvenile GWGU x WEGU hybrid.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Purple Finch demonstrating his abilities to both sing and to gather nesting materials.  A female was with him.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Red-breasted Sapsucker drumming near mansion.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Snowdrops near park office.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


"Myrtle's" Yellow-rumped Warbler at Rowing Club.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Red-breasted Sapsucker at Rowing Club.  Photo by Hugh Jennings

Report for February 28, 2013                                                                                                                            Birding at Marymoor

Despite the rain, which got moderately heavy for a while there, we had a great morning at Marymoor today. The mist started a little after 7:00, and got slowly but steadily worse for a few hours before tapering off again. But with warmish temps, and no wind, it was certainly manageable. And it never really got that heavy.

The birds were singing and even somewhat active!

Highlights:

American Wigeon                A few on puddle in grass/gravel parking lot
Horned Grebe                     One well out on the lake
Virginia Rail                         Heard from bend in the boardwalk
Western Gull                       One looked pretty pure
THAYER’S GULL             Same bird as last week, maybe a 2nd as well
Barn Owl                            1, good show, East Meadow, after 6 a.m.
Red-breasted Sapsucker     1 at Rowing Club
MERLIN                            One landed just SW of mansion
Northern Shrike                  One north of main road
Varied Thrush                     At least 1 singing near mansion
Western Meadowlark         One, East Meadow
Red Crossbill                      Still about a dozen near mansion

ALL of the AMERICAN ROBINS seemed to be singing today. PACIFIC WRENS and MARSH WRENS were also in full song, as were most of the species noted last week. Seemly a bit early for them, a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was singing complete songs near the Rowing Club building. I counted at least 27 GREAT BLUE HERONS at the heronry, so I’d expect there will be more nests built this spring.

After the walk, I stopped by the cabana on the lake, since we’d seen what could have been a Common Loon when viewing from the lake platform. I couldn’t confirm a loon, but I did see a WESTERN GREBE. There were also TWO pairs of BALD EAGLES.

Sometime a little after 6 a.m., when we were looking for owls from the Viewing Mound, Matt & I noticed a couple of EASTERN COTTONTAIL RABBITS. For quite a while, they seemed to peacefully chomping on grass next to each other. But then, after a short bit of chasing, the two faced off, about 2 feet apart. They seemed to glare at each other, and then they each bounced straight up into the air about 2-3 feet several times. This was a pure bounce – from a sitting position, they suddenly popped into the air moving neither forward nor backward. They even seemed stay level front-to-back. After a few bounces each, they went back to being peaceful bunnies. ???

Big misses for the day: Either accipiter, Downy Woodpecker, Lincoln’s Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin, and American Goldfinch. Additionally, House Finch was heard-only. We’re still waiting on our first warbler of any kind for 2013. White-crowned Sparrows have been virtually absent this winter (VERY unusual). I think the 5 times we’ve had them this year, it’s mostly just been a single juvenile. Where are the Gambellii hordes?

For the day, 58 species! For the year, adding WESTERN MEADOWLARK, we’re at 83 species.

== Michael Hobbs


Male Varied Thrush singing near mansion.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Merlin southwest of the mansion.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Common Goldeneye pair.  Photo by Hugh Jennings

Common Merganser pair.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Western Meadowlark.  Photo by Lillian Reis

"Olympic Gull" - Glaucous-winged x Western hybrid.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Thayer's Gull.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Thayer's Gull.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Report for March 1, 2012                                                                                                                             Birding at Marymoor

It misted a bit, and there was an occasional stiff cold breeze, but otherwise the weather was okay. Everybody was pretty excited to look for the BOHEMIAN WAXWING, first seen on Tuesday, and that lead to us scurrying back and forth chasing waxwing flocks. When we finally got to the tree where I saw the bird on Tuesday, voila - there it was, amongst 50 or so Cedar Waxwings. The rest of the day was pretty good too.

Highlights:

Northern Pintail                     Pair in slough below weir
MERLIN                              One landed in a fir near the mansion
Virginia Rail                           Matt heard rail(s) from the boardwalk early
Great Horned Owl                 Matt heard one near the mansion early
Red-breasted Sapsucker       One near the graffitied picnic shelter
Northern Shrike                     As usual, north of field 7, then in Snag Row
Varied Thrush                        Heard near windmill
BOHEMIAN WAXWING   Again, 100 yds. south of Dog Central
Cedar Waxwing                    100+ birds - very notable numbers
Yellow-rumped Warbler        Audubon's & Myrtle's types

Not very many ducks, gulls, or sparrows today, which kept the day list down, though we still managed 56 species.

Ollie Oliver had a BAND-TAILED PIGEON on 2012-02-27, new for the year list. That, plus the Bohemian, brings the year list to 85 species.

== Michael Hobbs
 


Red-breasted Sapsucker near the mansion.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Bohemian Waxwing (the big, gray one) with Cedar Waxwing.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Merlin.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

American Goldfinch.  Photo by Hugh Jennings

Bohemian Waxwing, 2012-02-28.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Bohemian Waxwing, 2012-02-28.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Snowy Cascades, 2012-02-28.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Cedar Waxwings, 2012-02-28

White-crowned Sparrow, 2012-02-27.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Killdeer, 2012-02-27.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

American Crow, 2012-02-27.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Rock Pigeons, 2012-02-27.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Male Anna's Hummingbird, 2012-02-27.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

"Slate-colored" Dark-eyed Junco, 2012-02-25.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

 

Report for February 28, 2012                                                                                                                             Birding at Marymoor

Ollie Oliver called me this afternoon, saying that he'd photographed a BOHEMIAN WAXWING at Marymoor this morning. I rushed down and had about 30 waxwings fly past, not stopping as they whirled north. But I then heard more waxwing calls. Moving forward, I caught a glimpse of another 25 waxwings fly off following the first group. I was getting really frustrated, but then noticed I was still hearing waxwing calls.

About 100 yards south of Dog Central (the dog swim beach with the bulletin board, along the slough trail), I found another 50 waxwings that included one Bohemian.

This is a new bird for the Marymoor Park list, bringing the list up to 221.

It was still there when I left at 2:30.

== Michael Hobbs
 


Bohemian Waxwing.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for March 3, 2011                                                                                                                           Birding at Marymoor

It wasn't exactly warm, and it rained lightly for the first 2 hours or more this morning.  Even after it stopped raining, it was very damp and chill; I declared the day to be an honorary addition to February.  And for the most part, the birds agreed.  But there are a few weak signs of spring, and the species count was not down in February depths.

Highlights:

Cackling Goose                  Still hundreds
Ring-necked Pheasant         Heard for the 1st time in 2011
Wilson's Snipe                    8-10 east of East Meadow
Anna's Hummingbird           I counted at least 7
Red.-breasted Sapsucker   2, one drumming
Northern Shrike                  Near slough, west of slough for a bit
Golden-crowned Kinglet    Ubiquitous, some singing
Varied Thrush                     At least 2 at Dog Central, mansion
Townsend's Warbler           3+ just east of park office
Western Meadowlark         One north of 7-8-9; new for 2011

Singing/displaying birds:  Anna's Hummingbird, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Varied Thrush, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Purple Finch, House Finch.

For the day, 57 species.  For the year, we're up to 84 species.

== Michael Hobbs

March 3 was not photogenic...
Male Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2011-02-27.  Photo by Lillian Reis.

Red-tailed Hawk pair, not far from odd-snag nest, 2011-02-26.  Photo by Lillian Reis.

Report for March 4, 2010

We had a big group of birders (20+) sorting through the birds at Marymoor today, despite the damp and the mist.   No swallows today, and it otherwise didn't feel particularly spring-like, except for the quantity and variety of bird song.  Lots of (mostly ornamental) fruit trees in bloom, though.

Highlights:

Wood Duck                              Pair in slough
Gr. White-fronted Goose          1 with a small flock of Canadas
Brown Creeper                         Notably many sightings
Cedar Waxwing                        About a dozen at Rowing Club
Western Meadowlark               2 near Compost Piles
Purple Finch                              LARGE flock at Rowing Club (20+)
Coyote                                     1 on grass soccer fields at 7:00

At the Rowing Club, there was a pair of HOUSE FINCH, and the male appeared to be ripping strips of bark off of a branch, presumably for use as nesting material.

We had a dozen species of bird singing, including RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, FOX and GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS, and PURPLE FINCH.

For the day, 57-58 species.  For the year, 78 species.

== Michael

P.S.  I went to Seattle Opera's FALSTAFF last night, and it was great.  Everyone should go!


Knut Hansen found the Western Screech-Owl posed where he could take flash photos

Here are its feet as it took off from the branch...

Knut Hansen got a great shot of a Golden-crowned Kinglet

Western Gull.  Or "Olympic"?  Wing-tips look black... Photo by Ollie Oliver

American Coot in front of a pair of Green-winged Teal, from the Rowing Club dock

Lillian Reis caught this Yellow-rumped Warbler in the act of landing

The lake platform is WAY too small for our large group. Photo by Lillian Reis

Lillian Reis caught the Bushtit working on the nest

Cherry(?) blossoms.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Ollie Oliver got a photo of the Western Meadowlarks...

...and of the Killdeer

Marsh Wren singing.  Photo by Lillian Reis, 3/5

Bald Eagle carrying stick (presumed nest material).  Photo by Lillian Reis, 3/5

Report for February 26, 2009

Isn't it getting kind of late in the winter for snow?  We had a couple of inches on the ground, and for a while we had heavy snow falling too.  Much of the morning, big snow clouds were threatening, even if snow wasn't falling.  Later, it got sunny, and the trees started shedding their snow coats all over us.  Not windy most of the time, though, and no rain, so the cold was tolerable.  And beautiful.  Can't forget to mention that.  It was gorgeous.  Not terribly birdy, but not bad either.  A small group of us today - 3 to start, growing to about 6.  Nice to have a small, compatible group.

Highlights:

Cackling Goose               Getting late for them, but at least 1 flock overhead
Barn Owl                        Again visible in its day roost near the windmill
Northern Shrike               East Meadow and west of the mansion.  2 birds?
Winter Wren                    Gave us a GREAT show a the Rowing Club
American Robin               100's on the ground everywhere that wasn't snowcovered
Yellow-rumped Warbler  Maybe 10 or more at Rowing Club - great looks
Fox Sparrow                   Good comparison views with Song Sparrow - lots too
Western Meadowlark     One singing east of the mansion

Ollie also found us a RIVER OTTER on the lake, our only mammal for the day, though we did see bunny tracks.

For the day, 51 species.  The Meadowlark brings our year total to 80.

== Michael


American Robin in a snowy European Hawthorn


Golden-crowned Sparrows under the same hawthorn


Double-crested Cormorant in the snow in the slough


Sure was pretty


The Barn Owl was a bit less visible this week


Male Anna's Hummingbird on watch southwest of the mansion


Northern Shrike west of the mansion


The Western Meadowlark flew in front of us...


...and landed in a Black Cottonwood near our cars


Yellow-rumped Warbler at the Rowing Club


Winter Wren gave us great looks at the Rowing Club


Ollie Oliver snapped this female Common Goldeneye in the snow

Ollie Oliver's portrait of a pair of Mallards

Ollie's Brown Creeper

Ollie got a closer shot of the male Anna's Hummingbird
Ollie caught a different angle on the Winter Wren.

Report for February 28, 2008   

It was misting gently almost the whole morning, occasionally letting up, and never even getting close to drizzle, so all in all the weather wasn't bad.  Temps in the high 40's to low 50's also were pleasant. There was certainly a lot of bird song today, and quite a few bird individuals, but it often felt a bit "quiet".  We had, basically, no
surprizes -- we saw pretty much what we expected to see, and had no new spring arrivals.  Next week for sure.

Highlights:

Red-breasted Sapsucker        2 at Rowing Club, 1 drumming
Northern Shrike                     1 along southeast edge of East Meadow
Bushtits                                  EVERYWHERE, after missing them last week
Ruby-crowned Kinglet           Constant chorus of song
Yellow-rumped Warbler        2+ at Rowing Club
Purple Finch                           MANY small groups seen, no red males

Singers included Black-capped Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, and Purple Finch.

Another highlight were two RACCOONS in a tree on the east side of the slough.  The warmth brought both Painted Turtle and Red-eared Slider onto the logs at the Rowing Club pond.

The Oso Berry (Indian Plum) is beginning to come out in full bloom.  The hazelnuts are dropping catkins.  Some of the willows are in full bloom. Snowdrops were blooming north of the windmill.

For the day, 55 species plus a maybe Lincoln's Sparrow and a maybe Winter Wren.

== Michael


Raccoons sleeping in birch trees on the west shore of the slough.
Photo by Ollie OIiver


Female Purple Finch.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


American Crows, probably a pair involved in allopreening.
Photo by Ollie Oliver


Steller's Jay mobbing a Red-tailed Hawk near the Rowing Club


Closer look...

Report for March 01, 2007

Once again, my fears about the weather proved unfounded.   There was about 1.5" of snow on the ground, and it was cold.  But it was mostly a very pleasant, sunny, windless morning.  My fingers and toes got cold for a bit, but warmed up after about 9:00.  We had a few snow flakes drifting down lazily, but no real precipitation (i.e no rain).  Really, it was gorgeous, with nice light.  And birdy.  We had a more-manageable group size of eight people today.

Highlights:

The morning began with Ryan spotting a MERLIN flying to a tall, slender snag near the mansion.   After posing for over a minute (*just* long enough for Louise to get her scope set up) it then flew quickly low across the parking lot and down a trail, snagging a sparrow off of the path in front of us, before carrying its breakfast back to the trees around the mansion.  We've seen this Merlin four times already this year.  It is not a black Pacific Merlin, but probably a Taiga - quite pale breasted.

We had good looks at a male HAIRY WOODPECKER just a bit south of Dog Central, but across the slough.  We've seen a male Hairy 7 weeks out of 9 so far in 2007.  I think it's been all this same bird, as he's been hanging out in the same general area.

From the lake platform, we had two distant and unidentifiable SWALLOWS, probably TREE, but who knows.  In any case, our first swallows of the year.

Not too far north of the east end of the boardwalk, I spotted a NORTHERN SHRIKE - further south than I've ever seen one at Marymoor.  Later, probably the same adult shrike was in the East Meadow.

At the Compost Piles, Matt spotted 3 AMERICAN PIPITS.  This is NOT the normal season for them.  This is just our second pipit sighting outside the late-April to early May spring pulse and the September-November fall push. We had one sighting January 7, 2004, and now today's.

Northeast of the mansion, we had a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER that gave us quick-but-good looks as it moved through the trees.

Also in those conifers was a GREAT HORNED OWL - we could find only one.  In the last couple of weeks there have been 1-2 seen in those trees quite often, including one sitting atop a possible nest.  Today the owl was in the tree next to the potential nest - about the same spot as it was last week. The "nest" was empty.

Lots of birds were singing today, including American Robin, Red-winged Blackbird, Dark-eyed Junco, Marsh Wren, Song Sparrow, Purple Finch, Bewick's Wren, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and House Finch.

Today was our first day over 60 species this year - 62 to be specific, and the swallows and American Pipit were new for the year.
Purple Finches at the top of an Oregon Ash (note the trident branch tips).

Purple Finch are usually found in Ash trees at Marymoor.


American Pipit


Downy Woodpecker


Cooper's Hawk

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