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Bird Sightings Week 13
March 26 - April 1*

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Rarities for Week 13:

Red-necked Grebe 31-Mar-04 From ELS Trail
Eurasian Collared-Dove 28-Mar-13  
Long-eared Owl 26-Mar-09 Perched 100 yds east of the weir, low in a tree, all morning. 
Anna's Hummingbird x
Rufous Hummingbird hybrid
30-Mar-10 Male reported and photographed by Mike Hamilton, Rowing Club

...Anna's Hummingbird x
Rufous Hummingbird hybrid

01-Apr-10  
Mountain Bluebird 27-Mar-95 Two present
Mountain Bluebird 31-Mar-04 Reported by Hugh Jennings
Mountain Bluebird 30-Mar-06 Reported by Ollie Oliver & Marv Breece - two birds
Bohemian Waxwing 28-Mar-12 One bird with a large flock of Cedar Waxwings.  Observed 28-Feb through 10-Apr
American Tree Sparrow 29-Mar-06 Compost Piles
Sagebrush Sparrow 29-Mar-07 Compost Piles - seen again every day through 02-Apr

...Sagebrush Sparrow

30-Mar-07 Matt Dufort, Paul & Barbara, Louise Rutter

...Sagebrush Sparrow

31-Mar-07 Caren Park

...Sagebrush Sparrow

01-Apr-07 Brian Bell, Ryan Merrill, John Tubbs
"Slate-colored" Fox Sparrow 31-Mar-06 "Rocky-mountain group" subspecies. Reported by Larry Engles

Report for March 31, 2016                                                                                             Birding at Marymoor

A glorious day today, with great weather (after some early morning fog, and a touch of a cold start), and some really good birding. I apparently misread the sunrise times, so we started a half-hour too soon, but with the clear sunny morning, this wasn’t a problem. Long before dawn, Matt saw BARN OWL near the windmill, and got what sounded like a great look at a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL near the east end of the boardwalk. This is later than we’ve ever had NSWO in spring at Marymoor.

And on this date in 1994, I started my weekly surveys. Today, we started our 23rd year.

Other highlights:

Wood Duck                    2 pairs in Big Cottonwood Forest calling from trees!
OSPREY                        They’re back – the pair has returned – lots of calling
Bald Eagle                       On the nest, plus several others
Red-tailed Hawk             On nests both at east edge and west of the park
Eurasian Collared-Dove   One perched briefly in Big Cottonwood Forest – FOY Anna’s Hummingbird       Female on nest in Big Cottonwood Forest
- all 5 woodpeckers -      Lots of action from sapsuckers, Downys, pair of Hairys
Bushtit                             We’ve now found at least 2 nests
Marsh Wren                    One building a nest along boardwalk
Varied Thrush                  One heard near East Footbridge
Common Yellowthroat     Male at Rowing Club – First of Year
EVENING GROSBEAK Flock of 9 over parking lot – First of Year

We’ve only had OSPREY earlier than this five times (earliest: 2013-03-23). And this is our 5th earliest COMMON YELLOWTHROAT (earliest: 2015-03-26).

For the day, 65 species. Tuesday, I had 12 American Wigeon, a male Lesser Scaup, and six Western Meadowlarks. Wednesday, I had two Lincoln’s Sparrows, for a total of 69 species for Week 13 this year.

For 2016, adding Osprey, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Common Yellowthroat, and Evening Grosbeak, we’re up to 94 species.

== Michael Hobbs


Dawn.  Photo by Bob Asanoma
Slightly later dawn.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


American Robin.  Photo by Bob Asanoma


Male Bufflehead.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Common Goldeneye displaying.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Common Goldeneye displaying.  Photo by Ollie Oliver
"See - I'm a geoduck"


Bushtit nest.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Female Wood Duck up a tree in Big Cottonwood Forest.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Male Wood Duck calling while up a tree.  Photo by Darcy Barry


Male Wood Duck up a tree in Big Cottonwood Forest.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Red-breasted Sapsucker near start of boardwalk.  Photo by Darcy Barry


Red-breasted Sapsucker. Photo by Ollie Oliver


Female Anna's Hummingbird at nest. Photo by Ollie Oliver


Female Anna's Hummingbird at nest. Photo by Ollie Oliver


Marsh Wren building nest.  Photo by Darcy Barry


Marsh Wren building nest.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Savannah Sparrow. Photo by Ollie Oliver


First of Year Osprey. Photo by Ollie Oliver


First of Year male Common Yellowthroat. Photo by Ollie Oliver


American Beaver. Photo by Ollie Oliver


Turtles on a log.  Photo by Bob Asanoma


One of these photos is upside-down, but WHICH ONE???

Report for March 26, 2015                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

47 degrees and foggy smoothly transitioned to 62 degrees and sunny within a couple of hours. That’s downright hot around here. Everything was singing, and it was generally wonderful.

Highlights:

American Wigeon           One below weir
N. Saw-whet Owl           One tooting near east end of boardwalk, 6:00 a.m.
Anna’s Hummingbird       Beaks of 2 babies visible at nest, west end of boardwalk
All five expected woodpecker species
SAY’S PHOEBE            In East Meadow, foraging low – our first since 2012
Northern Shrike               East Meadow.  Should be leaving very soon
C. YELLOWTHROAT  Male singing at Rowing Club
Savannah Sparrow          They’re BAAACK. 10+ singing, East Meadow
Western Meadowlark      One north of fields 7-8-9 – First of Year
Red Crossbill                   Continue in numbers around mansion 

This sets the Marymoor record for earliest date for COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. We’ve only had 4 previous March records, the earliest of those being March 27, 2001.

For the day, 67 species. For the year, adding SAY’S PHOEBE, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, SAVANNAH SPARROW, and WESTERN MEADOWLARK, we’re up to 92 species.

While we’ve been having higher species counts on the weekly surveys than usual, our overall year list is lagging a few species below our recent averages. We had fewer of the typical “winter species” than we usually get. Misses include Snow Goose, Canvasback, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Western Grebe, Northern Harrier, Dunlin, Western Screech-Owl, and Short-eared Owl. There are additional species, such as California Quail, Green Heron, Band-tailed Pigeon, Common Raven, Cedar Waxwing, and House Sparrow, that will show up later, but which we’ve typically had at least once by this time of year.

== Michael Hobbs


Red-breasted Sapsucker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Tree Swallows at a box in the Community Gardens.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Great Blue Herons - flirting?.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


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


Golden-crowned Kinglet.  Photo by Lillian Reis


American Robin with nesting material.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Two juvenile Anna's Hummingbirds in the nest.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Tree Swallow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Female Purple Finch.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Savannah Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Say's Phoebe.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Say's Phoebe.  Photo by Ollie Oliver.


Male Common Yellowthroat at the Rowing Club.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Common Yellowthroat at the Rowing Club.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Pied-billed Grebe at the Rowing Club.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Brown Creeper at the Rowing Club.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for March 27, 2014                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

The first walk of my 21st year was rather ordinary. Overcast, with long stretches of mist, mizzle, and (according to Matt, who is a wimp) drizzle. Lots of birds, but no surprises really, no new species for the year, and only a moderate species list. But it was otherwise a fine day of early spring birding.

Highlights:

Cackling Goose              Getting late – flock of 55 flyby
Common Merganser        Lots of sightings
Great Blue Heron            Making their pigeon-like cooing again
Virginia Rail                    Singing east of East Meadow, calling from boardwalk
Wilson’s Snipe                1 whinny heard pre-dawn (rare display at Marymoor)
Anna’s Hummingbird       Two active nests
Rufous Hummingbird       Female chased off by female Anna’s near nest
Red-breasted Sapsucker Two pairs – great looks
Merlin                             Streaked to the east past heronry
Fox Sparrow                   Great looks, quiet singing
White-crowned Sparrow  Singing pugetensis birds
American Goldfinch          Two, including breeding-plumage male

For the day, just 54 species.

== Michael Hobbs


Adult Bald Eagle.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Brown Creeper.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Pied-billed Grebe, with an expression that makes me think he was dreaming of nefarious plots.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Anna's Hummingbird stretching while on her nest, just south of the Dog Area on the slough trail.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Anna's Hummingbird on her nest at the Rowing Club.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Ruby-crowned Kinglet singing.  Photos by Ollie Oliver


Wilson's Snipe.  Photos by Ollie Oliver


Male Gadwall in flight.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


"Sooty" Fox Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Painted Turtle at Rowing Club.  Photos by Ollie Oliver

Report for March 24, 2014

There were FOUR male MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS at the north end of the East Meadow. If you don’t find them there, I’d look to the east around the model airplane field. I did not see these birds earlier in the morning, so they may have flown in on this gorgeous day.

The park was also full of woodpeckers; I saw the five usual species include 2-3 pairs of RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER.

Some of the GREAT BLUE HERONS are sitting down on the nests, instead of standing atop them. The ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD was sitting in her nest south of the dog area. I found a pair of CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES excavating a hole in a big cottonwood a little north of the boardwalk, and a NORTHERN FLICKER excavating a hole in a dead hemlock west of the mansion.

For all my thermometer said 49 degrees, it felt more like 60+, and definitely felt like spring.

== Michael Hobbs

P.S.  I subsequently got word that the Mountain Bluebirds had been present the day before, on March 23.  I saw them again briefly on the 25th, but then watched them take off and fly to the souteast.


Male Mountain Bluebird.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Mountain Bluebird with extensive blue on belly.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for March 28, 2013                                                                                                                             Birding at Marymoor

The day started with bits of blue sky and a few rays of filtered sunlight poking through a rumpled overcast sky. This, of course, meant that it rained solidly for the first two hours, though thankfully not very hard. By the time we got to the lake platform, the sky cleared pretty much, and the weather was very nice after that. It was a birdy day.

Highlights:

Band-tailed Pigeon            Four flew overhead
Eurasian Collared-Dove    One in Snag Row
Red-breasted Sapsucker   1 near windmill, 1 at Rowing Club
Pileated Woodpecker       Pair east of mansion
Northern Shrike                North of fields 7-8-9
Varied Thrush                   One in Dog Meadow
AMERICAN PIPIT          Houston Flores reported 1 in gravel area
Yellow-rumped Warbler   Many, mostly Audubon’s, at least 1 Myrtles. Townsend’s Warbler        One east of mansion
White-crowned Sparrow  Singing pugetensis bird in Pea Patch
Red Crossbill                   Good looks north of mansion
HOUSE SPARROW       Female at Compost Piles, Snag Row

We’ve only had six previous sightings of EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, four of them from last year, with the other two sightings from ‘08 and ‘09. All previous sightings have been from mid-April to late-May, so this was our first March sighting.

This was only our second HOUSE SPARROW sighting since April, 2010. The previous sighting was April 4, 2011.

We did not see any owls despite a lot of pre-dawn looking.

It was also a good day for mammal sightings. Besides the usual squirrel and rabbit sightings, Mark and Lee saw a COYOTE, we had a MUSKRAT along the slough, and there were at least 3 RIVER OTTERS at the lake. Also, PACIFIC TREE FROGS were peeping pre-dawn, and there were both PAINTED TURTLE and RED-EARED SLIDERS at the Rowing Club.

Wednesday late afternoon there was a singing WESTERN MEADOWLARK near the model airplane field.

For the day, 66 species. For the year, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, AMERICAN PIPIT, HOUSE SPARROW were new. OSPREY was reported on Saturday, but we did not see one Thursday.

== Michael Hobbs


Canada Geese at the weir, with a male Gadwall and some American Coots.
Photo by Hugh Jennings


Juvenile Bald Eagle hanging around the heronry.  The Great Blue Herons don't look very concerned, but they haven't laid eggs yet.  Photo by Michael Hobbs


Male Rufous Hummingbird.  Photo by Michael Hobbs


Muskrat along slough.  Photo by Michael Hobbs


Marsh Wren building a nest in red osier dogwood.  Photo by Michael Hobbs


Cherry tree blooming in East Meadow.  Photo by Michael Hobbs


Savannah Sparrows were singing in the East Meadow.  Photo by Michael Hobbs


Male House Finch from the Viewing Mound.  Photo by Michael Hobbs


View of the heronry from the East Meadow.  It's easier to count nest now than when the leaves come out.  I came up with eighteen nests that are at least started; last year there were about eleven.  There are only about a dozen herons present though.  Note that the juvenile Bald Eagle is still hanging around, sitting at about 8 o'clock in the middle-left tree.  This photo was taken an hour-and-a-half after the previous photo shown above.  Photo by Michael Hobbs

Eurasian Collared-Dove.  Photo by Michael Hobbs


Eurasian Collared-Dove.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Pileated Woodpecker pair.  Photo by Michael Hobbs


Pileated Woodpecker pair.  Photo by Michael Hobbs


"Myrtle's" subspecies Yellow-rumped Warbler at the Rowing Club.
Photo by Michael Hobbs


Very bold Pacific Wren at the Rowing Club.
Photo by Michael Hobbs


American Crow with a strange tumor. Photo by Lillian Reis


Close-up of the conical tumor. Photo by Lillian Reis

Report for March 29, 2012                                                                                                                             Birding at Marymoor

It rained. All morning it was dark, with moderately light but steady rain. Unrelenting rain. Mostly, birds were hunkered down, though there was a fair amount of singing nonetheless.

Highlights:

Rufous Hummingbird                      2 males; 1 displaying at s. end of dog area
Northern Shrike                             Vocalizing from NE corner of East Meadow
Varied Thrush                                Male west of park office
Yellow-rumped Warbler                Singing, with both Audubon's. & Myrtle's seen
Townsend's Warbler                      One near concert stage
Savannah Sparrow                         One singing near E end of Snag Row
Fox Sparrow                                 Many, including lots of singing
Purple Finch                                  Many, many, with lots of singing
Red Crossbill                                Male NE of mansion

Yesterday, I birded Marymoor for 3 hours in the morning with a visiting birder from South Dakota. We had 5 species of woodpecker, including dueling RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS just east of the mansion. As we came into the East Meadow, a flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS flew south towards us. One was clearly larger, and as they banked right in front of us, it was easy to see the flock contained the BOHEMIAN WAXWING. They may have been unsuccessfully searching for red berries, for they never landed, flying off to the northwest. We also had the RED CROSSBILL in the same place as today.

Monday, there were at least 2 CACKLING GEESE in a flying flock of CANADA GEESE. Getting late for them here.

I also received a photo of a SAY'S PHOEBE that was present on Saturday in the East Meadow.

For the day, I believe we had 54 species (not bad at all, considering the weather). For the week, 63 species. Only the Say's Phoebe was new for the year, bringing the year list to 93.

== Michael Hobbs


Common Merganser pair.  Photo by Hugh Jennings

Northern Shrike.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Brown Creeper, 2012-03-28.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Song Sparrow, 2012-03-28.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Male Belted Kingfisher, 2012-03-25.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Northern Harrier, 2012-03-25.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Red-breasted Sapsucker, 2012-03-25.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Say's Phoebe, 2012-03-24.  Photo by Kathy Speirs

Report for March 31, 2011                                                                                                                           Birding at Marymoor

I was sick on the 31st, and thus missed the 17th Anniversary of my Marymoor surveys.  Here's a report from Matt Bartels, who was good enough to take on the data gathering and reporting tasks for the day - Michael.

Biggest surprise of the weekly walk at Marymoor today was arriving and finding no Michael & no Brian!  Eight of us managed to persevere without them. The weather wasn't bad -- drizzle early [during the owling time], but only a couple drops of rain during the walk. Lots of wind though, and that resulted in very low numbers of birds all day.
 
Highlights:
Wood Duck                      1 male in the slough
Green Heron                    1 lurking around the rowing club dock
Barn Owl                           2 at model airplane field early
Rufous Hummingbird      Only heard 1 - still waiting for them to get
                                                into place properly
Bushtit                               Building nest at Rowing Club
Yellow-rumped Warbler  Nice male in breeding plumage singing away at
                                                the mansion area. Myrtles at Rowing club
Savannah Sparrow      Heard a few singing in the east meadow
                                                before dawn, and part of the group
                                                saw one later in the walk at the
                                                sparrow piles - first of the year
 
Lots of singing , and several American Crows were carrying nesting materials.
 
For the day, I believe we had 56 species [including a few I had to go back through the park to snag]. Barring any new arrivals during the past week, I believe the Savannah Sparrows bring the year list to 91.
 
Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA

 


Golden-crowned Kinglet.  Photo by Lillian Reis

"Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2011-03-11.  Photo by Darrel De Nune


Pied-billed Grebe, 2011-03-11.  Photo by Darrel De Nune

Report for April First, 2010

We had a really good day, despite clouds, mizzle, and a cold breeze.  Spring birds are beginning to return.  Everything is singing. There are nests to watch.  Etc.

The highlight, though, was a very unexpected Toucan, which sat on one of the dirt piles north of the East Meadow.  Nobody had the right field guides to get it to species, unfortunately.

Other highlights:

Cackling Goose                Still 1-2 small flocks overhead
Western Screech-Ow l     Calling loudly near windmill, 5:30-6:00ish
Band-tailed Pigeon           4 flew over Rowing Club area
Violet-green Swallow       A few mixed in with lots of Tree Swallows
Northern Shrike               One in East Meadow
Red-breasted Nuthatch    Excavating nest NE of mansion
Common Yellowthroat     Several hear, none seen

At the Rowing Club, we scoped the ANNA's x RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD.  Matt got to see it flare its tail, showing the extensive orange.  For the rest of us, we
could see a hint of orange on the sides, and the gorget which is never pink - just an in-between reddish-orange.  We did not hear it at all.

For the day, 61 species, plus the toucan.  ;)

== Michael


Toucan sp., north of the Compost Piles.


First duckling of the year, but there was no adult in sight.

European Starling

American Robin

American Crow

Red-breasted Nuthatch excavating hole.

Ollie Oliver's photo of same.  They nested in this hole last year

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Where did that iPod go?  I heard it singing...

Brown Creeper.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Marsh Wren.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for March 26, 2009

Oh how nice it was today. Cold to start, but sunny. The thin fog burned off quickly, and while some thin, high overcast persisted, we could see our shadows all morning. It was pleasant AND good birding and spriAng is actually beginning to happen.

Highlights:

Ring-necked Duck               Males with rings very visible at RC
Horned Grebe                     One mostly in breeding plumage
Red-tailed Hawk                  Must be on eggs on odd snag nest
Barn Owl                             Must be on eggs in nest box
Western Screech-Owl          Heard from within park, to the west
LONG-EARED OWL         Perched low and in the open in Dog Area
Rufous Hummingbird            Heard 2-4 birds, never got a look
Red-breasted Sapsucker      One drumming near start of boardwalk
Downy Woodpecker            Two near start of boardwalk
Hairy Woodpecker               Northeast of boardwalk
Northern Shrike                    Seen in model airplane field
American Crow                    With nest materials near mansion
American Robin                    With nest materials near mansion
Varied Thrush                       Heard near mansion
Yellow-rumped Warbler       Some were singing
Townsend's Warbler             South side of mansion
SAVANNAH SPARROW   First of spring, Compost Piles

The LONG-EARED OWL, which we originally identified as a Great Horned Owl, spent the entire morning low in a Red Alder a bit east northeast of the weir. See the blog for photos.

When we were at the lake, Sharon thought she'd seen a HORNED GREBE. It disappeared before we could verify. So at the end of our walk, I visited the cabana for another look. While there, I had great looks at a pair of HOODED MERGANSER, as well as three COMMON MERGANSER. And, with my scope, I was able to find a HORNED GREBE about half-way into breeding plumage. It would have been visible from the lake platform, but would probably have required a scope for ID.

Sharon saw a LONG-TAILED WEASEL near the South Lot kiosk. Some people watched an EASTERN COTTONTAIL get precariously close to the Great Horned Owl. There were both a RED-EARED SLIDER and a PAINTED TURTLE sunning themselves at the Rowing Club.

New for 2009 were HORNED GREBE, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, and SAVANNAH SPARROW. In addition, I saw a male NORTHERN HARRIER last Sunday.

So for today, we were at an even 60 species. For the year, we're up to 94 species.

== Michael


Dewy spider web in the early morning fog

Long-eared Owl as seen from the slough trail


Closer view of the Long-eared Owl


And a bit of a back view.  Photo by Ollie Oliver.


Dave Templeton's fabulous photo of the owl
(His lens is just a slight bit bigger than mine :)  )


Singing Spotted Towhee


"Pussy" Willows along the edge of the Dog Meadow


Brown Creeper near the start of the boardwalk


Red-breasted Sapsucker preening near the start of the boardwalk


Another shot of the Red-breasted Sapsucker


Savannah Sparrow at the Compost Piles


Violets in a tree near the Stage


Note the burgundy neck ring on the right of the two male Ring-necked Ducks
Photo by Ollie Oliver


Grace found a Cooper's Hawk in Snag Row which Ollie photographed

Ollie's photo of a Canada Goose in the slough

Northern Shrike, Ollie Oliver, 3/29/09

Northern Shrike, Ollie Oliver, 3/29/09

Report for March 27, 2008

It was a strange day at Marymoor.  The weather wasn't as bad is it might have been.  Cold, damp, and quite windy, but there wasn't any precipitation.  It wasn't very birdy either, yet our species count (when all of the heard-only and glimpsed-only birds were counted) was a very respectable 59 species.  Yet the day was pretty birdless, with only a few highlights (though at least one highlight was a GREAT highlight).  There was better birding earlier in the week when the weather was warmer.

Highlights:

Bald Eagle                       Pair in the "new nest"
Cooper's Hawk               Several sightings.  One Sharpie too.
Barn Owl                         Seen early near concert stage
Short-eared Owl              Flushed from east edge of East Meadow
Red-breasted Nuthatch    Male near nest hole
Lincoln's Sparrow            2 - Compost piles early, Pea Patch

A passing birder mentioned that the SAY'S PHOEBE was in the East Meadow.  We didn't see one.  I went back after the walk and again missed the phoebe, but I did have 4 WESTERN MEADOWLARKS, including one singing.

The great highlight was the SHORT-EARED OWL, which flushed from the east edge of the East Meadow, giving us great looks as it winged east.  It then landed in the large cottonwood east of the meadow, where we could see it for several minutes, perched in the lowest branches.

We had great looks at MUSKRAT near the windmill.

Big misses: Rock Pigeon, House Sparrow.

Earlier in the week, while people were looking for phoebe, I saw, or had reports of, several other species including SAVANNAH SPARROW, NORTHERN SHRIKE (Tuesday), and CEDAR WAXWING.  So the day count was 59, but the week count was at least 64.

== Michael




Both Bald Eagles were in the new (built fall 2006) nest near the boardwalk.
Later, one flew to a nearby cottonwood.  Bottom photo by Ollie Oliver.


After flushing from the east edge of the East Meadow, this Short-eared Owl
landed in a large cottonwood off to the east.  Photo by Ollie Oliver.


Here the owl is flying off, deeper into the inaccessible southeast portion of the park.


Bushtits were building a nest near the east end of the boardwalk.


Ollie Oliver's photo of one of the "gambelli" White-crowned Sparrows
at the Compost Piles.  Note the very gray nape and lower cheek.


Male Red-breasted Nuthatch frozen against the trunk of the tree.  Nest hole above.


American Robin in European Hawthorn.  It was eating the haws.

Report for March 29, 2007

I  was in South Carolina, but 22 people birded Marymoor in his absence.  Here are notes from Brian Bell's report to Tweeters.

     - Michael

Notable birds at Marymoor today were:

  • Great Horned Owl - early
  • Virginia Rail heard early
  • Savannah Sparrow - back in numbers - present all over the park
  • Pine Siskin - several today
  • Bald Eagle - pair at the nest - with one on the nest
  • Belted Kingfisher - early flyby
  • Marsh Wrens in full song
  • Wilson's Snipe - very close, about 15 feet - incredible views
  • Fox Sparrows - several singing
  • American Goldfinch - several bright males
  • Purple Finch - many singing in a variety of locations around the park, including at least one bright male
  • Anna's Hummingbird -a male at the current "usual" location south of the mansion
  • Rufous Hummingbird - a male, also at the current "usual" location just before going into the alder forest along the interpretive trail
  • American Kestrel - in east meadow
  • Northern Shrike - in the east meadow
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler - both Audubon and Myrtle
  • Winter Wren - one singing
  • Common Goldeneye - several lingering on the lake
  • Common Merganser - a few on the lake
  • Western Meadowlark - at least two at the east meadow
  • SAGEBRUSH SPARROW - at the dirt/compost piles
  • Green Heron - at the small rowing club pond
  • Orange-crowned Warbler - heard at the rowing club
  • Wood Duck - one male on river

This morning at 10:45 am, as we approached the dirt/compost piles we saw a bird that was definitely not one of our regulars. It turned out to be a Sagebrush Sparrow with a gray head, a nice face pattern and a clear white throat and breast. The bird was foraging on the top of the main dirt piles with grass growing on them. By the time we got to where we could see it, it had dropped down into the blackberries and then came up and worked its way across the open area. It worked over the next area of debris and dirt. The bird was clearly nervous and would fly at the slightest event. When last seen, it was perched on a small tree back near the dirt piles and then dropped down into the blackberries. I saw Ollie Oliver later and he said that the bird came back up on the dirt piles and good views were obtained (and pictures I believe). Ollie stressed that the best way to see the bird was to sit quietly and the bird would come to you - if you approach it, it will fly. A great new bird for Marymoor, and continues the tradition of often finding a new bird when Michael is out of town.

Painted Turtles were back on the rowing club pond, a number of garter snakes were out in the sun and bullfrog was basking on a limb

All in all a great spring day at Marymoor - 58 species, one new for the year!

Brian H. Bell
Woodinville, WA


Sage Sparrow - photo by Ollie Oliver

Golden-crowned Sparrow on 3/25/07 - photo by Ollie Oliver
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Say's Phoebe on 3/25/07 - photo by Tom Mansfield.  The phoebe was seen
again 3/29 in the afternoon near the Pea Patch.


Say's Phoebe on 3/25/07 - photo by Tom Mansfield. 


Say's Phoebe on 3/25/07 - photo by Tom Mansfield.


Say's Phoebe on 3/25/07 - photo by Tom Mansfield.

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