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Bird Sightings Week 17
April 23-29*

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Rarities for Week 17:

Mallard x Gadwall hybrid 24-Apr-12 Male near weir
Red-necked Grebe 24-Apr-02  
Red-necked Grebe 29-Apr-05  
Great Egret 24-Apr-05 Seen by Laura Pinter and Ajay Ramachandran.
The egret was flying north west of the slough(?)
Greater Yellowlegs 23-Apr-15  
Least Sandpiper 25-Apr-13 11 birds.  Lot B

...Least Sandpiper

27-Apr-13 10 birds.  Lot B
Eurasian Collared-Dove 27-Apr-13  
Hammond's Flycatcher 23-Apr-15  
Hammond's Flycatcher 26-Apr-12  

...Hammond's Flycatcher

28-Apr-12  
Loggerhead Shrike 28-Apr-11 East Meadow
House Wren 25-Apr-90  
Mountain Bluebird 23-Apr-09 Reported by Grace & Ollie
Chipping Sparrow 28-Apr-09 Reported by Knut Hansen
Chipping Sparrow 26-Apr-12 Photographed by Lillian Reis
Same bird 20-Apr, 26-Apr, 29-Apr, 10-May?

Report for April 28, 2016                                                                                              Birding at Marymoor

A nice enough spring day, though surprisingly quiet at times. A few species were abundant, but we had to work rather hard to pick up more. Luckily, with the big group, and quite a few good birders, we were able to track down a good list of species.

Highlights:

Wood Duck                  Pair at lake with mixed duckling clutch
Mallard                         I believe 3 clutches of ducklings total
Common Merganser     Nine around weir
Great Blue Heron          Baby “grum grum grum” calls from heronry
Band-tailed Pigeon        Nice flyby over fields 7-8-9
Barn Owl                      Matt had one at windmill very early
Great Horned Owl        Matt heard one to the west of the park entrance
- all 5 woodpeckers -    Pileated heard-only
Warbling Vireo               1 east of Dog Meadow, 1 at Rowing Club – FOY
- six swallow species –    Including 3 N. Rough-winged at Viewing Mound
Ruby-crowned Kinglet    2 lingering birds
American Pipit                Single flyover
Or.-crowned Warbler     Not too many, not very cooperative
Common Yellowthroat    MANY singing birds
Yellow-rumped Warbler  MANY flocks, almost all “Audubon’s”
Bl.-thr. Gray Warbler      One singing across slough from windmill – FOY
Wilson’s Warbler            One silent male in Dog Meadow – FOY
CHIPPING SPARROW One in Pea Patch – FOY
Wh.-crowned Sparrow   Gambelii subspecies heard,
                                            as well as expected Pugetensis
Black-headed Grosbeak 1-2 singing west of slough – FOY

The WOOD DUCKS at the lake had 8-9 ducklings, a majority of which were HOODED MERGANSER ducklings.

We were a little disappointed to have no flycatchers, and to have such low warbler numbers (excluding the ubiquitous Yellowthroats and Yellow-rumps).

A good mammal day helped though: Besides the introduced Eastern Gray Squirrels and Eastern Cottontails, we also had two DEER, two AMERICAN BEAVER at the weir, a COYOTE, and a MUSKRAT.

For the day, 65 species of birds. For the year, adding Warbling Vireo, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, and Black-headed Grosbeak, we’re at 120 species for the year.

== Michael Hobbs


Common Mergansers at the weir.  Photo by Hugh Jennings

Anna's Hummingbird on her nest.  Photo by Bob Asanoma


Anna's Hummingbird on her nest.  Photo by Jordan Roderick

Anna's Hummingbird, 2016-04-23.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Black-headed Grosbeak.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Female Wood Duck with ducklings.  The ones with whitish faces with a black eye stripe are her own ducklings.  The ones with two-tone black-and-yellow faces are Hooded Merganser chicks that were the result of egg dumping (the female Hoodie laid her eggs in the Wood Duck's nest).  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Male Purple Martin.  Photo by Bob Asanoma

Female Purple Martin.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Chipping Sparrow in the Pea Patch.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Chipping Sparrow in the Pea Patch.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Male House Finch.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

This part-domestic Mallard duckling looks just like the father.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

American Beaver.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Coyote.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Sage Thrasher, 2016-04-23.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Sage Thrasher, 2016-04-23.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Black-capped Chickadee, 2016-04-22.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

American Coot, 2016-04-22.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Brown Creeper, 2016-04-22.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Grove Snail.  Photo by Bob Asanoma

Report for April 23, 2015                                                                                                                    Birding at Marymoor

A rather cold, cloudy, breezy, and quiet morning. I think the birds were anticipating the incoming bad weather and were heavily in feeding mode, not sitting-on-exposed-perch-singing mode. Winter birds are definitely on the decline or have moved on altogether, but migrants and new summer arrivals are taking their places.

Highlights:

Double-crested Cormorant             Down to just 1
Bald Eagle                                      Rather over-common. 7 or more, I believe
GREATER YELLOWLEGS          Slough to Pet Memorial Gardens and back
Barn Owl                                       Flew past Viewing Mound around 5:20 a.m.
Vaux’s Swift                                   2 at Lake Platform – First Of Year
HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER   SW part of Dog Area; gave us elusive views
WARBLING VIREO                    1-2 at Rowing Club, singing
Hermit Thrush                                One along southeast edge of Dog Meadow
Orange-crowned Warbler              Many - 15+
NASHVILLE WARBLER            At least 1; more elusive views
Black-throated Gray Warbler         Rowing Club – very elusive views
Lincoln’s Sparrow                          1 SANG at Compost Piles early, 2 there later
Dark-eyed Junco                            Nest w/babies in hanging flowers, Park Office

Brian also reported a possible COMMON POORWILL before 5:00 a.m., flushed from the trail leading towards the east end of the boardwalk. He saw eyeshine before the bird popped into the air in a very goatsucker manner. By dates, Common Nighthawk is impossible. We have one fall record of poorwill from Marymoor; a freshly deceased bird from 2010-09-23.

This is by far the earliest WARBLING VIREO we’ve ever had at Marymoor; the earliest date before today was April 26 (three years).

Only the 3rd time we’ve had LINCOLN’S SPARROW actually singing at Marymoor. I expect this means the birds will be heading to breeding grounds especially soon.

Last night, I had a little time to bird starting at about 6:15 p.m. In the willows just east of the EAS shed (southwest edge of the East Meadow), I came across a warbler fall-out that featured at least 20 Orange-crowned Warblers, 2-3 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 2 Black-throated Gray Warblers, and at least one Nashville Warbler, all in three adjacent trees. They slowly moved to the southwest. With them were 3-4 Black-capped Chickadees and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Last night’s BLACK-THROATED GRAY was First Of Year, and the 3rd earliest ever at Marymoor.

Brian and I each saw a COYOTE in the pre-dawn hours – far enough apart that they were probably different dogs.

Misses today were numerous: Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Northern Flicker, Violet-green Swallow, Cliff Swallow, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet (all seen at least 15 previous years during Week 17). Also, our first week without Red Crossbill since February.

For the day, 59 species. For the year, adding Vaux’s Swift, Hammond’s Flycatcher, and Black-throated Gray Warbler, and including EVENING GROSBEAK that Grace&Ollie found a few days ago, I believe we’re at 110 species.

= Michael Hobbs


Female Mallard with ducklings.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Wood Duck pair.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Greater Yellowlegs.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Greater Yellowlegs in alert posture.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Oh the embarrassment of dandelion fluff on your beak.
Golden-crowned Sparrow in breeding plumage.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Bird's-eye view of a Golden-crowned Sparrow.
Photo by Ollie Oliver


Red-breasted Nuthatch.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Brown Creeper.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Warbling Vireo.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Female Anna's Hummingbird feeding at Black Twinberry (Lonicera involucrata)
2015-04-21


Sunrise.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Common Yellowthroat, 2015-04-21.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Common Yellowthroat, 2015-04-21.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Mule Deer, 2015-04-21.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Muskrat dragging leaf, 2015-04-21.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for April 24, 2014                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

Michael is down at the ABA Convention, so Matt and I got to get wet. Today started out miserable – wet and windy – a day that Michael would say is not for wimps. Eventually it stopped raining and cleared and was a pretty good day.

Lots of bird singing, and two FOY birds – Hammond’s Flycatcher and Nashville Warbler. Total for the day was 64 species and that brings us to 111 for the year.

Good birds for the day:

Hammond’s Flycatcher
Nashville Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warblers – Tons of both Audubon’s and Myrtle’s
                                              with brilliant males
Barn Owl

Probable Short-eared Owl
Wilson’s Snipe
Osprey
Cliff Swallow
Purple Martin
Turkey Vulture

Brian H. Bell, Woodinville WA


Red-breasted Sapsucker pulling something out of the bark of a tree.
Photo by Ollie Oliver
 


Tree Swallows at a nesting gourd at the lake platform.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Bald Eagle pair.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Your lawn doesn't have nasty, weedy dandelions, it has sparrow food!
White-crowned Sparrow photo by Ollie Oliver


Golden-crowned Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Golden-crowned Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Osprey.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Turkey Vulture.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Anna's Hummingbird on the nest.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Band-tailed Pigeon.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Orange-crowned Warbler, 2014-04-21.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Orange-crowned Warbler, 2014-04-21.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Turkey Vulture, 2014-04-21.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Red-breasted Sapsucker, 2014-04-18.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Common Yellowthroate, 2014-04-18.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Definitely not from this week.  Bobcat at the Rowing Club Ponds, 2013-11-03.
Photo by Natalie Doerr

Report for April 25, 2013                                                                                                                              Birding at Marymoor

A clear, full-moon night followed by a chilly but sunny morning... It was really pretty, and this time of year there ought to be a lot of birds about, but the morning was amazingly quiet, especially for the first three hours. It was as if all of the birds who were thinking of leaving their wintering grounds decided that the last couple of days and nights were perfect for migration, while everything that was already migrating found no reason to stop. But sometime after about 10 a.m., we started to find some “good” species and more of them. We were a big group today – 17 I think!

Highlights: (LOS – probable last sighting for this spring)

Ring-necked Duck             Still a pair at the Rowing Club – LOS?
Scaup sp.                           After the walk, a few, north end of the lake – LOS? Common Goldeneye           Still one female in the slough – LOS?
COMMON LOON           One pretty far out on the lake
TURKEY VULTURE        One over grass soccer fields around 11:00 a.m.
LEAST SANDPIPER        Eleven(!) at the puddles in Lot B
Hairy Woodpecker            One male Merlin, quick flyby
Pac.-slope(?) Flycatcher     Silent empid, poor looks, tear-drop eye ring
American Pipit                    Four with Least Sandpipers
NASHVILLE WARBLER One west of south end of East Meadow
BL.-THR GRAY WARBLER One a couple of trees over from Nashville

The best early highlight was a MUSKRAT swimming around the slough below the weir, followed by getting great looks at a BEAVER eating willows nearby. The beaver was hugely plump, and we wondered if it might be a pregnant female.

We’re still searching for our first Green Heron of the year, and we haven’t had a Belted Kingfisher for the last eight weeks. Also, no owls this morning, but otherwise we found all of the usual birds for this time of year. Even so, it didn’t seem very birdy much of the time; many species were heard-only, glimpsed-only, seen-by-only-a-few, or seen in small numbers. And there were 11 species seen Monday or Tuesday that we didn’t have today.

But there were lots of new species this week: Since last Thursday, we’d had GREATER YELLOWLEGS, DUNLIN, CASSIN’S VIREO, HERMIT THRUSH, CHIPPING SPARROW, and BREWER’S BLACKBIRD. Today, we added COMMON LOON, TURKEY VULTURE, LEAST SANDPIPER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, and BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, which I believe brings the 2013 total to 107.

For the day, 67 species; and if I add in Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s birds, it totals 78 species!

== Michael Hobbs


Beaver eating willows.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Beaver eating willows.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

 


Double-crested Cormorant.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Great Blue Heron on nest.  Photo by Michael Hobbs


Black-capped Chickadee excavating nest hole.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Common Loon on the lake.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Tree Swallows.  Photo by Michael Hobbs


Tree Swallow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Black-throated Gray Warbler.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Common Yellowthroat.  Photo by Olllie Oliver


Cliff Swallows.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Cliff Swallows.  No matter the angle of the body, the head stays level.
Left photo by Ollie Oliver, right by Lillian Reis


White-crowned Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Least Sandpipers.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


All eleven Least Sandpipers.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Least Sandpiper.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz


Least Sandpipers.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz


Golden-crowned Kinglet.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Golden-crowned Kinglet. Photo by Ollie Oliver


Turkey Vulture.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz


Muskrat.  Photo by Michael Hobbs


Tree Swallow, 2013-04-24.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Mallard ducklings, 2013-04-23.  Photo by Michael Hobbs


Female Brewer's Blackbird, 2013-04-23.  Photo by Michael Hobbs


Tree Swallow bringing nesting material to new nest box in East Meadow
2013-04-23.  Photo by Michael Hobbs


Brown-headed Cowbirds, 2013-04-23.  Photo by Michael Hobbs


Hermit Thrush, 2013-04-22.  Photo by Michael Hobbs


Hermit Thrush, 2013-04-22.  Photo by Michael Hobbs


Killdeer, 2013-04-22.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Chipping Sparrow, 2013-04-21.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Killdeer, 2013-04-20.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Dunlin, 2013-04-20.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Dunlin, 2013-04-20.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for April 26, 2012                                                                                                                             Birding at Marymoor

The weather was inauspicious, with dark clouds and mist most of the morning, except when it was pouring rain. It wasn't terribly warm either, mostly staying below 50 degrees. At least there wasn't wind. There were, however, birds. Migration is in full swing, to say the least.

Highlights:

Common Loon                    One out on lake
Merlin                                 One atop tall Doug Fir south of mansion
Mourning Dove                   2 at Compost Piles
Barn Owl                            Matt & Scott had 3 at model airplane park, 5:30ish
Vaux's Swift                        At least 3, First of Spring - (FOS)
Hammond's Flycatcher        One seen calling, maybe another, FOS
Cassin's Vireo                     Singing bird seen at Rowing Club - FOS
Warbling Vireo                    Singing bird seen across from RC dock - FOS
Hermit Thrush                      2-3 birds, FOS
Orange-crowned Warbler   A dozen or more, mostly dull green (celata?)
NASHVILLE WARBLER  3+ birds, including 2 at once - FOS
Yellow-rumped Warbler      More than 50, mostly Aud. with some Myrtle's
CHIPPING SPARROW     Lillian had one near Lot D (dog area parking lot)

This is the earliest we've ever had WARBLING VIREO, tying a sighting from 2004, and the earliest we've ever had CASSIN'S VIREO, tying a sighting from 2005 (2005-04-27, but 2005 was not a leap year).

Lillian's CHIPPING SPARROW comes on the heels of a report from Houston Flores of a chipper last Friday, April 20.

For the day, 67 species. For the year, adding VAUX'S SWIFT, HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER, CASSIN'S VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, HERMIT THRUSH, NASHVILLE WARBLER, and CHIPPING SPARROW - 119 species in 2012.

And I will also report (they way it would appear in a headline in The Onion), "Seattle-area Man Shocked, Horrified to Receive Mosquito Bite"

== Michael Hobbs


Birding from the lake platform.  Photo by Hugh Jennings
Male American Goldfinch.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Chipping Sparrow.  Photo by Lillian Reis

"Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2012-04-23.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Male Rufous Hummingbird, 2012-04-23.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Female Common Mergansers, 2012-04-23.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Orange-crowned Warbler, 2012-04-23.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Male Brown-headed Cowbird, 2012-04-23.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Common Merganser pair, 2012-04-23.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Green Heron, 2012-04-23.  Photo by Marc Hoffman

Report for April 28, 2011                                                                                                                           Birding at Marymoor

It was dark and windy and cold.  We were all grumpy, but it didn't rain, so we're all just a bunch of whiners.  We're still waiting for the big rush of spring migrants to show up, but we had some excitement with the LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE in the East Meadow.  This is just the 4th record of Loggerhead for the park, and the latest date.  A very nice looking bird. But we had no other new arrivals for the week.

[ Any minute now, we should be getting our first flycatchers, vireos, martins, Swainson's Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Bullock's Oriole. ]

Highlights from today:

Green Heron                       2 near Rowing Club dock
Red-tailed Hawk                 Baby(s) on odd-snag nest
Wilson's Snipe                    Matt heard them winnowing again
California Gull                     Unusual late spring sighting
Great Horned Owl              Matt heard one west of the park entrance
Pacific Wren                       Matt heard one singing at dawn
Orange-crowned Warble    Quite a few around, singing
Yellow-rumped Warbler     MANY, both Audubon's and Myrtle's
Spotted Towhee                 Copulating at Rowing Club
Lincoln's Sparrow               More in migration, 2-3 today

Brewer's Blackbird  Ollie had a female on 4/23

For the day, 64 species.  For the year, adding Loggerhead Shrike and Brewer's Blackbird, 109 species.

== Michael Hobbs

Uncredited photos by Michael Hobbs

Loggerhead Shrike in the East Meadow.  Photo by Hugh Jennings
Loggerhead Shrike.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Lincoln's Sparrow photo by Ollie Oliver

Baby Red-tailed Hawk atop odd-snag nest. Photo by Ollie Oliver

Female Anna's Hummingbird. Photo by Ollie Oliver

Great Blue Heron photo by Lillian Reis

Male American Goldfinch. Photo by Hugh Jennings

Shrew (Vagrant? Masked?). Photo by Ollie Oliver

Rock Pigeon, 2011-04-23.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Female Brewer's Blackbird, 2011-04-23.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Golden-crowned Sparrow bathing, 2011-04-22.  Photos by Ollie Oliver

Tree Swallows and Savannah Sparrow, 2011-04-22.  Photos by Ollie Oliver

Tree Swallow photo by Ollie Oliver, 2011-04-22

Report for April 29, 2010

The day started out cloudy, but it never rained. The temperature was 43F to start and got all the way up to 63 by the end of the day, with some sun. No wind. It was a good spring morning with lots of singing and calling.  Michael had to leave early for an out-of-town trip.
 
We wound up with 65 species. At least 107 for the year.
 
Notable birds:
 
Green Heron                              Flyby for Michael as he left
Cooper's Hawk                         Flyby for Michael as he left
Barn Owl                                    Two downy young in the nest box
Western Kingbird                      One in the East Meadow
Warbling Vireo
Purple Martin                             1 male at lake
Black-capped Chickadee        At nest
Chestnut-backed Chickadee   At nest
Hermit Thrush                             2
Orange-crowned Warbler         At least 20
Nashville Warbler                       1 male singing along trail from East
                                                      Meadow to Alder/Cottonwood Forest
Yellow-rumped Warbler             Everywhere, at least 100+, probably
                                                     60-70 Audubon's, about 30 Myrtles
Fox Sparrow                              1 lingering
Black-headed Grosbeak          2 males singing - First of Year
 
Eastern Cottontail, E. Gray Squirrel, Muskrat
 
Notable misses: Barn Swallow, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Virginia Rail
 
Brian H. Bell and Matt Bartels (for Michael Hobbs)


No, the photo isn't upside-down, nor is the bird.  This shot is of the reflection of a Yellow-rumped Warbler in the still waters of the slough

Cabbage White on a dandelion.  Photo by Lillian Reis, 2010-04-30


Orange-crowned Warbler.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Cliff Swallows gathering mud for their nests.  Photo by Lillian Reis, 2010-04-30

Bad photo of a Warbling Vireo

From Tuesday, 2010-04-27, a Western Kingbird in the East Meadow

From Tuesday, 2010-04-27, a male Wilson's Warbler at the Rowing Club

Same guy

Report for April 23, 2009

It was cold, cloudy, and damp today, with a touch of precipitation. There were more than 15 of us (I lost count at that point, I'm afraid).  It seemed a pretty quiet day, though with a couple of very notable bits of excitement.

Highlights:

Wood Duck                      Some great looks
Northern Pintail                 3 flyby - our latest spring sighting ever
Green Heron                     Several views, at least 2 birds
American Kestrel              1-2 birds
MERLIN                          Flew quickly to the northwest
Wilson's Snipe                   Still 4+ around
Western. Screech-Owl      Scott had one early near the windmill
Belted Kingfisher               Only our 4th of the year
Hammond's Flycatcher       At Rowing Club.  Not 100% sure of ID
WESTERN KINGBIRD   THREE in the East Meadow
American Crow                 Occupied nest near stage area
Hermit Thrush                    At least 2
American Robin                 Nest with young at Rowing Club
Orange-crowned Warbler  Several, singing, all quite yellow
NASHVILLE WARBLER South of east footbridge

We also had a sleeping Raccoon, two Long-tailed Weasels, and a dead Beaver.

For the day, 66 species.  Merlin and Western Kingbird were new for the year, bringing us to 118.

== Michael

ALL PHOTOS BY OLLIE OLIVER

Male Wood Duck at the weir in the early morning light

Raccoon asleep in a cottonwood

A slightly better view of the Nashville Warbler

Male Hairy Woodpecker

Western Kingbird in the East Meadow

Male American Kestrel in Snag Row

Osprey cleaning its talons

Ollie went back in the afternoon for more photos of Western Kingbird...

...and found a female Mountain Bluebird we hadn't seen earlier

Report for April 24, 2008

The day was cold, dark, moist, windy, and quiet.  There were no birds around.

Total species seen: 59

== Michael

 

WAITAMINUTE - 59???  On a terrible day at Marymoor?  Okay, so there must have been a few highlights, even if it didn't feel like it.  It really was dark and dreary and WINDY, and definitely not feeling like spring.  The only species we had today that we didn't have last Thursday was Hermit Thrush, and that was obscurely seen near the weir and barely heard singing in the southeast part of the trail.  Oh, and I guess the Hairy Woodpecker wasn't seen last week either.  But the list was basically last week's list minus ten species.  Here's what we did have:

California Quail                 Heard at two locations
Green Heron                     Trying not to be seen at the Rowing Club
Osprey                              Kiting over the slough
Barn Owl                          2 babies out of the nest box
Red-breasted Sapsucker   A couple of nice looks
Brown Creeper                 Close encounter NE of mansion
Bushtit                              At a nest at Rowing Club
American Robin                On a nest at the Rowing Club
Yellow-rumped Warbler   Not as many as last week, but still...
Orange-crowned Warbler Maybe a half-dozen
House Finch                     1 of the really yellow ones at the Pea Patch

Big misses for the day:  Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Killdeer, Vaux's Swift, BARN SWALLOW, Lincoln's Sparrow, House Sparrow.

Adding in my sightings from Tuesday (Western Meadowlark, Short-eared Owl, Cedar Waxwing, Lincoln's Sparrow, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Say's Phoebe), we're at 65 species for the week, and 109 for the year.

= Michael


Orange-crowned Warbler

Brown Creeper frozen against the trunk of a Douglas Fir


Common Merganser male near the park entrance


Common Merganser male near the park entrance


Baby Barn Owls in a yew tree near the nest box


Camera wouldn't focus on them, but there were two male Rufous Hummingbirds
sitting unusually close together at the south end of the Dog Meadow.

Report for April 26, 2007

Maybe because of the threatening weather, we only had 8 people today.  For the most part, we didn't get that wet.  Despite heavy overcast, it mostly just drizzled lightly, and most of the time it was just cloudy. We did get a minute or so of actual rain, but otherwise it wasn't too bad.

The park was absolutely FULL of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS - males and females, Myrtle's and Audubon's, everywhere.

Other highlights:

Cackling Goose                 One flying around early
Barn Owl                           Matt heard one at 5:15 near the windmill
Red-breasted Sapsucker    One drumming early near the mansion
Pacific-slope Flycatcher   One, seen briefly, near first dog area bench
WESTERN KINGBIRD    One at Compost Piles, last seen at
                                                   the model airplane field
Orange-crowned Warbler Many, some even visible
American  Pipit                 39 counted at model airplane field!
Savannah Sparrow            Wow, there were a lot of these guys!  50-100
Fox Sparrow                      Mason found one still hanging around
Western Meadowlark        1 at model airplane field
Brewer's Blackbird           1-2 females seen

This is by far the latest spring date we've had for CACKLING GOOSE.  We also had a large flock of geese fly over the model airplane field that we just couldn't figure out.  Maybe just Canadas, but maybe Cackling...

Ollie spotted the WESTERN KINGBIRD at the compost piles on a mustard flower. It dropped to the ground, and we were going to try for a closer look when it flew up to a cherry tree at the east end of the piles, then flew all the way over to the model airplane field.  Ollie called Grace at work, and they tried for the kingbird without success, but did find pipits at the airfield.  So the rest of us headed over there and found the WESTERN MEADOWLARK instead. Just as we were about to leave there, though, a huge flock of AMERICAN PIPITS flew in.  Brian counted 39 birds, and I think I got that number too.  They were on the very-closely-mowed runway.

We had 62 species on the day, despite missing Gadwall and Pied-billed Grebe. The PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, and BREWER'S BLACKBIRD were  all new for the year, bringing the 2007 total to 110.

== Michael


Ollie Oliver caught 7 of the 39 American Pipits in this shot.

Here's one up close.  Pipits seem bigger than they actually are

Back-lit Spotted Towhee at the Rowing Club.

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