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Bird Sightings Week 18
April 30 - May 6*

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Rarities for Week 18:

Blue-winged Teal x
Cinnamon Teal hybrid
06-May-99 Male at Rowing Club pond
Barrow's Goldeneye 04-May-05 Female, probably 1st year
Red-necked Grebe 02-May-10 Eleven birds
Sora 30-Apr-09  
Sora 01-May-14  
Sora 02-May-11 Reported by Sharon Aagaard
Solitary Sandpiper 05-May-11 With LESAs in Lot B
Lesser Yellowlegs 05-May-11 With LESAs in Lot B before 6:00 am
Least Sandpiper 30-Apr-15 Three along slough
Least Sandpiper 04-May-95 10 birds.  Below weir
Least Sandpiper 03-May-06  
Least Sandpiper 05-May-11 15 birds.  Puddles in Lot B

...Least Sandpiper

06-May-11 Reported by Ollie Oliver

...Least Sandpiper

02-May-13 Three birds
 
Western Sandpiper 05-May-11 With LESAs in Lot B
Bonaparte's Gull 02-May-06 Needed to scope from Idlewood to be sure,
but seen from Marymoor
Eurasian Collared-Dove 03-May-12  
Olive-sided Flycatcher 05-May-04  
Hammond's Flycatcher 05-May-16  
Hammond's Flycatcher 06-May-10  
Gray Flycatcher 30-Apr-15 Heard near "Mysterious Thicket" pre-dawn
Townsend's Solitaire 05-May-11 Near windmill
Sage Thrasher 03-May-07 Two birds, Compost Piles and then Fields 7-8-9
Chipping Sparrow 29-Apr-12 Reported by Houston Flores 
Same bird 20-Apr, 26-Apr, 29-Apr, 10-May?
Brewer's Sparrow 30-Apr-00 East Meadow.  First reported by Gene Hunn

Report for May 5, 2016                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

A very fine day at Marymoor. The weather really couldn’t have been much better, I don’t think, as it was cool but sunny to start, and it warmed up slowly without getting hot, and while the clouds came in, they remained just a few big puffy balls in the sky. Lots of bird song today, especially from BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS and WILSON’S WARBLERS.

Highlights:

Wood Ducks                         Many sightings, plus ducklings
Hooded Merganser               One lone female, but 7 Hooded Merganser
                                                    ducklings with a Wood Duck female
Common Merganser              Flock of ~17, maybe 20 total
Bald Eagle                             At least 5-6 juveniles and 3-4 adults
Sharp-shinned Hawk             Juvenile, East Meadow. First of Year, surprisingly
American Coot                     One still there, a friendless waif
Spotted Sandpiper                Only shorebird exc. Killdeer – 1 at weir, 1 at lake
Anna’s Hummingbird             Nest near start of boardwalk has at least 1 baby
MERLIN                              Very quick flyby
HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER – one seen giving partial songs, Dog Meadow
Pacific-slope Flycatcher         One near Hammond’s giving only 1 or 2 calls,  FOY
Warbling Vireo                      Many, lots of singing
Savannah Sparrow                 My count - ~60 !
Western Tanager                    3 seen just after 6:00 – FOY
Black-headed Grosbeak         Ubiquitous, loud

Week 18 (ending today) has the highest cumulative species count of any week of the year at Marymoor, so we were anticipating a big species count. But we were a little disappointed. There’s what looks like possible shorebird habitat below the weir, but the only shorebirds we had today were KILLDEER and SPOTTED SANDPIPER. We’ve had 5 other species of shorebird in Week 18 in the past. And we only had 5 warbler species, with nothing new for the year – Nashville, MacGillivray’s, Yellow, Townsend’s have all been recorded previously in Week 18. And while we were happy to get two Empids, this is traditionally one of the 2 best weeks for Western Kingbird. But not today.

Still, it’s hard to complain too loudly. Nice weather, 64 species, and 4 new for 2016 to get us to 120.

== Michael Hobbs


Male American Goldfinch.  Photo by Bob Asanoma

Spotted Sandpiper.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Killdeer.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Bewick's Wren.  Photos by Bob Asanoma


Female Wood Duck with 2 Wood Duck ducklings, and 5 of 7 of the Hooded Merganser ducklings she hatched.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Wood Duck - dazzlingly gorgeous, or overly gaudy.  You decide.
Photo by Ollie Oliver


Band-tailed Pigeon.  Photo by Bob Asanoma


Band-tailed Pigeon reminding us how they got their name.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Anna's Hummingbird feeding young at the nest.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


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


Adult and two juvenile Bald Eagles in a thermal.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Sharp-shinned Hawk.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Female Brown-headed Cowbird.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Red-breasted Sapsucker at the nest hole.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Singing Common Yellowthroat.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Bewick's Wren, 2016-05-01.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Short-eared Owl with American Crow, 2016-05-01.  Photo by Kathryn Speirs


Short-eared Owl, 2016-05-01.  Photo by Kathryn Speirs

Report for April 30, 2015                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

A fabulous and frustrating day, with great birds, some poorly seen. The morning started under heavy overcast, but steadily improved.

The predawn was great. I got to the Viewing Mound at about 5:15, and immediately had a BARN OWL fly right past me. Sharon arrived just in time to see the bird fly off to the east. We kept searching for another glimpse, but what we found instead was our first-of-year SHORT-EARED OWL. It was much harder to see than the Barn, being closer in tones to the grasses and bushes it was flying over. It’s flight pattern was quite different (more butterfly-like, instead of the steady, slow flight of the Barn Owl). We got good looks at the wing markings to confirm it. Sharon and I were very happy, but wondered where Matt was, since we were parked next to his car. Just then, he called out from the darkness, urging us to follow him. We racewalked towards the boardwalk, stopping at the willows at the north edge of the “Mysterious Thicket” area, where a GRAY FLYCATCHER could still be heard singing a few phrases. Frustration #1: We never saw the flycatcher. But Matt had heard full songs, and the phrases Sharon and I heard were definitive for Gray. Gray Flycatcher is NEW FOR MARYMOOR PARK, our 229th species!

Highlights:

Green-winged Teal                Pair below weir; getting late for them
Common Loon                      1 high over East Meadow, 1 far out on lake. Same? Great Blue Heron                  Grum, Grum, Grum sounds from heronry. Chicks?
LEAST SANDPIPER           3 on far side of slough below weir. First of Year
Eurasian Collared-Dove        One flying east from Climbing Rock
SHORT-EARED OWL        Flushed later from edge of East Meadow – FOY
GRAY FLYCATCHER        See above. Obviously FOY :)
N. Rough-winged Swallow    2 just above weir, 1 perched on branch – FOY
Orange-crowned Warbler     About a dozen that we were able to see or hear
NASHVILLE WARBLER    1 behind new Rowing Club building
MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER 1 singing at “Mysterious Thicket” – FOY
Yellow Warbler                      Saw 1 singing male, heard at least 1 more – FOY
Yellow-rumped Warbler         Probably in the area of 200 !
Wilson’s Warbler                   2 singing males, seen by few – FOY
Black-headed Grosbeak         Saw 1 male, heard at least 1 more – FOY
Western Meadowlark            1 at East Meadow

Species continue to arrive early, or at the early end of things. Today’s was our earliest MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER – our previous earliest was 08-May-97!  Our YELLOW WARBLER ties for 2nd earliest, beaten only by 29-Apr-05. Our BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK is 3rd earliest, with our earliest being 24-Apr-05.

The huge numbers of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS made the day frustrating, since there were scores of birds to look at, and virtually all were the same species. NONE of the birds responded to recordings (except for Golden-crowned Kinglet); all of the warblers were very busy feeding and kept moving at quite a pace through the leaves. As I said, we never saw the Gray Flycatcher. I managed to see both the Wilson’s Warblers, but they both disappeared before I could give directions. Only Sharon saw the MacGillivray’s Warbler, though it sang from very close to the trail. It took us probably 20 minutes before all of us saw the Nashville Warbler. Birds were singing sporadically, with few teed up nicely where we could see them.

But it’s hard to stay frustrated when there were so many great birds that we did find. For the day, 70 species. For the year, adding EIGHT species, we’re up to 118 species.

== Michael Hobbs


Northern Rough-winged Swallow.  Photo by Bob Asanoma

Barn Swallow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Golden-crowned Kinglet.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Rufous Hummingbird showing green feathers at the shoulder.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Anna's Hummingbird.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Black-headed Grosbeak.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Western Meadowlark.  Photo by Bob Asanoma


Mule Deer at the Rowing Club parking lot.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Female Spiny Baskettail damselfly, newly emerged.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for May 1, 2014                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

It was a pretty fabulous day at Marymoor Park today. Michael is still out of town, so Brian, Sharon & I led a group of up to twenty on a day full of highlight first of year birds with the weather going from pleasant right up through sunny and into the beginnings of warm.

Highlights for the day:

Nine first-of-year birds:

Yellow-headed Blackbird - I think only the 3rd for the park, seen early flying from the southernmost conifers by the mansion towards the soccer fields north of the pea patch.
Bullock's Oriole - one flew over from near the normal nesting area in dog central [where the herons are nesting] -- it flew towards the mansion and we didn't see it again.
Black-headed Grosbeak - several singing, good views of one or two males.
Western Tanager - after struggling to get glimpses of one way up in a cottonwood, we found a small tree with four of five in the middle of the dog area.
Yellow Warbler - one posed, singing for extended periods. Maybe another one singing later
Black-throated Gray Warbler - one at the southeast end of the off-leash area.
Wilson's Warbler - a few singing, one seen decently.
Warbling Vireo - several singing, great looks at a couple
Sora - one 'queeping' at us from the marsh boardwalk [along with a couple very close Virginia Rail that managed to remain invisible despite being at our feet].

Other fun birds:

Evening Grosbeaks - several fly-overs, eventually I think most everyone got looks at them.
Cinnamon Teal - one bright male in near the south end of the slough.
American Pipits - a couple early in the fields near the climbing rock
Barn Owl - one hunting early, seen from the model airplane field and the viewing mound.

Out on the lake, we had a Western Grebe and a probable loon [most likely Common, given history] waaaay out there.

Baby Great Blue Herons are in at least one or more of the nests at the heronry. Baby Anna's Hummingbirds at the Rowing Club nest. Baby Mallard clutches in a few places. Osprey, Bald Eagle & Red-tailed Hawk all seen on nests, as well as Black-capped Chickadee and Northern Flicker at nest holes.

Five mammals [deer, bunny, squirrel, beaver, coyote]

All five woodpeckers, six warblers, fun crowd .....

I believe our total for the day was 72 species ---

Throw in first of year Cassin's Vireo & Evening Grosbeak seen over the past week by Sharon, and I think our year total is at 122.

Yeah, a good day.
Matt Bartels Seattle, WA


Male Common Yellowthroat singing.  Photo by Jann Ledbetter


Male Yellow Warbler singing.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Great Blue Herons on the nest.  Photo by Jann Ledbetter


Male Western Tanager.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Cinnamon Teal.  Photo by Jann Ledbetter


Female Mallard with ducklings.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Black-headed Grosbeak.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Northern Flickers, 2014-04-28.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Northern Flicker, 2014-04-28.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2014-04-28.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Young deer, 2014-04-28.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Bewick's Wren, 2014-04-27.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Beaver, 2014-04-27.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for May 2, 2013                                                                                                                              Birding at Marymoor

We stumbled around (four of us had done a King County Big Day on Wednesday, and had gotten VERY little sleep) for about 4 1/2 hours under too-beautiful sunny skies. It was freezing (literally) when we started, but it warmed up fast. There were definitely birds about, but there weren’t many perched up singing so we had to work at getting looks at just about everything. But it was a very good day.

Highlights:

Common Goldeneye            1 female. Latest spring sighting ever
Least Sandpiper                   Early, there were still 3 in Lot B
Osprey                                3 (!) adults at nest
Red-tailed Hawk                 Definitely nesting on odd-snag nest again
Great Blue Heron                Several young in nests, some with wing feathers
Virginia Rail                         One called along boardwalk
Band-tailed Pigeon               Two flew over us
All 5 typical woodpeckers    (Downy heard-only)
N. R.-winged Swallow         A couple at lake
Warbling Vireo                    Many, with lots of singing
Hermit Thrush                      Saw a couple
American Pipit                    
Orange-crowned Warbler    Many, with lots of singing
Wilson’s Warbler                 Heard several, none would let us see
Western Tanager                  At least 3 (males & female) in heronry cottonwoods
Lincoln’s Sparrow               One east of boardwalk
Red Crossbill                       At least 1

For the day, 69 species. WESTERN TANAGER were new for the year.

== Michael Hobbs


Warbling Vireo.  Photo by Brian Bell

Female Western Tanager.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Warbling Vireo.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Warbling Vireo.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


"Myrtle's" Yellow-rumped Warbler.  The white lower eye arc, the exact facial pattern,
and the touch of yellow at the wing corner distinguish this from a female
Black-throated Gray Warbler.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Song Sparrow singing.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Osprey with nest material.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Purple Finch at the park office feeder.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Golden-crowned Kinglet.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Bushtit.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Hermit Thrush.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Long-tailed Weasel, 2013-05-01.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Nashville Warbler, 2013-05-01.  Photo by Graham Hutchinson


Nashville Warbler, 2013-05-01.  Photo by Graham Hutchinson


Least Sandpipers, 2013-04-28.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Least Sandpipers, 2013-04-28.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Hairy Woodpecker, 2013-04-27.  Photo by Dough Schurman


Warbling Vireo, 2013-04-27.  Photo by Dough Schurman


Male Red Crossbilll, 2013-04-27.  Photo by Dough Schurman


Great Blue Heron, 2013-04-27.  Photo by Dough Schurman


Not quite from Marymoor Park, this Bobcat photo is from a neighbor directly
across West Lake Sammamish Parkway from Marymoor West on 2013-05-03.
Photo by Bill Dickson

Report for May 3, 2012                                                                                                                             Birding at Marymoor

The rain was mostly just mist, and there was no wind. It was dark, but I really expected things to be more active at Marymoor than they were. It was quiet! We tried walking slowly, listening carefully, pishing, etc., but we couldn't come up with much.

Highlights:

Mallard                                             Female with ~8 small ducklings
Northern Shoveler                             ~5 in a flyby with a dozen possible wigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon                            4 flew over the windmill
EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE   2 near Compost Piles
Pileated Woodpecker                       Near start of boardwalk
WESTERN KINGBIRD                  East Meadow, briefly - thanks Lillian
Black-headed Grosbeak                   1+ singing, seen poorly - First of Spring
Evening Grosbeak                             1 heard flying overhead

For warblers, we had only a few YELLOW-RUMPED, 2+ ORANGE CROWNED, and several COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. Besides that, not even a Wilson's today.

This was just the 4th time EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE has been seen at Marymoor, the other three times being 2008-04-11, 2009-04-16, and 2012-04-11.  So all of the sightings have been in the April/May timeframe.

For mammals, Matt saw deer, and we had muskrat and RACCOON (Rowing Club) along with the usual cottontails and gray squirrels.

Back on April 23, Dasha Gudalewicz had a PURPLE MARTIN.

For the day, nearly 60 species. For the year, I think we're up to 124, adding the martin, collared-dove, and Black-headed Grosbeak.

== Michael Hobbs


Pileated Woodpecker.  Photo by Hugh Jennings
Western Kingbird in the East Meadow.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Raccoon at the Rowing Club.  Photo by Hugh Jennings

Male Hairy Woodpecker, 2012-05-01.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Mallard with ducklings, 2012-05-01.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Mallard with ducklings, 2012-05-01.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Orange-crowned Warbler, 2012-04-29.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Western Kingbird, 2012-04-28.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Hooded Merganser pair, 2012-04-27.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Hermit Thrush, 2012-04-27.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

American Crow harassing Cooper's Hawk with prey, 2012-04-27.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Golden-crowned Kinglet.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Black-capped Chickadee in nest hole, 2012-04-27.  Lillian Reis

Osprey, 2012-04-27.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Male Rufous Hummingbird at Salmonberry blossoms, 2012-04-27.
Photo by Chuck Burgess

2012-04-27.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for May 5, 2011                                                                                                                           Birding at Marymoor

The weather was less than ideal, with solid overcast, and long stretches of light rain, but it was about as birdy as Marymoor has ever been. It was a phenomenal day that started with shorebirds - 6 species by the end of the day, which is unprecedented for the park. Most of them were at the two muddy puddle-ponds in the grass-and-gravel parking lot north of the grass soccer fields. They were not the only special birds, though. Passerine spring migration was in full swing too.

Highlights:

Cooper's Hawk                         Adult near Compost Piles
Killdeer                                     Several
LESSER YELLOWLEGS        1 with the peeps before 6:00am
SOLITARY SANDPIPER       1 with the peeps
WESTERN SANDPIPER        1 with the Least Sandpipers
LEAST SANDPIPER               About 15
Wilson's Snipe                          1 flyby. Getting late for snipe
Vaux's Swift                              Maybe 30. Rather a lot, really
Empidonax sp.                          Two. Maybe Hammond's and Willow???
Cassin's Vireo                           One, silent
Warbling Vireo                         2, not together, silent
Pacific Wren                             Still one - latest spring sighting ever
TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE  One near windmill
Hermit Thrush                           2, not together
American Robin                        First fledgling of the year
American Pipit                          Megan and Ollie had about 28
Orange-crowned Warbler        Quite a few, most silent
Yellow-rumped Warbler           Numbers down a tad perhaps but still lots
Black-throated Gray Warbler    2 or more in maples
Wilson's Warbler                      Saw 2, heard several more
Western Tanager                      3 males
Black-headed Grosbeak           1 male singing at Rowing Club
Evening Grosbeak                     Twice heard overhead

Amazing to get a new park bird (WESTERN SANDPIPER - park bird #218),  two birds seen only twice before (SOLITARY SANDPIPER and TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE), a 5th-ever sighting (LESSER YELLOWLEGS), a 6th-ever sighting (LEAST SANDPIPER), and just the 10th-ever spring sighting of BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, all in the same day! For that matter, CASSIN'S VIREO has been seen fewer than 20 times, and Tuesday Sharon Aagaard had a SORA, another sub-20 species.

And I was just noting that I have records from just about exactly 1000 visits to Marymoor Park now.

For the day, a whopping 77 species in 5 hours. For the week, counting my scouting trip on Sunday, Sharon's scouting trip on Monday, and our King County Big Day visit on Tuesday, another 11 species to get us to 88 species for the week!

Oh, and 17 species added to the park year list, bringing the 2011 total to 124 species (Sora (5/2), Solitary Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Mourning Dove (5/3), Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Purple Martin (5/1), Townsend's Solitaire, American Pipit, Nashville Warbler (5/3), Black-throated Gray Warbler, Wilson's Warbler (5/3), Western Tanager (5/3), Black-headed Grosbeak (5/2) )

== Michael Hobbs


Western Sandpiper.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Western Sandpiper.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Solitary Sandpiper with Killdeer.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Solitary Sandpiper.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Solitary Sandpiper with Least Sandpiper.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Western Tanager on Himalayan Blackberry.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Male Anna's Hummingbird.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Black-throated Gray Warbler.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Black-throated Gray Warbler.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Townsend's Solitaire, near the windmill.  Photos by Ollie Oliver

A male Anna's Hummingbird chased it further south through the mansion area.

Adult Red-tailed Hawk lands on the odd-snag nest to join the two babies, 2011-05-01.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Male Common Yellowthroat, 2011-05-01.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Killdeer, 2011-05-04.  Photo by Lillian Reis

New fir growth.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Report for May 6, 2010

With Michael still back east, Matt Bartels and I got to substitute for him.
 
0600- 1230. The day started out cloudy and 43F. It stayed cloudy most of the day, but no wind. Later there were some sunbreaks. We finished at 52F. 4.20 water level. It was a good day with lots of bird activity, singing and calling.
 
70 species, 77 for week (see below), looks like 112 for the year
 
Green Heron                       1 at river by rowing club
Bald Eagle                           A least 6 adults, at least 7 immatures
Barn Owl                              2 adults early, 3 young in nest box
Vaux's Swift                        1 flyover
Hammond's Flycatcher      1 early near dog central - much studied
Western Kingbird               1 at south end of East Meadow
Cassin's Vireo                    1 heard and seen at the rowing club
Warbling Vireo                    At least 1 at RC
Purple Martin                      1 male at compost piles
Cedar Waxwing                  12 overhead
Orange-crowned Warbler   At least 8 singing, 2 seen
Yellow Warbler                    1 heard early, 1 at RC late
Yellow-rumped Warbler       ~30, both Audubon's and Myrtle's
Common Yellowthroat         ~12
Wilson's Warbler                  1 singing near park office and mansion
Western Tanager                 2 adult males in conifers NE of mansion
Lincoln's Sparrow                2
Black-headed Grosbeak     2 singing
Evening Grosbeak                8-10 in flyover 
 
First of Year - Hammond's Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Western Tanager
 
Seen by Evan Houston on Sunday (same week)
Greater White-fronted Goose    Flock of 200
Red-necked Grebe                     11 on lake
California Gull                              4 on soccer field
Band-tailed Pigeon                     4 flyover
Short-eared Owl                          1 in East Meadow
Hermit Thrush                              2
Nashville Warbler                        2

[From Tweeters post by Brian H. Bell]


Hammond's Flycatcher.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk.  Photo by Scott Ramos


Female Hairy Woodpecker with a beak full of creepy crawlies.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

And she hammers for more.  Photo by Ollie

Western Kingbird photo by Hugh Jennings

Male Wilson's Warbler.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Male Western Tanager.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Male Western Tanager.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Mother Wood Duck at the Rowing Club.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

One of her ducklings.  Photo by Ollie

Bald Eagle with crows east of the boardwalk.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2010-05-07.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Male Common Yellowthroat, 2010-05-07.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Barn Owl chick in the nest box, 2010-05-07.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Northwestern Deermouse (?).  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Beaver.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for April 30, 2009

A cold morning warmed nicely to a gorgeous day.  Only 37 degrees to start, though, and it didn't really get warm until we were nearly done.  It wasn't all that birdy, but things are definitely switching over from winter to summer birds.

Highlights:

Matt heard and saw a SORA at the lake platform well before 6:00 a.m.  We searched the area during the normal walk, and saw nothing.  However we did get two whinny calls in reply to the iPod.

Other firsts for 2009:

Caspian Tern            Matt heard 1 while watching the Sora
Vaux's Swift             1 or 2 over the East Meadow
Purple Martin            2 checking out the gourds
Yellow Warbler        2 singing males
Wilson's Warbler      2 singing males

We also had the first ducklings of the year, a female WOOD DUCK with 8-9 small ones, seen from the lake platform.  (I was going to say they were at the "mouth of the slough", but isn't the mouth the place where a river flows *into* a lake?  What's the name for the other end of a lake-to-lake river?)

Lots of BUSHTITS around nesting.   We also had 3 looks at HAIRY WOODPECKER.

Otherwise, it was pretty quiet.  Most of the ducks are gone, as well as the grebes, and cormorants.  No Wilson's Snipe, and only one gull.  No Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

Our last bird of the day, though, was a nice HERMIT THRUSH at the Rowing Club.

For the day, 58 species.  For the year, we're at at 124.

== Michael


Ollie Oliver's photo of a male Common Merganser

Distant shot of the female Wood Duck with 8-9 ducklings

A slightly better view of the Nashville Warbler

Hugh Jennings' photo of a male Anna's Hummingbird

Maples and fruit trees were in full bloom

Female Hairy Woodpecker in a blooming maple tree

Ollie's photo of same

Ollie's photo of the Red-tailed Hawk on the Odd Snag nest

Ollie's photo of the only Bufflehead we saw all morning, at the Rowing Club

Also at the Rowing Club, a Hermit Thrush

Marc Hoffmann's nice portrait of a pair of Common Mergansers

Report for May 1, 2008

A really good day.  The weather didn't quite live up to the billing, as it was often cloudy, and almost started drizzling.  The birds were active.

Highlights:

A pair of COOPER'S HAWKS was seen near the mansion.  She was still in sub-adult plumage, while he was a nice-looking adult.  Sharon tracked her movements back to a nest, and we got to see her settled down in the nest.

Scott Ramos saw a SHORT-EARED OWL in the East Meadow early.

A PILEATED WOODPECKER was at the base of a six-inch, very lively-looking willow at the very edge of the slough.  The woodpecker was practically standing in the mud, before hopping up the trunk and flying off across the river.  Weird.

Ryan Merrill heard a CASSIN'S VIREO at the south end of the dog area, which eventually we got looks at.  We also had one WARBLING VIREO.

We had at least 3 HERMIT THRUSH.

For warblers, we had 5+ ORANGE-CROWNEDS, at least 2 NASHVILLES, 100+ YELLOW-RUMPED, and quite a few WILSON'S WARBLERS, plus COMMON YELLOWTHROAT.

Along the boardwalk was a singing male BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK.

Ryan Merrill noted a BULLOCK'S ORIOLE which we watched fly north over the
Community Gardens.  He also got us on a flying EVENING GROSBEAK.

Perhaps the strangest thing was after everyone else left.  I went over to the 187th Ave viewpoint on East Lake Samm Parkway where I was scoping the north end of the lake, looking in vain for a reprise of the Purple Martin I'd seen early, and also in vain for the CASPIAN TERN I saw yesterday.  What I did see, along the west side of the lake between the viewing platform and the new dock was a SWAN.  I was too far to get an ID, but I wonder if it was the same Tundra Swan that was seen at Juanita Bay Park a week or two ago.

For the day, 70 species.

== Michael


Composite shot of one of the Nashville Warblers

Ryan Merrill's photo of a Nashville Warbler


Bewick's Wren


Savannah Sparrow


Ryan Merrill's shot of the Cassin's Virel


Adult Bald Eagle


Male Black-headed Grosbeak in a birch tree, from the boardwalk


Baby Mallards at the Rowing Club


Cooper's Hawk pair (male on right) northeast of mansion.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Female Cooper's Hawk at nest.  She's still in subadult plumage.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Anna's Hummingbird (male), photo by Ollie Oliver


Pileated Woodpecker, photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for May 3, 2007

It was cold, blustery, occasionally damp. Actually not too much precipitation (stopped minutes after 6:00 a.m.), but definitely too much wind. There were 11 of us today, and we had to work hard for the birds because they were not often perched in the open to be seen (except for the goldfinches).

One HUGE SURPRISE today were 2 SAGE THRASHER. These were seen flying from the compost piles to the grass soccer fields 7-8-9, where they proceeded to run along the logs on the east edge of the field and then work the grass along the north edge. Later they flew back to the compost piles. I'm afraid I first identified these as American Pipit - hey, they're both medium-sized buffy birds that run along the ground, right? But something niggled at my mind, and when Sharon seemed interested in a closer look, I decided that we ought to approach. It took a second for the mind to come to grips with the mis-identification. "Hey, wait-a-minute..." They were first seen around 10:00, and were still at the compost piles a half hour later.

Other highlights:

CINNAMON TEAL             2 males, 1 female near weir
Common Merganser             Several promenading down the slough
Cooper's Hawk                    Pair(?) flirting over mansion
Vaux's Swift                         Half-dozen or more at lake
Warbling Vireo                    Several seen
N. Rough-winged Swallow  A couple at lake, 1 at Pea Patch
Swainson's Thrush               One glimpsed, heard "whit"
Hermit Thrush                      Two beyond first footbridge
Orange-crowned Warbler    Many seen, heard
Wilson's Warbler                 3+ males seen
Western Tanager                  1 male from Rowing Club dock
FOX SPARROW                 1 in Pea Patch - latest spring date ever
Black-headed Grosbeak       Abundant, males + 1 female

Tuesday, I had a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER; we had no flycatchers at all today.   And a previous note to Tweeters from Brian Meilleur on Monday listed Cassin's Vireo and Nashville Warbler.

So, 66 species today, and with the Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Swainson's Thrush, Hermit Thrush, Sage Thrasher, Nashville Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Western Tanager, and Black-headed Grosbeak all new for the week, the 2007 list is up to 119 species.

== Michael


Cinnamon Teal nestled into the reeds across the weir.


Ollie Oliver's photo of one of the Sage Thrashers.


Louise Rutter's photo of a Sage Thrasher at the Compost Piles


American Goldfinch


Female Rufous Hummingbird in the Pea Patch


Louise Rutter's photo of a Lincoln's Sparrow at the Pea Patch


Pair of Common  Mergansers on the slough


Garter Snake at the Rowing Club

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