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Bird Sightings Week 21
May 21-27*

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Rarities for Week 21:

Redhead 23-May-95 Two birds
Bonaparte's Gull 27-May-10 Out on lake.  Non-breeding plumage - probably a very beached juvenile.
Olive-sided Flycatcher 21-May-09 Two birds
Hammond's Flycatcher 21-May-14  
Hammond's Flycatcher 23-May-13 One in Big Cottonwood Forest, one at Rowing Club
Lapland Longspur 24-May-16  
MacGillivray's Warbler 27-May-99 Near first footbridge
MacGillivray's Warbler 27-May-10 Reported by Evan Houston
MacGillivray's Warbler 24-May-12  
Chipping Sparrow 24-May-16  
Chipping Sparrow 26-May-11  
Vesper Sparrow 21-May-03 Reported  by Bruce Jones
Yellow-headed Blackbird 25-May-05  

Report for May 26, 2016                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

Not the greatest May day ever, for it was overcast and breezy, with a distinct nip in the air. Overall, not terribly birdy. The Lapland Longspur has not been seen since Tuesday night, so it must have moved on. There were still four WESTERN KINGBIRDS however, at the north end of the East Meadow.

In case you wonder at the microsite names I use, this is a reminder that I did annotate a park map with my spot names.

See http://marymoor.org/images/ParkBirdingMap.jpg

Highlights:

Wood Duck                 3 clutches of 2 ducklings each
Great Blue Heron         1 baby has fallen out of the nest, into the fenced area below Bald Eagle                    We continue to have to many, incl. subadults
Spotted Sandpiper        3 at/below weir
Band-tailed Pigeon        Sightings all morning long
Barn Owl                     East Meadow as late as about 5 a.m.
Anna’s Hummingbird   Young have fledged from boardwalk nest
Pileated Woodpecker  Flyby past mansion
W. KINGBIRD           Four at north end of East Meadow, then to airplane field Purple Martin               Occupying back left gourd at Lake Platform
Lazuli Bunting               Male and female, north end of East Meadow
Bullock’s Oriole           Adult and subadult males, females
Evening Grosbeak        Distant flyovers

For the day, 63 species. WESTERN KINGBIRD and Tuesday’s LAPLAND LONGSPUR were new for 2016 to bring the year list to 133.

== Michael Hobbs


Killdeer below the weir.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Spotted Sandpiper.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Spotted Sandpiper.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Bullock's Oriole.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Bullock's Oriole.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Young Great Blue Heron playing it safe:  If it moves, bite it.  Only this time, it's a parental leg.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Tree Swallow reillustrating the sign, 2016-05-25.  Photo by Brian Bell


Pro tip from this male Lazuli Bunting:  If you sing with your back to the wind,
the song carries further.  Photo 2016-05-25 by Ollie Oliver


Killdeer, 2016-05-25.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Juvenile Dark-eyed Junco, 2016-05-25.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Chipping Sparrow, 2016-05-25.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Lazuli Bunting, 2016-05-25.  Photo by Brian Bell


Lapland Longspur, 2016-05-24.  Photo by Shibata Kazuto


Lapland Longspur, 2015-05-24.  Photo by Jeff Deam.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffdeam/


Lazuli Bunting, 2016-05-24.  Photo by Jeff Deam
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffdeam/


Juvenile Red-tailed Hawks on the nest east of the model airplane field,
2016-05-24.  Photo by Shibata Kazuto


Western Kingbird, 2016-05-24.  Photo by Jeff Deam
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffdeam/


Western Kingbird, 2016-05-24.  Photo by Shibata Kazuto

Report for May 21, 2015                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

There are too many leaves on the trees. That’s why it was so hard to see birds today :)  Not that there weren’t birds to see – we could hear them fine. But many species went unseen, or glimpsed only, or reported by one or two people lagging behind. Even so, there was plenty to look at as it was birdy. Gorgeous day too.

Highlights:

Wood Duck                At least a dozen; males, females, 2 ducklings
Blue-winged Teal        1-2 pair. Lake Platform, later in slough below weir – FOY
Hooded Merganser     Female w/6 ducklings; male at Rowing Club pond
Green Heron               JUVENILE, with downy tufts, below weir. Early for young!
Spotted Sandpiper      One below weir – First Of Year
Barn Owl                     Babies heard inside windmill, early
Pileated Woodpecker  Two glimpsed sightings
Willow Flycatcher        Two singing on far side of slough – FOY
Hammond’s Flycatcher Scott Ramos heard one below weir
Warbling Vireo             Many heard, NONE seen
Purple Martin               Male, 2 females at gourds at Lake Platform
Swainson’s Thrush        Lots of full songs, NONE seen
Cedar Waxwing           Back in abundance – FOY
Or.-crowned Warbler  1-2 heard
Bl.-thr. Gray Warbler   1-2 singing at Rowing Club, glimpsed by some
Wilson’s Warbler Only 1-2, down from 20+ last week, heard only
Lazuli Bunting                Several singing males; Compost Piles & Fields 7-8-9
Bullock’s Oriole            4-6, males and females
Red Crossbill                Flocks seen several times (in cottonwoods)

Across the slough we saw a female MALLARD with about six ducklings, heading upstream. We also saw a female HOODED MERGANSER with six ducklings, heading downstream. Matt said something like “Oh, there’s going to be a rumble”. We thought he joked. He did joke. But when one of the Hoodie ducklings came close to the female Mallard, she took a stab at the little one. This got the two females into a spitting match; Mrs. Hoodie was not going to let a threat to her baby pass, despite the much larger size of the Mallard. The two groups separated for a few seconds, then the Hoodies made a bit of a dash for it, finally getting past the Mallards.

Two beavers were seen across from Dog Central near their lodge.

For the day, 68 species. Adding Blue-winged Teal, Spotted Sandpiper, Willow Flycatcher, and Cedar Waxwing brings us to 132 species for the year, I think.

== Michael Hobbs


Cedar Waxwing.  Photo by Jordan Roderick
 


Juvenile Green Heron at weir.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Cedar Waxwing.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Anna's Hummingbird on nest.  Photo by Lillian Reis

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Great Blue Herons on nest.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Female Hooded Merganser with ducklings.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Female Anna's Hummingbird.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Blue-winged Teal pair with female Wood Duck.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Blue-winged Teal pair.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Purple Martins.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Wood Ducks (male, females, ducklings).  Photo by Lillian Reis


Marsh Wren.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Marsh Wren.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Band-tailed Pigeon.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Easter Egg.  Or maybe it's a male Lazuli Bunting.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Red-tailed Hawk.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Bullfrog.  Photo by Jordan Roderick

Report for May 22, 2014                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

There were about two dozen birders out today, on a very fine morning. As we gathered at 5:30 a.m., we were rudely interrupted :) by Sharon calling to tell us there were LAZULI BUNTINGS near the east birding kiosk at Lot G. So we all piled into cars and raced over there. Sure enough, we enjoyed great looks at a male Laz. Suddenly, I noticed two birds flying fairly low to the east. It was two WHIMBREL !!! This is the first time we’ve ever had Whimbrel on one of my surveys, though there have been two prior reports from Marymoor that I am aware of. A fabulous start to the day, even if it delayed the beginning of the actual walk. The Whimbrels looked like they might land at the model airplane field, but they appeared to think better of that, and were last seen flying out to the northeast.

Other highlights:

Wood Duck                              First WODU ducklings of the season
Great Blue Heron                      Young are developing flight feathers
Bald Eagle                                 Did this year’s fledge? 3+ adults, 3+ juveniles
WHIMBREL                            See above and below for notes
Mourning Dove                         Two sightings of single birds
Barn Owl                                  The real “early birds” amongst us saw 1, 4:30ish
Short-eared Owl                       Ditto
Belted Kingfisher                       Heard and seen by a few, heading up the slough
Hairy Woodpecker                   One east of boardwalk
Western Wood-Pewee             Heard ~3
Willow Flycatcher                     Heard 1; First of Year
Pacific-slope Flycatcher            Heard 1
Purple Martin                            Male seen flying over lake
N. Rough-winged Swallow        Two at Compost Piles
Brown Creeper                          Singing near mansion
Swainson’s Thrush                    First singing of the season
LAZULI BUNTING                 Probably 3 males total, NE part of Dog Area
Bullock’s Oriole                        Some great looks
Purple Finch                              Pair copulating
Evening Grosbeak                     More flyovers

The previous sightings that I know of for WHIMBREL were ~50 birds seen 2000-05-14 by Steve Pink, and ~10 birds seen 2010-06-19 by John Farley. Whimbrel is my personal 208th species for the park.

The LAZULI BUNTINGS were seen along the trail that separates the Dog Meadow from the East Meadow, and in the eastern part of Snag Row.

For the day, we had 67 species. For the year, adding WHIMBREL, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, and LAZULI BUNTING, we’re at 133 species.

== Michael Hobbs


Two Whimbrel flying over the Viewing Mound. Photo by Ollie Oliver


Close-up of one of the Whimbrel, showing the downturned bill.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Killdeer below the weir.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Male Anna's Hummingbird.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Black-headed Grosbeak.  Two photo by Ollie Oliver...


...Note the rarely seen yellow wing linings.


Swainson's Thrush.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Bullock's Oriole in a Black Cottonwood.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Mourning Dove, FAR to the west of the slough.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Adult Bald Eagle.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Recently Fledged Dark-eyed Junco.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Lazuli Bunting.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Male Wood Duck, 2014-05-21.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Caspian Tern, 2014-05-21.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Swainson's Thrush, 2014-05-21.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Bullfrog, 2014-05-21.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for May 23, 2013                                                                                                                              Birding at Marymoor

I hate to complain, but it is late May. It was cold and dark and drizzly for much of the morning, and while it did get fairly nice for the last few hours we were there, it’s gotten cloudy and nasty again... As for birds, it wasn’t bad. Not as birdy as last week, but still pretty good, especially the highlights.

Highlights:

Wood Duck                        At least 2 females with small ‘lings
Mallard                               At least 5 females with small ‘lings
Cooper’s Hawk                  Immature over boardwalk
Spotted Sandpiper              One at weir
BLACK SWIFT                 Less than 1/2 dozen
Hairy Woodpecker              Male brought food to nest with young near windmill Hammond’s Flycatcher        Two singing, unseen. RC + Big Cottonwood Forest
N. Rough-winged Swallow   ~3 at the lake
Brown Creeper                    One in Big Cottonwood Forest
Swainson’s Thrush               A couple were actually singing; 1 seen
Orange-crowned Warbler    One singing near start of walk
Yellow-rumped Warbler      Only one – male “Audubon’s”
Dark-eyed Junco                 Adults feeding fledged babies near park office
Western Tanager                 Several nice looks, plus singing
LAZULI BUNTING           THREE singing males, viewing mound, fields 7-8-9
Bullock’s Oriole                  2-4 seen, both female and male
Red Crossbill                      12-15 over boardwalk

For the day, 64 species. BLACK SWIFT was new for the year, as was getting confirmed HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHERS. Houston Flores and a few others had LAZULI BUNTING as early as last Thursday afternoon. So the 2013 list is up to 132 I believe.

== Michael Hobbs


Male Lazuli Bunting at 5:30 a.m. north of fields 7-8-9.
Photo by Ollie Oliver

Cedar Waxwing in a European Hawthorn.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Western Tanager in an Oregon Ash tree.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Lazuli Bunting visible from the Viewing Mound.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Red-breasted Sapsucker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Female Wood Duck with her ducklings, seen from the lake platform.
Photo by Ollie Oliver


Tree Swallow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Female Rufous Hummingbird at a feeder in the Pea Patch.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Adult (left) and juvenile Dark-eyed Junco.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Juvenile Dark-eyed Junco.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Hairy Woodpecker at the nest hole.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Downy Woodpecker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Swainson's Thrush in an Oregon Ash tree at the Rowing Club.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Marsh Wren with it's tail cocked so far forward it's practically hitting the bird's head.
Photo by Ollie Oliver


Garter Snake.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Snail.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for May 24, 2012                                                                                                                             Birding at Marymoor

Maybe the night's rain, the dark clouds, and the weather forecasts scared people away today. There were just 7 of us today, and we enjoyed a very fine day of birding. There were clouds and occasional mist, with moments of drizzle, but quite a bit of sunshine as well. And it was birdy (as well as rather mosquitoey)

Highlights (including BLACK SWIFT, MacGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, and LAZULI BUNTING) are detailed below:

We had a female WOOD DUCK with around 10 of her own ducklings plus 5 HOODED MERGANSER ducklings, at the Rowing Club pond, a victim of egg dumping.

There were 2 juvenile BALD EAGLES as well as an adult at the lake. The young may have been just fledged.

The young RED-TAILED HAWK atop the odd-snag nest appears to be fully feathered, and was trying out its wings, under parental supervision. It looked rather unsteady up there; I was afraid it would fall off of the nest.

There was a MOURNING DOVE in Snag Row.

Matt saw 3 BARN OWLS while hearing a 4th, around 4:30 a.m. at the model airplane field.

We had 15+ BLACK SWIFTS foraging over the East Meadow and low over the Compost Piles. A few VAUX'S SWIFTS were mixed in with swallows over the slough.

There were plenty of WESTERN WOOD-PEWEES, at least 2-3 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, a DUSKY/HAMMONDS FLYCATCHER (annoyingly silent and unresponsive), a heard-only PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, (with the flycatchers mostly in and near the Big Cottonwood Forest); and an WESTERN KINGBIRD in the East Meadow.

We had a CASSIN'S VIREO in the cherry trees just northeast of the weir, our first for 2012. There were also many WARBLING VIREOS.

We had a couple of NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS (first for 2012) over the slough, a handful of CLIFF SWALLOWS near the Compost Piles, as well as the usual TREE, VIOLET-GREEN, and BARN SWALLOWS.

We had nesting BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES bringing food to nests, including one family in one of the new boxes at the Community Gardens, and another at the Rowing Club in a tree. BUSHTITS were visiting a nest in a hawthorn in the Dog Meadow.

SWAINSON'S THRUSH were singing and calling all over, never seen. CEDAR WAXWINGS were much more visible, including one pair building a nest in a hawthorn along the slough.

For warblers, we had one very yellow ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, 2 or more MacGILLIVRAY'S WARBLERS (including one which was singing, but which looked more like a female - maybe a male hatched last year?), good numbers of COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, YELLOW, and especially WILSON'S WARBLERS, and a few "Audubon's" YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS around the mansion area.

A male SPOTTED TOWHEE was attending to a barely-fledged juvenile south of the windmill. A juvenile SAVANNAH SPARROW was chirping along the west edge of the EAST MEADOW. And there was still one GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW near the last dog swim beach.

WESTERN TANAGERS were abundant; we had several sightings and then came across a flock of ~8. BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS were singing and posing all over. There were 2+ LAZULI BUNTINGS near the east end of Snag Row. And 2+ BULLOCK'S ORIOLES were briefly seen near the 3rd dog swim beach.

For the day, 68 species. WILLOW FLYCATCHER and MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER were reported to me earlier in the week. Besides them, the BLACK SWIFT, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, and LAZULI BUNTING were new for the year, to bring us to 137 species.

== Michael Hobbs


MacGillivray's Warblers are notorious skulkers - hard to see, and even harder to photograph.  In this photo by Ollie Oliver, you can see the dark gray hood, the eye arcs above and below the eye, and the long, yellow bill.
Male Rufous Hummingbird.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Cedar Waxwing nestbuilding along the slough trail.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Willow Flycatcher.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Black Swift.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Black Swift.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Female Brown-headed Cowbird.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Mourning Dove in Snag Row.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

One of two male Lazuli Buntings in Snag Row.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Black-capped Chickadee removing a fecal sac from one of the new nest boxes in the Community Gardens.  There were noisy young in the box.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Wood Duck with ducklings.  The darker ducklings with the orange cheeks are Hooded Merganser ducklings, presumably hatched from eggs dumped by a Hoodie in the Wood Duck's nest box or hole..  Photo by Lillian Reis

Swainson's Thrush.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Male Wood Duck, 2012-05-23.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Western Kingbirds, 2012-05-19.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Report for May 26, 2011                                                                                                                           Birding at Marymoor

It was cold, dark, and breezy this morning, though gradually the clouds cleared as the wind picked up. Did I mention cold? Water levels are still high too, so it didn't feel very spring-like to say the least. It was fairly birdy, though it was a day when we didn't get a whole lot of great long looks at birds. Sometimes we had long looks and sometimes we had great looks, but rarely both. With the leaves fully out, we spent a lot of time peering into trees at birds flitting about, revealing little about themselves.

Still, there was plenty to see:

Wood Duck                        With 6 babies at Rowing Club
PEREGRINE FALCON     1 soaring high over Rowing Club
Belted Kingfisher                  Taking fish NE out of the park
Hairy Woodpecker              Young look ready to fledge
W. Wood Pewee                 Finally. Had about 4. Our only flycatcher
Warbling Vireo                    Abundant, singing
Purple Martin                       Male at Rowing Club
Pacific Wren                        One singing SW of windmill around 6:00 a,m
Golden-crowned Kinglet      Adult feeding 4-5 young at RC
8 WARBLER DAY:
    Orange-crowned             Several, singing
    NASHVILLE                 One in slough above weir, 1 at S end of Dog Area
    Yellow                            A few singing males
    Yellow-rumped               1 female Myrtles, 1+ female Audubon's
     Black-throated Gray       Scott had 1 N of the mansion
     Townsend's                    1 N of the mansion
     Common Yellowthroat    Several, mostly just heard
     Wilson's                          Most abundant of all
CHIPPING SPARROW     1 North of mansion
Dark-eyed Junco                 Adult feeding fledglings
Western Tanager                 A few glimpsed
LAZULI BUNTING           Pair near 2nd dog swim beach
Bullock's Oriole                  At least 3 seen
Evening Grosbeak               More flyovers

We also had LONG-TAILED WEASEL, in a cottonwood, kind of along the slough in the Dog Area.

New for the year this week were the WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE, CHIPPING SPARROW, and LAZULI BUNTING. Grace & Ollie Oliver had a SPOTTED SANDPIPER on Sunday.  Also, Tony Ernst sent me a photo he took of a HORNED GREBE back on April 23.

So I believe that brings the park year list up to 135 (unofficial :) )

For the day, 68 species. If I'm not mistaken, Gadwall, Northern Flicker, and Steller's Jay were notable misses for the day. And still no Willow Flycatchers.

== Michael Hobbs


Adult Bald Eagles.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Male Yellow Warbler.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Male Black-headed Grosbeak.  Photo by Marc Hoffman


Male Lazuli Bunting.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Male Brown-headed Cowbird.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Male American Goldfinch.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Western Wood-Pewee.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Juvenile Hairy Woodpecker.  Note the red on the top of the head.
Photo by Ollie Oliver

Wood Ducks at the Rowing Club.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Long-tailed Weasel, 2011-05-24.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Long-tailed Weasel, 2011-05-24.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Long-tailed Weasel, 2011-05-24.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Male Hairy Woodpecker at the nest, with baby in hole, 2011-05-23.
Photo by Marc Hoffman

Male Yellow Warbler, 2011-05-23.  Photo by Marc Hoffman

Spotted Sandpiper, 2011-05-22.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Late April Horned Grebe, 2011-04-23.  Photo by Tony Ernst

Eastern Cottontail, 2011-05-19.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for May 27, 2010

The weather was actually decent this morning.  Well, not windy, not too cold, no precipitation.  It was overcast, especially early on, and we were beset with thick fog for the first couple of hours.  But really, compared to - say - yesterday, it was a delight.  There were LOTS of birders, and luckily there were also LOTS of birds to look at and listen to.,  There were quite a few things that were seen/heard by only a few people, but that's the way it goes when you approach 20 people in the group.

Highlights:

We had a female COMMON MERGANSER with 8 ducklings.  At first, she was on the far bank of the slough, with her wings drooped by her side, and a cluster of  babies under her breast.  When we were all pointing our binoculars at her, she decided to take to the water, with the little ones scurrying to catch up.  About 3-4 managed to get close enough to her to climb on her back. VERY CUTE.

BALD EAGLE numbers remain extremely high.  We had 10 at one time, and probably quite a few more.  Some rowers reported counting 25-30 birds!  It's a good mix of adults and sub-adults.

A BONAPARTE'S GULL was out on the lake.  The bird appeared to be in non-breeding plumage, and was quite probably a very bleached juvenile.

Matt had an adult BARN OWL over the East Meadow before 5AM.  There were at least 2 babies in the nest box.

There were at least a couple of dozen BLACK SWIFTS overhead above most of the south end of the park all morning, giving great views.  In contrast, only a couple of people managed to see just a few (3-4) VAUX'S SWIFT.

At the HAIRY WOODPECKER nest, visible from the Rowing Club dock, looking across the slough, we watched as both parents brought food to at least one very large juvenile.

Evan Houston had a MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER south of the windmill.

Other highlights:

Green Heron                          One glimpsed at the Rowing Club
Cooper's Hawk                      One, distantly seen
Spotted Sandpiper                  One from the lake platform
Western Wood-Pewee            Around 6, up from 2 last week
Willow Flycatcher                    They're back - maybe 4 singing
Pacific-Slope Flycatcher          Maybe 2 heard singing
WESTERN KINGBIRD         One flew east over East Meadow
Chickadees - both                   With young
Bushtits                                    Feeding young
Cedar Waxwing                       Building nests
Western Tanager                      One male seen
BULLOCK'S ORIOLE           One male seen

For the day, 71 species.  The year list is up to 124, I believe.

== Michael


Female Common Merganser sheltering her ducklings under her drooped wings

Common Mergansers took to the slough.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Some of the babies got a ride


Closer view of the babies climbing up.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Swainson's Thrush photo by Lillian Reis

Black Swift.  The tail can look deeply notched...

...or slightly indented.  The wings are usually arced, as here

Perhaps this Black Swift was maneuvering for a bug - tail flared, wings thrust forward

Male Bullock's Oriole.  Photo by Ollie Oliver through the fog

Barn Swallow on the Stage fencing

...and leaving the fence.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Cedar Waxwing.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Male Hairy Woodpecker bringing food to the young.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Female arriving at the nest.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Female with young.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Mule Deer.  Photo by Megan Lyden, 2010-05-21

Female Mallard, with her ducklings and a turtle.
Photo by Megan Lyden, 2010-05-21 at the Rowing Club

Report for May 21, 2009

It was a perfect day, weatherwise.  Sunny, warm (but not hot), pretty much windless.  The birds were singing and active, and there were a lot of them.  Good diversity too, plus LOTS of new things for the year.

Highlights:

Green Heron                                 On the nest at the Rowing Club
Cooper's Hawk                             Constantly harassed by crows
Peregrine Falcon                            Over boardwalk
Spotted Sandpiper                         1 on the condo dock way out there
Mourning Dove                              One in the East Meadow
Barn Owl                                       Still in the nest box - sitting higher?
BLACK SWIFT                           25+ high over boardwalk
Hairy Woodpecker                        Pair seen?
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER.  One or two, calling not singing
Western Wood-Pewee                  Many, singing
Willow Flycatcher                          Matt & Scott heard some early
CASSIN'S VIREO                       One singing on W. edge of Dog Meadow
Warbling Vireo                              DOZENS, singing
Cedar Waxwing                            Dozens, everywhere
Yellow Warbler                            High numbers
Townsend's Warbler                     Big movement - 6+ birds
Western Tanager                          3-5, males and female(s)
Black-headed Grosbeak               15+, singing everywhere
LAZULI BUNTING                     Male at Compost Piles, singing
Bullock's Oriole                            3+, males and females
Evening Grosbeak                         Often heard calling, glimpsed 3

The BLACK SWIFTS seemed to be making sure they stayed above the PEREGRINE FALCON.    The falcon, BTW, appeared to be a sub-adult, as did the Cooper's Hawk.

TEN NEW BIRDS FOR THE YEAR:  Spotted Sandpiper, Mourning Dove (though I think someone reported one previously), Black Swift, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Lazuli Bunting, Bullock's Oriole, and Evening Grosbeak

So for the day, 68 species.  For the year, we're up to 140 species.

== Michael


Male Yellow Warbler singing from the far side of the slough

One of the hoards of Warbling Vireos

Female Rufous Hummingbird on her nest near Dog Central

Cassin's Vireo

Large Bass seen from the lake platform

Peregrine Falcon high over the boardwalk

Willow Flycatcher

Same Willow Flycatcher

Olive-sided Flycatcher - we had two disparate sightings

Male Lazuli Bunting in the cherries at the Compost Piles

Cliff Swallow - note light forehead and buffy rump

Cliff Swallow

Black-capped Chickadees appear to be nesting SE of the stage

Scott Ramos's photo of a Marsh Wren gathering nest materials

Report for May 22, 2008

There were only about 8 of us this morning under unrelenting gray, misty skies.  There was mist, mizzle, and drizzle throughout the morning, and it was chilly, though thankfully there was no wind.  The birds were somewhat scarce, but there were things to look at:

Mallard                             Female(s?) with small 'lings
Bald Eagle                         On "new" nest, more over lake
Green Heron                     2 flying together down slough
Mourning Dove                 2 over East Meadow
Red-breasted Sapsucker   3+ sightings - looking great
Willow Flycatcher             They're BACK - maybe 3 seen
Warbling Vireo                  Not many seen, but constant song
Purple Martins                   Pair at west gourd
Tree Swallow                    Still trying to claim east gourd
Swainson's Thrush             Back as well, though no singing yet
American Robin                 Begging young
Western Tanager               One group moving through
Black-headed Grosbeak    Abundant
LAZULI BUNTING         Singing near east kiosk

Twice we saw two SONG SPARROWS strutting around together, all puffed up. There was wing fluttering, suggesting copulation solicitation, but no copulation was observed.  They looked like tiny red-brown grouse.  It was very funny.  Lesser Song-Grouse on the lek?

For the day, 61 species.  For the year, 127 species.

== Michael


Belted Kingfisher at the weir.  Photo by Ollie Oliver.

Common Merganser pair at the weir.  Photo by Ollie Oliver.


Male Western Tanager photo by Ollie Oliver.


Willow Flycatcher photo by Ollie Oliver.

Female Mallard with ducklings.  Photo by Ollie Oliver.

Report for May 24, 2007

The day was probably a bit too nice.  Needed only a couple of sweaters this morning, and after the fog burned off, it was sunny and warm. We heard a lot, but had trouble finding views of birds; perhaps many of them are so busy with their lives that they just don't have time to perch in the open.  Plus, too many leaves and too many mosquitoes.

Highlights:

BUFFLEHEAD                     Lingering female, seen late on the lake
Green Heron                          One at Rowing Club
Barn Owl                                Matt had one at like 4:30 a.m.
Red-breasted Sapsucker         Bringing food to the nest hole s. of dog area
WESTERN KINGBIRD        One flycatching at north edge of grass fields 7-8-9
Warbling Vireo                       Copulating, while female had nest materials in her beak!
RED-EYED VIREO               MaryFrances Mathis had one near the East Meadow
Black-headed Grosbeak         Great looks
Western Tanager                    Some nice looks
LAZULI BUNTING              Killer views at Compost Piles - 2+ males
Bullock's Orioles                     Several sightings - males chasing each other
Evening Grosbeak                   Two uncooperative flocks flying away

Juveniles (mostly seen being fed by parents):
    Canada Goose
    Mallard
    Red-breasted Sapsucker (heard in nest hole)
    Bewick's Wren
    Brown Creeper
    American Robin

For the day,64 species.  Red-eyed Vireo was the only new one for the 2007 list.

== Michael


Lazuli Bunting at the "Compost Piles"


Western Kingbird, north edge of fields 7-8-9


Western Tanager male


Cedar Waxwing

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