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Bird Sightings Week 33
August 13-19*

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Rarities for Week 33:

...Red-shouldered Hawk 12-Aug-16 Photos by Mike West, with Joyce Meyer
Solitary Sandpiper 18-Aug-94 Flew south down slough, and landed on weir.
Least Sandpiper 16-Aug-12 Five birds
Least Sandpiper 15-Aug-13  
Eurasian Collared-Dove 15-Aug-13  
Olive-sided Flycatcher 19-Aug-99  
Horned Lark 16-Aug-12 Juvenile that proved hard to identify.  Final ID based on the photos
American Dipper 15-Aug-13  
Vesper Sparrow 16-Aug-07 Northeast corner of the Dog Meadow.

Report for August 18, 2016                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

Much less birdy today than the reports from last week, but still not without some good sightings. It was sunny, hot, and dry, and the birds were quiet and hard to find.

Highlights:

Virginia Rail                  1 seen, river’s edge near start of boardwalk
Spotted Sandpiper        1 nearly fully feathered, at weir
Greater Yellowlegs       1 heard
Barn Owl                      1-2, East Meadow, pre-dawn
Pileated Woodpecker   Heard several times
Warbling Vireo             2 together, seen twice (or 4)
Purple Martin                Pair at gourd with 2 babies in gourd
N. R.-winged Swallow 1 at lake
BANK SWALLOW    1 at lake
Swainson’s Thrush        Very few, none seen
Bl.-thr. Gray Warbler    Several – 4-8, though hard to count
Wilson’s Warbler          At least 1 male
LAZULI BUNTING     Juvenile (?) near Pea Patch

Misses for the day included Pied-billed Grebe, Band-tailed Pigeon, Cliff Swallow, Marsh Wren, European Starling, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Brown-headed Cowbird.

For the day, 57 species.

== Michael Hobbs


Male Belted Kingfisher.  Photo by Bob Asanoma


Juvenile Western Wood-Pewee.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Willow Flycatcher.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Female or juvenile Lazuli Bunting.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Female or juvenile Lazuli Bunting.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Female Downy Woodpecker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Female Downy Woodpecker.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Half of a Virginia Rail.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Other half of the Virginia Rail.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Almost all of the Virginia Rail.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Black-throated Gray Warbler.  Sometimes you only get half...  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Pair of Purple Martins above their gourd nest with two young (unseen here)
Photo by Hugh Jennings


Young male Wood Duck.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Red-shouldered Hawk, 2016-08-12.  Photo by Mike West


Red-shouldered Hawk, 2016-08-12.  Photo by Mike West

Report for August 13, 2015                                                                                                                    Birding at Marymoor

We seem to be on the cusp, with the end of breeding lingering on, while post-breeding dispersal and migration are only just creeping in. Combine that will early morning fog, and a plethora of juvenile birds making odd sounds – well, the morning was frustrating at times trying to get looks. Especially for the first couple of hours, there were a lot of glimpses of birds, rather that great looks for everybody. The REALLY early birders had some Perseid meteors to dazzle them until it got too light around 5:00. Thick fog from then until sunrise meant no owls. By the end of the day, though, there had been some good birds and interesting sightings.

Highlights:

Gr. White-fronted Goose   One near climbing rock. Very early!
Gadwall                             One at lake; first since early May
Common Merganser           Lone duckling at weir, 14 larger ones in slough
Great Blue Heron               One nest has 2 babies – 2nd clutch?
Green Heron                      A couple (or more) juveniles along the slough
Eurasian Collared-Dove     Sharon saw one near the White-fronted Goose
Pileated Woodpecker        One heard many times west of the slough
Warbling Vireo                  A *flock* near the heronry – numbers nearing 10
Purple Martin                     Gourd nest young fledged. A couple of birds overhead
N. Rough-winged Swallow 1-2 over East Meadow
Bewick’s Wren                  Notably many – 20+
Swainson’s Thrush             Juvenile seen eating dogwood berries
Orange-crowned Warbler  1-2 at Rowing Club
Yellow-rumped Warbler    More than a handful
Black-thr. Gray Warbler    3+
Wilson’s Warbler               1 near start of boardwalk
Western Tanager                At least a couple

The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE is by far our earliest fall record. We’ve only had one other August record, back on 2004-08-25, and only two other records prior to mid-September.

We had no Rufous Hummingbirds – they may be done for the year. No Vaux’s Swift either, though I expect we’ll see some migrants later. Also missing were Violet-green Swallows, but they get sporadic at this time of year. We’ve had pretty regular sightings into October of previous years, but from here on out, we miss them more often that we see them. No Cliff Swallows, and they may be done for the year at Marymoor.

With sightings of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER last week and this week, we now have records of this species from every week of the year. YRWA is the 42nd such species, and there are 5 more species that are missing only one or two weeks.

It was also an excellent day for non-bird sightings, with EASTERN GRAY SQUIRREL, AMERICAN BEAVER, MUSKRAT, EASTERN COTTONTAIL, COYOTE, LONG-TAILED WEASEL, PAINTED TURTLE, RED-EARED SLIDER, and GARTER SNAKE.

For the day, 62 species of bird. For 2015, we’re up to 140 species. We’ve got about a dozen more that we’re still likely to get this year, plus hopefully a few rarities. In recent years, we’ve been tallying in the high 150s per year.

== Michael Hobbs


Sunrise.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Spotted Sandpiper.  Photos by Ollie Oliver


Green Heron and Mallard.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


American Beaver.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Common Mergansers.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Common Mergansers.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Juvenile Green Herons still on the nest.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Black-headed Grosbeak.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Juvenile Swainson's Thrush eating Red-osier Dogwood berries.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Cabbage White butterfly.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Greater White-fronted Goose.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Female Black-throated Gray Warbler.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Muskrat.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for August 14, 2014                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

What an amazing and unusual day at the park this morning. It was darkly overcast, and we had a few sprinkles though nothing sustained at all. So we were dry, if squinting to make out details on the birds sometimes due to the darkness. It was muggy, though not very warm, and the air felt dead and heavy. But the birds popped up in groups here and there, and contrary to the usual August day, the species list was not limited to the expected species.

Two huge highlights for the day:

First, at 5:30 a.m., Matt & I were pretty convinced that we wouldn’t see any owls due to ground fog (and we didn’t see any). Matt dejectedly started asking if it had been a whole year since we’d added a bird to the park list (not quite; the last one being Long-tailed Jaeger on August 29th last year). Shortly thereafter, we heard a flying bird calling. I thought “shorebird”, but Matt was more adept at identification and he quickly came out with “SEMIPALMATED PLOVER”. I cued up the call on my phone and it matched perfectly (the “cherry-up” call on the Sibley app). We heard the bird call about a dozen times as it flew around the northeast portions of the park. We never were able to see the bird, but the call was clear and distinctive. Not a particularly unexpected bird, but NEW FOR THE MARYMOOR PARK LIST!

The other huge highlight came much later as we made our way through the Community Gardens (aka the Pea Patch). There were dozens of American Goldfinch, but I spotted a LESSER GOLDFINCH amongst them. Earlier, as we’d neared the East Meadow, Matt & I thought we might have heard a Lesser; and Grace & Ollie had seen a Lesser in their yard (a half mile away from the park) yesterday; so we’d had LEGOs on the mind and were therefore scrutinizing every goldfinch we could find. We got some fairly decent looks at the Lesser at the gardens, and heard it (or another) call once or twice. ANOTHER NEW BIRD FOR THE MARYMOOR PARK LIST!!

I believe you have to go all the way back to 2007-02-15 to find the last time we had two new species for the park on the same day. That was when we had both Herring and Glaucous Gulls. The last time we had two unrelated species added to the park on the same day was way back on 1999-10-21, when Trumpeter Swan and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher were added!

And there were other highlights:

Common Merganser                 Three at the weir
Pied-billed Grebe                      Lone juvenile in slough
Great Blue Heron                      One juvenile seen in the heronry, not on a nest
Spotted Sandpiper                    One at the weir
GREATER YELLOWLEGS    One at the weir
Pileated Woodpecker               One seen/heard, distantly
Pacific-slope Flycatcher            1-2
Purple Martin                            Female attending 2 young at gourd
Cliff Swallow                            One over lake
Swainson’s Thrush                    I think just one bird
MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER 1-2 birds, east edge of Dog Meadow
Black-throated Gray Warbler    1-2 birds, east edge of Dog Meadow
Wilson’s Warbler                      2 birds, east edge of Dog Meadow
White-crowned Sparrow           Suddenly well over a dozen, Pea Patch
Black-headed Grosbeak            Just one, across WLSP from Rowing Club

Two new species for the park puts the list at 224. MacGillivray’s Warbler was also new for the year, bringing the 2014 park list to 145. And 59 species for the day. Quite a day.

== Michael Hobbs


Spotted Sandpiper.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Juvenile Pied-billed Grebe.  Photo by Ollie Oliver
Swainson's Thrush.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Black-throated Gray Warbler.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Purple Martin female, with young inside the gourd.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Lesser Goldfinch.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Lesser Goldfinch.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


American Goldfinch.  Photo by Ollie Oliver.


American Goldfinch.  Photo by Ollie Oliver.


Yellow Warbler.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Yellow Warbler.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Juvenile White-crowned Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Exceedingly distant Red-breasted Sapsucker.  We needed this photo to verify the identification.  It was atop the odd-snag that Red-tailed Hawks nest on, to the west of the main park entrance.  The white vertical line is indicative of sapsuckers, as is the breast that is dark above and paler below.  I might be imagining it, but I think I can see a touch of red in the head, as well as a trace of the horizontal pale line stretching back from the beak.  Also, there may have been two sapsuckers on the tree, but, gosh,
it was far away!  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Belted Kingfisher, Rowing Club, 2014-08-10.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Juvenile Green Heron, Rowing Club, 2014-08-10.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Report for August 15, 2013                                                                                                                              Birding at Marymoor

It was muggy and overcast, but we had only a very little bit of precipitation this morning, and it was rather birdy and fun.

Highlights:

Gadwall                                First since early June – 2 flew over Dog Area
Green Heron                         Juvenile along slough
Cooper’s Hawk                    Probably the same juvie seen twice
Spotted Sandpiper                Two chasing each other near weir
Least Sandpiper                    One flying circles over Dog Meadow, calling
Eurasian Collared-Dove        One west of the slough
Barn Owl                              One west of park office at 10 A.M. !
Rufous Hummingbird              Ruth and Margaret saw 1, Pea Patch
Warbling Vireo                      2-3, south end of Dog Meadow
AMERICAN DIPPER        Sharon and I saw 1 fly downstream from windmill
Orange-crowned Warbler      Maybe 4-5 scattered
Common Yellowthroat           25+, mix of genders and ages
Yellow Warbler                      4-5, including some singing
Black-throated Gray Warbler 3-4, scattered, including adult male
Evening Grosbeak                  4 flew north over Dog Meadow

We also had a BEAVER in the slough.

This is just the 2nd AMERICAN DIPPER sighting for Marymoor, the other being from October, 2010, I believe.

Misses today included Killdeer, Red-breasted Nuthatch, European Starling, Wilson’s Warbler, and Brown-headed Cowbird.

For the day, 55 species.

== Michael Hobbs


One of two Spotted Sandpipers at the weir.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


One of two Spotted Sandpipers at the weir.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

One of two Spotted Sandpipers at the weir.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Warbling Vireo.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Steller's Jay. They were seen gathering hazelnuts.  Photo by Ollie Oliver
Black-tailed Deer.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for August 16, 2012                                                                                                                             Birding at Marymoor

We had a hot, odd day at Marymoor. It was incredibly quiet, but we managed to piece together a fairly good bird list with some unusual items.The day started cool, just 56 degrees, with very low ground fog, but heated up to 82 by the time we left. Unrelentingly sunny, which made us seek shade to bird from. Quite a few species were heard-only, or were seen by one person only, or were represented by just a single individual.

Highlights:

Green Heron                    2 visible from lake platform
Virginia Rail                     1 at the retention pond near the event pad, early
                                        Matt & I had a brief look, heard call for verification
LEAST SANDPIPER      Matt had several flying around the lake platform early
                                        Later, we heard one fly up the slough (2 calls)
Anna's Hummingbird         Many seen
Red-breasted Sapsucker  1 juvenile near 2nd dog swim beach
Purple Martin                    Heard overhead, unseen
Brown Creeper                 Many seen
Swainson's Thrush             Only 1 seen, 1 heard on the walk;
                                         Matt heard dozens predawn
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Yellow Warbler                3-4
Wilson's Warbler              1 male
Common Yellowthroat       Many
Western Tanager               1 heard, glimpsed in flight
Evening Grosbeak             Heard overhead, unseen

We also had 1 bird that we couldn't identify in the field  Photos were obtained, howver, and showed it to be a HORNED LARK, probably a very worn female.

For the day, 55 species.

== Michael Hobbs


Morning fog.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Brown Creeper on a small branch, right over my head


Juvenile Red-breasted Sapsucker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Downy Woodpecker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Two Green Herons, seen from the lake platform.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Male American Goldfinch.  Photo by Josh Adams

From the first views of our mystery bird, I was thinking American Pipit...

...but Ollie Oliver's photos showed a yellow chin, black moustache, and a bit of black neck band, indicating Horned Lark.  Plumage appears very worn.

Oprey photo by Ollie Oliver

Oprey photo by Ollie Oliver

Juvenile Cooper's Hawk.  Photo by Josh Adams

Eight-spotted Skimmer.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for August 18, 2011                                                                                                                           Birding at Marymoor

Dawn was gorgeous, with a gibbous moon and a little bit of morning ground fog. Just before 5:30, I heard my first crows. I was afraid I was too late for owls, but maybe the owl heard the crows too. From the east, a BARN OWL flew low and fast straight to me, then pulled up, looking at me quizzically. It flew two circles close around my head before continuing west. A great start to the morning. Moments later, I watched as ~750 AMERICAN CROWS streamed north from the SE part of the park.

On the main walk, there were only seven of us, and the number dwindled with time, especially as people began to leave so they could get ready for the WOS Conference. By the Rowing Club, it was just Ollie and me. It was a quiet day, with many species notably NOT seen. But still interesting.

Highlights:

PIED-BILLED GREBE            2-3, first since early May
Accipiters                                 Many sightings, both Sharp-shinned and Cooper's
Anna's Hummingbird                 Especially abundant
Red-breasted Sapsucker           Sharon spotted one WAY to the west
Pileated Woodpecker               One flew in from west of the mansion
Willow Flycatcher                     Especially abundant, with many juveniles
Purple Martin                           Two pair at gourds, baby noises in r.h. gourd
Common Yellowthroat             Especially abundant, with many juveniles

Notable misses:
- No vireos.
- No Tree Swallows. We've never had them this late, however there were still young in a nest box last week so I thought we might get them this week still.
- No warblers except Common Yellowthroat - Historical sighting rates:
Orange-crowned: 47%, Yellow: 71%, Black-throated Gray: 53%, Wilson's: 82%,
so a real surprise to have none of those.

A good day for mammals, with a LONG-TAILED WEASEL west of the west kiosk, a RACCOON across the slough from the first dog swim beach, and what I think was a LONG-TAILED VOLE in the East Meadow. Also had the usual EASTERN GRAY SQUIRRELS and EASTERN COTTONTAILS.

For a very quiet day, we still managed 56 species.

== Michael Hobbs


Photo by Ollie Oliver

Photo by Ollie Oliver


Osprey in the early morning light.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird being attended to by a Song Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie

Raccoon across from first dog swim beach.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Willow Flycatcher.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

American Goldfinches.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Juvenile Cooper's Hawk.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for August 19, 2010

Instead of the "mostly sunny' the weather report promised, we had dark overcast and mist this morning.  The mist faded after a bit, though we did have a few minutes of light drizzle as we walked the East Meadow.  Damp and 61 degrees - no wonder the summer birds have fled.  At least, it seems that most are gone, and they're yet to be replaced by winter birds.  We had just a hint of migration to spice things up.  Otherwise, it was a pretty quiet day.

Highlights:

Hooded Merganser           8 flew upstream over the weir
American Coot                  First since April - 1 at the lake
Dowitcher sp.                    2 birds flew north over the Dog Meadow
Barn Owl                           Matt & Scott enjoyed 2 a the East Meadow early
Vaux's Swift                       More than a dozen
Orange-crowned Warbler  1 along slough
Yellow Warbler                 2+, still singing
Wilson's Warbler               2 males

I presume they were Long-billed DOWITCHERS, though they were silent and only seen in-flight, making a positive ID impossible.  This is just the 3rd time we've had dowitchers at Marymoor.

We had several WESTERN WOOD-PEWEES, but only a couple WILLOW FLYCATCHERS.  We heard only 1-2 SWAINSON'S THRUSH, and had only 4 species of warbler,

No Spotted Sandpipers. no vireos, no bushtits, no Black-headed Grosbeaks, no  Red-winged Blackbirds, and no Brown-headed Cowbirds.

For the day, 55 species.

== Michael


Western Wood-Pewee.  Photo by Lillian Reis
Male Belted Kingfisher.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Juvenile Spotted Towhee just getting a few rufous feathers.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Juvenile White-crowned Sparrow. Photo by Ollie Olive

American Robin photo by Ollie Oliver

Male Belted Kingfisher.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

From August 17, a couple of photos of an Orange-crowned Warbler

Both photos by Lillian Reis.  Note the dark tail feathers.

Report for August 13, 2009

It was a really weird day at Marymoor today.  For weather, it misted a bit at the start, but was mostly just darkly cloudy.  We kept joking about wanting to turn up the brightness (where's the remote???).  It also wasn't very birdy - REALLY QUIET.  Well, sort of...

You see, while there weren't that many birds, and while we never did find the mythical mixed flock of warblers, vireos, and tanagers that we felt Connie Sidles had all-but-promised us, we ended up with a really high species count.  Lots of one-offs.  And we did our best to scour the place.

Highlights:

Blue-winged Teal                           New for 2009,. 1 female at RC ponds
Green-winged Teal                        First of Fall, 2 at RC ponds
Green Heron                                  4+ juveniles, 1-2 adults
Glaucous-winged Gull                    First of Fall - a couple.  Black tipped gulls too.
Barn Owl                                      Matt & Scott had 2-3 early
Rufous Hummingbird                     Still 1-2 at the Community Gardens
Pileated Woodpecker                   1 just southA of the Dog Meadow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2 from Lake Platform
Orange-crowned Warbler             2
Yellow Warbler                            2 males (singing), 1 female
Black-throated Gray Warbler       1 female at RC
Common Yellowthroat                 Abundant
Wilson's Warbler                         1 male, 1 female
Western Tanager                         Heard near windmill, but never could find the bird
LAZULI BUNTING                   1 male NE corner of Dog Meadow

There were many GREEN HERON sightings, including 4 youngish juveniles (still with downy tufts here and there, though fledged) together along the southeast edge of the Dog Meadow.  We had a beautiful adult at the Rowing Club ponds, and later a juvenile there.  5-8 birds total.

This is by far the latest we've ever had LAZULI BUNTING.

So for the day, an astounding 66 species!  But that includes 3 heard-only birds (Killdeer, Swainson's Thrush, Western Tanager), and over 20 species represented by only 1 or 2 individuals

.== Michael


Band-tailed Pigeon.  We were thinking it was a juvenile...

Male Belted Kingfisher

Fuzzy-headed juvenile Green Heron, one of four together
at the SE edge of the Dog Meadow

The new boardwalk extension, finished.  Thanks, Eastside Audubon!
The trail is now at least crudely wheelchair accessible.

The Purple Martin family

Water Lily

Female Blue-winged Teal at the Rowing Club

Green Heron (top left), Blue-winged Teal (bottom left), Hooded Merganser
(middle and right), and 2 Mallards (right), at the Rowing Club

Ollie Oliver's photos from the Rowing Club, 8/16/2009, showing a Green Heron..

...and Hooded Mergansers and turtles

Report for August 14, 2008

Another gorgeous day.  The early morning ground fog burned off quickly.  It got a bit too hot, but not outrageous.  It was pretty birdy, though at times the birds seemed to be taking an incredible delight in tantalizing us in a very cussed way.  We ended up with a good species count, including 5 species of woodpecker, but 3 of those woodpeckers were heard-only :(

Highlights:

NORTHERN HARRIER                 Flyby
Virginia Rail                                     Heard from the lake platform
Spotted Sandpiper                           Flying fairly high up the slough
Red-breasted Sapsucker                  Immature flew past us early on
Warbling Vireo                                Adult feeding juvenile cowbird
Red-eyed Vireo                               LOTS of singing at the south end of the park
Purple Martin                                  One HIGH over mansion area
Northern Rough-winged Swallow    One over East Meadow
Bushtits                                           Bringing food to a nest at Dog Central - late?
Orange-crowned Warbler               Flock of 6+ at south end of Dog Meadow
Yellow Warbler                              Male singing, several others seen
Wilson's Warbler                            1-2 at the south end of the Dog Meadow
Evening Grosbeak                           Heard and glimpsed

Had a juvenile COOPER'S HAWK who thought chasing after crows was the way to get ahead.  Good luck!

Had what appeared to be a LONG-TAILED WEASEL swimming across the slough ???

For the day, 64 species.

== Michael


Osprey carrying a fish back to the nest at dawn


Female Downy Woodpecker working the underside of a branch


One of a flock of Orange-crowned Warblers at the south end of the Dog Meadow


Juvenile(?) Orange-crowned Warbler


Another Orange-crowned Warbler


Black-capped Chickadee in a European Hawthorn


Adult Red-tailed Hawk showing extensive wing and tail molt

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk in Snag Row
Male Anna's Hummingbird in the Community Gardens

Report for August 16, 2007

It was a pretty nice morning, with clouds moving in, and too much wind.  Made for a pleasant walk, as the temp was comfortably in the 60's. The only trouble was that birds were very scarce, especially early.  We did end up with some highlights, though:

Canada Goose                      Increasing - up to about 180 birds on soccer fields
Pied-billed Grebe                  1-2; first since April
Cooper's Hawk                     Close looks at juvenile near mansion
Barn Owl                              Matt had one, East Meadow, 5:30 a.m.
Red-breasted Sapsucker       Near start of boardwalk
Hairy Woodpecker                South end of Dog Area
Warbling Vireo                      At least 2, one feeding a cowbird
Yellow Warbler                     One bright male, south end of East Meadow
Black-throated Gray Warbler Male with Yellow Warbler.  Great looks.
VESPER SPARROW            East Meadow, Compost Piles

Matt spotted the VESPER SPARROW along the northwest edge of the East Meadow. As he called it out to us, it flew to the middle of the Dog Meadow.  We pursued, and had good glimpses before it flew to the Compost Piles.  We spotted it again at the piles for closer but brief looks.  The eye ring was very apparent, and the white outer tail feathers showed very well in flight.

This is only our 3rd or 4th sighting ever of Vesper Sparrow.  They really like dirt paths;  if you want to try to chase this bird, look for it on the dirt trails across the Dog Meadow and on the bare dirt at the Compost Piles.  A sparrow running away from you on a dirt path is most probably the Vesper.

For the day, just 53 species.

== Michael


Adult Pied-billed Grebe with Wood Duck, in slough

Hairy Woodpecker juvenile, south end of Dog Meadow, in Oregon Ash tree.


Juvenile Cooper's Hawk, just northeast of Clise Mansion

The Coop turned around to give us a front view

Highbush Cranberry, Ribes opulus?, from the east bend in the boardwalk.

Bald-faced Hornet nest, in Bigleaf Maple northeast of the mansion.

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