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Bird Sightings Week 39
September 24-30*

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Rarities for Week 39:

Red-necked Grebe 30-Sep-10 Two birds
Red-necked Grebe 26-Sep-13  
Western Scrub-Jay 25-Sep-14  
Chipping Sparrow 26-Sep-13  
Clay-colored Sparrow 28-Sep-05 Compost Piles

Report for September 29, 2016                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

It’s definitely late fall. This morning started at 41 degrees with cold fog. It did eventually get warmer and sunny, but the birds know winter is coming. Our summer birds have fled, and our winter birds are arriving.

Highlights:

Cackling Goose                       Flock of ~60 – First Of Fall
Western Grebe                        Seven on lake
Double-crested Cormorant      1-3 – FOF
Green Heron                            2 at Rowing Club again
Turkey Vulture                        1 over boardwalk
Northern Harrier                     1 crossed slough near lake
Eurasian Collared-Dove          3 sightings, 2-4 birds
Pileated Woodpecker              3 sightings, prob. 2 birds
Merlin                                      Landed across mouth of slough from us
Bushtit                                     1 huge flock; 30+ birds
Pacific Wren                            3, including 1 singing
Ruby-crowned Kinglet             ~10, with lots of singing
HERMIT THRUSH                 1 near last dog beach, first for 2016
American Robin                       Huge numbers ~200
American Pipit                         1+ pre-dawn, 1 north of Compost Piles
Yellow-rumped Warbler          Dozens, with a few Myrtle’s amongst them
Golden-crowned Sparrow        Lots of singing

We had a singing FOX SPARROW that was almost entirely white, with possibly symmetrical dark markings.  If you were a newbie and tried to force an ID from the bird book, you might come up with Snow or McKay’s Bunting.  VERY unique-looking bird, that I hope will stick around.

No flycatchers, vireos, or swallows, and Yellow-rumped were the only warblers.

For the day, 57 species.

== Michael Hobbs


Golden-crowned Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver
First-of-Fall Double-crested Cormorant.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Typical appearance of a "Sooty" Fox Sparrow. Photo by Ollie Oliver


"Sooty" Fox Sparrow with extreme leucism.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Leucistic Fox Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Leucistic Fox Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Ruby-crowned Kinglet.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Bushtit.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Hermit Thrush.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Hermit Thrush.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Northern Harrier.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Turkey Vulture.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Very pale Merlin.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Merlin.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Pileated Woodpecker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Cooper's Hawk and Pileated Woodpecker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Cooper's Hawk and Pileated Woodpecker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Cooper's Hawk and Pileated Woodpecker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Cooper's Hawk and Pileated Woodpecker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Cooper's Hawk and Pileated Woodpecker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Wood Duck pair at Rowing Club.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Wood Duck and Hooded Merganser.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Downy Woodpecker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Wilson's Snipe on boardwalk (!), 2016-09-28.  Photo by Kazuto Shibata


Swainson's Thrush, 2016-09-25.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Swainson's Thrush, 2016-09-25.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Report for September 24, 2015                                                                                                                    Birding at Marymoor

A truly gorgeous morning, with only occasional thin overcast, but mostly blue skies. Jupiter was really bright this morning until about 7:00. The day was birdy, with some really nice looks at common species. With the great viewing weather, we also managed some distant identifications that added to our species count. Nothing too unusual, but a really fine day.

Highlights:

Gr. White-fronted Goose  2 with Canadas, NE fields
Western Grebe                 1-2 well out on lake. First for 2015
Wilson’s Snipe                  2 below weir, flew circles around us
Band-tailed Pigeon            A couple of sightings
Barn Owl                          Heard near windmill, glimpses from Viewing Mound
- all five woodpeckers -    ThoughHairy and Pileated only glimpsed, barely heard
Violet-green Swallow        1 seen well, maybe more
Barn Swallow                    At least 2-3
Pacific Wren                      Spontaneously singing, visible, Big Cottonwood Forest
                                         – First of Fall
Varied Thrush                   One overhead
Orange-crowned Warbler 1 west of East Meadow
Common Yellowthroat      1 heard, 1 seen
Yellow Warbler                1 near mansion
Yellow-rumped Warbler   10-20, including 1 Myrtle’s

This is the earliest fall sighting we’ve ever had for PACIFIC WREN, and among the latest fall sightings for VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW and YELLOW WARBLER.

We also had 2 MULE DEER on the far side of the slough downstream of the weir.

For the day, 62 species.

== Michael Hobbs


Wilson's Snipe.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Wilson's Snipe.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Red-winged Blackbird.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Common Merganser and Mallards.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Stereotypical Downy Woodpecker pose.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Typical Downy Woodpecker pose.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Bald Eagle from Lake Platform.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Juvenile Greater White-fronted Goose with Canada Geese.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Yellow Warbler.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Anna's Hummingbird.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Hooded Merganser and Green Heron at Rowing Club pond.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Sharp-shinned Hawk.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Spider.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


River Otter.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Report for September 25, 2014                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

Today was a learning experience. I learned that my raincoat is no longer waterproof. Drizzle at 7:00 a.m. quickly moved on through light rain, to heavy rain, to a downpour or three, almost completely dousing the birding possibilities. The rain didn’t slacken until we were leaving the off-leash area, and we had intermittent light rain and drizzle for much of the rest of the morning. Okay, by the Rowing Club there were some glimpses of blue skies. I think the other thing we learned is that a crappy day like today can end up with a pretty good bird list if you keep moving slowly and attentively and just hold the course.

Highlights:

Western Grebe                     1 at lake, First of Fall
Double-crested Cormorant   One over slough at windmill – First of Fall
Cooper’s Hawk                   At least 1 adult, 1 juvenile
Wilson’s Snipe                     Several seen, including a close flyby of six
Barn Owl                             Matt & Sharon had several glimpses, East Meadow
Vaux’s Swift                        Getting late; 2+ at Rowing Club
Violet-green Swallow           30 or so over Rowing Club
Barn Swallow                       2 over Rowing Club
WESTERN SCRUB-JAY   One in Snag Row – first for my personal park list
Orange-crowned Warbler    One at Compost Piles
Yellow-rumped Warbler      Numbers increasing, and both Aud. and Myrtle’s seen
Evening Grosbeak                Heard snatches, finally saw about 8 fly over
House Sparrow                    Male at Compost Piles again

This is the fourth WESTERN SCRUB-JAY sighting for Marymoor: three in August/September and one in December. For several of us, including Matt and myself, it was a new bird for our personal park lists. My list is now at 212, I believe.

Early on, when the rains were torrential and the skies dimly lit, there were many flocks of ducks overhead. We ended up identifying only WOOD DUCK, MALLARD, NORTHERN SHOVELER, and HOODED MERGANSER, plus a COMMON MERGANSER in the slough. Many of the flyby ducks were probably AMERICAN WIGEON, and I was able to find a few of those at the north end of the lake after the walk. Others probably included Green-winged Teal and Northern Pintail, but neither of those could be confirmed. Sharon might also have had Band-tailed Pigeon, and there were a couple of other possible/probable species that we didn’t count.

Besides the usual squirrels and bunnies, we saw one COYOTE on the far side of the slough below the weir. We also heard Pacific Tree Frogs.

Despite the slightly damp weather (that is, I’m *still* slightly damp), we ended up with 60 species! It pays to slog the slog.

== Michael Hobbs


Four Northern Shovelers.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Juvenile White-crowned Sparrow in the rain.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Other than the flight call, how could you tell these were Evening Grosbeaks?
Photo by Ollie Oliver


...By noticing the wing patterns.  This is a female Evening Grosbeak, with the characteristic white marks in the middle of the wings.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Wet Lincoln's Sparrow.  Photos by Ollie Oliver


* S H A K E *


That's better


Western Scrub-Jay.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


American Crow in the Community Gardens in the rain.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Adult Cooper's Hawk.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Downy Woodpecker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Hooded Mergansers at the Rowing Club, 2014-09-24. Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for September 26, 2013                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

The day started with a good amount of fog and never really warmed up, but it was birdy for our weekly walk at Marymoor Park. With Michael away, Brian Bell & I led a group of 10 on a pleasant fall day with some nice finds along the way.

Highlights:

Barn Owl - good looks during a break in the pre-dawn fog around 6:30 in the east meadow.

Warblers - after some slow weeks, we finally had good numbers of warblers. Primarily Yellow-rumped [both Audubon's and Myrtle's], we also enjoyed looks at 3-4 Black-throated Gray Warblers and 3 Orange-crowned Warblers. Common Yellowthroats remained heard-only today.

Pileated Woodpecker - first in over a month, I think, with two good sightings during the day

Merlin - chasing a finch or Savannah Sparrow around the soccer fields

Red-necked Grebe - pretty unusual for Marymoor Park, out quite a ways on the lake today

Fox Sparrow & Golden-crowned Sparrows are both back in the park, and both were singing occasionally.

We also heard a few Lincoln's Sparrows and got good looks at one of them.

Chipping Sparrow - 1st winter bird - best bird of the day , found and photographed by Ollie Oliver in the Pea Patch Community Garden after the rest of the group had moved on.

Green Heron - our juvie remains pretty reliable now at the Rowing Club pond.

Several birds seem to have departed for the year, with no flycatchers, vireos, swallows, or swifts seen. Dave H. will be pleased to hear our Osprey appear to have departed, and we did not find any Rufous Hummers!

For the day, 53 species,

Matt Bartels Seattle, WA


Red-breasted Sapsucker.  Photo by Hugh Jennings

Golden-crowned Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Savannah Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Lincoln's Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Fox Sparrow.  Photo by Lillian Reis


White-crowned Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Chipping Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Chipping Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Golden-crowned Kinglet.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Hooded Merganser.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for September 27, 2012                                                                                                                             Birding at Marymoor

It started out foggy, and it took a long time to clear, but it was a very interesting day birding at Marymoor today. A real change in the bird selection has occurred, though a few “summer” birds are still hanging around, and we’re still waiting on many “winter” species.

Highlights:

Double-crested Cormorant              Brian & Ollie saw 1 flying – First Of Fall
Green Heron                                    Juvenile at Rowing Club pond
Sharp-shinned Hawk                       1 at sunrise at Compost Piles
Glaucous-winged Gull                      1 adult – FOF
Barn Owl                                         2 seen from new viewing mound
Pileated Woodpecker                      Heard several times
MERLIN                                         Taiga subspecies!
COMMON RAVEN                      One flew over the Dog Meadow
PURPLE MARTIN                         Still at least a couple – very late
Barn Swallow                                  2 still about
Pacific Wren                                    One at east end of boardwalk – FOF
Ruby-crowned Kinglet                     At least 2 – FOF
Swainson’s Thrush                           1 unidentified thrush seen, 1 Swainson's heard
AMERICAN PIPIT                         5 on grass field #7 (near Lot G)
Orange-crowned Warbler                At least 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler                  50+ All over, both Audubon’s & Myrtle’s
Black-throated Gray Warbler           At least 3 – nice looks
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW Tan-stripe bird near 3rd Dog Swim Beach
                                                        That makes 5 First Of Fall birds.

As we walked along the south edge of grass fields 7-8-9, the sound of PURPLE MARTINS caught my attention. Looking up, there was a MERLIN which 2 Purple Martins were harassing. Ollie got some photos, and looking at them, it appears to be a Taiga subspecies bird - quite unusual for Marymoor! 

For the day, 60 species. WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was new for the year. Our big miss for the day – Great Blue Heron!

== Michael Hobbs


First Glaucous-winged Gull of fall.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

First Glaucous-winged Gull of fall.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow, showing how wide white throat appears in this species

Male Black-throated Gray Warbler.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Orange-crowned Warbler.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

American Pipit.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

American Pipit

Killdeer behaving strangely.  They stood together on a log for a long time...

...then lay down together on the gravel roadway.  ???

Juvenile White-crowned Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Common Raven.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Taiga subspecies Merlin.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Taiga subspecies Merlin.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Common Yellowthroat near new boathouse.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

First of fall: Pacific Wren, 2012-09-23.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

American Pipit, 2012-09-23.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Merlin, 2012-09-23.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Hooded Merganser pair at Rowing Club pond, 2012-09-23.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Spider, 2012-09-23.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for September 29, 2011                                                                                                                           Birding at Marymoor

It was a beautiful day, though cold (39) and a touch foggy at the start. It was immediately clear that it was birdier than last week, that's for sure. We kept lingering in the sunshine to try to get warm, as our clothing didn't quite match the season. Definitely, the fall birds are arriving, though still no ducks.

Highlights:

Greater White-fronted Goose  1 adult in slough, later near Pea Patch
Cackling Goose                       1 in a flock of Canadas
Double-crested Cormorant      1; First of Fall
TURKEY VULTURE             Bob Schmidt reported 7 as he left
Northern Harrier                     Juvenile over East Meadow
Merlin                                     With full crop, at lake platform
Spotted Sandpiper                  Lillian saw 1 at weir
Violet-green Swallow              2, and maybe some Barns as well
Varied Thrush                         Scott Ramos reported 1
American Pipit                        Many, on grass soccer fields, parking lot
Orange-crowned Warbler       Scott had 2
Black-throated Gray Warbler  1-2; getting late for them
Western Meadowlark             FIFTEEN - East Meadow, Dog Meadow

I think for the day, my total was around 53, but BobS, ScottR, and LillianR added at least 6 more between them.

== Michael Hobbs


Mt. Rainier at sunrise through the morning fog


Adult Greater White-fronted Goose.  Photo by Hugh Jennings

Adult Greater White-fronted Goose.  Photo by Scott Ramos

Black-throated Gray Warbler.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Fog-dewed spider webs were everywhere

Male Downy Woodpecker.  Photo by Hugh Jennings

Male Downy Woodpecker.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Evening Grosbeak.  Photo by Scott Ramos

Fox Sparrow.  Photo by Scott Ramos

Spotted Sandpiper (top right) and Green Heron at weir.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Red-eared Slider at Rowing Club, 2011-09-27.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Steller's Jay, 2011-09-27.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Marsh Wren, 2011-09-25.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Report for September 30, 2010

A fantastic day at Marymoor, with a good group of people, and decent weather, and birds.  We did have high fog/overcast to start, but it gradually cleared.  We had good birding throughout,, with a fair amount of singing and lots of newly returned winter birds (FOF=First sighting of Fall)

Highlights:

Greater White-fronted Goose           1 with Canadas, like last week
MERLIN                                         Mobbed by ELEVEN flickers
Peregrine Falcon                               Heading south high over mansion
Wilson's Snipe                                  1 on grass fields
BLACK SWIFT                              1 over lake platform
Vaux's Swift                                     1 over lake platform
Pacific Wren                                     Just south of dog area - FOF
Hermit Thrush                                   Just south of dog area - FOF
AMERICAN PIPIT                          5 in one flock, others overhead - FOF
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW  1 near SODA barn - FOF
Brewer's Blackbird                            Diseased male begging for food - Year bird

Afterwards, I scanned the lake again, and picked out 2 RED-NECKED GREBE. Then, a flock of about 30 CACKLING GEESE (FOF) were seen and heard flying north into the park

For warblers, we were down to just YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER(Audubon's and one Myrtle's) and a single COMMON YELLOWTHROAT.

Singing birds included lots of FOX SPARROW song, and a little bit of RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET song, as well as 3 species of wren, plus Song Sparrow, House Finch, and Purple Finch.

In addition to the 11 NORTHERN FLICKERS simultaneously mobbing (and being strafed by) the MERLIN, we had quite a few other sightings of flicker around the park.  Hard to be sure I'm not  double counting, but I'm pretty sure we had at least 15, which would be a high count for the park.

This was only our second sighting of BLACK SWIFT later than mid-September. We had 4 on October 7, 1999.

By a day, this was our earliest fall sighting of a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.  Today's bird was a nice tan-stripe bird, calling loudly.

For the day, 66 species.  Wow.

== Michael


White-throated Sparrow

Merlin (top left) with six of the eleven mobbing Northern Flickers


Golden-crowned Sparrow at the Compost Piles.  Photo by Capt. Haridas

Juvenile Greater White-fronted Goose

Male Brewer's Blackbird

Note the lesions on its feet

Bushtit.  Photo by Capt. Haridas

Fungus photograph by Hugh Jennings

Leopard Slug

European Red Slug  Photo by Capt. Haridas

Report for September 24, 2009

We had an unexpectedly good day at Marymoor.  It was overcast, but we didn't suffer from fog nor precipitation.   Fall is definitely here, though we did find one good flock, just south of the Dog Area, of hangers-on from summer.

Highlights:

American Wigeon                  First of fall
Northern Harrier                    Several looks
Barn Owl                               Early over the East Meadow
Western Wood-Pewee           One at the Rowing Club
Warbling Vireo                       One with "the flock"
Orange-crowned Warbler       One with "the flock"
Yellow Warbler                      One with "the flock"
Yellow-rumped Warbler         About 5 with "the flock"
Black-throated Gray Warbler  One with "the flock"
American Pipit                        About 15 in grass soccer field lot
Fox Sparrow                          One gave us great looks

We had a 5 woodpecker day (the expected 5: RBSA, DOWO, HAWO, NOFL, PIWO), though the Hairy was barely seen, and the Pileated was heard to the west of
the park.

And we had the 8 expected sparrows - Towhee, Savannah, Fox, Song, Lincoln's, White-crowned, Golden-crowned, and Junco.

== Michael


We don't really think of small mammals moving around a lot through "unsuitable" habitat, but they must do some of that. We had our first ever DOUGLAS SQUIRREL, along the slough at the 2nd dog swim beach.  It ran across the beach access and went into a small maple.  There are no large conifers anywhere near that location, and very few cones on the very young planted Doug Firs in the riparian strip.

A terrible photo, but you can kind of make out that this is a Douglas Squirrel.


Fox Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Wood Duck pair.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Northern Harrier.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

American Pipit

American Pipit.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

American Pipit.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Western Wood-Pewee at the Rowing Club

Common Yellowthroat in the Pea Patch.  Photo 2009-09-27 by Lillian Reis

American Crow mobbing Sharp-shinned Hawk, 2009-09-27.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Sharp-shinned Hawk getting a hold of a mobbing American Crow, 2009-09-27.
Photo by Lillian Reis

Report for September 25, 2008

Predawn through early morning was absolutely magical today, but by 9:30, it began to rain, and it was generally damp (though mostly not raining) and cloudy the rest of the morning. It didn't seem that birdy - maybe the birds were chased off by the abundance of accipiters and falcons.

I got there early - early enough that the moon was a gorgeous sliver, that Orion was still clearly visible, and either Saturn or Jupiter was keeping Orion company.  The sky was light in the east and there were no clouds overhead and no hint of fog.  I met up with Scott, who told me I'd missed the Barn Owl by about 10 minutes, but we waited along the edge of the East Meadow anyway, hoping to see one again.  And sure enough, Scott spotted two, and we watched them fly together around the north end of the East Meadow. Eventually one worked its way down the middle of the meadow towards us before disappearing to the southeast.  A really nice start to the morning.

And then there was the parade of raptors:

Bald Eagle                   One at the lake
Northern Harrier         Male hunting the East Meadow
Sharp-shinned Hawk   1-2
Cooper's Hawk           More than a half-dozen sightings
Red-tailed Hawk         Only 2
Peregrine Falcon          Dark bird flew down the slough
American Kestrel         Looping its way south over the East Meadow

We had Cooper's Hawk chasing Cooper's Hawk, COHA chasing Northern Harrier. COHA chasing and almost catching Northern Flicker,...

Other highlights:

Wilson's Snipe                    Along the slough below the weir
American Coot                   First of Fall - maybe 15 on the lake
Vaux's Swift                       Maybe 20 swirling together over the slough
American Robin                  Huge numbers today
Orange-crowned Warbler   Only 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler     Large flock (20-30) in one tree early
Townsend's Warbler           One northeast of mansion
Evening Grosbeak               Flock of 12 at the south end of the Dog Meadow

We also had two Raccoons, some deer, and a large jumping salmon.

No more Black-headed Grosbeaks.  Only 1 Swainson's Thrush.  Only Barn Swallows left, but still fairly plentiful.  Summer is definitely on its last legs.  But no winter ducks today, and still no Ruby-crowned Kinglets or Winter Wrens, so we're not quite switched to winter either.

For the day, 58 species.

== Michael


From last week, Scott Ramos' photo of a Barn Owl, 2008-09-18

Dick Martin's photo of a Yelow-rumped Warbler, 2008-09-22


Yellow-rumped Warbler

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Male Northern Harrier

Two Raccoons across the slough from Dog Central

Male Purple Finch

Belted Kingfisher on the martin gourds

Report for September 27, 2007

It was overcast to start, with some wisps of fog, but nothing like what the forecast called for. We weren't hampered by the fog at all. Slowly cleared to a sunny noontime. Birdy, but most of the birds were Yellow-rumped Warblers and Fox Sparrows. There were 8 or 9 birders, and we enjoyed a pretty good day.

Highlights:

Horned Grebe                 Three at lake, one close to platform
Western Grebe                Nine at lake
Green Heron                   One at lake
Cooper's Hawk               Great look at adult at Pea Patch
PEREGRINE FALCON One flying down slough at noon
Barn Owl                         East Meadow, 6:30 a.m.
VAUX'S SWIFT             Maybe 25 seen flying south up the slough
Winter Wren                    First of fall - one ticking in the Cottonwood Forest
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     First of fall - 2 - one singing
American Pipit                 Several flyovers of 1-2 birds each
Yellow-rumped Warbler  Ubiquitous - 100+
Townsend's Warbler        One in the cherry trees with Yellow-rumps
Fox Sparrow                   Many, many (25?), some singing
White-crowned Sparrow Singing gambelli at the Pea Patch
Golden-crowned Sparrow Many, some singing

While watching the PEREGRINE FALCON, I noticed several VAUX'S SWIFTS flying south up the slough. They were flying fairly high, and while they were doing some feeding-type circling about, many of them were heading fairly straight south. There may have been more that we didn't notice. Could well have been a migrating wave of swifts.

For the day, 59 species. For the year, we're at an even 150 species.

== Michael


Horned Grebe from the lake platform

Yellow-rumped Warbler


Tom Mansfield's photo of a White-crowned Sparrow at the Compost Piles


Black-tailed Deer near the Compost Piles


American Crows eating a dead Eastern Cottontail at the Pea Patch


Tom Mansfield's photo of an adult Cooper's Hawk at the Pea Patch

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