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Bird Sightings Week 44
October 29 - November 4*

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Rarities for Week 44:

Trumpeter Swan 03-Nov-04 Seven birds
Tundra Swan 02-Nov-11  
Bonaparte's Gull 03-Nov-04 Flying north from grass soccer fields with a MEGU.
Bonaparte's Gull 01-Nov-05 Small flock In the ball fields at the east end

...Bonaparte's Gull

02-Nov-05 Ballfields at east end, with Mew Gulls
Franklin's Gull 30-Oct-14 1st winter bird.  First reported 26-Oct-14
Franklin's Gull 03-Nov-16 With large Mew Gull flock
Glaucous Gull 30-Oct-14 1st winter
Horned Lark 01-Nov-06  
Horned Lark 03-Nov-09 Repored by John Tubbs
Mountain Chickadee 31-Oct-04 Reported by Neil Zimmerman
Snow Bunting 31-Oct-02 Lot G, at sunrise, sitting on the ground with frost on its back
American Tree Sparrow 29-Oct-09 Compost Piles

...American Tree Sparrow

30-Oct-09 Reported by Kraig Kemper

...American Tree Sparrow

31-Oct-09 Reported by Rick Hibpshman

...American Tree Sparrow

01-Nov-09 Reported by Ollie Oliver
American Tree Sparrow 03-Nov-12 Reported by Lillian Reis
Swamp Sparrow 02-Nov-05 Rowing Club - in hidden natural "pond" area behind new boathouse
Swamp Sparrow 31-Oct-13 Below weir
Common Redpoll 31-Oct-96 Near Community Gardens. 

Report for November 3, 2016                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

While today was a gorgeous fall day, we were beset with thick fog from pre-dawn owling until we got to the lake platform. Iím sure we missed many birds, between the lack of visibility, and the constant noise as the wet air conducted distant sounds. Still, we had a very good day.

Highlights:

Ruddy Duck                    Female still hanging out near Lake Platform
Common Loon                WAY out on lake
Sharp-shinned Hawk       1 near first dog swim beach
American Coot                Around 400 on lake!
FRANKLINíS GULL     Briefly seen on grass soccer fields at 8:00
Barn Owl                         Heard, but unseen, East Meadow, 6:00 a.m.
W. SCREECH OWL      Two near south slough end of boardwalk, one seen well
Pileated Woodpecker      1 just south of Dog Meadow
Northern Shrike               Gorgeous adult continues, East Meadow
Cedar Waxwing               Couple of sightings Ė still a few around
Or.-crowned Warbler      Maybe 3 total
Y.-rumped Warbler         Maybe 3-6 total
Townsendís Warbler       One with Orange-crowns SW of mansion
Western Meadowlark      10+ near model airplane field

In the pre-dawn fog, we saw a COOPERíS HAWK atop one of the bird houses near the mowed trail. Suddenly, it took flight, chasing a small sparrow or wren that flew between our legs. Matt literally had to dive out of the way to avoid being hit by the hawk.

The FRANKLINíS GULL was found in a large flock that was primarily MEW GULLS, but also had a few RING-BILLED, CALIFORNIA, and GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS on the grass soccer fields right where we park. The dark bill, faced washed with slaty darkness, dark mantle, small size, and eye crescents were easily seen in the scope. But before everyone could view it, a bunch of gulls including the FRGU took off and flew north.

For the day, 65 species!

== Michael Hobbs


California Gull with smaller Mew Gull (both adults), in the fog.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Adult Glaucous-winged Gull, in the fog.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Adult Ring-billed Gull.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


First-winter Ring-billed Gull.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Fog-shrouded, but also very gray, Orange-crowned Warbler.   Photo by Ollie Oliver


Calling Brown Creeper.   Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Hairy Woodpecker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Hairy Woodpecker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Ruddy Duck female (Pied-billed grebe in the background).  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Ruddy Duck female.  Close crop to show stiff tail.
You may also be able to see a hint of the facial stripes.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Five of seven Hooded Mergansers at the Rowing Club.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Mushrooms.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for October 29, 2015                                                                                             Birding at Marymoor

Despite looking awfully threatening, especially between 7 and 9, the rain held off until we were getting into our cars at the Rowing Club (and even then, it was just a sprinkle). The birds seemed subdued by the weather, however. It was really quiet. Paving work continues on the eastern portion of the trail, so we had to backtrack extensively today, but we were able to cover most of the territory. By next week, I suspect weíll at least be able to get to the grass Meadow Loop Trail and bypass the remainder of any construction.

Highlights:

Green-winged Teal              2 females near weir
Ring-necked Duck              1 at lake, First of Fall
Cooperís Hawk                  Several sightings, at least 2 individuals
Wilsonís Snipe                    Observed despite excellent camouflage, below weir Barn Owl                            One at the south end of East Meadow pre-dawn
SHORT-EARED OWL      Great looks both at dawn and later
Northern Flicker                  Our ONLY woodpecker species
Northern Shrike                  Juvenile at Viewing Mound
Western Meadowlark         A few people saw one, East Meadow
Red Crossbill                      Flock heard over Dog Meadow
Pine Siskin                          Good sized flock at Rowing Club

The SHORT-EARED OWL was really the only highlight of the day, but it gave us wonderful looks. This is the best time of year to find them at Marymoor, though the change in the weather due tomorrow may send them south.

For mammals, Matt saw a deer, and I saw a Long-tailed Weasel at the Rowing Club. Besides those, just E.G. Squirrels.

For the day, 53 species.

== Michael Hobbs


Female Belted Kingfisher.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Brown Creeper.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


American Coots at the lake.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


American Crow mobbing a Red-tailed Hawk.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Short-eared Owl.  Photo by Bob Asanoma


Short-eared Owl.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Short-eared Owl.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Short-eared Owl.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Lincoln's Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Lincoln's Sparrow.  Photo by Jordan Roderick


Red-breasted x Red-naped Sapsucker hybrid, 2015-10-27.  Photos by Spencer Hildie


Note the black band below the red on the breast, and the black extending up the nape of the neck to behind the eye.  Both of these areas would be red in a pure Red-breasted Sapsucker

Report for October 30, 2014                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

The weather was blah, though not horrible. Warm an muggy, with the dark blanketed sky spitting drips and drops on an irregular basis, and a bit of a breeze for the first hour or two. The darkness made birding difficult.

There was also a LOT of tree damage from the weekend windstorm. Many large trees lost huge branches or fell entirely, including probably the largest, tallest cottonwood in the Cottonwood Forest; the tree with the never-used Bald Eagle nest seems to have disappeared. There was also damage to the new Bald Eagle nest tree area in the SE of the park as well.

There wasnít much in the way of birding, but as usual, we ended up finding some VERY NOTABLE birds.

Highlights:

SWANS                             8 who gave up thoughts of landing,
                                           just a couple of single-notes heard
Bufflehead                           Four flying at the N end of the lake. First of Fall
Great Blue Heron                At least four sitting on nests in the heronry
FRANKLINíS GULL        1st winter bird on grass fields, with Mew Gulls
GLAUCOUS GULL          1st winter bird; color of VERY milky tea,
                                           bicolored bill, huge bird
American Pipit                    A few heard overhead, glimpsed in flight
C. YELLOWTHROAT      Young male at Compost Piles after the walk.
                                          Latest fall sighting ever

This is just the 3rd GLAUCOUS GULL sighting for Marymoor, and the first fall record. It was seen on several of the grass soccer fields, and at the model airplane field. Itís darker toned than many juvenile GLGUs, and slightly orangey. The bill looked cleanly bicolored, with a flesh colored base. The wingtips and tail were the whitest part of the bird. It was notably larger than all other gulls present.

The FRANKLINíS GULL was a 1st winter bird, and Iíd gotten a report that it was present last Friday as well.

Just 53 species for the day, and thatís overstating things, as many of those were seen before, after, or by only a very few people. Pretty crappy day for species total, but pretty good for gulls.

== Michael Hobbs


Dark-eyed Junco.  Photo by Ollie Oliver
Great Blue Heron, perhaps claiming ownership of the nest.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Eight Swans.  Call made us think Tundra;not heard well enough to be sure.
Photo by Ollie Oliver


Proportions might point to Trumpeter, but facial pattern could match Tundra.
Dang.  Have to list them as Swan sp.    Photo by Ollie Oliver


First-winter Glaucous Gull.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


First-winter Glaucous Gull.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


First-winter Glaucous Gull.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


First-winter Glaucous Gull.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


First-winter Franklin's Gull.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


First-winter Franklin's Gull.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Fall color.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Fall color.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

I believe this to be
Coprinus Comatus
(aka. Inky cap, shaggy ink cap, lawyer's wig, or shaggy mane) - See more at: http://www.survivallandusa.com/Shaggy-Mane-Mushrooms.html
Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for October 31, 2013                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

Our Halloween was a good one at Marymoor. Despite the lack of fog, we had no owls pre-dawn, but we had some pretty good birds all day long, in between gaps of nothingness. The predicted rain consisted of occasional mist, mizzle, and a few minutes of drizzle, and the temperature started at 50 and probably didnít change. So it wasnít a bad day at all.

Highlights:

Greater White-fronted Goose    Juvenile in with Cacklers and Canadas
SNOW GOOSE                      One flyover with Canadas pre-sunrise
Gadwall                                    Pair at Rowing Club. Only 4th since May
Wilsonís Snipe                         Good looks below weir, and RC pond
Pileated Woodpecker               On snag near start of boardwalk
Northern Shrike                        A couple of sightings, probably 1 bird
Cedar Waxwing                        About 75 at Rowing Club
-No warblers-
Savannah Sparrow                    At least 1 still around Compost Piles
SWAMP SPARROW              Good looks as it made its way downstream
                                                        from the weir, about 8:30 a.m.
Western Meadowlark               Two, East Meadow

Matt heard the call chip of the SWAMP SPARROW while the rest of us were noisily gawking at Cedar Waxwings. Amazingly, we were able to follow the chip call as the bird worked north, and we all got anywhere from a couple of glimpses to some good long looks at the very active bird. We last had a SWSP in 2011.

For the day, about 55 species.

== Michael Hobbs


Swamp Sparrow below the weir
Ollie Oliver got these photos despite the early morning gloom
and a distance of about 20 yards


Female Pileated Woodpecker near start of boardwalk  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Cackling Geese, including two with neck bands.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Matt stands on the trail, enjoying the Western Meadowlarks.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Western Meadowlark, East Meadow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Second-winter Ring-billed Gull.  Note lack of white in wingtips, grayish legs,
and black on the bill virtually to the tip.


Conversely, the adult Ring-billed Gull has white spots on the black wingtips,
yellow legs, and a yellow bill with a black ring.  Two photos by Ollie Oliver


Wilson's Snipe, almost invisible along shore of RC pond.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Female House Finch, 2013-10-29.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


White-throated Sparrow, with Golden-crowned Sparrows, 2013-10-29...


...Two photos by Ollie Oliver


Unusual to see a buck Black-tailed Deer (Mule Deer) at Marymoor,
especially with such big antlers, 2013-10-29.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


And something even more unusual, a Moose!  And is that a Pronghorn or something
even more devilish.  Halloween photo by Hugh Jennings

Report for November 1, 2012                                                                                                                             Birding at Marymoor

It was distinctly damp this morning, especially for the first three hours. The rain was fairly steady, and definitely counted as rain, not just drizzle. By about 10, though, it eased off a bit, and the day became fairly nice, albeit with overcast and occasional drops. It was also warm Ė 51 degrees at 7:00 a.m. It never felt terribly birdy, and we missed several ďcommonĒ species, but had a pretty good species list by the end.

Highlights:

Greater White-fronted Goose 1 flyby with Cacklers
Cackling Goose                      Several large flocks, minima subspecies
American Wigeon                   A dozen+ flew towards the lake
Bufflehead                              First of Fall, 4 females
Common Merganser               Male on lake
COMMON LOON               Far out on lake, confirmed later
Cooperís Hawk                     Many sightings, 3+ individuals
MERLIN                               6th time in last 8 weeks
Virginia Rail                            One heard from bend in boardwalk
Mew Gull                               First large flocks of fall
Barn Owl                               Great looks as late as 7:40 a.m., 3+
Northern Shrike                     Two birds, calling
White-throated Sparrow        With many sparrows near weir
Red Crossbill                         A couple of flyovers

We had no woodpeckers except NORTHERN FLICKER. and no Belted Kingfisher, Brown Creeper, or Marsh Wren.

There was a RIVER OTTER out on the lake.

For the day, 60 species!

== Michael Hobbs


"Sooty" Fox Sparrow.  Photo by Hugh Jennings

Savannah Sparrow.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Killdeer.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Adult Red-tailed Hawk stretching its wings.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Pine Siskins, 2012-10-28.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Accipiter, probably a Sharp-shinned Hawk, 2012-10-28.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Maybe the reason we had no woodpeckers except Northern Flicker on Thursday was that Ollie used up all the good looks on Sunday.
Male Downy Woodpecker, 2012-10-28.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Red-breasted Sapsucker, 2012-10-28.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Female Pileated Woodpecker, 2012-10-28.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Female Pileated Woodpecker, 2012-10-28.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Part of a large flock of Snow Geese, 2012-10-28.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Part of a large flock of Snow Geese, 2012-10-28.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Western Meadowlark, 2012-10-26.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Mourning Dove, 2012-10-26.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Report for November 3, 2011                                                                                                                          Birding at Marymoor

We were stunned and amazed to have gorgeous weather this morning. It was clear at 7:00 a.m. and still pretty much clear when we finished after noon. It was really birdy, too, with lots of great looks at common birds. Not too many surprises, but a good day.

Highlights:

Cackling Goose                  Pure flock of ~200 minimas
Gadwall                              Pair in slough - First of Fall
Merlin?                               Quick look at a falcon
Northern Shrike                  Between Piles and airplane field
American Pipit                    One flew off from Compost Piles
Yellow-rumped Warbler     Missed the last 2 weeks
Townsend's Warbler           One near windmill
White-throated Sparrow     Tan-stripe near 2nd dog beach

American Robins and Dark-eyed Juncos were everywhere. We had particularly nice looks at Fox Sparrows, Bewick's Wren, both Kinglets. Had all of the usual suspects except Bushtit.

For the day, 59 species.

Yesterday, Marc Hoffmann photographed a TUNDRA SWAN at the north end of the lake, as well as a WESTERN GREBE. Ollie Oliver had some COMMON MERGANSERS, and on 11/1 a WOOD DUCK. On Halloween, Lillian Reis had BUSHTIT and a SNOW GOOSE. So the week total is at least 65 species.

== Michael Hobbs


White-throated Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

White-throated Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Bald Eagle.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Anna's Hummingbird.  Photo by Hugh Jennings

Male Hairy Woodpecker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Fox Sparrow, 2011-11-02.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Fox Sparrow, 2011-11-02.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Spotted Towhee, 2011-11-02.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Steller's Jay, 2011-11-02.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

From the lake platform, 2011-11-02.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Snow Goose, 2011-10-30.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Western Grebe, 2011-10-28.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2011-10-28.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2011-10-28.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Belted Kingfisher, 2011-10-28.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Belted Kingfisher displaying, 2011-10-28.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for November 4, 2010                                                                                                                          Birding at Marymoor

It was as pretty a fall day as possible, with a crescent moon, a few wisps of early fog, trees covered in yellow and orange, deep blue skies, and a few high white clouds.  There was a nip in the air early, but with the sun shining bright, it warmed up quickly.

Birding was pretty slow, and the total number of birds was fairly low.  We ended up with a fairly good species count, but several of those were heard-only and/or were represented by only a single individual.

The big surprise was a WESTERN TANAGER in the large cottonwoods south of Dog Central.  This is fully 5 weeks later than our previous latest sighting. While it was up near the tops of the large trees, we got pretty good looks.

Highlights:

Lesser Scaup                      1 male at lake - new for 2010
Green Heron                       1 at Rowing Club pond
MERLIN                            1 in cottonwoods near Dog Central
Northern Shrike                  1 heard pre-dawn near Compost Piles
WESTERN TANAGER     See above
Evening Grosbeak               1 seen, maybe a few more heard

For the day, 57 species.

== Michael


7:09 a.m.


Female Downy Woodpecker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Brown Creeper.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Male Anna's Hummingbird in the Community Gardens

Juvenile Cooper's Hawk at the Compost Piles.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Hooded Merganser at the Rowing Club

Juvenile Northern Shrike, seen in the afternoon.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Fungi photo by Hugh Jennings

Okay, that's a male Mallard and a what???  Up in a tree???  Decoyed again.

Fall color

Golden-crowned Sparrow, 2010-10-29.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2010-10-31.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Fox Sparrow, 2010-11-03.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Male Anna's Hummingbird, 2010-11-03.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Killdeer, 2010-11-03.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Western Yellowjacket, 2010-11-03.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Honey Bee, 2010-11-03.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for October 29, 2009

Even when it rains, it pours.  Eleven of us slogged through some soaking rain at times this morning while making our way around the park.  It wasn't terribly pleasant, I must say.  Nor were there a lot of birds to see. However, there were some good highlights, and our species count was excellent.

Highlights:

Greater White-fronted Goose         10 in the grass/gravel parking lot C
Cackling Goose                              2 large flocks overhead + 3 in lot C
Northern Pintail                              Flock of 20+, pintail, and some wigeon???
Greater Scaup                                1 at lake, First Of Fall
Bufflehead                                      2 males at lake, FOF
Ring-necked Pheasant                    Male at Compost Piles
Green Heron                                  One at Rowing Club
Sharp-shinned Hawk                      One at Rowing Club, going after siskins
Cooper's Hawk                             One in Oregon Ash along slough
MERLIN                                       3rd week in a row; one seen (3 times)
Barn Owl                                       Brian had one early
Short-eared Owl                            One in East Meadow about 7:40
Hairy Woodpecker                        One west of mansion
Northern Shrike                             1, East Meadow and north of soccer fields
Winter Wren                                  1 heard near east end of boardwalk, FOF
American Pipit                                Heard some over grass soccer fields
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW   One at Compost Piles
Pine Siskin                                     First large flocks of fall

Rain makes birding difficult, what with wet optics and cold hands.  We were a bit reluctant to bring binocs up to the eyes, especially if looking upwards.  Using them often didn't do much good anyway, due to water droplets and fog.  So the flock of ducks flying by might not have gotten the best scrutiny possible.  One of the ducks was clearly a drake pintail. The others went unidentified.  In my experience, Northern Pintail and American Wigeon will often fly together and are hard to tell apart in flight, so it could well have been a mixed flock, though only pintail made the list.

The AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was hanging out with White-crowned and Golden-crowned Sparrows at the Compost Piles (east of Lot G).  This is the same location where we had one for six weeks back in Jan/Feb.

For the day, 64 species!!!  Admittedly, the owls were before the start of the walk, and six were heard-only, but still...

We also had a couple of deer, and a dead Opossum at the Pea Patch.

== Michael

 

Ten Greater White-fronted Geese with three Cackling Geese

Rock Pigeons

Adult and immature Ring-billed Gulls

Horrible photo of the American Tree Sparrow

One of two Mule Deers

Ollie Oliver's photo of the Northern Shrike

Ollie's photo of the Green Heron at the Rowing Club

Ollie's photo of the Sharp-shinned Hawk that chased off the Pine Siskins

Ollie's photo from 2009-10-28, of a male Hooded Merganser at the Rowing Club

Same photographer, same bird, same location

Ollie's photo from 2009-10-28 of a Wilson's Snipe at the Rowing Club

Ollie's photo from 2009-10-28 of a first-winter Pied-billed Grebe

Report for October 30, 2008

It seemed pretty quiet today.  Early on there was fog, but it lifted early on, such that it didn't effect much except owling.  It remained overcast all morning, though, and we had about 16 drops of rain as we passed the windmill.  No wind, a touch cold, but fine.  It just didn't feel very birdy.

Highlights:

Cackling Goose                 Large flock (125?) almost pure Branta minima minima
Wood Duck                      3-4.  We have few sightings of them this late
Western Grebe                  Several on lake
Barn Owl                          Matt had 2 early, including 1 *in* the windmill
Red-breasted Sapsucker   One near the start of the boardwalk
Brown Creeper                 Almost didn't see it - it was too close!
Fox Sparrow                     Several especially nice looks
"Slate-colored" Junco        Near the first bench.  Everyone saw it but me.

After the walk, I went to the 187th St viewpoint off East Lake Samm. Parkway, and had a couple of good birds:

Common Loon                 One quite close to the lake platform
Common Merganser         Three in the northeast corner

Despite the feeling that there wasn't that much to see, 59 species for the day.  So maybe I'm just jaded...

== Michael


Red-breasted Sapsucker near the start of the boardwalk

Ollie Oliver's photo of Killdeer on the grass soccer fields


Great Blue Heron on the Pea Patch fence

Fungi in the Pea Patch

Report for November 1, 2007

I wasn't expecting such nice weather.  It was very pleasant - 41 degrees and windless when we began, and warming.  It got a bit breezy once we got past the lake platform, but really not too bad.  Lots of puffy clouds, but no threat of precipitation, and quite a bit of sun.  It was birdy too, though no surprises.  There were about a dozen birders all told.

Highlights:

Cackling Goose                 250, maybe, mixed with Canadas, on grass fields
Bufflehead                         First of Fall - pair at lake, male at RC pond
Northern Harrier                East Meadow, early
Cooper's Hawk                 Adult in Dog Meadow, juvie at East Meadow
Red-tailed Hawk               Adult caught prey north of fields 7-8-9
Bald Eagle                         Pair at "new nest" in deep cottonwood forest
Mew Gull                          1000+ on soccer fields
Barn Owl                           East Meadow, around 7:25
Orange-crowned Warbler  1 near first benches
Yellow-rumped Warbler     More than a dozen
Townsend's Warbler          1 NE of mansion
Purple Finch                       GREAT looks, edges of Dog Meadow
Pine Siskin                         Flock of 25 on west side of slough

The BALD EAGLES were calling together, and generally seemed to be in and about the "new nest", which was built starting about this time last year. We'd thought we'd have front row seats for breeding season, as this nest is very visible when the trees are leafless.  With leaves on the trees, however, this nest is next-to-invisible.  We never saw anything indicating nesting there this year, but visibility limited our ability to know.  The nest is only just now becoming visible again, as the leaves fall off the
trees.

The CANADA and CACKLING geese were mixed together, though in flight the Cacklers were often in their own flocks.  On the fields, it was a great comparison of size and proportion, as the birds were so close.

For the day, 56 species.

== Michael


A few of the 1000 Mew Gulls on the grass soccer fields

Bald Eagle, barely visible at 9 o'clock.  The nest is just below center at the fork in the tree.  The other adult is inside the nest, and not visible.


Adult Cooper's Hawk flies east from the middle of the south Dog Meadow area.
Center photo by Ollie Oliver.


Male Purple Finch along west edge of Dog Meadow


Black-capped Chickadee in Oregon Ash

Red-tailed Hawk, with prey animal and grass in talons over grass soccer fields

Canada Geese dwarfing Cackling Geese, probably of the minima race

Male Bufflehead at the Rowing Club pond

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