Date: 8/10/17 5:44 pm From: Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor...> Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2017-08-10
Tweets – We’re at the heights of Summer Doldrums, but we’re beginning to get the chance for something to “turn up”. They day, though, was rather airless. It started out foggy, and quickly became hazy. The sun was very orange at sunrise, though the moon wasn’t that colored at moonset, so it seems the smoke is worse to the east. Birds were quiet for the most part, and not a lot was flying overhead before about 8:30.
a.. Common Merganser – group at weir – family? First in five weeks
b.. Virginia Rail – one heard along slough – only 2nd since April
c.. Cooper’s Hawk – several sightings
d.. Barn Owl – one over East Meadow; looked like a juvenile
e.. Pileated Woodpecker – Seen well at Rowing Club
f.. Purple Martin – at least 2 babies in gourd at Lake Platform
g.. Yellow Warbler – a couple at least
h.. Yellow-rumped Warbler – a couple of VERY drab juveniles
i.. Black-throated Gray Warbler – very nice male, and at least 1 more drab bird
j.. CHIPPING SPARROW – adult, with juncos, near the windmill. Only our 3rd or 4th fall sighting ever
Though we ended up with 57 species, several were notably represented by only single birds. This included California Gull, Red-tailed Hawk, Violet-green Swallow, Swainson’s Thrush, and Red-winged Blackbird.
A couple of us saw a Raccoon right around 6:30, our first for 2017.
== Michael Hobbs