Date: 5/31/18 10:25 pm
From: <birdmarymoor...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co.) 2018-05-31
Tweets – we had a really good day at Marymoor that included excitement and disappointment. Kaylin Ingalls found a LONG-BILLED CURLEW, a new species for the park. Through modern communications, we heard about the bird not long after she’d seen and photographed it, but we were unable to relocate the bird. So great excitement about a new species, and disappointment to have missed it!

But the rest of the morning was very good too. A high overcast, rain that held off, and good amounts of bird activity made for a great day.

Highlights:
a.. Mallard – many clutches of ducklings of various sizes
b.. COMMON MERGANSER – mother with three tiny ducklings, in slough above the weir
c.. Eurasian Collared-Dove AND Mourning Dove
d.. BLACK SWIFTS – about 25 over the Pea Patch, about when Kaylin was seeing the Curlew
e.. Anna’s Hummingbird – nest with 2 babies near start of boardwalk – look ready to fledge
f.. Spotted Sandpiper – copulating below the weir
g.. Green Heron – one glimpsed
h.. Barn Owl – Matt heard one/them in the windmill
i.. Great Horned Owl – Matt heard a juvenile near where he heard one last week
j.. Downy Woodpecker – baby sticking it’s head out of a hole in a snag
k.. Pileated Woodpecker – one in large cottonwood snag, drumming
l.. Northern Rough-winged Swallow – two below weir
m.. Bushtit – family group with ~7 babies
n.. Cedar Waxwing – notably numerous – maybe 30
o.. YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD – female near Viewing Mound – First of 2018
p.. Lazuli Bunting – female near Viewing Mound
With this sighting of YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, just our 8th ever, really makes their seasonality show. Of those 8 sightings, 6 are from the last three weeks in May, and the other two are from the first week of May and the 2nd week of June. So all of the sightings are within a 7 week period.

We had 69 species. Kaylin’s LONG-BILLED CURLEW makes 70. And Ann Marie Wood messaged me that she had an EASTERN KINGBIRD while searching unsuccessfully for the curlew. Not a bad day. :)

So I believe we’re at 133 species for 2018, and 234 species for the overall park list.

== Michael Hobbs
== www.marymoor.org/birding.htm
== <BirdMarymoor...>
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