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Report for June 15, 2017                                                                                                                   Birding at Marymoor

Weather was pretty similar to last week, with mist and mizzle, and with light rain starting about 10:00 a.m. It was a bit birdier perhaps, but not much. Definitely a lot of baby birds.

Highlights:

  • Common Nighthawk – Matt heard one about 4:00 a.m. – FOY
  • Black Swift – 2 or 3 over NE corner of lake
  • Great Blue Herons – babies are very large, many look about to fledge
  • Bald Eagle – we didn’t have a scope, but the nest looks to have 2 babies
  • Barn Owl – Matt had what looked to be an adult and a juvie over East Meadow, early
  • Hairy Woodpecker – one near Lake Platform – first since early May
  • American Crow – babies abound
  • Tree Swallow – 1-2 fledged young seen
  • House Finch – adult feeding young in Pea Patch
  • White-crowned Sparrow – adult feeding young in Pea Patch
  • Red-winged Blackbird – several fledged young

We had an unusual mammal sighting – a myotis bad was flying low over the slough, actively feeding, for many minutes around 6:30 a.m.

For the day, we had 61 species, with Common Nighthawk new for the year.

== Michael Hobbs

 


Short-eared Owl, 2017-06-10.  Photo by Kazuto Shibata


Short-eared Owl, 2017-06-10.  Photo by Kazuto Shibata

Report for June 8, 2017                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

We had nothing but light rain and drizzle today, and it really hid the birds. Low species count for the day, and many of those heard-only. Just not that many birds wanting to be found.

Highlights:

  • Wood Duck – female sitting on a pile of ducklings at Rowing Club, same as last week
  • Band-tailed Pigeon – at least 20
  • BLACK SWIFT – perhaps a dozen, despite the drizzle
  • ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER – in dying cherry trees along trail below the weir – strange location
  • Wilson’s Warbler – one heard near east end of boardwalk. Probably won’t have another until the end of July, as they don’t nest in the park
  • Lazuli Bunting – male chasing female around the north edge of the East Meadow

 The baby GREAT BLUE HERONS are getting very large at the heronry.

The highlights list was rather short today, and the species count was just 54 (down from 71 last week).

== Michael Hobbs


Purple Martins nesting in the gourds.  Photo by Michael Hobbs
 


Eastern Kingbird, 2017-06-05.  Photo by Kazuto Shibata


Eastern Kingbird, 2017-06-05.  Photo by Kazuto Shibata


Eastern Kingbird, 2017-06-05.  Photo by Joshua Rudolph


Eastern Kingbird, 2017-06-05.  Photo by Joshua Rudolph


Eastern Kingbird, 2017-06-05.  Photo by Joshua Rudolph


Eastern Kingbird, 2017-06-05.  Photo by Jordan Roderick


California Scrub-Jay, 2017-06-05.  Photo by Joshua Rudolph


Ash-throated Flycatcher, 2017-06-05.  Photo by Kazuto Shibata


Ash-throated Flycatcher, 2017-06-05.  Photo by Kazuto Shibata


Ash-throated Flycatcher, 2017-06-04.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Western Kingbird losing to a Tree Swallow, 2017-06-04.  Photo by Kazuto Shibata


Western Kingbird, 2017-06-04.  Photo by Kazuto Shibata

Report for May 4, 2017                                                                                       Birding at Marymoor

Today should have been amazing, and it wasn’t. First warm day of the year, though we were underneath thick fog for most of the morning. Things didn’t liven up when the fog burned off though. It was just QUIET.

Highlights:

  • Canada Goose – at least 3 clutches of goslings below the weir
  • Spotted Sandpiper – two on far side of slough below weir – First of 2017
  • Ring-billed Gull – one adult – getting late for them
  • California Gull – two adults, one subadult – getting late for them
  • Barn Owl – seen just south of Cirque du Soleil at about 5:10am
  • Hairy Woodpecker – at least 2
  • Merlin – one flew over us as we started the walk and landed NE of mansion
  • American Pipit – six on grass soccer fields
  • Black-headed Grosbeak – saw one, heard about two more – First of 2017
  • For warblers, we had 1-2 ORANGE-CROWNED, a handful or two of “Audubon’s” YELLOW-RUMPS, one heard-only BLACK-THROATED GRAY, and one heard-only WILSON’S. Pathetic.

We did have a LONG-TAILED WEASEL that gave us a few glimpses.

Today, not amazing, with 58 species, and low counts for many birds. Two new species for the year. I believe we’re up to 127 species for 2017.

== Michael Hobbs


Female Anna's Hummingbird on a nest near the start of the boardwalk.

Photo by Bob Asanoma


Trying to find a warbler.  Photo by Bob Asanoma

Muskrat at Rowing Club ponds.  Photo by Bob Asanoma

Report for June 1, 2017                                                                                                                 Birding at Marymoor

It was overcast, and then the mist began, which turned into rain for about a half an hour. It cleared up a bit after 9. But it was birdy.

Highlights:

  • Wood Duck - female with 10 small ducklings at the Rowing Club
  • Green Heron - one from the Lake Platform
  • Spotted Sandpiper - three below weir, some displays
  • Black Swift - 2 twice or 4; first of 2017
  • Red-breasted Sapsucker - many sightings -7 birds?
  • Six Swallow Species - missing only Bank; Martin in one of the gourds
  • BREWERS SPARROW - 3rd time this year! On fence between Dog Meadow and East Meadow
  • Lazuli Bunting - male chasing female near Viewing Mound
  • Dark-eyed Junco - first juveniles of the year

Matt heard 3 species of owl pre-dawn: 2 juvenile Barn Owls, one on the far side of slough, Great Horned Owl somewhere near the nest we found last week, and Western Screech-Owl near the east end of the boardwalk.

Last Friday, a 2-week-old owlet was found under the nest, and taken to a wildlife center. The nest was empty today.

The Anna's Hummingbirds near the start of the boardwalk fledged yesterday, we heard from a photographer.

For the day, 71 species, with Black Swift new for the year.

- Michael Hobbs


Adult and subadult male Bullock's Orioles.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Subadult Bald Eagle.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Subadult Bald Eagle.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Subadult Bald Eagle.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Vaux's Swift.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Black Swift.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Swainson's Thrush.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Female Downy Woodpecker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Black-headed Grosbeak.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Brewer's Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Female Red-breasted Nuthatch.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Chestnut-backed Chickadee.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Spotted Sandpiper.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Mule Deer fawn.  Photo by Bob Asanoma


Female Wood Duck with ducklings.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Female Wood Duck with ducklings.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Female Wood Duck with ducklings.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Female Wood Duck with ducklings.  Photo by Bob Asanoma


Adult female Anna's Hummmingbird feeding just-fledged young.
Photo by Kazuto Shibata


Two just-fledged Anna's Hummmingbirds
Photo by Kazuto Shibata


Cinnabar moth, 2017-05-29.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Pectoral Sandpiper.  Photo by Sravanthi Yalamanchili


Pectoral Sandpiper with Killdeer.  Photo by Brian Bell


Pectoral Sandpiper.  Photo by Mason Flint


Western Kingbird, 2017-05-27.  Photo by Sravanthi Yalamanchili


Western Kingbird, 2017-05-27.  Photo by Sravanthi Yalamanchili


Juvenile Great Horned Owl fell from the nest and was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator, 2017-05-27.  Photo by Bob Asanoma


Adult Great Horned Owl, 2017-05-27.  Photo by Bob Asanoma


Adult Great Horned Owl, 2017-05-27.  Photo by Kazuto Shibata


Four Long-tailed Weasels, 2017-05-13.  Photo by Kazuto Shibata

Report for May 25, 2017                                                                                                                    Birding at Marymoor

A pretty nice day today, cooler than we might have wanted, and a bit more overcast early, but the birds were somewhat active. No big surprises in terms of species, but definitely some things to see.

Highlights:

  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – One flyby; 2nd straight week
  • Anna’s Hummingbird – two babies in nest near start of boardwalk
  • Great Blue Heron – some large babies on nests
  • Green Heron – flyby over soccer fields
  • Cooper’s Hawk – 1-2
  • GREAT HORNED OWL – adult on nest west of concert stage
  • Willow Flycatcher – about 2, south end of East Meadow – First of 2017
  • Purple Martin – a couple from Lake Platform
  • Evening Grosbeak – heard some fly by
  • Lazuli Bunting – male singing near Compost Piles
     
  • Coyote, Beaver, and Deer were seen.

No big misses today, except Rock Pigeon, any gull, and Steller’s Jay.

New for today was WILLOW FLYCATCHER. I think this was also the first time we’ve had PURPLE MARTIN on a Thursday survey this year. I believe we’re at 131 species for 2017.

== Michael Hobbs

 


Great Blue Heron.  Photo by Hugh Jennings

Baby Anna's Hummingbirds in the nest.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Cedar Waxwing.  Photo by Bob Asanoma


Male Wood Duck.  Photo by Bob Asanoma


American Robin on nest.  Photo by Bob Asanoma


Western Kingbird, 2017-05-24.  Photo by Kazuto Shibata

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