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June 11-17*

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Rarities for Week 24:

Bonaparte's Gull 14-Jun-07 Well out on lake, confirmed from cabana
Common Nighthawk 14-Jun-12 From lake platform early
Common Nighthawk 15-Jun-17 From Viewing Mound at 4:00 a.m.
Least Flycatcher 17-Jun-10 Set up territory near Dog Central, 17-Jun through 15-Jul
Hammond's Flycatcher 13-Jun-13 Rowing Club
Ash-throated Flycatcher 15-Jun-05 East Meadow
Ash-throated Flycatcher 17-Jun-10  
Eastern Kingbird 11-Jun-98  
Eastern Kingbird 13-Jun-15 Photo by Vickie Scales
Eastern Kingbird 17-Jun-10 Two present
Eastern Kingbird 14-Jun-12 First seen between Compost Piles and airplane field

...Eastern Kingbird

16-Jun-12 Reported by Lillian Reis

...Eastern Kingbird

11-Jun-13 Reported by Qinglin Ma

...Eastern Kingbird

17-Jun-13 Two reported by Dasha Gudalewicz
Yellow-headed Blackbird 15-Jun-13 Photographed by Tony Ernst

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 16, 2016                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

What’s with this weather? Cool, big rumpled puffs of clouds (rather than a real overcast), unexpected showers. Except for the plethora of baby birds, it didn’t feel much like summer today.

Highlights:

Green Heron                 Two, we think, along slough
Cooper’s Hawk             Adult. First since early May
Spotted Sandpiper         At least 3 below weir. Still expecting babies sometime
Barn Owl                       Matt saw one leave the windmill before my alarm went off
BLACK SWIFT            At least a dozen, giving us great, close looks
Vaux’ Swift                    Almost as many as Blacks
Pac.-slope Flycatcher     One heard at Rowing Club pond
N. R.-winged Swallow   1-2 over slough above weir
Orange-cr. Warbler        Saw a couple, heard a couple more.
                                          Usually rare this time of year
Y.-rumped Warbler        One heard near mansion
Black-thr. Gray Warbler One heard at south end of Dog Meadow,
                                           then across the slough

Baby birds were noted for the following species: Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Mallard, ?Common Merganser?, Great Blue Heron, Black-capped Chickadee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Common Yellowthroat, Spotted Towhee, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow (MANY), and Dark-eyed Junco. There may have been other species where we couldn’t tell the age of the birds.

For the day, 64 species.

== Michael Hobbs


Two Spotted Sandpipers near the weir.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

I would guess these are this year's young Common Mergansers.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Willow Flycatcher.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Willow Flycatcher. Note broad yellow-orange lower mandible.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Adult Bald Eagle.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Yellow Warbler.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Juvenile Dark-eyed Junco.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Adult and juvenile Canada Geese.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Black-headed Grosbeak.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Black-headed Grosbeak showing yellow and white wing lining.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Singing Swainson's Thrush.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Swainson's Thrush just taking flight.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for June 11, 2015                                                                                                                          Birding at Marymoor

Today was a good day at Marymoor, but a little unusual. Michael was only with us for a couple of hours before he had to leave to fly to Albuquerque. Matt and I finished up for him. We had several out of state visitors today – it was nice to show some really good birds to them.

Nice clear day and decent temperatures. Lots of birds singing, feeding young.

Barn Owl – Matt heard young early in windmill
Wood Duck – two separate females with young
Mallard – female with young
Great Blue Herons – lots of noise from the nests
Osprey – 2 at nest
Bald Eagle – 2 adults, 2 imm.
Cooper’s Hawk – nice imm. right over us in the Pea Patch
Spotted Sandpiper – 3
Purple Martin – 2 males, 2 females at gourds, heard earlier
Black-capped Chickadee – singing
Chestnut-backed Chickadee – feeding young – singing
Bushtit – singing
Marsh Wren – singing
Bewick’s Wren – singing
Golden-crowned Kinglet – singing
Swainson’s Thrush – many, singing
American Robin – many, singing
Orange-crowned Warbler – singing, unusually late
Spotted Towhee – singing
Savannah Sparrow- singing
White-crowned Sparrow – singing
Dark-eyed Junco – singing
Black-headed Grosbeak – singing
Lazuli Bunting – singing
Red-winged Blackbird – singing
Purple Finch – singing
American Goldfinch – singing

Bunny, Eastern Gray Squirrel, Beaver, bat

Brian H. Bell
Woodinville WA

Matt Bartels
Seattle WA

Report for June 12, 2014                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

Didn't write a Tweeters post, since I was heading to the WOS conference. Not warm, cloudy but no Black Swifts.

Highlights:

Hooded Merganser           First since early May, second since March
American Coot                 One at lake; first since early May
Spotted Sandpiper            Two seen
Eurasian Collared-Dove    Third sighting of 2014; only 12 previous sightings
Hairy Woodpecker           But no Downy
Purple Martin                    Female in one of the gourds at Lake Platform
Wilson's Warbler              One heard at Rowing Club; rare this time of year

For the day, 57 species.

== Michael Hobbs


Juvenile Great Blue Heron.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Killdeer.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Spotted Sandpiper.  Photo by Lillian Reis


First-year male Bullock's Oriole.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Western Wood-Pewee.  Photo by Lillian Reis


American Coot.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Female Purple Martin.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Battling Willow Flycatchers...


...Two photos by Lillian Reis


Osprey.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Young Tree Swallow females can be very brown.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Black-headed Grosbeak.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Band-tailed Pigeon.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Male Anna's Hummingbird.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Two juvenile Bald Eagles.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Savannah Sparrow.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Male Brown-headed Cowbirds.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Garter Snake.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Yellow-faced Bumblebee.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for June 13, 2013                                                                                                                              Birding at Marymoor

Brian Bell & I led today's Marymoor walk in place of Michael Hobbs and had a good day. 11 participants joined for the day. Early on, the rains kicked up -- never too hard, but it took us by surprise and kept many of us soggy for the day. By the end of the walk, we had some blue skies and even an occasional shadow appearing.

Birds were showing signs of being well into summer season -- singing was down from previous weeks and the bird number [influenced by the weather too] were lower. We saw several young birds --baby Mallards, baby Wood Ducks, baby Common Mergansers, young Pine Siskins and young Great Blue Herons.

Notable sightings:

Great Blue Heron - it seemed that several of the nests in the heronry were empty -- some young herons still on the nest, but fewer than before, showing signs of [hopefully] fledging.

Purple Martin - a pair was at the gourds at the lake viewing platform - female on the crossbar, male in a gourd -- first time they've been there for us this year. Tree Swallows were still in one of the other adjacent gourds.

Hammond's Flycatcher - one heard and seen by some over at the Rowing Club -- seems late to have them around unless there's a nesting possibility in the area.

Bullock's Oriole - a pair in the heronry cottonwoods - probably a nest up there now.

Lazuli Bunting - one male out early by the soccer fields

Plenty of singing Black-headed Grosbeaks, Willow Flycatchers, Swainson's Thrush, and a smattering of Yellow Warblers & Warbling Vireos made up the main summer suite of birds.

Notable misses for the day would include : Hairy Woodpecker, Rock Pigeon, Black Swift [looked like a perfect day for them], only 2 Canada Geese.

59 species for the day, with nothing new for the year. Earlier this week though, Eastern and Western Kingbirds were seen at the park, adding to the year total.

Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA


Anna's Hummingbird.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

American Robin.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Gadwall.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Female Purple Martin at the nesting gourds.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Male Black-headed Grosbeak.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Female Lazuli Bunting.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Seventeen Band-tailed Pigeons.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Band-tailed Pigeons.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Band-tailed Pigeon in flight.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Male Bullock's Oriole.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Violet-green Swallow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Violet-green Swallow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Tree Swallow.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Violet-green Swallow.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Vaux's Swift.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Vaux's Swift.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Vaux's Swift.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Vaux's Swift.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Vaux's Swift.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Vaux's Swift.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Empidonax Flycatcher.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Empidonax Flycatcher.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Empidonax Flycatcher.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Empidonax Flycatcher.  Photo by Dasha Gudalewicz

Eastern Kingbird, 2013-06-12.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Savannah Sparrows,  2013-06-12.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Eastern Kingbird, 2013-06-10.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Male Brown-headed Cowbird, 2013-06-10.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Western Kingbird, 2013-06-09.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Western Kingbird, 2013-06-09.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Report for June 14, 2012                                                                                                                             Birding at Marymoor

The weather was much nicer today than last week - not too cold, not windy, overcast. And it was birdy, though several species were heard-only. Matt also had some great birds early (5 a.m.) that weren't seen later. The bird list was NOT a typical list for June.

Highlights:

SWANS                               5 swans flew by, presumably TRUMPETERs
Common Loon                      1 far out on the lake
Great Blue Heron                   Many large juveniles on the nests
Cooper's Hawk?                    Accipiter briefly seen - first seen in weeks
Caspian Tern                         5-6 overhead
Barn Owl                               Matt had a couple early, including juvenile
COMMON NIGHTHAWK  Matt saw one early from the lake platform
Black Swift                            5-6 overhead
Hairy Woodpecker                Adult and juvenile near start of boardwalk
Pacific-slope Flycatcher         One heard from across the slough
EASTERN KINGBIRD        One moving around, East Meadow etc.
LAZULI BUNTING              3-5 males, singing, chasing each other
Western Meadowlark             Three, Dog Meadow
Bullock's Oriole                      2 males seen

This was our first summer sighting of SWANS ever, and except for one sighting from May 1, 2008, all other sightings have been October-March.

Tony Ernst sent me a nice photo of a COMMON LOON that he'd taken on the 10th while kayaking at the north end of the lake. I was pleased we were able to see the loon too, though very distantly. There are two previous June records for the park. We've had Common Loon sightings at Marymoor in all months except July and September.

Matt's sighting of COMMON NIGHTHAWK was just the 6th for the park that I know of. All of the other sightings were from mid-September.

This was our 11th EASTERN KINGBIRD sighting. Almost all sightings EAKI have been from the middle two weeks of June.

Matt saw Mule Deer and Beaver early. We saw a Long-tailed Weasel, as well as numerous Eastern Cottontails, and Eastern Gray Squirrel.

For the day, 68 species. For the year, adding COMMON NIGHTHAWK and EASTERN KINGBIRD, I think we're up to 140 species.

== Michael Hobbs


Bullock's Oriole.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Bald Eagle.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Willow Flycatcher, singing, showing the large yellow bill.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Willow Flycatcher.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Brown Creeper.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Savannah Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Eastern Kingbird.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Eastern Kingbird.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Male Lazuli Bunting.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Long-tailed Weasel.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Long-tailed Weasel.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Long-tailed Weasel.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Common Loon, 2012-06-10.  Photo by Tony Ernst

Swainson's Thrush, 2012-06-08.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Female Black-headed Grosbeak, 2012-06-08.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Three (3 ! ) Western Kingbirds, 2012-06-08.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Report for June 16, 2011                                                                                                                           Birding at Marymoor

We had a nice morning, though it was chilly for June. Really chilly. Migration seems to be pretty much over. Breeding season is well underway. And while we had few surprises, we had a really good day.

Highlights:

Wood Duck                      At lake + ducklings at RC
Mallard                             Ducklings as big as adults
Sharp-shinned Hawk         2 sightings, plus maybe Coop
Caspian Tern                     A few flew north early
Red-breasted Sapsucker   Great looks at Rowing Club
BLACK SWIFT               Two dozen or more overhead
American Crow                 Sounds of juvenile begging
Black-capped Chickadee   Fledged young being fed
American Robin                 Copulating. 2nd clutch?
Cedar Waxwing                 Berry passing near nest
Dark-eyed Junco               Juveniles chasing after adults
LAZULI BUNTING         Male singing in Dog Meadow
Bullock's Oriole                 At least 2 males, 1 first-year
Muskrat                            One at Rowing Club pond

For the day, 63 species.

== Michael Hobbs


Male Bullocks's Oriole.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Belted Kingfisher.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Tail of a Cedar Waxwing sticking up out of the nest.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Black Swifts.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Northern Flicker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Male Lazuli Bunting.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Female Lazuli Bunting.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Red-eared Slider.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Bee at Comfrey flowers.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Swainson's Thrush, 2011-06-12.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Green Heron, 2011-06-12.  Photo by Kathryn Speirs

Report for June 17, 2010

A very nice day at Marymoor, despite the heavy overcast.  No precipitation, and not very much wind.  On the downside, sometimes a bit dim for good viewing, way too many mosquitoes near the lake, and so much fresh growth on the trees and shrubs that finding birds was somewhat tricky.  It's a jungle out there.

Highlights:

Green Heron                     A couple of looks
Caspian Tern                    1 flew south towards the lake
Western Screech-Owl       Matt heard 1 ridiculously early
Black Swift                       A dozen or two - 5th straight week
6 FLYCATCHER DAY   See below
Purple Martins                  Looking to be taking over a gourd
Wilson's Warbler              Heard one near windmill

Still no Red-eyed Vireo.

Flycatchers:  WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE; WILLOW FLYCATCHER; LEAST FLYCATCHER seen and heard just north of Dog Central, the dog swim area with the bulletin board; PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER heard near south end of the Dog Area; ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER found late at the north end of the East Meadow; EASTERN KINGBIRD in the East Meadow - Gene Hunn found 2 there later.

Here are the Marymoor records of the 3 rare flycatchers of the day:

Least Flycatcher                 05-Jun-1983
Ash-throated Flycatcher     07-Jun-2006 - 09-Jun-2006
Eastern Kingbird                07-Jun-2006 - 08-Jun-2006
Eastern Kingbird                11-Jun-1998
Eastern Kingbird                13-Jun-2001
Ash-throated Flycatcher     15-Jun-2005
Least Flycatcher                 17-Jun-2010
Ash-throated Flycatcher     17-Jun-2010
Eastern Kingbird                17-Jun-2010
Eastern Kingbird                18-Jun-2007
Ash-throated Flycatcher     19-Jun-2007
Least Flycatcher                 05-Jul-2007 - 19-Jul-2007 (sporatic)
Eastern Kingbird                 26-Aug-2008

So it's not at all unprecedented for these species to show up at the same time of year.  This was essentially the 3rd LEFL sighting, the 4th ATFL sighting, and the 6th EAKI sighting.

Quite a day.  68 species.  Caspian Tern and the 3 flycatchers were new for the year, which I believe brings our 2010 list up to 129 species.

== Michael


Common Yellowthroat male
Least Flycatcher


Least Flycatcher.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Least Flycatcher.  Photo by Rick Hibpshman
http://www.flickr.com/photos/crappywildlifephotography

Purple Martin pair at nest gourds

Swainson's Thrush

Eastern Kingbird.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Female Common Merganser atop park office chimney

American Crow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Mushroom gills.  Photo by Hugh Jennings.

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher.  Photo by Rick Hibpshman
http://www.flickr.com/photos/crappywildlifephotography

Report for June 11, 2009

Another summer day at Marymoor, though thankfully it was a bit overcast at the start, and the heat didn't get troublesome until we were nearly done.  The birds were mostly too busy, I think, to be posing for us, so there was a bit of frustration with the quick views we had of birds.  We had quite a few heard-only, several flybys, and a number of glimpses.

We were also, I'm afraid, rushing the walk just a bit, as several of us were eager to get to Snoqualmie to find the Indigo Bunting and Least Flycatcher. We shouldn't have worried, since those birds proved relatively easy to find. :)

Marymoor Highlights:

Wood Duck                    4 or 5 females with young, several sizes
Hooded Merganser         2+ unsupervised ducklings
Green Heron                   At least 4 chicks being fed at the nest
Bald Eagle                       3 newly fledged birds east of the boardwalk
Western Screech-Owl     Scott had one early near the windmill
Red-breasted Sapsucker 1 flew past Compost Piles, 1 at Rowing Club
Belted Kingfisher             Several sightings - we haven't had many in 2009
Black Swift                     One appeared briefly over the slough
American Crow               Two dead babies under the nest tree :(
Bushtit                             Parent(s) feeding young near RC nest
Lazuli Bunting                  2-4 males, 1 female, lots of bad looks
Bullock's Oriole               Male in Big Cottonwood Forest

CEDAR WAXWINGS were everywhere.

The LAZULI BUNTINGS were singing, but mostly posing only when entirely back-lit.  This was actually pretty typical for the day - birds popping up backlit or at distance or both.  We had YELLOW WARBLER on a birch far across the river, for example.  And a TOWNSEND'S WARBLER hid amongst the CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES above the Barn Owl nest box, and only 2 people managed to glimpse the bird before it flew away.

We did manage 56 species for the day, though.

== Michael


One of two dead baby crows under the nest tree near the mansion

Mother Wood Duck with at least 8 babies

Band-tailed Pigeon

Savannah Sparrow singing in the East Meadow

American Crow with a facial tumor and an extended, hooked bill

Male Brown-headed Cowbird singing in the Community Gardens

Northern Flicker

Adult and one of the four baby Green Herons at the Rowing Club nest

Dick Martin caught a Swainson's Thrush in good light, June 12

Brian Dobbin's wonderful photo of a male American Goldfinch, June 13

Brian Dobbin's photo of the Green Heron chicks at the Rowing Club

Another photo from Brian, both taken June 13
Lillian Reis found baby Killdeer in the stormwater pond near the velodrome parking lot
on June 14

Report for June 12, 2008

I had to remind people that the weather was actually good, not bad.  They were complaining about cold.  In Garfield County on Tuesday, I had cold.  24 degrees, howling wind, and snow. Yeah, yeah, I was at 5500 ft., but still...  Eastern WA was windy for six of the seven days I was over there.  Today at Marymoor was blessedly windless, and I think the temperature got to about 60 at one point.  Sure it wasn't a nice sunny day, but picky picky picky...

Mammals highlighted the day.  First, we had a LONG-TAILED WEASEL going after a bunny (until it saw us) just south of the Dog Area.  Then, at the lake platform, we watched a RACCOON swim out about 100 yards underneath the new dock (for the new development).  It was swimming directly under the jetty portion, between the pylons, all the way to the floating platform where it swam around and dove for a minute before swimming all the way back. Bizarre.  Then, along the southeast portion of the East Meadow there were two more LONG-TAILED WEASELS, one of which had spots or brindling on its back - this year's young?  Along the main road just north of the compost piles, someone spotted a TOWNSEND'S MOLE running along the base of the curb, unable to get up and away.  Alexia and Georgia rushed over to rescue it.When they got it onto the grass, it immediately burrowed underground, causing worms to flee in wormy terror.  Finally, at the Rowing Club, we had yet a fourth LTWE.  Lots of Eastern Cottontails and Eastern Gray Squirrels rounded out the mammal list.  There were Red-eared Slider and Painted Turtles at the Rowing Club, and hoards of nasty, biting MOSQUITOES, especially south of the Dog Area on both approaches to the boardwalk.

Now for birds:

Black Swift                        20+ over the park all morning
WESTERN KINGBIRD   Flycatching along Snag Row
Warbling Vireo                  *Vireo invisibilis* singing grandly
Red-eyed Vireo                 Mosquitos kept us from even thinking of trying to see it.
Swainson's Thrush             Singing AND giving us good looks
Lazuli Bunting                    Singing from north of fields 7-8-9
Bullock's Oriole                 1-2 first-year males being pretty obvious

Nesting highlights:

Canada Goose                    Goslings almost fully feathered
Wood Duck                        Several females w/ducklings of a range of sizes
Mallard                                Several females with fairly large young
Green Heron                       On nest at Rowing Club
Red-brested Sapsucker       Nest hole with young in the Cottonwood Forest
Western Wood-Pewee        Building nest just south of Dog Area
Tree Swallow                      Nesting in natural cavity as well as many boxes
Black-capped Chickadee    Feeding fledged young at the Rowing Club
Bushtit                                 Nest found
Cedar Waxwing                  Found a nest being built

I'm sure I'm forgetting a few. Lots of spotted young robins already on their own.  No activity seen at either the Cooper's Hawk nest or the Bald Eagle nest.  I didn't really check the Red-tailed Hawk or Osprey nests, though the latter is likely still active.

We also found a dead VAUX'S SWIFT that appeared to have tried to roost about one foot off the ground, nestled into a deep groove in the bark of a large Douglas Fir.  It looked like it may have gone to sleep and expired from exposure/starvation perhaps.  No sign of trauma.

For the day, 61 species.

== Michael


Ollie Oliver's photo of a Western Wood-Pewee on a nest south of the Dog Area

Ollie's photo of a Marsh Wren near the lake

Ollie's photo of a Black Swift


Moth at the Rowing Club


Everybody was tired by the end of the morning


Wood Duck family across from the Rowing Club dock


Green Heron on the nest

Report for June 14, 2007

Eleven of us had a nice stroll through Marymoor this morning under cloudy skies.  It was moderately birdy, and we managed some pretty good looks at birds (as well as a few heard-only ones)

Highlights:

BONAPARTE'S GULL        One well out on the lake
Red-breasted Sapsucker       Many good looks
Hairy Woodpecker                A couple of looks - male
Western Wood-Pewee          Still on the nest
BLACK SWIFT                   About a dozen over the south end
Red-eyed Vireo                     2+ birds, one seen
Cliff Swallow                         Ubiquitous
Yellow-rumped Warbler        At least 1 male Audubon's - unusual at this season
Black-headed Grosbeak        Many singing males
Lazuli Bunting                        At least 1 male singing near the Interpretive Lot

The BONAPARTE'S GULL was far out on the lake, sitting on buoys, and gave us a real ID challenge.  At various times it was called a Spotted Sandpiper, Yellowlegs, Common Tern, and Black Tern, none of which were actually seen. Finally we got it to gull, and later to "probably" Bonaparte's.  I was able to view it from the cabana at the end of the morning, and was able to confirm the ID.

For the day, 61 species.  For the year, we're up to 133 species.

== Michael


Cedar Waxwing


 The best look we had of the Bonaparte's Gull from the Lake Platform.


Confirming view of the Bonaparte's.

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