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Bird Sightings Week 34
August 20-26*

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Rarities for Week 34:

Sora 20-Aug-15 Juveniles at Lake Platform
Sora 22-Aug-02 Two juveniles at weir
Solitary Sandpiper 22-Aug-14 One along slough
Lesser Yellowlegs 23-Aug-07 Seen and heard by Matt and Tom
Common Tern 25-Aug-04 Two birds?  Immature seen during regular walk from lake platform. Confirmed around 6:00 p.m. from Idyllwood Park, along with a
Black Tern that was later confirmed at Marymoor on 26-Aug
Hutton's Vireo 20-Aug-09 NW part of Dog Area
Western Scrub-Jay 24-Aug-09 Photographed by Randy Rowluk - two birds in birch in East Meadow
Horned Lark 19-Aug-12 Reported by Lillian Reis
House Wren 26-Aug-99 Reported by Mike West.  Dust bathing along RC path
American Redstart 22-Aug-02 Two birds, start of boardwalk
Northern Waterthrush 22-Aug-14 One along boardwalk just north of Lake Platform
Vesper Sparrow 25-Aug-16 One along slough trail below weir
Black Bear 20-Aug-15 First time for this species in the park, in anyone's memory!

Report for August 24, 2017                                                                                                                   Birding at Marymoor

Another exceptionally quiet day. Overcast, breeze for the first hour or so. There weren’t even many dogs in the dog park, and people seemed to be walking around half-asleep. I think the entire park is waiting for a cleansing rain.

Highlights:

  • CINNAMON TEAL - one flying with Mallards – first fall sighting ever
  • GREEN-WINGED TEAL – one female flyby, 4th-earliest fall sighting ever
  • Virginia Rail – one heard across slough from near start of boardwalk
  • Spotted Sandpiper – two across from 3rd Dog Swim Beach
  • Cooper’s Hawk – juvenile on soccer goals, fields 7-8-9
  • Warbling Vireo – at least a couple
  • Black-capped Chickadees – especially numerous
  • Chestnut-backed Chickadee – especially numerous and widespread
  • Swainson’s Thrush – heard about 5
  • Black-throated Gray Warbler - 3+
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – one juvenile

Misses today included Vaux’s Swift, Green Heron, Western Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Marsh Wren, European Starling, Purple Finch, Savannah Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Red-winged Blackbird.

== Michael Hobbs


Canada Geese and American Crows.  Photo by Hugh Jennings

 


Great Blue Heron looking under the weir.  Photo by Hugh Jennings


Male Anna's Hummingbird, having a difficult molt moment.  Photo by Bob Asanoma

Report for August 25, 2016                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

Our last August walk was warm and sunny (really nice dawn), and not overly birdy, but pretty good nonetheless.

Highlights:

Green Heron                      1 nearly invisible at Rowing Club pond
Sharp-shinned Hawk          1 calling unseen to the NE just before sunrise
Band-tailed Pigeon             Several sightings
Mourning Dove                  1 on far side of slough
Barn Owl                           Flew past Viewing Mound at 5:40 a.m.
W. Screech-Owl                Matt had one around 5am at start of boardwalk
- all 5 woodpeckers -         Few good looks, though
Warbling Vireo                   Two, presumably migrants
Purple Martin                     Young have fledged from gourd nest
Orange-crowned Warbler   Maybe 4
Yellow Warbler                  1-2
Bl.-throated Gray Warbler  4-6
Wilson’s Warbler                1
VESPER SPARROW         1 along slough trail below weir
Black-headed Grosbeak      1 adult female, 1 juvenile male, I believe

Below the weir on the slough trail we had a sparrow that gave us fits.  An obvious, bold, white eye-ring made us think VESPER SPARROW, but it was pale, low contrast, had no apparent reddish shoulders, and we couldn't see white outer tail feathers.  Ollie's photos saved the day.  Being able to review them at our leisure made it easy to made the identification.  This is just our 6th Vesper Sparrow at Marymoor, and most of the sightings have been mid-August through mid-September.

The two just-fledged PURPLE MARTINS, hatched in the gourd nest, were sitting in the nearest tree. When we got to the lake, both parents were sitting on the gourd cross-arm. Nice to see successful fledging.

After the walk, I took another look at the north end of the lake, finding a juvenile CALIFORNIA GULL, two NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS, and two juvenile BALD EAGLES, all species new for the day’s list.

Misses today included Spotted Sandpiper (this year’s babies appear to have grown and flown), Rock Pigeon, and Brown-headed Cowbird (unusually, no August sightings this year).

For the day, 63 species.

== Michael Hobbs


Vesper Sparrow, showing the very obvious white eye-ring.  Photo by Ollie Oliver
Vesper Sparrow, showing a pinkish bill, and streaking that doesn't extend far down the breast.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Vesper Sparrow.  It appears that the white outer tail feathers were growing in.
Photo by Ollie Oliver


Vesper Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Red-winged Blackbird looking over his shoulder.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Distant Mourning Dove.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Juvenile Osprey - note white feather edges.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Hairy Woodpecker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Young male Black-throated Gray Warbler.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Tail color is important in identification of yellowish warblers.  The dark tail eliminates Yellow Warbler.  That, plus the facial pattern (which we also saw), indicated this was an Orange Crowned Warbler.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


White Admiral Butterfly. Photo by Bob Asanoma


Common Branded Skipper moth.  Photo by Bob Asanoma


Bullfrog.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Muskrat.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for August 20, 2015                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

With Michael out today, Brian and I headed up the weekly walk. The 10 of us gathered realized pretty early on that Michael might well have snuck in yesterday and removed a good portion of the park's birds -- it was eerily quiet for much of the day. We seem to have hit a trough in the surges of migrants and local birds. Weather was refreshing -- cool, low 60s, and misting for much of the walk.

Despite the overall quiet, we did have some nice surprises as ever:

Great Blue Heron as with last week , some young on the nest again, rumbling away

Green Heron 2 , one immature at the lake platform, 1 adult at the Rowing Club pond looking sharp

Virginia Rail 1, decent views at lake platform

Sora 1, even better views, at lake platform

Greater Yellowlegs 1.fly-by at lake platform

Caspian Tern 1, fly-over in dog area, I think the first in ~2 months and I think our latest sighting ever at Marymoor

Pileated Woodpecker 1, early across the slough

Pacific-slope Flycatcher 1, at Rowing Club, our only flycatcher of the day

Swainson's Thursh only 1 seen, but before dawn I had several flying over giving their migration call note - first time this season for that.

American Robin making the list only because the total number was about the same as Swainson's Thursh - fewer than 10 all day - wow.

Lincoln's Sparrow 1, first of fall, at viewing mound - it looks like next week is typically the week they arrive at Marymoor very consistently, so a little early

Western Tanager 1 or 2

The rail show was the highlight of the day -- I'd heard Virginia Rail early at the lake platform, so we played for it while out there as a group, and one responded. When we went to look for it, we found a rail. Despite my trying to turn it into the heard Virginia Rail for a bit, wiser minds prevailed and said 'nope, that's a Sora' -- it ended up giving us amazing looks, and eventually the Virginia Rail came out to join it for less excellent but still good looks. Double rail views in one place!

We had a couple small flocks of mixed passerines - not the warbler flocks of recent weeks though- A few Black-throated Gray Warblers, a couple Warbling Vireos, Yellow Warblers, and nearby Common Yellowthroats, but none of the other warblers we might normally come across.

Notable misses show the changing of the season - No Black-headed Grosbeaks, no Western Wood-Pewees, probably no Willow Flycatchers [I heard a plausible 'whit' call repeated several times, but didn't think it was enough to be confident enough to count it]. No Owls, no Gulls, and a dip on Bushtit

For the day, we came up with 54 species.

Matt Bartels Seattle, WA


Belted Kingfisher.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Caspian Tern.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Caspian Tern.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Juvenile Sora - Part 1.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Juvenile Sora - Part 2.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Juvenile Sora.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Note the long toes to spread out the 2.6 ounces on a lily pad.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Rock Pigeon.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Adult Green Heron.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for August 22, 2014                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

A group of birders found a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH along the boardwalk just north of the Lake Platform, a new bird for the Marymoor Park bird list.  They also had a SOLITARY SANDPIPER along the slough, only our 2nd-ever fall sighting for that species (and 5th sighting overall).  Grace & Ollie went later in the day and were unable to find either species, but did find a few species we missed on Thursday: PIED-BILLED GREBE, VIRGINIA RAIL, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, and RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER.

Sadly, no photos were obtained.

== Michael Hobbs


Purple Martin female.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Female Black-throated Gray Warbler.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Juvenile Steller's Jay.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Male Spotted Towhee.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Spotted Sandpiper.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Barn Swallow and Purple Martin.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Purple Martins.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Mule Deer.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Mule Deer.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for August 21, 2014                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

It was an odd day at Marymoor.  Clouds came in at sunrise, which kept it dark and cool all morning.  There was a bit of a breeze too, which made finding the mostly-silent birds more difficult.  We had a lot of misses, plus some odd surprises.  But mostly it was fairly birdless.
 
Highlights:
 
Common Merganser             Three at weir
RED-NECKED GREBE      I had one late from NE corner of lake
Green Heron                        Two juveniles at Rowing Club pond
Cooper’s Hawk                   One near velodrome just before 6:30
WILSON’S SNIPE             1 at lake, earliest fall sighting ever
Band-tailed Pigeon               2-3 birds
Eurasian Collared-Dove       1 at fields 7-8-9
Barn Owl                             1-2 before 6 a.m.
Short-eared Owl?                 95% sure, based on darkness, flight
Warbling Vireo                     2, west edge of Dog Meadow
Purple Martin                       Baby looking out of gourd nest, adults overhead
Violet-green Swallow           Missed last 2 weeks; about 12-15 today
Bl.-throated Gray Warbler   One, west edge of Dog Meadow
Wilson’s Warbler                 West edge of Dog Meadow and at least 1 more
Western Tanager                  Saw two, heard third
 
We did have large numbers (80+) of HOUSE FINCH, with a good group (40?) of AMERICAN GOLDFINCH (but no Lesser noted). 
 
Numbers for many species were way down.  We only had about 3 GREAT BLUE HERONS, and none in the nesting trees.  We had no more than 2-3 WESTERN WOOD-PEWEES, heard just 2 SWAINSON’S THRUSH, has probably only a dozen or so AMERICAN ROBINS, no large numbers of CEDAR WAXWINGS, and just 2 or so each of YELLOW WARBLERS, SPOTTED TOWHEES, SAVANNAH SPARROWS, and SONG SPARROWS.  I think there was just one BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, and two BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS.
 
Misses included Pied-billed Grebe, Vaux’s Swift, any woodpecker except Northern Flicker, Willow Flycatcher, Bushtit, Brown Creeper, and Orange-crowned Warbler.
 
Still, we managed 55 species for this weird day.
 
== Michael Hobbs


Common Merganser.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Male Belted Kingfisher.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Anna's Hummingbird.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Cedar Waxwing.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Juvenile Purple Martin.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Killdeer, probably a juvenile.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Juvenile White-crowned Sparrow.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Juvenile Dark-eyed Junco.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Green Heron.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Bewick's Wren.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Eastern Cottontail.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Bullfrog.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for August 22, 2013                                                                                                                     Birding at Marymoor

We had gorgeous weather today, with the early morning chill (53 degrees) quickly melting away to sunshine and 76 degrees under clear blue skies. A MERLIN spent the day zooming around the park – I think we had 5-6 sightings all told. It managed to scare up a few other birds for us to see.

Highlights:

Common Merganser              Maybe as many as 4; first since June
Green Heron                          Juvenile gave us good looks near the weir
Cooper’s Hawk                     Juvenile soaring
Spotted Sandpiper                 Several sightings, but maybe just 1 bird
Band-tailed Pigeon                 Maybe 3
Eurasian Collared-Dove         1 from lake platform
Barn Owl                               Matt saw one around 5:15 a.m., East Meadow
Black Swift                            Two mobbing Cooper’s Hawk
Rufous Hummingbird              Still one hanging out at Pea Patch
Red-breasted Sapsucker        Three trees far to the west
Pileated Woodpecker            One heard
MERLIN                               See notes above
Warbling Vireo                      1-2 near windmill
Purple Martin                         Several, probably roused by the Merlin
Black-throated Gray Warbler Lillian photographed one
Wilson’s Warbler                   Male singing at start of boardwalk
Western Tanager                    3+, first since May
Brown-headed Cowbird         3 juvies; probably will disappear soon

For the day, 60 species, the first time we’ve hit that mark in weeks.

== Michael Hobbs


Sunrise.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Early morning ground fog.  Photo by Michael Hobbs


Downy Woodpecker.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Wood Ducks.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Bushtit.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Bushtit.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Black-capped Chickadee.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Black-capped Chickadee.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Swainson's Thrush.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Willow Flycatcher.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Female Black-throated Gray Warbler.  Photo by Lillian Reis

Spotted Sandpiper.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Spotted Sandpiper.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Garter Snake. Photo by Lillian Reis

Fish.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for August 23, 2012                                                                                                                             Birding at Marymoor

It's the August Doldrums, when the species count is rather low, singing is rather rare, and excitement is supposedly hard to come by. Mostly all true today, but there were some good moments. The day was cool and cloudy, but really quite nice.

Highlights:

Common Merganser                     Same 7 ducklings from before? Almost grown
Cooper's Hawk                            A couple of juveniles about
Virginia Rail                                  Matt & I heard at least 2 early at lake platform
Barn Owl                                     Awesome looks at 2, 5:45-6:00, East Meadow
CASSIN'S VIREO                      One singing, came in to iPod, along river
Warbling Vireo                             One along river
Purple Martin                                One high overhead
Bewick's Wren                             Large numbers, just about the only birds singing
Black-throated Gray Warbler       At least 2 seen
Wilson's Warbler                          2+, singing
Evening Grosbeak                         Several flyovers - probably 15+ birds

Last week's mystery bird, which I'd previously thought might have been an American Pipit, turned out to be a HORNED LARK in very worn plumage. I had to look through about 65 photos to find about 5 that showed enough field marks for the ID. Lillian saw the same bird on the 18th, and the field marks were maybe a little easier to see. Molting bird?

Maybe the best "bird" of the day today, though, was the MINK that Matt & I saw at about 6:15 on the lake platform. It came running down the platform almost to our feet before jumping into the lake. Dare I say "cute"?

For the day, 53 species. Birds we didn't see today included European Starling, any swallows except Martin and Barn, Yellow Warbler, and Brown-headed Cowbird.

== Michael Hobbs


Five of seven young Common Mergansers.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

We search the far shore of the slough carefully for Green Heron.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


This Cassin's Vireo was singing from the far side of the slough...

...but came over to our side when I played its calls on my iPod

Juvenile Cooper's Hawk.  Photo by Hugh Jennings

Hooded Merganser at the Rowing Club.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Savannah Sparrow, 2012-08-21.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Juvenile White-crowned Sparrow, 2012-08-21.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Extremely worn and/or molting Horned Lark, 2012-08-18...

...two photos by Lillian Reis

Report for August 25, 2011                                                                                                                           Birding at Marymoor

I filled in for Michael & Brian today on the weekly Marymoor walk. 16 of us enjoyed a sunny day of actual summer birding. I was out early looking for owls and was not disappointed with multiple sightings of at least 2 Barn Owls over the east meadow. The changing seasons meant dawn was not greeted with a chorus of fitz-bews from Willow Flycatchers this week -- they were still present in lower numbers, but remained mostly silent all day. We ran into several nice flocks of migrants throughout the day - spaced well enough apart to keep things pretty interesting all along the 5+ hours.

Highlights:

  • Green Heron Great looks at 3 immatures, perched high in a tree.

  • Pied-billed Grebe Back last week, we saw 3 this week as well.

  • Northern Harrier Distant looks at one, interacting with an adult

  • Cooper's Hawk Near the sparrow piles

  • Purple Martin Still 2 bills poking out of one of the gourds at the      lake-viewing platform, with 2-3 more perched on tree branches not far away

  • Pileated Woodpecker Heard only , but seemingly at home in their trees across W.Lake Samm from the park.

  • Orange-crowned Warbler  2 or 3

  • Yellow Warbler 2 or 3

  • Black-throated Gray Warbler 3-4

  • Warbling Vireos  Maybe 6 total, definitely more than we've recently had, so another sign of movement

  • Black-headed Grosbeak A group of 6 mostly juvies, working the trees after the boardwalk, together

  • Steller's Jay Starting to eat the hazel nuts- a sign that they've moved from the silent season at Marymoor to a stretch when we'll be seeing them easily for a bit.

Our only swallows besides Purple Martins were Barn Swallows. They were joined briefly by 2 Vaux's Swifts

Red-tailed Hawk -not seen during the walk at all, so I had to double back to pick one up on the light standards after we finished

On the mammal front, 3 River Otters were working the slough.

For the morning, we ended up with 56 species

Matt Bartels
Seattle, WA


Juvenile Green Heron.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Orange-crowned Warbler.  Photo by Ollie Oliver


Osprey.  Photo by Ollie Oliver  

Black-capped Chickadee  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Red-breasted Nuthatch.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Hooded Mergansers with Mallard at the Rowing Club ponds.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Report for August 26, 2010

The morning dawned absolutely gorgeous, with not a cloud in the sky, the almost-full moon setting, along with Jupiter, and  Mt. Rainier shining in the morning sun.  And then the weather changed.  By 9:00 a.m., we had a thick overcast, and by a little after 10:00, it was starting to drizzle a touch.  It was not tremendously birdy, but there were several nice highlights:

Green Heron                         At least 3 juveniles, lots of looks
American Kestrel                   New for '10.  NE corner of the park
Pileated Woodpecker            One landed near the mansion, another called
Orange-crowned Warbler      3+, including singing male
Yellow Warbler                     3+, including singing male
Black-throated Gray Warbler 3+, male and female/juv.
Wilson's Warbler                   2 males, faint singing
Common Yellowthroat           Still abundant

We had low numbers, but still fairly good diversity of our breeding birds, including 1 RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, 1-2 WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE, 5+WILLOW
FLYCATCHER, 2+ SWAINSON'S THRUSH heard (and Matt & Scott reported more pre-dawn, which were probably migrants), 1+ SAVANNAH SPARROW, and 1 BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK.

While we did have a male PURPLE MARTIN flying high over Dog Central, they appear to be done with the gourds for the year.

For the day, 54 species, with Kestrel new for the year.

== Michael


Pileated Woodpecker atop whip snag south of the mansion.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Juvenile male Common Yellowthroat.  Photo by Lillian Reis


Juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird close enough to step on

Ollie's slightly more flattering portrait of the heedless cowbird

Male Wilson's Warbler in the blackberries at Dog Central

Sometimes one lucks into wonderful peek-a-boo views

Male Downy Woodpecker in an elderberry.  Photo by Ollie Oliver

Hugh Jennings caught the moon before it set.

Report for August 20, 2009

It was a beautiful sunny morning, with moderate temperatures. Unfortunately, the wind was constant at about 10 mph.  It really put a damper on the birding, especially as most of the birds are mostly silent right now.  Between the moving branches and the wind noise sufficient to hide chip notes, it made finding birds very difficult.

Highlights:

Hooded Merganser                 Suddenly up to 7 at the Rowing Club
Accipiter sp.                           One at weir, our first since June
Barn Owl                                Reports of a great show, East Meadow, early
HUTTON'S VIREO               Only the 5th-ever Marymoor sighting
Black-throated Gray Warbler  One juv. female, west edge of Dog Meadow
White-crowned Sparrow        A multitude of juvies in the Pea Patch
Black-headed Grosbeak         One juvie male in Pea Patch
Evening Grosbeak                  A dozen near east end of boardwalk
House Sparrow                      Our first since June

The HUTTON'S VIREO was in the northwest part of the Dog Meadow, and gave us great looks and a call or two.

A big surprise were our big misses today.  No Red-tailed Hawks!  No Willow Flycatchers, Violet-green Swallows, Swainson's Thrush, or Yellow Warbler (though all of those tend to have stuck around through mid-September in previous years).  No Red-winged Blackbirds (though we've missed them this time of year before - a definite dip in mid-August in a species otherwise resident).  No Orange-crowned nor Wilson's Warblers, though those migrants are a bit less dependable by week 34.  And only single Warbling Vireo and Black-headed Grosbeak.

For the day, 53 species.  I did have a bat near the windmill at about 5:30 this morning, though.

== Michael


Hutton's Vireo in a willow, northwest corner of the Dog area

Hugh Jennings' photo of the Hutton's Vireo

One more view of the Hutton's

Hugh's photo of two Green Heron juveniles, near the RC dock

Report for August 21, 2008

Another gorgeous day.  The early morning ground fog burned off quickly.  It got a bit too hot, but not outrageous.  It was pretty birdy, though at times the birds seemed to be taking an incredible delight in tantalizing us in a very cussed way.  We ended up with a good species count, including 5 species of woodpecker, but 3 of those woodpeckers were heard-only :(

Highlights:

NORTHERN HARRIER  Flyby
Virginia Rail                                     Heard from the lake platform
Spotted Sandpiper                           Flying fairly high up the slough
Red-breasted Sapsucker                  Immature flew past us early on
Warbling Vireo                                Adult feeding juvie cowbird
Red-eyed Vireo                               LOTS of singing at the south end of the park
Purple Martin                                   One HIGH over mansion area
Northern Rough-winged Swallow     One over East Meadow
Bushtits                                            Bringing food to a nest at Dog Central - late?
Orange-crowned Warbler                Flock of 6+ at south end of Dog Meadow
Yellow Warbler                               Male singing, several others seen
Wilson's Warbler                            1-2 at the south end of the Dog Meadow
Evening Grosbeak                           Heard and glimpsed

Had a juvenile COOPER'S HAWK who thought chasing after crows was the way to get ahead.  Good luck!

Had what appeared to be a LONG-TAILED WEASEL swimming across the slough ???

For the day, 64 species.

== Michael


Female and male American Goldfinch at the Community Gardens


Belted Kingfisher at the Rowing Club


Belted Kingfisher and Hooded Merganser at the Rowing Club


Ollie Oliver's photo of a molting Dark-eyed Junco


Ollie Oliver's photo of the Belted Kingfisher


Ollie's photos of a Western Wood-Pewee

Report for August 23, 2007

Michael is off to Prague, so Matt Bartels and I substituted for him at Marymoor this morning. The morning started out cool (53F) but clear, and with some low ground fog along the river. Twelve of us enjoyed the morning, even though there is not much singing going on now. Lots of juveniles around.

Highlights included:

  • LESSER YELLOWLEGS (maybe only the third for the park, and perhaps new for the year)
  • CEDAR WAXWING adults and juveniles
  • Lots of juvenile COMMON YELLOWTHROATS
  • A couple of SPOTTED SANDPIPERS
  • Two GREEN HERONS
  • Several WARBLING VIREOS (one feeding a young bird and lots of chases)
  • A male and female BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER
  • Several PURPLE FINCHES
  • Three EVENING GROSBEAKS
  • A single CLIFF SWALLOW (first in maybe three weeks)
  • A MOURNING DOVE (always scarce at Marymoor)
  • At least 3 WESTERN TANAGERS (imm. or female).

A nice morning, and 57 species total.

Brian H. Bell


Ollie Oliver's photos:  Spotted Sandpiper


Green Heron


Cedar Waxwing

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