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Marymoor Park

Mid-morning Naturalist field trip to a birding hot spot.

  • Sun, May 21, 2017
  • Marymoor Park
  • Naturalist
  • Successful
  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • Full sun conditions, 70 degrees  by 9:00AM. Mostly dry trail, a few mosquitoes  near the lake.

Even  an 8:30AM start yielded some good looks at resident birds including Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Golden-Crowned Sparrow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Bald Eagle (mature and juvenile) , Red Tailed Hawks, Black-Headed Grosbeak, Marsh Wren, Red-Winged Blackbird, Warbling Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Yellowthroat, and concluding with a viewing of the Great Blue Heron "heronrie" . What might have been most instructive was listening and associating individual birds with their songs - an excellent mental practice of concentration. We took time to identify trees, shrubs and flowers in a  total environment awareness - a new plant species for me was Prickly Currant.  Fun to have some folks new to birding along.  

Total time 2 hrs 50 minutes.