Tukwila-Kent-Boeing Ponds Field Trip (August 23, 2010) Highlights
There were a total of 13 birders, including one very good 12 year old. We started at Tukwila Ponds on a clear, but cool day in the low-mid 60s. We ended up with a total of 29 species.
There were a lot of mallards in non-breeding plumage, a few Pied-billed Grebes, some Canada Geese and a few American Coot including one cute, downy red youngster. In the nearby shrubs and trees we found some smaller birds - White-crowned Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Black-capped Chickadees and heard Spotted Towhee and Bewick's Wren.
Then it was on to Kent Ponds where our normal parking area by the side of the road was occupied flood barriers installed last winter when there was a danger of dam failure and flooding of the Green River valley. On the walk in to the south viewing tower we saw Savannah Sparrow, House Finch, American Goldfinch. Cedar Waxwing, Northern Flicker, American Crow, Western Wood-Peewee, Barn and Violet-green Swallows, and Vaux's Swift. From the tower we didn't see any new waterfowl, but we did see Common Yellowthroat and Great Blue Heron. On the walk back to cars an Osprey and Red-tailed Hawk were spotted soaring high above. An Anna's Hummingbird posed long enough for everyone to get good looks thru spotting scopes.
Our last stop was Boeing Ponds where we saw our first American Robin for the morning. We also saw a couple of new ducks, Gadwall and American Wigeon on the water. A Belted Kingfisher was heard, but not seen. We ended a few minutes past our goal of noon, but it was a good morning to be bird watching and enjoying the company of other birders.