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Karismatic Kestrels 2017

Birdathon Report – 109 Species Seen

Hello Birdathon Supporters,


We did it again for the sixth year in a row! The Karismatic Kestrels broke the century mark and found 109 species of birds on Wednesday, May 10. Joining me was a great team made up of Carol Ray, Maureen Sunn, Nancy Hubly and Mick Thompson. We had a great day of birding! 


The day began at the Red Brick Road in Redmond with a calling Great Horned Owl. At Marymoor Park we found singing Black-headed Grosbeaks and a Swainson’s Thrush. The East Meadow was filled with Savannah Sparrows. With some work we located a Brown Creeper in the Douglas fir grove.


At Lake Sammamish State Park we were welcomed by a singing Bullock’s Oriole, and Rattlesnake Lake brought us Hammond’s and Pacific Slope Flycatchers and a Peregrine Falcon flyover. A stunning Mountain Bluebird definitely got our attention in Ellensburg. Once again we found several American Kestrels, our team mascot.


We had spectacular looks at a Sagebrush Sparrow a Quilomine 2 in the sage country. At the Ginko Petrefied Forest Interpretive Center, a pair of Cassin’s Finches were very cooperative. We found the last bird of the day at Lind Coulee. It was a Tricolored Blackbird for bird No. 109.


Here is a complete list of the 109 species of birds we saw listed in the first place we saw them.


Red Brick Road, Redmond

Great Horned Owl

Common Yellowthroat

American Robin

Song Sparrow



Marsh Wren

Red-winged Blackbird

American Crow

Canada Goose

Bewick’s Wren


Marymoor Park, Redmond

Spotted Towhee


American Goldfinch

Savannah Sparrow

Tree Swallow

Bald Eagle

Great Blue Heron

Black-capped Chickadee

Swainson’s Thrush

Black-headed Grosbeak

Common Merganser

Orange-crowned Warbler

Rufous Hummingbird


Red-tailed Hawk

Downy Woodpecker

Wilson’s Warbler

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Dark-eyed Junco

Brown Creeper

European Starling

Steller’s Jay


Lake Sammamish State Park

Chestnut-backed Chickadee


Spotted Sandpiper

Violet-green Swallow

Bullock’s Oriole

Brown-headed Cowbird

Northern Flicker

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Yellow Warbler

Barn Swallow


Vaux’s Swift

Glaucous-winged Gull

House Sparrow

Rock Pigeon

Golden-crowned Sparrow


Fall City, WA

Cedar Waxwing

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

White-crowned Sparrow


Rattlesnake Lake

Hammond’s Flycatcher

Warbling Vireo

Peregrine Falcon

Hairy Woodpecker

Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Pileated Woodpecker

Evening Grosbeak

Band-tailed Pigeon

Pacific Wren

Black-throated Gray Warbler



Ring-necked Duck

Barrow’s Goldeneye

Anna’s Hummingbird

Western Tanager

Common Raven

Pine Siskin


Railroad Ponds, Cle Elum

Pygmy Nuthatch

Turkey Vulture

Western Bluebird

House Wren

Cliff Swallow

Hooded Merganser

Eurasian Collared-dove

Brewer’s Blackbird


Swauk Prairie

Black-billed Magpie

Western Kingbird

Western Meadowlark

Mourning Dove

Chipping Sparrow

Mountain Chickadee

California Quail


Ellensburg, WA

Mountain Bluebird

American Kestrel


Kittitas, WA

House Finch

Yellow-headed Blackbird

American Coot

Wilson’s Snipe


Old Vantage Road

Sage Thrasher

Brewer’s Sparrow

Say’s Phoebe

Sagebrush Sparrow

Loggerhead Shrike

Cassin’s Finch

Ruby-crowned Kinglet



Horned Grebe

Greater Scaup

Double-crested Cormorant

Western Grebe

Ring-billed Gull

Common Loon

Rock Wren


Dodson Road and Birders’ Corner

Northern Shoveler

Great Egret


Ring-necked Pheasant

California Gull

Tricolored Blackbird




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To protect, preserve and enhance natural ecosystems and our communities for the benefit of birds, other wildlife and people.


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Andy McCormick

Karismatic Kestrels

Eastside Audubon Society



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The mission of Eastside Audubon is to protect, preserve and enhance natural ecosystems and our communities for the benefit of birds, other wildlife and people.