Subject: Day One, Marymoor Date: Jan 1 21:20:15 2000 From: Jim McCoy - jfmccoy at earthlink.net
As I was strolling through Marymoor Park today, and not seeing much, I thought to myself that one standard for a successful day birding consisted of seeing at least one bird that you might not otherwise see in a given year. I hadn't met that standard and decided to stick around until dusk to see if I could get lucky.
I enjoyed seeing an opossum from very close range, who was in splendid (at least as splendid as it gets for an aesthetically-challenged critter like this) view atop a 12-foot tall berry bush near the north end of the east boardwalk.
In the grove just around the corner I topped that by seeing a ruffed grouse, also in fine view, also berry-picking. Standard met. This was also a state first for me, and one of my personal favorites. I'll definitely be listening for drumming this spring.
Not much else -- a western meadowlark, a sharp-shinned hawk, and the usuals. But I went home feeling as though the millennium was off to a nice start.