Trip Report
O'Grady 2013-05-15
2013-05-15 07:30 for 3 hrs 30 mins (birding) 41 sightings O'Grady Natural Area (WAKCOGDY) Auburn, WA (USA) Lat,Long: 47.27536,-122.08896 Map Elevation: 300 feet
Undeveloped King County park of about 100 acres on the south side of the Green River, accessed via SE 384th St and 188th Ave SE about 5 miles E of Auburn. The park includes a half-mile stretch of the Green River, fields and cottonwood forest along the river and mixed hardwood forest with patches of fir and cedar on the quarter-mile wide slope along the south side of the Green River Valley. The area along the river was a farm several decades ago but since then the fields have shrunk considerably as the river has continued to erode its south bank through the park. Across the river from O'Grady Park is a somewhat narrower strip of riparian cottonwood forest preserved in another King County natural area. Partly cloudy (high clouds), 50F, calm. I walked down the road to the river, photographed swallows from the riverbank for an hour, followed horse trails downstream about a quarter mile, then walked back up to the trailhead. Reported distance is one-way.
Sightings recorded in the field and submitted from BirdLog for Android v1.6.
Canada Goose 2   Pair downstream
Common Merganser 2   Pair resting on sandbar
Red-tailed Hawk 1   Downstream cottonwood grove
Killdeer 3   Half-grown young
Spotted Sandpiper 2   Possibly 3
Mourning Dove 2   Pair in gravel bar willows
Rufous Hummingbird 1  
Belted Kingfisher 1  
Hairy Woodpecker 1  
Northern Flicker 1  
Western Wood-Pewee 2   Calling in riparian cottonwoods
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 3   Calling in mixed woods
Hutton's Vireo 1   In pear tree where road enters field
Warbling Vireo 1   Singing in riparian cottonwoods
Steller's Jay 2  
American Crow 1  
Common Raven 1  
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 15  
Bank Swallow 10   Known colony. Pairs gathering dried grass stems from bank.
Black-capped Chickadee 1  
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 4  
Brown Creeper 2  
Bewick's Wren 1  
Pacific Wren 9  
Swainson's Thrush 1   Calling ""weeet"" call in mixed woods.
American Robin 10  
Cedar Waxwing 4   Flying over field and river
Common Yellowthroat 7  
Yellow Warbler 1   Singing in riparian cottonwoods
Black-throated Gray Warbler 1   Singing in mixed woods
Wilson's Warbler 4  
Western Tanager 3  
Spotted Towhee 3  
Song Sparrow 6  
Dark-eyed Junco 1   Odd song - rather low-pitched trill interrupted a couple of times ""chutttttttt-chuttt-chutttt"".
Black-headed Grosbeak 7  
Brown-headed Cowbird 6  
Purple Finch 1   Singing in riparian cottonwoods
Pine Siskin 2  
American Goldfinch 3  
Evening Grosbeak 3