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Adult White-throated Sparrow at our place 2 miles southwest of Clinton on October 19th.

George Heleker

Above comment submitted Oct 20, 2014




A small flock of Snow Geese flew over Dines Point at 6am this morning. Is summer REALLY over?

Above comment submitted Oct 10, 2014



A Western Scrub Jay in my yard, feeding below bird feeder. He stayed around approximately 15 minutes.

October 9, 2014
Gravel Way, Clinton

Above comment submitted Oct 10, 2014



We saw a [possible] Clark's Nutcracker [or it might have been shrike or mockingbird; see below] at Pacific Rim Institute - late morning. We see them often in the mountains but have never seen one on Whidbey. The National Audubon site states:"The periodic irruptions of Clark's Nutcrackers, which may bring the birds all the way to the Pacific Coast, are related to failures of the pine nut crop."

Margie & Gary Parker
Coupeville

Above comment submitted Oct 9, 2014

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS ON THIS SIGHTING: After phone discussion with Margie, it seems more likely that the bird was either a shrike or a mockingbird. Margie and Gary didn't have binoculars. The bird kept flying away from them so they were unable to see the bill. It was last seen in the conifers north of the prairie remnant.
Distinctive observations included:
- white outer tail feathers
- white wing patches (Margie thinks they were more in center of wing as on shrike and mockingbird, rather than along rear of wing as on nutcracker)
- lighter beneath than above (which doesn't fit nutcracker)
- loud vocalizations as it flew away from them, flying to trees, elderberries, blackberries along the way, loud keeks and caws and some more musical notes

Thanks for the posting Margie and Gary, and for all the details you noted! I'm headed to PRI to look for it; if I see the bird and have anything to add, I'll post!
Sarah Schmidt







A flock of 300 Greater White-fronted geese flew over Freeland this morning at 7am. Maybe I've been unobservant but this seems to be a big year for the species on Whidbey.

Dave Parent, Freeland

Above comment submitted Oct 6, 2014



An adult White-throated Sparrow showed up at our feeding station this a.m. (2 October 2014). Although it may be a transient, there is a possibility that it will stay here for an extended period. If so, I will update this note and invite any interested birder to come and see it.

Above comment submitted Oct 2, 2014



A flock (25 - 30) of Greater White Fronted Geese, adult and juvenile, on Saturday and Sunday on Ewing Road on South Whidbey, next to the smaller pond toward Maxwelton Road. With Cackling Geese. Also an Osprey in the nest nearby.

Lea Kouba

Above comment submitted Sep 28, 2014



Yesterday afternoon (9/26) 2 Long-billed Curlews, calling loudly, flew low over Terry Road in Coupeville and appeared to drop down into the fields beyond the softball field. They were following a flock of Cackling Geese which also put down in the field.There is also a flock of Greater-white fronted geese in the area.
----Steve Ellis
Coupeville

Above comment submitted Sep 27, 2014



A flock of 22 Greater White-fronted Geese flew over Langley today, September 26, at noon.

Dave Parent

Above comment submitted Sep 26, 2014



Juvenile Pectoral Sandpipers and Semipalmated Plover at Keystone Spit. See photos of Pectoral Sandpipers.

Craig & Joy Johnson

Above comment submitted Sep 25, 2014



Two Marbled Godwit were seen at Crockett Lake just east of the cafe near the ferry landing. Seen about 3 PM on 23 Sept. 2014. Joe Sheldon jksheldon43@gmail.com

Above comment submitted Sep 23, 2014



Sept 23. 2014
About 3:00 today we saw a single Cackling Goose on the south side of Greenbank Farm, in the field along Wonn Rd. That is the first cackler we have seen since moving here three years ago.

Paula Flores
Greenbank, WA


Above comment submitted Sep 23, 2014

 Upcoming Events 

Birding In The Neighborhoods - Weekly Field Trips

South Whidbey
The trips are every other Thursday and the meeting time varies with the season. If you would like to be notified of the events, contact Phyllis Kind (email).

North Whidbey
The trips are on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. If you wish to be notified of the events, contact Jenny Brown (email).

Saturday, September 27: Field Trip
Del Fairfax Preserve
Explore the DEL FAIRFAX PRESERVE on Zylstra Road, another jewel of the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. This is a beautiful place to stroll in the woods, listen for forest birds and walk around an open field with a small wetland. This 1.2 mile loop trail is level and takes about an hour to walk -- longer if we see lots of birds. We will then go back down Zylstra Road to Grasser's Lagoon (intersection of State Route (SR) 20 and Zylstra) to look for ducks, shorebirds and raptors. Carpools meet at 8:45 a.m. from Coupeville Prairie Station Transit Park, off South Main Street (behind Dermatology Building), or meet us at 9 a.m. at the parking lot at the Del Fairfax Preserve on Zylstra Road.

Follow these directions to Del Fairfax Preserve: from SR 20 turn north onto Zylstra Road; head north on Zylstra Road for approximately three miles until you see the Zylstra Road Fire Station on your left; turn left onto a wide gravel road in front of the fire station and park on the right next to the fence. The Del Fairfax sign will be in front of you. Please do not block the gravel road or the Zylstra Road Fire Station bay doors. The trip leader is Kim Shepard, (email) 360-720-1711.

Thursday, October 9: Meeting
The Great Bear Rainforest: Exploring the Richness of Forest Life
The Great Bear Rainforest holds the largest tracts of ancient temperate rainforest in the world within its 15 million acres of fjords, mountains and valleys. It is home to Grizzlies, rainforest wolves, five species of salmon, convocations of bald eagles, humpback whales, towering trees and to the unique white-coated Spirit bear. This presentation will explore the richness of forest life in this region of coastal British Columbia and the successes of efforts to conserve it. Presenter Valerie Langer is a co-founder of ForestEthics and is the Director of BC Forest Campaigns for ForestEthics Solutions in Canada. Coupeville Recreation Hall (901 NW Alexander St, Coupeville -- map). Doors open at 7 pm, meeting at 7:15, program at 7:30. Please bring a mug for coffee. Carpool

Saturday, Oct 11, 2014: Field Trip
West Beach & Penn Cove
We'll search several points along West Beach for alcids and other seabirds. Rarities such as Cassin's Auklet are a possibility on this 1/2 day trip. Carpools form at Partridge Point at the end of Libbey Road at 9:00am. Field trip leader is Steve Ellis 678-2264.

Saturday, Oct 25, 2014: Field Trip
Birding Central Whidbey
This morning adventure will visit several locations. Depending on weather and bird distributions this may include Crockett Lake, West Beach Drive, Penn Cove, Fort Ebey State Park, and Fort Casey State Park. Meet at 9 AM at Pacific Rim Institute (180 Parker Road, Coupeville) to carpool. A Discover Pass will be needed for each car that is in the caravan. This trip is suited for all fitness levels, as most of our birding will be near the cars. Possible walks of up to a quarter mile. Leader: Joe Sheldon 360-678-9060 (email).

Thursday, November 13: Meeting
Woodpeckers in the Forest
Paul Bannick will present. Unitarian Universalist Church, 20103 State Route 525, Freeland. 100 yards north of Island Recycling. Doors open at 7 pm, meeting at 7:15, program at 7:30. Please bring a mug for coffee. Carpool

Saturday November 15: Field Trip
Deer Lagoon
Meet at 9:00 AM at Bayview Park and Ride to carpool to Deer Lagoon (parking is very limited, carpooling required) for a morning of great birding. We will see a wide variety of ducks, shorebirds, raptors and forest birds. Dress for the weather. We will drive very little, and walk less than two miles on even ground. If you have a spotting scope, bring it! Dyanne Sheldon (email) 206-303-0576

Thursday, January 8: Meeting
Ducks in Trees
Ann Casey will present. Unitarian Universalist Church, 20103 State Route 525, Freeland. 100 yards north of Island Recycling. Doors open at 7 pm, meeting at 7:15, program at 7:30. Please bring a mug for coffee. Carpool

Thursday, February 12: Meeting
Please check back for details. Unitarian Universalist Church, 20103 State Route 525, Freeland. 100 yards north of Island Recycling. Doors open at 7 pm, meeting at 7:15, program at 7:30. Please bring a mug for coffee. Carpool

Thursday, March 12: Meeting
Forest Niches For Small Birds
Rob Sandelin will present. Unitarian Universalist Church, 20103 State Route 525, Freeland. 100 yards north of Island Recycling. Doors open at 7 pm, meeting at 7:15, program at 7:30. Please bring a mug for coffee. Carpool

Thursday, April 9: Meeting
Herons
Dennis Paulson will present. Coupeville Recreation Hall (901 NW Alexander St, Coupeville -- map). Doors open at 7 pm, meeting at 7:15, program at 7:30. Please bring a mug for coffee. Carpool

Thursday, May 14: Meeting
Please check back for details. Coupeville Recreation Hall (901 NW Alexander St, Coupeville -- map). Doors open at 7 pm, meeting at 7:15, program at 7:30. Please bring a mug for coffee. Carpool

Thursday, June 11: Meeting
Recognition/Award Pot Luck
Coupeville Recreation Hall (901 NW Alexander St, Coupeville -- map). Doors open at 7 pm, meeting at 7:15, program at 7:30. Please bring a mug for coffee. Carpool

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