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Unusual Bird Sightings and Special Points of Interest
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Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: The Redpoll show continues! A flock of 60+ in the alders and flying away in a flock

Location: Greenbrier Ln, Langley

Date and time: February 18, 11am

Above comment submitted Feb 18, 2018

Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: A flock of 40+ Common Redpolls were in the alders in our yard and along the road. They were eating seeds from the alder cones.

Location: Coupeville, heading west along Parker Road

Date and time: 2/15/2018 7:30am

Above comment submitted Feb 15, 2018

Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Rock Wren seen very clearly bouncing and tail flicking characteristic of the species.

Location: 100 yards east of Double Bluff Point (the navigation light point) working the sand cliffs and passing in and out of small caves. Itís a long walk from the public access.

Date and time: 2/11/18 1pm

Above comment submitted Feb 11, 2018

Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: apparent yellow-shafted flicker, female (no black malar), red nape crescent.

Location: west dike of Deer Lagoon, west side of entry path in large solitary dead tree just before upgrade to dike.

Date and time: 2/9/18, 2:30pm

Above comment submitted Feb 9, 2018

Reporter's name: Tony Zoars

Sighting Description: Large flock of common redpolls in alders and on ground checking mulch for insects. Flock contained about 20 common redpolls plus chestnut backed chickadees

Location: Langley behind Creekside Terrace

Date and time: 2/7/17 about 1 PM

Above comment submitted Feb 8, 2018

Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: a solitary redhead; mentioned because checklist specifies "Rare" in winter.

Location: Deer Lagoon, near east dike

Date and time: 3:30 pm, 1/30/18

Above comment submitted Jan 30, 2018

Reporter's name: Vincent Hagel

Sighting Description: Pair of male Eurasian Wigeons spotted first, then at least two females. Very low light morning, seen among a couple hundred Pintails, about fifty American Wigeons, several Bufflehead, and a pair of Great Scaup, as well as a few mallards. They were pretty skittish. I was in my "Car Blind". I've seen a few over the years, but never two males at the same time, and never females so clearly.

Location: Swan Lake, Whidbey Island, from the road on the west side of the lake.

Date and time: Jan. 25, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

Above comment submitted Jan 25, 2018

Reporter's name: Connie Bickerton

Sighting Description: 7 Ruddy Ducks. Ebird said they were unusual. Photos will be added to ebird this evening.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: 1/20/18 8:45am

Above comment submitted Jan 20, 2018

Reporter's name: Brian Kenney

Sighting Description: Immature Northern Shrike, Deer Lagoon, perching and hunting from bare trees in marsh just before reaching the dike on the footpath.

Location: Deer Lagoon - footpath a bit before reaching the lagoon proper.

Date and time: Jan 13, 2017, around 2 p.m. Sorry for late posting, new to this website.

Above comment submitted Jan 14, 2018

Reporter's name: Rob and Traci York

Sighting Description: Male American Goldfinch

Location: Broadway Street Coupeville

Confirmation: Spotted a male American Goldfinch eating off of Purple Cone Flower seed heads. He was in very pale male plumage, but clearly able to identify.

Date and time: 1/14/18 8am

Above comment submitted Jan 14, 2018

Reporter's name: Carlos Andersen

Sighting Description: Two Rough-legged Hawks at Crockett Lake.

Location: Crockett Lake, east end.

Date and time: 12/20/2017, 1130

Above comment submitted Dec 20, 2017

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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 Cathi Bowers (email).

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

Saturday, February 24: Field Trip
Typically, there are great concentrations of waterfowl and raptors. The area is considered one of the top winter raptor viewing sites in the U.S. Some walking will be involved; be prepared for some mud. Meet at 9 a.m. to carpool at Windjammer Park at the end of South Beeksma Drive in Oak Harbor. A Discover Pass will be needed for each car. Due to narrow road shoulders and limited parking, carpools are particularly important for this trip. Bring a lunch for this all-day field trip. Return about 4 p.m. Trip leader is Joe Sheldon at 360-678-9060, email, or cell phone at 206-940-7539. Bad snow or ice cancels the trip.

Thursday, March 8: membership meeting and program
7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation meeting house, 20103 State Route 525, two miles north of Freeland Doors open at 7 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. The public is welcome to this free event.

Saturday, March 10: Field trip
Explore the Greenbank Farm wetland and the forests of South Whidbey State Park. Meet at the farm at 9 a.m. for this half-day trip. A variety of bird species are possible including Great-blue Herons, Green-winged Teal, Hutton's Vireo and several woodpeckers. Some walking. All vehicles proceeding to the park will need a state Discover Pass. Trip leader is Steve Ellis, 360-678-2264.

Saturday, March 31: Field trip
Trip leaders are Bev Bowe and Sarah Schmidt. Edmonds resident and bird photographer Bev Bowe will meet the group in Mukilteo and lead it to some of her favorite Edmonds birding spots for both water and land birds. Potential places we'll visit include Edmonds Fishing Pier, Brackett's Landing Shoreline Sanctuary, Edmonds Marsh, Pine Ridge Park and Yost Park. Bring a lunch. Meet at 7:40 a.m. at Bayview Park & Ride to carpool to the 8:30 ferry to Mukilteo. Contact Sarah Schmidt 360-929-3592 to register. There is no participant limit.

Wednesday, April 18: Field trip
We will meet at 7a.m. at Windjammer Park, end of Beeksma Drive, Oak Harbor, to form carpools. We'll walk the trails at Reifel, looking for resident and migrating songbirds, along with raptors, owls, and waterfowl. We'll also stop at Boundary Bay dike. Bring passport or enhanced license, lunch, plenty of fluids, and money for admission ($5 adults, $3 seniors), and dress for the weather. Walking will be mostly level on gravel trails. Return late afternoon to early evening. NOTE: As this is an international trip, you MUST possess an unexpired passport or enhanced license in order to attend. Passengers are expected to contribute toward fuel costs. Kim Shepard 360-720-1711

Saturday, April 21: Field trip
Join leader Sharon Gauthier on the Puget Sound Express as you cruise from Port Townsend around Protection Island on this three-hour unique field trip. A National Wildlife Refuge, Protection Island is home to one of the largest nesting colonies of Rhinoceros Auklets in the country. An on-board interpreter will search for seabirds (keep your eyes open for Tufted Puffins, Murres, Murrelets and mammals) while providing information on the geology and history of the area. Audubon has reserved 20 spaces for this trip. Cost is $65.40 per person; you can bring a sack lunch if you wish or purchase on board treats. Meet the group at the Coupeville Ferry Terminal parking lot at 9:45 a.m. to walk on the ferry. Plan on returning from Port Townsend on the 5:15 p.m. ferry. All participants MUST RSVP to Sharon Gauthier, at 425-466-2460 (email), no later than Sunday, April 1st. She will then make the cruise reservations for all paid participants. WELCOME ABOARD!!

Saturday, May 12: Field trip
Earth Sanctuary is a wonderful area at any time of year, but it's especially lovely in the spring when the birds are singing. We will look and listen for spring migrants and our resident birds. The Earth Sanctuary parking lot is very small, so we'll meet at 8 a.m. at Bayview Park and Ride lot to carpool there. Please be prepared to pay a $7.00 entry fee. More information on Earth Sanctuary. The trip is limited to 12 participants so please email trip leader Linda Bainbridge to reserve your space (email).

Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Bird In The Hand Bird Festival
Bayview Farm and Garden and the Bayview Hall, Langley Every other year Whidbey Audubon Society brings its bird specimen library out for the public to enjoy. Volunteers are needed to help. Contact Robin Llewellyn or Cheryl Bradkin.

Whidbey Audubon Society
PO Box 1012
Oak Harbor,Washington 98277

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Eurasian Wigeons

Eurasian Wigeon Pair

American Goldfinch

Rough-legged Hawk

Rough-legged Hawk

Long-tailed Duck (female), Deer Lagoon

Horned Lark

White-throated Sparrow

Female Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker

Blue Jay

Red Breasted Sap Sucker

Blue Jay

Barred Owl S End Lagoon View Drive

Back Side of Barred Owl

Deer Lagoon Lapland Longspurs 9/24/17

Lapland Longspur - Crockett Lake 9.24.2017

Horned Lark - Crockett Lake 9.24.2017