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Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: American Golden Plover

Location: A juvenile bird feeding with a juvenile Black-bellied Plover on the extensive mudflats well across from and to the northeast of the viewing platform at Crockett Lake

Confirmation: Compared to the Black-bellied Plover, the AMGP was smaller with a dark cap that set off a bold white supercillium. The golden plover also had a smaller, somewhat stubbier bill, a darker mantle and underparts, and primary tips that extended well beyond the tail.

Date and time: September 15, 2019 at approximately 2:45 p.m.

Comment submitted Sep 15, 2019

Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: We found a Hermit Thrush along a path in Trillium Community Forest. While not rare, this is the 1st of the season and earlier than normal.

Location: Dragonfly Glade Trail, Trillium Community Forest

Date and time: 9/02/2019

Comment submitted Sep 2, 2019

Reporter's name: Linda Griesbach

Sighting Description: Great egret seen with great blue heron.

Location: Deer Lagoon, east of the eastern dike, south end.

Date and time: September 1; 8:45 a.m.

Photo Title: Great egret and great blue heron

Comment submitted Sep 1, 2019

Reporter's name: Linda Griesbach

Sighting Description: Great egret and great blue heron (sending with Photo #2)

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: September 1 at 8:45 a.m.

Photo Title: Solo great egret

Comment submitted Sep 1, 2019

Reporter's name: darwin wile

Sighting Description: great egret; foraging near the flock of pelicans

Location: fresh water side of west dike of Deer Lagoon

Date and time: August 31, 2019, 3:00 pm

Comment submitted Aug 31, 2019

Reporter's name: Nancy Van Wormer

Sighting Description: A lone Great Egret was feeding in Deer Lagoon with gulls and Pelicans

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 8/31/19 7:30 A.M.

Comment submitted Aug 31, 2019

Reporter's name: Frances Wood

Sighting Description: Green Heron (juvenile or !st Summer) We clearly saw the bird in good lighting. It was standing at the water's edge at low tide. After watching it for several minutes it flew to the south along the shore.

Location: Langley Marina near boat launch

Confirmation: I am very familiar with this species. Bill Graves was with me and he confirmed the identification.

Date and time: 8/29/19 10:30am

Comment submitted Aug 29, 2019

Reporter's name: Mary Jo Adams

Sighting Description: I saw a black-throated gray warbler at our birdbath this morning.

Location: Near intersection of Hwy 20 and Fakkema Road.

Date and time: 8/28/19 10 am

Photo Title: Black-throated gray warbler

Comment submitted Aug 28, 2019

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Marbled Godwit. Identified by its very long bi-colored bill, overall buffy upper parts and cinnamon-toned wing linings.

Location: Seen with six Whimbrel on the south shore of Crockett Lake in the area between the viewing platform and the long line of pilings. The birds flew east and out of sight as we watched.

Confirmation: According to eBird this is probably the sixth Marbled Godwit at Crockett Lake since 2009. The species is considered to be rare on both the Whidbey Audubon and the Washington Birder checklists.

Date and time: August 22, 2019 at approximately 9:30 a.m.

Comment submitted Aug 22, 2019

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Yellow-headed Blackbird

Location: In and around the cattails at the eastern end of Crockett Lake.

Confirmation: Washington Birder lists this species as being rare in Island County. The WAS checklist lists the bird as occasional in spring, summer and fall. To my knowledge YHBL has been seen at various locations (Deer Lagoon, Lone Lake, Crockett Lake) during each of the last three years.

Date and time: August 18, 2019 at approximately 9:30. Note:the bird was seen but not reported by another birder on August 17.

Comment submitted Aug 19, 2019

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Red Knot, feeding with two Western Sandpipers in shallow water.

Location: Southeast end of Crockett Lake, just west of the viewing platform.

Confirmation: Red Knot is listed as 'accidental" in the fall on the WAS checklist and as "rare" on the Washington Birder checklist for Island County. The bird was not relocated this morning.

Date and time: August 18, 2019 at approximately 10:00 a.m.

Comment submitted Aug 19, 2019

Reporter's name: Mary Hollen

Sighting Description: Possible Song Sparrow fledgling. Need help identifying, to confirm nesting in this neighborhood. Please post here if you can ID.

Location: Steelhead Drive, Lagoon Point, Whidbey Island WA

Date and time: August 5, 2019 about 6:30pm

Photo Title: Song sparrow fledgling?

Comment submitted Aug 11, 2019

Response from Linda Bainbridge:

Unfortunately, Mary, it looks like a young Brown-headed Cowbird. Just two days ago I saw a junco feeding one. They are large and noisy beggars.

Comment submitted Aug 12, 2019

Reporter's name: George Heleker

Sighting Description: Now that August has arrived, the warblers are arriving too, especially within the chickadee flocks. Birding this morning in our yard, I had found no warblers and the birding was slow. I checked our pond area which is in the woods but near the edge of our field, and it was unusually quiet. When I checked again 15 minutes later, 12+ chickadees, mostly Chestnut-backed had arrived, which raised my chances of warbler sightings considerably. Nearly every bird present took at least one bath.
Within 30 minutes, I had seen 3 Townsend's warblers, 3 Orange-crowned Warblers (one of them entirely gray-headed and the darkest Orange-crowned I have seen), 1 female Black-throated Gray, 2 Wilson's, and 1 Yellow-rumped.
Other birds seen at the same time by the pond were Brown Creepers (three bathing together) 2 Hutton's Vireos, 4 Golden-crowned Kinglets (they couldn't get enough of the water), 2 Swainson's Thrushes, 4 Song Sparrows, 2 Spotted Towhees, 2 Robins, an Anna's Hummingbird flycatching, 5 nuthatches, 1 Pacific slope Flycatcher, 2 Bewick's Wrens, 1 Downy Woodpecker, and 2 flickers.

Location: Two miles southwest of Clinton

Date and time: August 9th. 11:00-11:30 a.m.

Comment submitted Aug 9, 2019

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Green Heron. First seen in mid-afternoon by a friend. When we got the news some four hours later we decided to check the location on the odd chance the bird might still be around. Of course it wasn't, but then, it was. We were almost back to the car when the bird flew in from the east and perched on a small piece of wood in the channel. We photographed it there. After several minutes, the bird flew off, only to return as we got in the car. We left it feeding along the channel's eastern bank.

Location: Tide Gate Channel next to Callen's Restaurant, across from the Coupeville Ferry terminal.

Confirmation: This is the second Green Heron seen on Whidbey in the past four days. The earlier report was from Deer Lagoon.

Date and time: August 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Photo Title: Green Heron

Comment submitted Aug 7, 2019

Reporter's name: Patrick Kline

Sighting Description: Sizable flock of bushtits arrived at suet feeders today. First time seeing them in these numbers, at least 8 seen at one time.

Location: Pennington Loop, Coupeville

Date and time: 4AUG19, 738 PM

Photo Title: Bushtits at feeder

Comment submitted Aug 4, 2019

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Green Heron, perched in a snag off the trial from the end of Deer Lagoon Road to the West Dike. Seen by Michael Sheldon and me. Michael's photo of the bird is attached.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Confirmation: The Whidbey Audubon checklist lists this species as being accidental here in the summer. Green Heron is a Code 4 (meaning rare) bird for Island County on the Washington Birder checklist.

Date and time: August 4, 2019 at about 10:00 a.m.

Photo Title: Michael Sheldon Photo/Green Heron

Comment submitted Aug 4, 2019

Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Hudsonian Godwit reported by Jay Adams still present at 7am at the northeast corner of Crockett Lake associating with dowitchers.

Location: NE Corner of Crockett Lake

Date and time: 8/3/19 7am

Comment submitted Aug 3, 2019

Reporter's name: Albert Rose

Sighting Description: I was tucked away in the rushes at Deer Lagoon, watching Pelicans and Bonaparte's Gulls, when out of the corner of my eye, near my feet I saw some movement, it was a Virginia Rail checking things out.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 7 31 19 about noon

Photo Title: Virginia Rail

Comment submitted Aug 1, 2019

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Hudsonian Godwit feeding with Long-billed Dowitchers and Western Sandpipers.

Location: Northeastern end of Crockett Lake

Confirmation: According to eBird, this may be just the second of HUGO on Whidbey. The species is not included on the official Whidbey Audubon checklist. It is listed on the Washington Birder site as a code 5 bird - fewer than 5 records for Island County.

Date and time: 8:00 a.m.

Photo Title: Hudsonian Godwit

Comment submitted Jul 31, 2019

Reporter's name: Ruth Scrivner

Sighting Description: We counted 204 Great Blue Herons on the mudflats at Dugualla Bay.

Location: Dugualla Bay

Date and time: July 30 2019 10:45 am

Comment submitted Jul 31, 2019

Reporter's name: Patrick Kline

Sighting Description: Gray Catbird seen visiting ground level birdbath. Full view, fully lighted viewing at 6-8 feet for about a full minute. Understand this is a somewhat unusual find, but have extensive experience with this species in Illinois. Will be looking for a return with camera in hand!

Location: Pennington Loop, Coupeville

Date and time: 25Jul19, 1720

Comment submitted Jul 25, 2019

Reporter's name: Patrick Kline

Sighting Description: Female immature Red Crossbill at platform feeder today. As with most Crossbills it was most undisturbed by my presence.

Location: Pennington Loop, Coupeville

Date and time: 23Jul2019, 1446

Photo Title: Female Immature Red Crossbill

Comment submitted Jul 24, 2019

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Female Wislon's Phalarope

Location: Crockett Lake: First salt pool after crossing the road opposite the gravel pond pull out at the east end of the lake.

Confirmation: This is only the second WIPH I have seen on Whidbey in the last five years.

Date and time: July 23, 2019 at about 8:40

Comment submitted Jul 23, 2019

Reporter's name: Mary Jo Adams

Sighting Description: I got to Dugualla Bay about 7:30 this morning and saw a lot of interesting birds. They included a sora which I have not seen at this location before, four semipalmated plovers, a Virginia rail, and what I believe were four juvenile spotted sandpipers. The juvenile spotted sandpipers were not quite half the size of the adult they were with, had yellow legs, light bellies, and were doing
a lot of tail bobbing.

Location: Dugualla Bay

Confirmation: I'm not sure if the sighting of the juvenile spotted sandpipers would be considered rare but on the Whidbey Audubon birdlist, it appears they are not known to nest here.

Date and time: 7/20/19 7:30-930 am

Comment submitted Jul 20, 2019

Reporter's name: Patricia Duarte-Pocock

Sighting Description: A male Evening Grosbeak perched for several minutes on a outdoor fireplace near my bird feeders.

Location: This is in the vicinity of Terra Bella Ln and Roseberry in Clinton

Date and time: July 5th about 1 pm

Photo Title: Evening Grosbeak

Comment submitted Jul 8, 2019

Reporter's name: Albert Rose

Sighting Description: This bird was perched high on a dead snag near the home of Isabel Neddow and Phyllis Kind, off of Honeymoon Bay Road. I was just cruising the area looking for birds and this is what I found.

Location: 7 Eagles Lane.

Confirmation: I don't think that this guy is rare, but I checked with Joe Sheldon, and he wasn't sure. Merlin thinks that it is a Willow Flycatcher. I don't know what it is.

Date and time: July 4, 2019 about 10:00 AM

Comment submitted Jul 6, 2019

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Public Meeting, South Whidbey: Dike trail access at the end of Deer Lagoon Road

This notice comes from Connie Bowers, Assistant County Engineer:

Public Meeting, South Whidbey: Dike trail access at the end of Deer Lagoon Road
Join us at a public meeting to learn about possible improvements to the end of Deer Lagoon Road, and provide comments.

Thursday, September 12th at 5:30

Useless Bay Golf and Country Club: 5725 Country Club Drive

The focus of the discussion will be on the access to the trail on the dike at the end of Deer Lagoon Road. Public Works needs to do some culvert work in the area and relocate the current trail entrance onto public property. This work provides an opportunity to look at potential access improvements to the dike.

Items being considered are;

> Replacing the chain link fence with bollards, providing an access on county property instead of the existing route on private property.

> Various possible additional parking options from an ADA spot near the access entrance to a few spots near the access entrance.

> Associated landscaping removal/installation.

Any improvements will maintain the emergency access function of the dike for residents on Shore Drive / Double Bluff Road.

Conceptual Plan Options can be previewed through this link, although the file is large:
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The meeting will include a comment activity, but for those not able to attend, here is a link to a Deer Lagoon Comment Form:

http://links.govdelivery.com/track? type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwOTA1Ljk4NTYyODEmbWVzc2FnZ WlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwOTA1Ljk4NTYyODEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNjc4MjcyNi ZlbWFpbGlkPWNvbm5pZWJAY28uaXNsYW5kLndhLnVzJnVzZXJpZD1jb25uaWViQGNvLmlzbGFuZC53YS51cyZ 0YXJnZXRpZD0mZmw9Jm12aWQ9JmV4dHJhPSYmJg==&&&102&&&https://content.govdelivery.com/att achments/WACOISLAND/2019/08/27/file_attachments/1274218/DEERLAGOONROADSOUTH%20END%20D IKE%20ACCESS.pdf

Links to the power point presentation will be available after the meeting.

The conversation may touch on the Non-Motorized Trails Plan, but it is not the subject of this meeting.

For more information contact Matthew Lander, Engineering Manager m.lander@co.island.wa.us
(360) 240-5545
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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 Bower (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) .

Monday, Sept. 23: Field Trip
Jay Adams will lead a field trip to sites on Fir Island including Wiley Sough, Hayton Preserve and Channel Drive. The area is a shorebird haven with many shorebirds and other fall migrants. Leave Coupeville at 7:30 a.m. from the parking lot behind the Coupeville Library and pick up north Islanders at the north end of the Home Depot Store in Oak Harbor about 8:00 a.m. Bring a bag lunch. We will be home late in the afternoon. The trip is limited to 10 participants. Register by emailing Jay. Registration is first come, first served. No special footwear is required. Spotting scopes are recommended.

Tuesday, Oct. 15: Field Trip
Darwin Wile will lead a field trip to Deer Lagoon, meeting at the Bayview Park & Ride at 9:00 a.m. While Deer Lagoon hosts multitudes of birds all year long, it doesn't get much better than October. There will be a profusion of ducks, shorebirds, terns, and gulls. Not a bad time for raptors either -- eagles, ospreys, harriers, and perhaps a falcon or two and maybe even a short-eared owl. Swallows and waxwings should still be present as well as sparrows and finches. Also, we should see numbers of loons, grebes, and scoters and probably brants and geese in Useless Bay, not to mention a pelican or two still hanging around. But the big numbers are likely to be shorebirds -- yellowlegs, western and least sandpipers, dunlins, dowitchers, and possibly a phalarope or two. All in all, October is a splendid time for birding! (email)

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Great egret and great blue heron

-- Linda Griesbach

Solo great egret

-- Linda Griesbach

Black-throated gray warbler

-- Mary Jo Adams

Song sparrow fledgling?

-- Mary Hollen

Green Heron

-- Jay Adams

Bushtits at feeder

-- Patrick Kline

Michael Sheldon Photo/Green Heron

-- Jay Adams

Virginia Rail

-- Albert Rose

Hudsonian Godwit

-- Jay Adams

Just hanging out

-- Lori Riter

Female Immature Red Crossbill

-- Patrick Kline

Baby spotted sandpiper with parent

-- Mary Jo Adams

PGs horsing around at Coupeville Ferry Terminal

-- Michael Sheldon

Olive-sided Flycatcher

-- Michael Sheldon

Evening Grosbeak

-- Patricia Duarte- Pocock

Shorebird rendezvous at Crockett Lake

- - Michael Sheldon

-- Albert Rose

Fledgling Cliff Swallow?

-- Albert Rose

Soggy Osprey

-- Mary Hollen


-- Arthur J Fleming

Bald Eagle in Mutiny Bay

-- Marc Schwieterman