Whidbey Audubon Society
Whidbey Audubon Society is dedicated to the understanding, appreciation, and protection of wildlife species
and their habitat on Whidbey Island and surrounding waters.  Visitors are welcome to participate in our events.

Next Big Event: Saturday, November 3: Field Trip
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Unusual Bird Sightings and Special Points of Interest
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Reporter's name: Cathi Bower and Kathy Obersinner

Sighting Description: Northern Shrike perched among robins and cedar waxwings in berried shrubbery. It repeatedly flew to the ground and back up to the brush. At one point we thought it had gone after a bird, but the smaller birds like chickadees were keeping their distance.
Not particularly unusual, but first of the season here, and seems a bit early.

Location: Maxwelton Valley across from Midvale

Date and time: October 15 5 p.m.

Comment submitted Oct 16, 2018

Reporter's name: Madrone Ruggiero

Sighting Description: Red Knot with a mixed flock of dowitchers, dunlin, and plovers.

Location: Swantown/Bos Lake south end on the west beach road edge.

Confirmation: white supercilium, heavy straight bill about the length of the head, dark legs, overall grayish above and light below with flecking on rump in flight and light gray tailfeathers, dark primaries were about even with tail tip, some light "lacing" on the shoulders. Larger than DUNL, smaller than black-bellied plovers and dowitchers. Familiar with the species from when I lived in New Jersey and confident on the id. Reported previously by other birders at the same location.

Date and time: Oct. 11, 2018, 1:20pm

Comment submitted Oct 11, 2018

Reporter's name: DAVID PARENT

Sighting Description: Northern Saw-whet Owl flying across the road. Interestingly enough, I just released a Saw-whet Owl that we had rehabilitated after crashing into a glass porch railing. That bird was released where found on Ledgewood Beach Rd.

Location: Newman Road

Date and time: 10/10/18 6:30am

Comment submitted Oct 10, 2018

Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: A leusistic junco was seen by the bird cclass field trip today. The bird was with a flock of normal colored jucos. The head was mostly white with a couple of black spots. Photo to follow.

Location: Ft. Ebey State Park, camping area

Date and time: 10/06/18 11:00am

Comment submitted Oct 6, 2018

Reporter's name: Joe Sheldon

Sighting Description: Fall and October have definitely arrived. This morning, Oct. 2nd, I heard my first Varried Thrush of the fall near Pacific Rim Institute.

Location: Near Pacific Rim Institute

Date and time: Oct. 2nd 2018 9:30 am

Comment submitted Oct 2, 2018

Reporter's name: John Schuster

Sighting Description: Black-Throated Gray Warbler At our bird bath

Location: Goss Ridge Rd Freeland

Date and time: 12:30 PM 9/9/2018

Photo Title: Black-Throated Gray Warbler

Comment submitted Sep 10, 2018

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Whatcom Falls Field Trip on Oct 24 is Cancelled.

Unforeseen conditions force this cancellation. The trip leader hopes to reschedule it.

Schedule changes: Remember to check this space a few hours before any Whidbey Audubon Society event in case weather or illness cancels it. Consider signing up to receive updates by email.

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) .

Wednesday, October 24: Field Trip
Whatcom Falls Park, Bellingham
This field trip has been cancelled.

Saturday, November 3: Field Trip
Join us for a fun morning of birding at the historic Crockett Lake near Coupeville. Crockett Lake is designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA) in Washington State and is host to a number of wintering birds species. We can expect to see ducks, shorebirds, seabirds and raptors as we view the area around the ferry dock, meadows and lake. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Coupeville ferry parking lot. Bring your Discover Pass, binocs and scopes. Contact Ann Casey if you need further information: email or 360-331-4679.

Whidbey Audubon Society
PO Box 1012
Oak Harbor,Washington 98277

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Barred Owl

-- Lori Erikson

Black-Throated Gray Warbler

-- John Schuster


-- Michael Sheldon

Adult and Chick Bald Eagles

-- John Keller

-- Michael Sheldon

-- John Schuster

White Pelicans July 1, 2018

-- Bill Bradkin

Pelicans in flight over Useless Bay

Aphid killers on a break

Leucistic Eagle 2