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Unusual Bird Sightings and Special Points of Interest
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207 Greater-white Fronted Geese on Swan Lake at 10:30 am 4/22/2014. Were in one large flock that was spooked by a low flyover of an adult Bald Eagle. Flew off over the Water towards Smith Island. ~Emma Ruggiero

Above comment submitted Apr 22, 2014

Barn Swallows at the Keystone Ferry dock. ~3:45pm 4/21/14 ~Emma Ruggiero

Above comment submitted Apr 21, 2014

The American Goldfinch has arrived at Dugualla Bay. We observed the first pair at our feeder 3 days ago. Ruth Scrivner

Above comment submitted Apr 21, 2014

13 Whimbrels were feeding at low tide between Bush Point and Windmill Heights around 3PM.

Jo Reeves

Above comment submitted Apr 19, 2014

We live across a ravine from the osprey nest on Hwy 525 and Mohawk Dr. The nest appeared to have been removed this winter by county crews.

Today we had an osprey fly closely overhead with branches in it's talons. It will be interesting to watch and see if they rebuild their nest!

Paula Flores
Greenbank, WA

Above comment submitted Apr 17, 2014

1st of the year Mallard ducklings showed up yesterday (4/16) at the Coupeville High School retention pond.
-----Steve Ellis

Above comment submitted Apr 17, 2014

Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Tree Swallows and River Otter at Fort Ebey State Park . ~9:45am 4/15/14 Emma Ruggiero

Above comment submitted Apr 15, 2014

It was nice to see Osprey, a Yellow Warbler and Violet-green Swallows.

Craig & Joy Johnson

Above comment submitted Apr 13, 2014

THE FIELD TRIP SCHEDULED FOR 1:00PM 4/13 HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE WHIDBEY ISLAND MARATHON. The original meeting place is unavailable and it's too late to come up with an alternate plan.
----Steve Ellis

Above comment submitted Apr 12, 2014

The Birding Behavior Class scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, is canceled. Houston was injured and needs time to heal. We will reschedule in the fall.
Call Anna Swartz with questions. 206-293-3916

Above comment submitted Apr 11, 2014

Today at 12:45pm there was a female MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD on the beach by my house at Dines Point, Greenbank!

Dave Parent

Above comment submitted Apr 7, 2014

Not an unusually sighting but a pair of pileated woodpeckers on opposite sides of a suet feeder doesn't occur every day. Sighted on 6 April 2014 at about 1730 Davis landing. I assume they are a breeding pair and I have a picture. Ted Henderson

Above comment submitted Apr 6, 2014

Saw a turkey vulture atop a deer carcass by the side of E Harbor Road this morning, snacking heartily, approx 3/4 mile along from the intersection of Goss Lake Rd, towards Freeland
Penny Thackeray

Above comment submitted Apr 6, 2014

This is a reminder that The Bird Behavior class still has room for more birders. This is a class with Houston Flores on Saturday, April 12th at Trinity Lutheran Church Annex. The class is from 9-noon. We will have a sack lunch together and spend the afternoon on a field trip. Please call Anna Swartz at 206-293-3916 to register. Cost is $20 paid to Whidbey Audubon Society and sent to Anna Swartz at PO Box 232, Freeland, WA 98249.

Above comment submitted Apr 6, 2014

Well, this bird is not unusual on Whidbey but it was the first time I'd ever seen one on my property in ten years - a Ring-necked Pheasant!

My husband and I heard a LOUD strange noise when we were walking the cats on Thursday. We thought it was a stalled car on our lane and Gordon ran to investigate. Then the next day the neighbors phoned to tell us that a pheasant was walking near our gazebo, and there it was.

He just wandered by outside my window a moment ago.

That's what I love about birding, it can still be surprising after 27 years.

Linda Bainbridge

Above comment submitted Apr 5, 2014

Eurasian Collared-Dove seen for the past two days in our backyard on the Holmes Harbor Golf Course in Freeland.

David & Louise Kankel

Above comment submitted Apr 4, 2014

2pm, 4/2/14 - Just spotted an adult Golden Eagle over Freeland.

Dave Parent

Above comment submitted Apr 2, 2014

It was nice to see a couple of Savannah Sparrows at Keystone Spit today (March 31st) Craig & Joy Johnson

Above comment submitted Mar 31, 2014

First Gold Finch at our feeder
Sat March 29
Goss Ridge Rd Freeland Wa

John Schuster

Above comment submitted Mar 29, 2014

Rough-legged Hawk seen flying over Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stwardship south of Coupeville in Smith Prairie about 4 PM on March 26. This is pretty late in the season to see this bird. Unlike 2013, they have been largely absent in central Whidbey during the early months of 2014. Joe Sheldon.

Above comment submitted Mar 29, 2014

1 American Bittern and 2 Wood Ducks reported on eBird at Ewing Road Marsh at ~8am Tuesday March 25, 2014

Above comment submitted Mar 26, 2014

A Ring Necked Duck was in our pond Sunday. This is the first I've seen on this part of the island, though I saw more than twenty on Crockett Lake about three months ago. Also, on Saturday, we drove to Holmes Harbor to view the Puffins and saw about twenty Surf Scoters.

Above comment submitted Mar 25, 2014

Yesterday March 24 2014, Greenbank, WA first of year Purple Finches, male and female pair. Odd that the male hasn't been singing yet (that I've noticed!). Back again today at our feeders.

Still have the flock of eight flickers hanging around!

Paula Flores
Greenbank, WA

Above comment submitted Mar 25, 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, April 26: Field Trip
Maxwelton Outdoor Center
Janet Stein, WSU noxious weed specialist for Island County, will join us as we bird along a loop walk through the forest and by Maxwelton Creek to celebrate Earth Week. She will display some of the invasive plants that are crowding out native species on Whidbey, and talk about what we can do to control their spread. If time allows, we may visit Dave Mackie Park to see birds on the beach and offshore, and/or look over the ponds on Ewing Road for ducks and spring migrants. Maxwelton Outdoor Center (east side of Maxwelton Rd in Clinton, just north of its intersection with Sills Rd and French Rd.) 9 am. Carpools meet at 8 am at Coupeville's Prairie Station Park and Ride, 8:30 am at Trinity Lutheran Park and Ride, and 8:40 at Bayview Park and Ride. Kim Shepard 360-720-1711

Thursday, May 8: Meeting
Martha Jordan 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

Saturday, May 10: Field Trip
Earth Sanctuary
Meet at 8:00 am at Bayview Park and Ride lot (SR 525 & Bayview Rd.) to carpool to Earth Sanctuary in Freeland. We will look and listen for arriving spring migrants and our resident birds establishing nesting territories. Earth Sanctuary is a lovely area at any time of year. The trip will include walking for a couple of hours, with some hills, and possibly muddy or uneven ground. Please be prepared to pay a $7.00 entry fee. For more information on Earth Sanctuary, see http://www.earthsanctuary.org/. Trip leaders: Linda Bainbridge, 360-331-5948 (email) and Joy Johnson.

Wednesday, May 21 - Monday, May 26, 2014: Field Trip
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Birding in southeastern Oregon -- one of America's top birding spots. Arrive Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Return Sunday or Monday, depending on your schedule. Overnight options: camping at Page Springs, a BLM camp ground near the refuge, Steens Mountain Resort (Private owned close to Page Springs), Frenchglen Hotel, or use a motel in Burns about 50 miles away. Individuals participating should make their own camping/motel reservations. No reservations are needed for the Page Springs camp ground. Reservations are needed for tent/RV camping at Steens Mountain Resort: phone 1-800-542-3765. Check the Page Springs, Malheur NWR, and Steens Mountain Resort web sites for details. Another housing option you might check is at the Malheur NWF field station. Notify Joe Sheldon if you plan to participate (email) 360-678-9060.

Saturday, June 14: Meeting
Bird in the Hand/Wildlife Exhibit
Matt Klope, Judy Feldman. Sharon Gauthier, Robin Llewellyn. Greenbank Farm. Please check back for details.

Whidbey Audubon Society
PO Box 1012
Oak Harbor,Washington 98277

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