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Next Big Event: Friday, June 22 from 3 to 5 p.m.
GUILLEMOT APPRECIATION DAY
Learn more about Whidbey's favorite seabird, the Pigeon Guillemot. Happy Hour at the Ott and Murphy Tasting Room, 204 First Street in Langley. View data findings/display and slide show. Enjoy appetizers and cut out your own Pigeon Guillemot feet. More information . . .
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Reporter's name: Linda McFarlane

Sighting Description: Leucistic Bald Eagle. Not doing much. Sitting and being chased by crows. The usual.

Location: Beach surrounding Baby Island

Date and time: 6/19/18 4:58

Above comment submitted Jun 19, 2018




Reporter's name: Traci York

Sighting Description: I didn't observe this individual, but rather heard a Common Loon calling as it was passing through town. Its call, an unmistakable.

Location: Broadway St. Coupeville

Date and time: 6/14/17 6:15am

Above comment submitted Jun 14, 2018



Reporter's name: George E Heleker

Sighting Description: Stopped by the marsh to listen and look for orioles. Stood by the area where I have seen previous nesting sites, and heard some chatter almost immediately, even though they have been hit and miss when I've checked for them lately. Then a bird flew by and landed on a fence post on the other (west) side of the road about 50 yards south. It was an unmistakable Eastern Kingbird, notable by the kingbird shape, dark upperparts, and most notable, the dark tail with the white tip, very noticiable when it spread its tail. I walked quickly to try to get a photo, but right before I could get a shot off, a large truck drove by and flushed it to the next fence row about 150 feet west. It went back and forth on fence posts for a while, then flew off to the west and out of sight. Meanwhile, the male oriole started vocalizing, mostly singing for 20+ minutes, about as much as I have ever heard one sing there, singing in two different trees at opposite ends of the grove of Doug Fir trees, south of the houses on the east side of the road. As I was leaving, it started singing from one of the trees by the Osprey nest. I have not located a nest yet, and there was no evidence of an adult taking food to any area.

Location: Ewing Rd Marsh area

Date and time: 6/12/18

Above comment submitted Jun 12, 2018



Reporter's name: Libby Hayward

Sighting Description: 20-30 pelicans this evening at Deer Lagoon near Double Bluff Park; seen from mid dike trail. I have not seen pelicans for the past 5 days.....

Location: mid trail, west dike Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 6/9/20, 8:30PM18

Above comment submitted Jun 9, 2018



Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Two Black Swifts

Location: Off the bluff at the end of Greenbrier Lane, Langley. Hunting with the usual swallows.

Date and time: 6/9/18 10:13am

Above comment submitted Jun 9, 2018



Reporter's name: George Heleker

Sighting Description: Marbled Godwit with 33 Whimbrels at Deer Lagoon near the dike that is closest to the west side of the salt water side of the lagoon area. There was a high tide about 10:00 am., but it was not quite high enough to refill the lagoon, leaving some water and lots of mud. I took a few photos of the godwit that were terribly backlit, and I'll put one or two of those on my eBird checklist later today. The Whimbrels were quite a surprise, given that I hadn't seen any in my last couple visits to the lagoon in late May, and 33 is the most I have seen at that location. I thought they were long gone for the season. I was impressed by how much food the godwit was finding by digging deep in the mud with that long beak. Later in the morning when I came back by, it was preening and eventually it tucked in its head and stood on one leg for a rest and/or sleep. The afternoon would be a better time to get photos if the bird remains in that area.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: A.M. hours of June 6th, 2018

Above comment submitted Jun 6, 2018



Reporter's name: Dyanne Sheldon

Sighting Description: Lazuli bunting; male. Perched and singing outside our kitchen window. Appears to be a different bird than the one who did a window strike a few weeks ago. Heard it singing and didn?t recognize the song.

Location: Clinton, WA

Date and time: 4:00 pm, Tuesday June 5

Above comment submitted Jun 5, 2018



Reporter's name: Linda McFarlane

Sighting Description: Two Sandhill Cranes on the shores of Baby Island in Holmes Harbor, at high tide, late in the evening. They were feeding.

Location: Baby Island

Date and time: 9:30 pm

Above comment submitted Jun 5, 2018



Reporter's name: Mary Hollen

Sighting Description: First Western Purple Martin eggs of the 2018 nesting season at Lagoon Point.

Location: Steelhead Drive

Date and time: 6/3/18 9:00 pm

Above comment submitted Jun 4, 2018



Reporter's name: Barbara Paul

Sighting Description: Sandhill cranes feeding.

Location: Sandy Hook, between Possession and Scatchet

Date and time: 31 May at about 1 pm

Above comment submitted May 31, 2018



Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: Martha and I saw a Red- breasted Sapsucker at the Dugwalla wetland mitigation area. This is the 1st summer sapsucker sighting I've had in a couple of years.
I apologize for the late notice.

Location: Dugwalla Bay Wetland Mitigation Trail

Date and time: 5/27/18 2:45pm

Above comment submitted May 29, 2018



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: After not seeing a single shorebird in Deer Lagoon for almost 2 weeks, a flock of about 2 dozen whimbrels just flew in on the salt water side of the west dike.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 5/28/18; 8:45 pm

Above comment submitted May 28, 2018



Reporter's name: Sarah Schmidt

Sighting Description: Chipping Sparrow in our backyard. While sitting on a bench by our patio in warm afternoon sun, we had a Chipping Sparrow fly in and land a few inches away from our feet, glance up at us, show us its bright rufous cap for two seconds, then fly off! First time we've seen this species in our yard in 18 years of recording sightings.

Location: Rhodena Drive, Coupeville

Date and time: May 24, 2018, about 4pm.

Above comment submitted May 25, 2018



Reporter's name: Gary Lyon

Sighting Description: This is a reply to Kathi Bower. It sounds likely from your description that the bird is an American Pipit. If that doesn't check out then look at Wandering Tattler.

Location: Holmes harbor

Date and time: May 22

Above comment submitted May 22, 2018



Reporter's name: Cathi Bower

Sighting Description: - Mystery Passerine -
This morning at Holmes Harbor, there was someone who looked EXACTLY like a Veery (or maybe a less-marked Swainson's thrush): Except that it was foraging along the shoreline in the rocks! No helpful photo, but I watched with binocs for a few minutes from about 40 ft away, at about a 6 tide. Definitely not an immature robin, or anything else likely that I could figure out. First impression was "what is a robin doing on the beach by the water?"
Perhaps slightly smaller than a robin, "fox- sparrow-brown" (not drab) back and wings. Very pale gray breast, with very pale spotting or striping. Pinkish legs (not dark or yellow). Dark bill, substantial like a robin's. Pale, indistinct eyering. It was facing East, into good light. When I first saw it, its wings appeared long the way thrushes do, but it tucked them up as it kept pecking along the water line. After about 5 minutes, I glanced at my notebook for a split second, and when I looked up, it had disappeared, and was nowhere to be seen after that. Best guess so far is a 1st year Swainson's Thrush that didn't know it was supposed to be in the woods.

Location: Holmes Harbor, Freeland, WA - at waterline, west of the pier.

Date and time: 5/22/18 around 9 a.m.

Above comment submitted May 22, 2018



Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: Female Yellowheaded Blackbird 1st heard, then seen at Lone Lake. It was calling frequently.

A Western Wood-pewee was in the trees to the west.
The above were found by the bird class field trip attendees.

Location: In the alders east of the parking area at the Lone Lake boat launch area.

Date and time: 5/19/18 11:45am

Above comment submitted May 19, 2018



Reporter'Reporter's name: Carlos Andersen

Sighting Description: Brown Pelican South of Keystone ferry at Cormorant platform.

Location: Just South of Keystone ferry at Cormorant platform.


Date and time: 5/18/2018 0840

Above comment submitted May 18, 2018



Reporter'Reporter's name: Peter West Carey

Sighting Description: Saw another leucistic Bald Eagle at Deer Lagoon this morning. It might be the same one but I can't tell. There was a group of one adult and three juvenile Bald Eagles hanging out on the last house on the beach side of the lagoon when the leucistic adult came in from the bluffs to the North.

I will upload a couple of photos in a moment.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 5/17/18 8:37am

Above comment submitted May 17, 2018



Reporter's name: George Heleker

Sighting Description: The male Eurasian Wigeon that I saw on the 8th of May was still hanging out with some American Wigeons. My previous sightings of this species at the lagoon have all been from November-March.
Also present was a male Blue-winged Teal, a species I've seen several times at the lagoon, always in the month of May.
There was a male Redhead as well. I have seen this species only one other time at the lagoon when I saw 8 on the first of May, 2016.
All three birds were on the marsh (west) side of the lagoon area.
There were 72 American White Pelicans when I arrived early in the morning. About 55 flew north late in the morning.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: Morning hours of 5/15/2018

Above comment submitted May 16, 2018



Reporter's name: Dyanne Sheldon

Sighting Description: Lazuli bunting: non- breeding male. Flew into a house window. Held him for several minutes until he fully recovered and flew off. Photos of the bird in hand were uploaded.

Location: Clinton, WA

Confirmation: Not included on Whidbey checklist; it IS on the Seattle checklist

Date and time: 8:00 am; May 14, 2018

Above comment submitted May 14, 2018

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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) .

Friday, June 22 from 3 to 5 p.m.
GUILLEMOT APPRECIATION DAY
Learn more about Whidbey's favorite seabird, the Pigeon Guillemot. Happy Hour at the Ott and Murphy Tasting Room, 204 First Street in Langley. View data findings/display and slide show. Enjoy appetizers and cut out your own Pigeon Guillemot feet.

Saturday, June 23 at 8 a.m.
FIELD TRIP TO A PIGEON GUILLEMOT COLONY
Meet at the Freeland Park & Ride at Trinity Lutheran Church, 18341 SR 525. For more about the Pigeon Guillemot Research Group visit www.pigeonguillemot.org

SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bird-in-Hand Poster

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.

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Leucistic Eagle 2


Leucistic Eagle 2

Marbled Godwit

-- Joe Sheldon

First Western Purple Martin eggs 2018

Brown Pelican?

Brown Pelican

-- Carlos Andersen

Leucistic Bald Eagle

Lazuli bunting non-breeding male


White-throated Sparrow

-- Carla Corin

One of 17 Turkey Vultures at Pacific Rim Institute on 30 April 2018

-- Joe Sheldon

Western Kingbird at Crockett Lake


Yellow-headed Blackbird
Lake at Admiral's Cove

-- Joe Sheldon

Mountain Bluebird female, PRI, 4-23-2018


Mountain Bluebird female, PRI, 4-23-2018


Mountain Bluebird female, PRI, 4-23-2018


Mountain Bluebird


Leucistic Bald Eagle


six female Mountain Bluebirds at PRI


Male Mountain Bluebird


Spotted Towhee

-- Tony Zoars

Pileated Woodpeckers


Short Eared Owl 3 At Crockett

-- William Fritsch

Short Eared Owl 2 At Crockett

-- William Fritsch

Short-Eared Owl at Crockett Lake

-- William Fritsch

Deer Lagoon Snow Bunting


Western Scrub Jay

-- Gord Wilson