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.

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Reporter's name: Jann Ledbetter

Sighting Description: What a thrill to come across these gorgeous swans on my morning drive thru Crockett Lake today. I'm (cautiously) ID'ing them as Tundra Swans which according to eBird are "unreported" in that location. I did not see them there when I went back late afternoon. I have many photos!

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: 3/21/19 7:45

Photo Title: Spring Swans

Comment submitted Mar 21, 2019






Reporter's name: Cathi Bower

Sighting Description: Sand Hill Crane preening at the lake side.
I was able to watch it for an hour, first creeping up to the blind here, and then sat for awhile until it took off and circled over the lake a few times.
It was such a treat to see it here, but I hope it finds its friends.
Last seen flying south down the Valley at 9 a.m. Might be worth checking Ewing - with discretion!



Location: Maxwelton Valley at Miller Lake

Confirmation: Photos to follow

Date and time: 3/21/19 8 a.m.

Comment submitted Mar 21, 2019



Reporter's name: darwin wile

Sighting Description: turkey vulture soaring - seems a bit early

Location: Useless Bay Golf Club

Date and time: 3/18/19; 1:50pm

Comment submitted Mar 18, 2019



Reporter's name: Vincent Hagel

Sighting Description: 1st Turkey Vulture of the season. Appeared overhead about 200 feet for about ten minutes, s then reappeared half an hour later.

Location: 1.5 miles east of Polnell Point

Date and time: March 16th, 2;00 p.m.

Comment submitted Mar 17, 2019



Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: A tight flock of over 200 Brant has been hanging around in Saratoga Passage. Unusual for this location. Also, Horned Grebes are beginning to mass in a tight flock just offshore. This springtime flock usually reaches 200+ birds.

Location: Saratoga Passage off Greenbrier Lane

Date and time: 6pm 3/13/2019

Comment submitted Mar 14, 2019



Reporter's name: David Berkey

Sighting Description: I live where I can view into the western Deer Lagoon back bay (north) of Shore Ave. We saw what we believed were white pelicans, but upon closer examination, they appear to be white tundra swans or trumpeter swans. Never seen them in the lagoon before. Flock is approximately 10 birds, located towards islands on the far west end. If someone has better views and viewing lenses (mine is only 7X50 binoculars), please post a correct sighting.

Location: Capt. Vancouver and Ward Ln.

Confirmation: What we thought were long, yellow beaks of the white pelican were some kind of yellow feathers on the front of the birds. Birds have long necks and short beaks, like swans. Originally, I thought they had yellow beaks, like snow geese, but upon another look with my binoculars, beaks are black.

Date and time: 3/14/19 10am

Comment submitted Mar 14, 2019



Reporter's name: Dyanne Sheldon

Sighting Description: First Tree Swallows!! Same day as 2018. Checking out nest box at our place. Only 2 birds I think

Location: Clinton: Cultus Bay Road and French Rd

Date and time: 3-10-19 11:30 am

Comment submitted Mar 10, 2019



Reporter's name: Sarah Schmidt

Sighting Description: On Tuesday, March 5, at Dugualla Lake, one Greater White- fronted Goose was flocking with Canada Geese. Also in the flock something I've never seen before: two Canada Geese with pale gray feathers where they are normally black and brown. I'm posting some photos. Perhaps a form of leucism, but the lightly pigmented areas were gray, not white.

Location: Dugualla Lake seen from Dike Road, north of Oak Harbor

Date and time: March 5, 2019, 10:00 AM

Photo Title: Pale Canada Goose and GWFG

Comment submitted Mar 8, 2019



Reporter's name: Dyanne Sheldon

Sighting Description: Five White-fronted geese at Ewing (Long's) Ponds. Not rare in spring, but unusual at that location I think. Grazing in the pasture grasses upslope of the wetland, close to the road, with a gaggle of Canada's.

Location: Long's Ponds on Ewing Road, in the Bayview Area

Date and time: March 8, 2019; 3:30 pm

Comment submitted Mar 8, 2019



Reporter's name: Cathi Bower

Sighting Description: Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker during BINs walk Thursday. Landed in a scrub tree North of the wetlands in full view while I was scoping,then flew off among other Flickers.
Presuming it is the same individual, he visited two days later at the suet feeder in our yard, a couple miles up Maxwelton Valley.

Location: Ewing Marsh, north end fields 2/28
Maxwelton Valley across from Midvale. 3/2

Date and time: 2/28/19 9:30 a.m.
3/2/19 9:30 a.m.

Comment submitted Mar 2, 2019



Reporter's name: George Heleker

Sighting Description: Right after filling the hummingbird feeders on our property, while standing by the feeder in the southeast corner of our field, we started a conversation about when we would see our first rufous. It was my guess that it might be awhile, given the cold February weather along the west coast. Just as I had convinced myself of that idea, a male rufous flew in on cue to a nearby Red Osier Dogwood just to the east of us, superbly bright red with the low sun shining on him from the west as he perched on the bright red stems of the Dogwood.
There is always something special about that first male rufous of the year. Not that I ever tire of them as hummingbirds are always special.

George Heleker
Whidbey Island-2.5 miles southwest of Clinton

Location:
Whidbey Island-2.5 miles southwest of Clinton Ferry

Date and time: March 1st- 4:48 pm

Comment submitted Mar 1, 2019



Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: Northern Saw-whet Owl tooting tonight

Location: Along Parker Road in Coupeville

Date and time: 2/28 8:20pm

Comment submitted Feb 28, 2019



Reporter's name: Vincent Hagel

Sighting Description: Short Eared Owl at Crockett Lake. I know they're about, but I haven't seen one in a while.

Location: West side of Crockett Lake

Date and time: 4:00 p.m. February 28

Photo Title: Short Eared Owl

Comment submitted Feb 28, 2019



Reporter's name: Judy Bishop

Sighting Description: A Downy Woodpecker minus red ~ Instead has bright yellow around top of bill and bright yellow tail feathers. They come to feed on our suet.

Location: In woods north of Coupeville toward Ebey's Landig

Date and time: Pretty much all winter when temperature is very cold.

Photo Title: Yellow tail Downy

Comment submitted Feb 21, 2019

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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) .

Thursday, Mar 28: Special Event
ALBATROSS, a love story for our time from the heart of the Pacific, by Chris Jordan.
The Whidbey Audubon Society is cosponsoring the showing of the film, Albatross, with the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Over the course of eight trips to Midway Island, Chris Jordan documented the beauty of Albatross and their plight as the result of massive plastic pollution in the oceans. Chris Jordan is an American artist and photographer based in Seattle, Washington. A former corporate lawyer, Chris is dedicated to raising consciousness through his photographic art that illustrates the far-reaching and destructive impact of the everyday habits of humans. 2-3:30 p.m. FREELAND LIBRARY. Also, meet the artist Friday, May 3 - 7 p.m. WHIDBEY ISLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Langley and Saturday, May 4 - 7 p.m. COUPEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Thursday, April 11: Meeting
Puget Sound Seabird Survey
The community and citizen science survey managed by Seattle Audubon empowers volunteer birdwatchers to gather valuable data on wintering seabird populations in Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and waters surrounding the San Juan Islands. Jenn Lang presents how it works, what has been discovered and why this is important. Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 NW Alexander St. Doors open at 7 p.m., meeting at 7:15, the program begins at 7:30. The public is welcome to this free program.

Saturday, April 13: Field Trip
WILD HORSE WIND AND SOLAR FACILITY
As part of Whidbey Audubon Society's Powerful Partnership with Puget Sound Energy, we will be visiting the wind and solar facility east of Ellensburg. Following a catered lunch with a presentation, we'll have a tour of the facility. The group is limited to 20 participants, who will carpool to the facility. Plan for an all-day trip, with the possibility of a stop for birding on the way home. Please contact trip leader Linda Perry Dwight at (360) 678- 5255 (email)

Sunday, April 21: Special Event
ALBATROSS, a love story for our time from the heart of the Pacific, by Chris Jordan.
The Whidbey Audubon Society is cosponsoring the showing of the film, Albatross, with the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Over the course of eight trips to Midway Island, Chris Jordan documented the beauty of Albatross and their plight as the result of massive plastic pollution in the oceans. Chris Jordan is an American artist and photographer based in Seattle, Washington. A former corporate lawyer, Chris is dedicated to raising consciousness through his photographic art that illustrates the far-reaching and destructive impact of the everyday habits of humans. 2-3:30 p.m. THE CLYDE THEATRE, Langley. Also, meet the artist Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. WHIDBEY ISLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Langley and Saturday, May 4 at 7 p.m. COUPEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Tuesday, April 23: Field Trip
Slater Museum
Leaders: Robin Llewellyn and Sharon Gauthier

Whidbey Audubon Society
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Oak Harbor,Washington 98277

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Spring Swans

-- Jann Ledbetter

Dugualla Bay kestrel

-- Mary Jo Adams

Leucistic Canada Goose 1

-- Sarah Schmidt

Leucistic Canada Geese 2

-- Sarah Schmidt

Short Eared Owl

--Vincent Hagel

Yellow tail Downy

-- Judy Bishop

Leucistic Bald Eagle, Photo #2

-- Paul Neis

Hutton's Vireo?

-- Debbie Stoetzel





Possession Point Black Scoters

-- George Heleker

Flicker, Yellow-shafted

-- Jann Ledbetter

Deer Lagoon Snow Bunting

-- George Heleker

Deer Lagoon Barred Owl

-- George Heleker

Fir Island

-- Michael