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Reporter's name: Traci and Robert York

Sighting Description: Female Short Eared Owl

Location: West side of Crockett Lake on a metal T post -photo taken through binocular lens.

Date and time: 12/10/18 @ 2:45

Comment submitted Dec 10, 2018

Reporter's name: Vincent Hagel

Sighting Description: 46 Black Oyster Catchers feeding along the shoreline.

Location: Oak Harbor City Beach in front of the new sewage disposal facility. Spread about two hundred yards.

Date and time: Today, Saturday, December 8 at about 2 p.m.

Comment submitted Dec 8, 2018

Reporter's name: Vincent Hagel

Sighting Description: Update to all white ring-billed gull posting. I was much closer to the bird again yesterday. The bill is a pale yellow, with the clearly marked black ring around the end of the bill. The legs and feet are pink, not black. It is a much larger gull, at least 15-20% larger than the dozen immature ring-bills it was traveling with, so large that it seemed like a giant next to them, like a seven foot basketball player walking among six footers. It walked around the grassy area with them, but they would not quite mingle with it on land. They flew to a nearby pond, and the dozen immatures swam together, but the all white gull had to swim around the pack at about twenty feet away. If it swam toward them, they would move away slightly, keeping their distance.

Location: Whidbey Golf Course

Date and time: 12/1/2018 at about noon.

Comment submitted Dec 2, 2018

Reporter's name: Vincent Hagel

Sighting Description: Around noon today, Nov. 30th, I saw a completely white gull. ALL of its feathers were white. The bill was very pale, almost white, with a black ring, like a ring billed gull. The eyes were black, not pink, and I couldn't get a good look at the legs, but I "feel" like they were black. The bird was fairly elusive, though it was walking about and feeding with some immature ring billed gulls. I was about forty or fifty yards from it. A friend who was with me today said he saw the same bird yesterday at a different location on the golf course.

Location: Seen at the Whidbey Golf Club

Confirmation: I only list this as rare, not because it's a ring billed gull, but I've been an avid birder for forty years and have never seen an all white gull before today.

Date and time: 11/30/2018 at about noon.

Comment submitted Nov 30, 2018

Reporter's name: Carla Corin

Sighting Description: White-throated Sparrow (tan striped) under our bird feeder today (along with the usual suspects, including 16 California Quail). Second one we�ve had this year - other was in May.

Location: West Beach and Barque, Oak Harbor

Date and time: Nov. 24, 11 a.m.

Comment submitted Nov 24, 2018

Reporter's name: Carla Corin

Sighting Description: Chipping Sparrow at Pacific Rim Institute, moving between the parking area and the fenced orchard/garden plot. Listed as rare on Whidbey list, though there seem to be annualsightings at this location.

Location: Pacific Rim Institute, Coupeville

Date and time: Nov. 15, 1 p.m.

Comment submitted Nov 15, 2018

Reporter's name: Nancy Van Wormer

Sighting Description: A Wilson's Snipe appeared on my side lawn dipping his long bill repeatedly into the lawn obviously eating something delicious. Being from the midwest I immediately thought it was a Woodcock but got out the trusty bird books to discover it was a Wilsons or Common Snipe. I took a video.

Location: On the bluff of Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 7:45 in the morning of December 9.

Comment submitted Nov 14, 2018

Reporter's name: Jann Ledbetter

Sighting Description: This Yellow-shafted Flicker was seen with a flock of 7-8 Red-shafted Northern Flickers that have been coming to my yard regularly.

Location: Coupeville (not far from downtown)

Confirmation: While red-shafted Flickers are quite common, I'm learning that the yellow-shafted is somewhat rare. This one has the brown face, black malar and red nape crescent, as well as the yellow shafts that seem to indicate it is a pure yellow-shafted Flicker, and not an intergrade.

Date and time: 11/12/18 a.m.

Photo Title: Flicker, Yellow-shafted

Comment submitted Nov 13, 2018

Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: Walking the west dike - 3 male + 2 female redheads (not canvasbacks) remarkable in that they are listed as rare on the Whidbey check list; at least 4 male Eurasian wigeons; a peregrine kept the ducks moving and the dunlins murmurating; didn't find George's snow bunting.

Location: Deer Lagoon, west dike

Date and time: 11/11/18; 2:30pm

Comment submitted Nov 11, 2018

Reporter's name: Marie Shaw

Sighting Description: Three trumpeter swans flying over northeast over Crockett Lake at 9:30 this morning.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: 11/11/2018 9:30 am

Comment submitted Nov 11, 2018

Reporter's name: George Heleker

Sighting Description: Snow Bunting found at the lagoon area on the beach between the lagoon and the bay, moving in and out of vegetation and driftwood and foraging on the sand. I saw one in the same area on March 6, 2018.
An American White Pelican continues to hang out at the lagoon and the adjacent marsh.
A Northern Shrike is still hunting in the area, first reported on 10/12/2018.
A Sora continues. It called today for about 10 seconds. Likely the same bird that was first reported on 10/4/2018 and by several other observers since.
Six Snow geese again for this observer on the marsh side of the lagoon area. There have been 1- 70 reported here this fall since 10/21/2018.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 11/10/2018. During bird walk from 8:33-2:08

Photo Title: Deer Lagoon Snow Bunting

Comment submitted Nov 10, 2018

Reporter's name: Kellee Roberti

Sighting Description: Male ring neck pheasant seen on our property Tuesday afternoon and this morning foraging in our horse pastures.

Location: Near the north end of pintail road

Date and time: 11/8/18 at 7:30 am

Comment submitted Nov 8, 2018

Reporter's name: David Parent

Sighting Description: Two Snow Geese one adult, one juvenile. The adult has a left leg lameness. Both foraging normally.

Location: On the fairway near Dunlap Drive, Holmes Harbor Golf Course

Date and time: 11/5/18 1:45 pm

Comment submitted Nov 5, 2018

Reporter's name: Sue Minger

Sighting Description: A duck with a redhead and large black stripe running laterally over face and eye area. It was by itself. Duck was mallard size. I'm an experienced birder and I could not identify it.

Location: Deer Lagoon--one of the ponds.

Date and time: 11/02/18 1 pm

Comment submitted Nov 2, 2018

Reporter's name: Martha Hollis

Sighting Description: A flock of 35 Snow Geese on Ebey's Prairie Ebey's Landing Road across from Willow Wood Farm.
First time I've ever seen them on our island.

Location: Ebey's Landing Road, about 1/4 miles from the beach

Date and time: 10-31-18 approximately 3:00 pm.

Comment submitted Oct 31, 2018

Reporter's name: Sego Jackson

Sighting Description: Northern Shrike perched on top of very long bamboo pole in garden (about 15 feet up.) First time I've seen on our property. I see there was a sighting in Maxwelton area last week.

Location: Midvale Road

Date and time: Oct. 29, 2018. 10:45 am

Comment submitted Oct 29, 2018

Reporter's name: Joe K Sheldon

Sighting Description: Large numbers of waterfowl including five Greater White-fronted Geese, one Snow Goose, 20 Cackling Geese, 100+ Canada Geese, 100+ of both Mallards and Northern Pintail, and two Gadwall. The birds were foraging in the farm field.

Location: Immediately north of Cook Road on Ebey's Prairie, Coupeville.

Date and time: 28 October 2018, 4 PM.

Comment submitted Oct 28, 2018

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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

Barred Owl

-- Lori Erikson

Black-Throated Gray Warbler

-- John Schuster


-- Michael Sheldon

Adult and Chick Bald Eagles

-- John Keller

-- Michael Sheldon

-- John Schuster