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Unusual Bird Sightings and Special Points of Interest
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Reporter's name: Bill Bradkin

Sighting Description: Constant parade of black-headed grosbeaks at our suet feeder. As many as four adult males taking turns feeding, as well as females and young birds.

Location: Ledgewood Beach

Date and time: Today July 20

Above comment submitted Jul 20, 2015




Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: 150+ robins in the field immediately to the west of the Coupeville High School gym. I've never seen such a concentration of robins here in the summer. About 20% were young of the year which would seem to preclude this being a migrant flock.


Location: Coupeville High School gym

Date and time: 7/18 7:30pm

Above comment submitted Jul 20, 2015



Reporter's name: Traci YOrk

Sighting Description: Observed at the same time, two adult White Crowned Sparrows feeding two juvenile Brown Headed Cowbirds.

Location: Coupeville off Broadway St.

Date and time: July 16, 2015 at 4:30pm

Above comment submitted Jul 18, 2015



Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Excellent shorebird habitat all over Crockett Lake but birds seem to be concentrated on the north shore. I bushwhacked in on the back "trail" off Wanamaker Rd last evening. Estimated 2000 Western Sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitchers, Least Sandpipers, Killdeer, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs. Nothing rare seen, just LOTS of birds.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: 7/13/15 8pm

Above comment submitted Jul 14, 2015



Reporter's name: Mary Hollen

Sighting Description: I have been asked to clarify the acronyms in my baby bird sighting. PUMA = Purple Martin. ASY = "After Second Year" which the biologists use to describe the fully mature Purple Martin with characteristic plumage. It means they have wintered in South America at least twice. Sorry for any confusion.

Location: Lagoon Point

Date and time: 7/12 4:50 pm

Above comment submitted Jul 14, 2015



Reporter's name: Mary Hollen

Sighting Description: PUMA BABIES! The gourd nest that had six eggs has at least five very naked freshly hatched babies. The piling cavity nest that had five eggs is covered by a brooding ASY female - I believe it is the BC 351 banded bird from Blackie Spit.

Location: Lagoon Point.

Date and time: 7/12/15 4:14 pm

Above comment submitted Jul 12, 2015



Reporter's name: Friends of South Whidbey State Park

Sighting Description: SATURDAY, JULY 18: Special Program
WOODPECKERS OF WHIDBEY ISLAND
Join Ruth Scrivner for a hands-on interpretive learning experience! Ruth started birding 5 years ago and is presently the chair of the Whidbey Island Audubon education committee. She has a degree in physical therapy from the University of Freiburg Germany and a teaching credential from Sonoma State University CA. Ruth has been teaching about birds, particularly woodpeckers on Whidbey Island for the last two years to people of all ages.

Thanks to the Friends of South Whidbey State Park.

Location: SOUTH WHIDBEY STATE PARK 6:00 PM. This is a FREE event. A Discover Pass is required for parking.

Date and time: SATURDAY, JULY 18 6:00 PM.

Above comment submitted Jul 12, 2015



Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Northern Mockingbird flyover 4:40pm, July 9, Dines Point, Greenbank. My neighbor says he has seen it one other time. I'll post if it becomes a predictable sighting.

Location: Dines Point, Greenbank

Date and time: 7/9/2015 4:40pm

Above comment submitted Jul 9, 2015



Reporter's name: Sarah Schmidt

Sighting Description: Two big-eyed, bespectacled Cassin's Vireos bathing in our back yard this morning. This is a first for us, and the 45th species we've recorded using a bird-bath in our yard south of Coupeville since 2003. They have such large eyes, and we were noting what a contrast this is with relative eye size in flycatchers.

Location: Rhodena Drive, Coupeville

Date and time: July 2, 9:30 a.m.

Above comment submitted Jul 2, 2015



Reporter's name: Vincent Hagel

Sighting Description: I believe I saw what was reported as the "white eagle" a few weeks ago. This morning, I was working in my garden when I first heard it screeching, then saw it flying above me about sixty feet above the ground, less than one hundred feet from me. It was "fighting" with a mature bald eagle, which was somewhat smaller. The white was pursuing the mature, who was twisting and showing its talons, and making all sorts of noise. They were directly over my neighbors lawn, below the roofline. In my first glimpse of it, the bird seemed white, especially in the reflection of the sun, which at 10:00 a.m. PDT was south and east, and fairly high in the sky. They then flew back towards me, about forty feet above my roof. The "white" bird was an immature bald eagle with about 80 percent of its feathers white, and the remaining feathers a very light greyish brown. At this point they were both slightly north of me, with the sun to my back. This was not the "white" eagle that I saw during an Audubon Bird Count more than ten years ago. That bird was mature, and very light, something like the color of a very pale gull. I observed that bird on five different occasions, one of those being with a Fish and Wildlife biologist who was tracking another eagle with a GPS Transponder attached to it. The last time I saw the previous eagle, I saw two of them standing on the beach of the small island just east of Ala Spit on Whidbey Island. That was about twelve years ago. My view of today's bird was probably only about thirty seconds, but I was less than a hundred feet from it during the entire sighting.

Location: About 1.5 miles east of Polnell Point.

Confirmation: I believe I saw what was reported as the "white eagle" a few weeks ago. This morning, I was working in my garden when I first heard it screeching, then saw it flying above me about sixty feet above the ground, less than one hundred feet from me. It was "fighting" with a mature bald eagle, which was somewhat smaller. The white was pursuing the mature, who was twisting and showing its talons, and making all sorts of noise. They were directly over my neighbors lawn, below the roofline. In my first glimpse of it, the bird seemed white, especially in the reflection of the sun, which at 10:00 a.m. PDT was south and east, and fairly high in the sky. They then flew back towards me, about forty feet above my roof. The "white" bird was an immature bald eagle with about 80 percent of its feathers white, and the remaining feathers a very light greyish brown. At this point they were both slightly north of me, with the sun to my back. This was not the "white" eagle that I saw during an Audubon Bird Count more than ten years ago. That bird was mature, and very light, something like the color of a very pale gull. I observed that bird on five different occasions, one of those being with a Fish and Wildlife biologist who was tracking another eagle with a GPS Transponder attached to it. The last time I saw the previous eagle, I saw two of them standing on the beach of the small island just east of Ala Spit on Whidbey Island. That was about twelve years ago. My view of today's bird was probably only about thirty seconds, but I was less than a hundred feet from it during the entire sighting.

Date and time: July 1 at about 10:00 a.m.

Above comment submitted Jul 1, 2015



Reporter's name: Gabe Harpe

Sighting Description: Two female or juvenile purple martins soaring around the bowman bay dock with the barn swallows.

Location: Bowman Bay Dock

Date and time: June, 27 2015 at around 3:45PM

Above comment submitted Jun 28, 2015

 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 Marcia Lazoff (email).

September 4,5,6,7 2015, Labor Day Weekend: Special Field Trip
Whitman and Adams Counties
On this three-night trip, we will concentrate on migrating shorebirds, and southbound migrants in the desert oases of Washtucna and Hooper. We plan to camp all nights at the famous Bassett Park in beautiful Washtucna, Washington. If that location is hopping, we might just stay there! It has achieved fame for the number of eastern vagrants that show up there every year, along with large numbers of western migrants. On the way we will definitely stop at County Line Ponds and the fragrant Hatton Coulee sewage ponds. If there is interest, we may drive to Pullman, 67 miles away from Washtucna, to do a little birding and stop at the WSU Creamery for killer ice cream, sausage and Cougar Gold Cheese. Maybe stop and take a hike in Kamiak Butte County Park with its good birding. Another possible destination is Palouse Falls State Park. Beginning birders are most welcome! We will all learn a lot. This trip involves a lot of driving - about 600-700 miles, so carpooling is essential. Come for all or part. For those who choose to hike, there may be some somewhat strenuous walks on uneven surfaces. We will depart on a very early ferry on Friday morning. Trip Leader: Dave Parent (email)

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