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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Unusual Bird Sightings and Special Points of Interest
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Reporter's name: Govinda Holtby

Sighting Description: Steller's Jay was in the cedar tree making a ruckus- Northern Saw-whet owl perched on a branch 8-9 feet off the ground.

Location: Off Thompson rd. in Langley

Date and time: Saturday, Feb. 15 afternoon

Comment submitted Feb 18, 2020

Reporter's name: Nancy Van Wormer

Sighting Description: This Orange-crowned Warbler has been in residence for over a month, but this was the first that we have seen it enjoying nectar from the hummer feeder.

Location: Overlooking Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 2/1/10:00 A.M

Comment submitted Feb 6, 2020

Reporter's name: Tom Leschine

Sighting Description: A partially leucistic Chestnut-backed Chickadee made several appearance at and around my suet feeder along Burley Rd. last week. I spotted the bird at some point during each of the days 1/22-1/24. A neighbor who I had alerted reported seeing what is likely the same bird at her feeder today (1/28). Most striking is a snowy white tail. My not-great photos were taken around noon on 1/23.

Location: At feeders at homes both above and below Burely Road, Clinton.

Date and time: 1/22-24/20 and 1/28/20, intermittently through the day

Photo Title: Partially leucistic Chestnut-Backed Chickadee

Comment submitted Jan 28, 2020

Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Northern Saw-whet Owl flew in front of my car.

Location: Brainer's Rd near the intersection with East Harbor Rd, Freeland

Date and time: 1/21/20 6:45pm

Comment submitted Jan 22, 2020

Reporter's name: George Heleker

Sighting Description: "Purple 1S", a banded male, hunting in our yard this morning. He is one of "Ed Deal's birds" (for those of you that were at the recent Audubon meeting). This bird was banded in Seattle in September, 2014, and has been visiting our yard since 2015.

Location: At our home, two miles southwest of the Clinton ferry.

Date and time: 1/21/20-9:38 a.m.

Photo Title: Male Cooper's Hawk

Comment submitted Jan 21, 2020

Reporter's name: Nancy Oyler

Sighting Description: Townsend's Warbler at our feeder

Location: Galbreath and Elsica

Confirmation: Frances Wood confirmed the photo

Date and time: Jan 13, 2020 12:30pm

Comment submitted Jan 15, 2020

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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 .

North Whidbey
The trips are on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. If you wish to be notified of the events, contact Marcia Lazoff .

Thursday, March 12: Meeting
Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20103 State Route 525, two miles north of Freeland

Saturday, March 14: Field Trip
Fort Casey State Park
It's almost Spring so come out for a fun walking birding trip at Fort Casey State Park. We’ll explore the habitat near the lighthouse, then head up the trail (short but steps) through the forest to the picnic area. If there is time, we will drive to the ferry parking lot and check out what birds are hanging out. Meet at 9 a.m. at the lighthouse parking lot. Drive up the road into the Park 1280 Engle Rd, Coupeville, 98239 and take a right by the flagpole (do not go down the hill to the fort) and drive to the end of the road to the lighthouse parking lot. You will need a Discover Pass and binoculars, and bring a scope if you have one. For more information, contact Janet Hall at or 360-969-1340.

Saturday, March 20: Field Trip
Enjoy an early spring morning birding around South Whidbey. We will plan to include a diversity of habitats: some shorelines, some wetlands and some woodlands on this half day birding around South Whidbey. Plan to meet at 9 a.m. at the Bayview Park and Ride on 525 just north of the Goose and we will carpool from there. We'll be hoping for some fun birding as spring migration gets underway. Limit 15 people. Please notify Ann Casey at .

Thursday, April 9: Meeting
Erin Posthumus
Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 NW Alexander St.

Thursday, May 14: Meeting
Supported by the University of Washington
Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 NW Alexander St.
Board elections will be held during the business meeting.

Thursday, June 11: Meeting
Jim Walker
Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 NW Alexander St.

Whidbey Audubon Society
PO Box 1012
Oak Harbor,Washington 98277

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-- Govinda Holtby

Warbler sipping sugar

-- Nancy Van Wormer

Partially leucistic Chestnut-Backed Chickadee

-- Tom Leschine

Rare Visitor

-- Tony Zoars

Male Cooper's Hawk

-- George Heleker

Bushtit luncheon

-- Tony Zoars

Anna's at Peace

-- Nancy Van Wormer

Northern Flicker Red Shafted

-- Tony Zoars

Taking off in Oak Harbor

-- Michael Sheldon

Bewicks Wren

-- Patrick Kline

Orange Crowned Warbler

-- Patrick Kline

Trumpeter Swans

-- Patrick Kline

-- Michael Sheldon

Bald Eagles over Ebey's Bluff

-- Duncan Kelso

Northern Harrier

-- Duncan Kelso