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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: Barbara Paul

Sighting Description: 1 pelican, flying in

Location: Deer Lagoon, fresh water side

Date and time: 18 April 2019. about 2:15

Comment submitted Apr 18, 2019




Reporter's name: Jann Ledbetter

Sighting Description: Merlin. Posing cooperatively on a post near the driftwood sculptures.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: 4/18/19 7:00 a.m.

Photo Title: Merlin at Crockett Lake

Comment submitted Apr 18, 2019



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: Caspian terns back in Deer Lagoon

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 4-17-19; 3:45pm

Comment submitted Apr 17, 2019



Reporter's name: Michael Sheldon

Sighting Description: Brandt's Cormorant in breeding plumage. Photographed at Pt. Townsend ferry terminal as Ann Casey's field trip was returning to Whidbey yesterday.

Location: Pt. Townsend ferry dock.

Date and time: April 16, 3:45 PM

Photo Title: Brand't Cormorant in breeding plumage

Comment submitted Apr 17, 2019



Reporter's name: Sarah Schmidt

Sighting Description: Purple Martin adult male in flight over Crockett Lake in the vicinity of the nest boxes - my first-of-year martin. Seen while doing International Shorebird Survey at Crockett Lake; complete checklist posted on eBird.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: 4-16-2019 9:40 AM

Comment submitted Apr 16, 2019



Reporter's name: Carlos Andersen

Sighting Description: Osprey, Virginia Rails, Whimbrels

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 4/12/19, 1200

Photo Title: Whimbrels by Carlos Andersen

Comment submitted Apr 13, 2019



Reporter's name: Carlos Andersen

Sighting Description: Osprey, Virginia Rail and Whimbrels

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 4/12/19 1200

Photo Title: Osprey Deer Lagoon by Carlos Andersen

Comment submitted Apr 13, 2019



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: 2 golden eagles performing a courtship display on the windiest day of the year! Spectacular!

Location: Deer Lagoon, the birds were riding wind gusts along the bluffs

Date and time: 4/13/19;11:40 am

Comment submitted Apr 13, 2019



Reporter's name: Carlos Andersen

Sighting Description: Osprey, Virginia Rails and Whimbrels

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 4/12/19, 1200

Photo Title: Virginia Rail by Carlos Andersen

Comment submitted Apr 13, 2019



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: whimbrels back in Deer Lagoon foraging with greater and lesser yellowlegs

Location: salt water ponds of Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 4-9-19, 10:00am

Comment submitted Apr 9, 2019



Reporter's name: Mary Hollen

Sighting Description: Violet Green Swallow on perch by house eaves where they usually nest. I saw him fly by day before yesterday but couldnt get a positive id until this morning.

Location: Lagoon Point

Date and time: 4/7/19 9:30 am

Comment submitted Apr 7, 2019



Reporter's name: Cathy Donckers

Sighting Description: Have been waiting for the White Pelican's to return to Deer Lagoon and this morning, was rewarded with the seeing the 1st White Pelican that I have seen in 2019. Pelican was more in the middle of Deer Lagoon, but slightly closer to the dike on the east side of the lagoon. Could definitely see the pelican bill with binoculars from my house, but too far away to get a photo. Hope this one is the first of many to come.

Location: middle to eastern side of Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 4/5/2019 10:45 a.m.

Comment submitted Apr 5, 2019



Reporter's name: Michael Sheldon

Sighting Description: Whimbrel, on the mudflats, Deer Lagoon, west dike, around 6:00 PM, March 31. Low tide...first spotted being chased in flight by a gull. Whimbrel had food in its bill. Then it settled down on the mudflat to scavange.

Location: Mudflat, Deer Lagoon. West Dike

Confirmation: Whidbey checklist shows this bird as Occasional in Springtime.

Date and time: March 31, 2019. 6 PM

Comment submitted Mar 31, 2019



Reporter's name: Mary Hollen

Sighting Description: Two happy healthy Bewick's wrens energetically selecting bugs from the winter debris in my yard.

Location: Lagoon Point, WA

Date and time: 3/29/19 4:30pm

Comment submitted Mar 29, 2019



Reporter's name: Dyanne Sheldon

Sighting Description: 1,000 snow geese (give or take) heading north at their "we're outta here" cruising altitude. Heading north over Clinton so I'm guessing these are birds from further south, not the Skagit. Winter is passed.

Location: Red Door Farm, Clinton

Date and time: Thursday, March 28. 2:15 pm

Comment submitted Mar 28, 2019



Reporter's name: Michael Sheldon

Sighting Description: Thanks to Jay Adams's tip yesterday, I went to PRI today, with camera, to see if I could photograph the Townsend's solitaire. Success!

Location: Pacific Rim Institute.

Confirmation: As mentioned above, I was directed to the location by Jay Adams who had seen the bird the day before. Photo is attached.

Date and time: March 25, 2019. 3:30 PM.

Photo Title: Townsend's Solitaire

Comment submitted Mar 25, 2019



Reporter's name: Mary Hollen

Sighting Description: Rufous hummingbird at feeder and zipping anxiously around.

Location: Lagoon Point

Date and time: 3/24/19 5:00pm

Comment submitted Mar 24, 2019



Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Townsend's Solitaire

Location: Seen today between 1 and 2 p.m. in the Garry Oak plantation, Pacific Rim Institute, Coupeville.

Date and time: March 24, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

Comment submitted Mar 24, 2019



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

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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) .

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

Saturday May 11: Field Trip
Birding in Edmonds
Leaders: Bev Bowe, Sarah Schmidt. Edmonds resident and bird photographer Bev Bowe will meet us in Mukilteo and lead us to some of her favorite Edmonds birding spots for both land and water birds. Potential places we'll visit include Pine Ridge Park, Yost Park, Edmonds Fishing Pier, Brackett's Landing Shoreline Sanctuary, and Edmonds Marsh. Bring a lunch, we'll return mid afternoon.

Meet at 7:40 a.m. at Bayview Park and Ride to carpool to the 8:30 ferry to Mukilteo. Contact Sarah Schmidt at (360)-929-3592 (email) to register. There is no participant limit.

Saturday May 11: Field Trip
Vendovi Island Preserve
Other dates: June 15 and July 13

About a dozen pairs of Pigeon Guillemots nest and rear their young on Vendovi Island’s breakwater spring and summer. Generally, they gather in April, pair-bond in May, incubate eggs in June, feed the chicks in July, and disperse in August. To observe this progression in behaviors, trips are scheduled in May, June and July. In addition to birding, you can explore the island’s forest, beaches, grassy meadows and lookouts on its well-maintained trail system (total 2 mi, 200 ft elevation gain), and enjoy your lunch with stunning vistas of the San Juan Islands, the Salish Sea, Mount Baker and the North Cascades. The San Juan Preservation Trust has owned Vendovi Island (located off the northwestern tip of Guemes Island) since 2010 ensuring its protection. There’ll also be time to bird along the way including a stop at the Cone Islands, situated between Cypress and Guemes Islands, where more Pigeon Guillemots nest.

Time: 9:30 am – 3 pm (about 3 hours on the island)

Group size: 4 min – 12 max (invite fellow birders, friends & family!)

Price: $106 p/p; reservation fee of $31.48 secures spot, balance of $75 p/p due on day of cruise

Departs from: Island Express Charters, Skyline Marina, Anacortes

What to bring: binoculars, camera, lunch, comfortable walking/tennis shoes, and weather-appropriate clothing

Donations encouraged: $2-5 p/p for SJPT accepted at Vendovi Island donation box

Reservations: https://skagitguidedadventures.com/calendar/ ; go to date and follow booking flow

Contact: Stephanie Fernandez, steph@skagitguidedadventures.com (360) 47 47 47 9


Saturday June 15: Field Trip
Vendovi Island Preserve
Other date: July 13

About a dozen pairs of Pigeon Guillemots nest and rear their young on Vendovi Island’s breakwater spring and summer. Generally, they gather in April, pair-bond in May, incubate eggs in June, feed the chicks in July, and disperse in August. To observe this progression in behaviors, trips are scheduled in May, June and July. In addition to birding, you can explore the island’s forest, beaches, grassy meadows and lookouts on its well-maintained trail system (total 2 mi, 200 ft elevation gain), and enjoy your lunch with stunning vistas of the San Juan Islands, the Salish Sea, Mount Baker and the North Cascades. The San Juan Preservation Trust has owned Vendovi Island (located off the northwestern tip of Guemes Island) since 2010 ensuring its protection. There’ll also be time to bird along the way including a stop at the Cone Islands, situated between Cypress and Guemes Islands, where more Pigeon Guillemots nest.

Time: 9:30 am – 3 pm (about 3 hours on the island)

Group size: 4 min – 12 max (invite fellow birders, friends & family!)

Price: $106 p/p; reservation fee of $31.48 secures spot, balance of $75 p/p due on day of cruise

Departs from: Island Express Charters, Skyline Marina, Anacortes

What to bring: binoculars, camera, lunch, comfortable walking/tennis shoes, and weather-appropriate clothing

Donations encouraged: $2-5 p/p for SJPT accepted at Vendovi Island donation box

Reservations: https://skagitguidedadventures.com/calendar/ ; go to date and follow booking flow

Contact: Stephanie Fernandez, steph@skagitguidedadventures.com (360) 47 47 47 9


Saturday July 13: Field Trip
Vendovi Island Preserve
About a dozen pairs of Pigeon Guillemots nest and rear their young on Vendovi Island’s breakwater spring and summer. Generally, they gather in April, pair-bond in May, incubate eggs in June, feed the chicks in July, and disperse in August. To observe this progression in behaviors, trips are scheduled in May, June and July. In addition to birding, you can explore the island’s forest, beaches, grassy meadows and lookouts on its well-maintained trail system (total 2 mi, 200 ft elevation gain), and enjoy your lunch with stunning vistas of the San Juan Islands, the Salish Sea, Mount Baker and the North Cascades. The San Juan Preservation Trust has owned Vendovi Island (located off the northwestern tip of Guemes Island) since 2010 ensuring its protection. There’ll also be time to bird along the way including a stop at the Cone Islands, situated between Cypress and Guemes Islands, where more Pigeon Guillemots nest.

Time: 9:30 am – 3 pm (about 3 hours on the island)

Group size: 4 min – 12 max (invite fellow birders, friends & family!)

Price: $106 p/p; reservation fee of $31.48 secures spot, balance of $75 p/p due on day of cruise

Departs from: Island Express Charters, Skyline Marina, Anacortes

What to bring: binoculars, camera, lunch, comfortable walking/tennis shoes, and weather-appropriate clothing

Donations encouraged: $2-5 p/p for SJPT accepted at Vendovi Island donation box

Reservations: https://skagitguidedadventures.com/calendar/ ; go to date and follow booking flow

Contact: Stephanie Fernandez, steph@skagitguidedadventures.com (360) 47 47 47 9


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Merlin at Crockett Lake

-- Jann Ledbetter

Brandt's Cormorant in breeding plumage

-- Michael Sheldon

Pet Hawk

-- Brett

Bushtit nest building--Deer Lagoon

-- Michael Sheldon

Deer Lagoon Bushtit Nest - Carlos Andersen

-- Carlos Andersen

Deer Lagoon Marsh Wren

-- Carlos Andersen

Whimbrels by Carlos Andersen

-- Carlos Andersen

Osprey Deer Lagoon by Carlos Andersen

-- Carlos Andersen

Virginia Rail by Carlos Andersen

-- Carlos Andersen

Black Scoters

-- Michael Sheldon

Townsend's Solitaire

-- Michael Sheldon

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