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Reporter's name: Emma Ruggiero

Sighting Description: Correction to error in previous post. Semipalmated Plover not Sandpiper seen near road at Crockett Lake.

Also several banded Caspian Terns seen at Deer Lagoon near the east dike on 8/19. Bands indicate they are part of the Bird Research NW project on the Columbia River. If you see banded terns please report your sightings at http://brnwbandedbird.org/

Location: Crockett Lake and Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 8/18 and 8/19/2015 afternoon.

Above comment submitted Aug 19, 2015

Reporter's name: Emma Ruggiero

Sighting Description: Great Egret continues in the tide gate ditch. Peeps (mostly Western Sandpiper) and Semipalmated Sandpiper on mudflats very close to road, easy to see with binocs. Also saw and heard Baird's Sandpiper mentitioned by Jay Adams in previous post and there is a mixed flock of several hundred gulls resting on the mudflats near the tide gate ditch.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: 8/18/2015 ~2pm

Above comment submitted Aug 19, 2015

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Baird's Sandpiper, identified by its overall shape and size, bill shape and length, and long primary projection.

Location: Crockett Lake, Coupeville, as seen from the Admiralty Bay side.

Date and time: August 18, 2015 at 2:15 p.m.

Above comment submitted Aug 18, 2015

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Stilt Sandpiper feeding with Greater Yellowlegs.

Location: From the west dike at Deer Lagoon, looking west.

Date and time: August 16, 2015 at 6:15 p.m.

Above comment submitted Aug 16, 2015

Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: On Tuesday I saw a lone Horned Lark in a weedy patch behind the Coupeville High school. Today there was a flock of 8-10 larks that swirled in from the field behind the high school, stayed a few moments, and returned to the field.

Location: Coupeville High school & surrounding field

Date and time: 8/14/15 10:30am

Above comment submitted Aug 14, 2015

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: MacGillivray's Warbler - probably a young bird or perhaps a female with the bold white eye arcs that distinguish this species. Gave a husky call note that resembled Common Yellowthroat but had a somewhat "softer," less harsh quality.

Location: Pacific Rim Institute in Coupeville, along the path that runs parallel to the north woods between Parker Road and the old barn.

Date and time: 11:25 a.m.

Above comment submitted Aug 13, 2015

Reporter's name: Emma Ruggiero

Sighting Description: Great Egret in the ditch connecting the tide gate to Crockett Lake.

Location: Crockett Lake (across the street from the Keystone ferry terminal).

Date and time: 8/12/2015 2:00pm

Above comment submitted Aug 12, 2015

Reporter's name: David Parent

Sighting Description: On August 3, 8pm, I observed a very dark Parasitic Jaeger harassing a feeding flock of Bonaparte's Gulls in the Saratoga Passage north of Langley.

Location: Off the bluff at Greenbrier Ln (Private property)

Date and time: August 3, 8pm

Above comment submitted Aug 4, 2015

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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 Phyllis Kind (email).

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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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