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.

Next Big Event: Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Bird In The Hand Festival
Bayview Farm and Garden and the Bayview Hall, Langley. More information . . .
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Unusual Bird Sightings and Special Points of Interest
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Reporter's name: John Schuster

Sighting Description: Black-Throated Gray Warbler At our bird bath

Location: Goss Ridge Rd Freeland

Date and time: 12:30 PM 9/9/2018

Photo Title: Black-Throated Gray Warbler

Comment submitted Sep 10, 2018

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Short-eared Owl

Location: Crockett Lake with the South BINS group. The bird was interacting with a Northern Harrier.

Confirmation: Short-eared Owl is listed as being rare in August according to the WAS checklist. eBird records for all years show this to be only the second August sighting of Short-eared Owl in the county. The previous sighting occurred at 10 p.m. off Rocky Point Road, north of Joseph Whidbey State Park, in 2010.

Date and time: August 30, 2018 at about 10 a.m.

Comment submitted Aug 30, 2018

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Stilt Sandpiper, seen with some 50 peeps. The bird remained and was easily viewable for only about half a minute, when it and its companions took off and were not seen again.

Location: Crockett Lake looking north from and just about opposite the viewing platform.

Confirmation: This species is listed as being occasional on the Whidbey Audubon list and as rare on the WOS Island County list. According to eBird records, the species has been seen at Crockett on 11 of the 29 years since 1989.

Date and time: August 26, 2018 at 7:45 a.m.

Comment submitted Aug 26, 2018

Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: A large group of 205 resting Bonaparte�s Gulls with one Parasitic Jaeger on the outskirts of the tightly grouped flock.

Location: Saratoga Passage at the end of Greenbrier Ln

Date and time: 8/17 8:05pm

Comment submitted Aug 17, 2018

Reporter's name: Michael Sheldon

Sighting Description: On August 12, spotted two Merlins in different trees bare trees about fifty yards apart. This was at dusk. Not much activity until what appeared to be the larger bird flew to the bird's location and started harassing it. Second merlin flew off. Returned August 13, AM, when the lighting was better. Lucky to spot one merlin in the same location and was able to take photographs. Again, not much activity. Merlin was constantly on the lookout in every direction or else preening. Finally flew off to a tree 25 yards away. Simultaneous, a flicker flew from that location and landed close to the spot the Merlin had just vacated. The two passed each other in opposite directions. Surprised the Merlin didn't chase it. Maybe Merlins don't like ant-flavored meat?

Location: Deer Lagon

Date and time: 8/12/18 6 pm and 8/13/18 10 AM

Photo Title: Merlin

Comment submitted Aug 13, 2018

Reporter's name: Michael Sheldon

Sighting Description: This bird was perched on dead tree branches over the stagnant water of Deer Lagoon--on the east side, just before you reach the dike. Observed it flying up to catch flies and return to the same spot. Did not notice any tail wagging.

Location: Deer Lagoon.

Confirmation: I'm guessing this is a Willow Flycatcher, based on the lack of prominent white eye ring.

Date and time: August 2, 4 pm.

Comment submitted Aug 2, 2018

Reporter's name: Bill Bradkin

Sighting Description: Flock of about 60 White pelicans, and a solitary Great egret (?) nearby, watching them closely.

Location: Wide shoulder on Double Bluff Road about 1/2 mile north of the parking lot

Date and time: Wednesday July 25, 2:00pm

Comment submitted Jul 25, 2018

Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: 250+ white pelicans, the most I have observed at Deer Lagoon the past three summers. Shorebirds are returning - peeps (least and western), greater yellowlegs, kildeer, and long-billed dowitchers in breeding plumage on the fresh water side of the dike. Ducks in eclipse plumage, except for several dozen ruddy ducks still in breeding plumage.Several dozen Bonaparte's gulls on the fresh water side of the dike. Pied-billed grebes.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 7/23/18; 11:00 am

Comment submitted Jul 23, 2018

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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) .

Saturday, September 22, 2018: Special Event
Raptor Day at Pacific Rim
Get up close to a variety of hawks, owls, falcons and more on Saturday, September 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Pacific Rim Institute at 180 Parker Road, south of Coupeville. Learn from expert falconers. Weather permitting, the falconers will fly several of the birds.

Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bird-in-Hand Poster

The Bird In The Hand Festival
Bayview Farm and Garden and the Bayview Hall, Langley. Every other year Whidbey Audubon Society brings its bird specimen library out for the public to enjoy. Volunteers are needed to help. Contact Robin Llewellyn or Cheryl Bradkin.

Thursday, October 11: Meeting
Avian Evolution
How Birds Got to Be Birds, with Connie Sidles. Coupeville Recreation Hall 901 NW Alexander St, Coupeville. Doors open at 7 pm, meeting at 7:15, program at 7:30.

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Black-Throated Gray Warbler

-- John Schuster


-- Michael Sheldon

Adult and Chick Bald Eagles

-- John Keller

-- Michael Sheldon

-- John Schuster

White Pelicans July 1, 2018

-- Bill Bradkin

Pelicans in flight over Useless Bay

Aphid killers on a break

Leucistic Eagle 2