Whidbey Audubon Society
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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: Darwin C Wile

Sighting Description: trumpeter swan foraging among the multitude of ducks on the salt water side of the west dike

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 12/9/19; 3:10pm

Comment submitted Dec 9, 2019

Reporter's name: Jann Ledbetter

Sighting Description: Great Egret - Beautiful big white Egret which stood out even though it was on the other side of the lake!

Location: Crockett Lake, Coupeville

Date and time: November 28, 7 a.m.

Photo Title: Great Egret

Comment submitted Nov 29, 2019

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Western Willet, seen feeding with six Greater Yellowlegs and a Dunlin.

Location: Grasser's Lagoon, Penn Cove as seen from the end of Madrona Way.

Confirmation: A Willet has been regularly present either at this location or at Crockett Lake since the second week of October.

Date and time: November 27, 2019 at 10:15 a.m.

Comment submitted Nov 27, 2019

Reporter's name: George Heleker

Sighting Description: Leucistic Dark-eyed Junco on ground with 21 other Juncos

Location: Deer Lagoon trailhead

Date and time: 11/22/2019 9:35 a.m.

Photo Title: Deer Lagoon Leucistic Dark-eyed Junco

Comment submitted Nov 22, 2019

Reporter's name: Nancy Van Wormer

Sighting Description: As I walked along the east side of Shore Avenue I saw a beautiful Rough-legged Hawk hovering and exploring the marshes below. It flew over the lagoon and was simply a magnificent sight.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 11/21/19 11:00 A.M.

Comment submitted Nov 22, 2019

Reporter's name: Cathy Donckers

Sighting Description: Large Golden Eagle, first time I have spotted him this fall/winter season. I usually see it around March for the past 3-4 years.

Location: Roof top, last house on the Deer Lagoon side of Shore Avenue. Freeland WA

Confirmation: Too far away to take a picture, but with binoculars, easy to see it is a Golden and not a Bald, also, not a molting Bald, definitely a deep brown color all over with some slight scattering of lighter colored feathers.

Date and time: 11-21-19 10:20 a.m.

Comment submitted Nov 21, 2019

Reporter's name: George Heleker

Sighting Description: Partially leucistic Dark-eyed Junco. Saw several times during the morning hours. Had a large patch of white on both sides of head and a smaller white patch on right side of crown.

Location: Our home, 2 miles southwest of the Clinton ferry dock

Date and time: 11/6/19-During morning hours

Photo Title: Partially leucistic Dark-eyed Junco

Comment submitted Nov 8, 2019

Reporter's name: Albert Rose

Sighting Description: Willet - I was attracted to a large flock of Yellowlegs while passing Crockett Lake. This Willet was among the mix.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: November 2, 2019 about 10:00 AM

Photo Title: Willet

Comment submitted Nov 1, 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 .

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

> Saturday, December 14: CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT NORTH


Saturday, January 18, 2020: Field Trip
Leader: Sarah Schmidt. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the north end of West Beach parking lot, Deception Pass State Park. We'll bird beach and lake, and hope to see hundreds of Red- throated Loons gathering to feed in the outflowing current of Deception Pass. Bring a spotting scope if you have one. Depending on weather and interest, we may do a possible stop at Dugualla Bay on the way back toward Oak Harbor. If you like, bring water, a snack or a hot drink. Dress warmly and prepare for wind. To carpool, meet at 7:30 at Trinity Lutheran Park and Ride in Freeland, 8:00 in Coupeville at Prairie Station Transit Park, 201 S Main St; or at 8:30 at Walgreen’s in Oak Harbor (after SR 20 turns 90-degrees left at Pioneer Way traffic light, the entrance comes up immediately on the right.) Cars parking at state park will need a Discover Pass. Questions: contact Sarah Schmidt, at or call 360-929-3592.

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-- Michael Sheldon

Bald Eagles over Ebey's Bluff

-- Duncan Kelso

Northern Harrier

-- Duncan Kelso

The Bushtits' Thanksgiving

-- Michael Sheldon

Great Egret

-- Jann Ledbetter

Coyote--Deer Lagoon

-- Michael Sheldon

Deer Lagoon Leucistic Dark-eyed Junco

- - George Heleker

Savannah vs white-throated sparrow

-- Patricia Duarte-Pocock

Northern flicker

-- Patricia Duarte- Pocock

Partially leucistic Dark-eyed Junco

-- George Heleker


-- Albert Rose

Western Meadowlark

-- Jann Ledbetter