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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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Payback to John Marzluff

Professor Marzluff has graced our chapter with a number of illuminating and engaging programs. Now he's asking our help in providing data on hummingbirds. Even if you don't feed hummers your input will be helpful. If you do feed them, the form only takes a minute or so to complete. You can download the file http://www.whidbeyaudubon.org/hummingbirdsurvey.rtf which should work with any word processor, and email the completed .rtf file to where the form indicates. Please rename the .rtf file something unique so it won't write over someone else's file. If you don't have a word processor, please download http://www.whidbeyaudubon.org/hummingbirdsurvey.pdf which you can print out, fill in, and mail to the address shown on the form. If you have trouble with either of these, please notify me through http://www.whidbeyaudubon.org/letter.shtml click on Website. Thanks. Rob Craig.

Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: female rufous hummer at our feeder---Whidbey checklist lists as rare in winter

Location: at our feeder in Useless Bay Colony

Date and time: 2/9/16; 8:15 am

Above comment submitted Feb 9, 2016

Reporter's name: darwin wile

Sighting Description: birding on west dike of Deer Lagoon, 2/8/16, at 3:00! pm heard great horned owl vocalizing; saw many black bellied plovers, dunlins, and a few sanderlings; many scoters, mostly surf and about 10 percent of them white-winged, and not a single black; best sighting about 4:30 was a short-eared owl foraging and perching near the dike. Fifteen minutes later watched a varied thrush foraging near the path back to the parking area.

west dike of deer lagoon

Date and time: 4:00 pm

Above comment submitted Feb 8, 2016

Whidbey Audubon's chapter bylaws say, "Board meetings shall be open to any WAS member in good standing. . . ." A special board meeting is scheduled that was not anticipated when the Shorelines was sent out. That's the reason for this notification. The main topic to be discussed will be the nominating committee and vacant board positions. Another topic will be the the board position of Past President. The meeting will be held at 9:00 AM Thursday, February 11 at Fire Station 54, 3253 Day Road, Greenbank

Reporter's name: Toni Piazzon

Sighting Description: Orange crowned warbler is at my suet feeder again this year, feeding heavily. First noted him a few weeks ago. Pennington and Summit lp. in Coupeville. yes, a o.c.warbler.

Location: Pennington and Summit lp. in Coupeville.

Confirmation: orange crown warbler. May have a picture of him from last year. I'll try to get another.
(don't have time to report to WOS.

Date and time: last few weeks, Seen today, Fri 1/29/16. 8am...

Above comment submitted Jan 29, 2016

Reporter's name: Stephen Vernon

Sighting Description: I saw a Golden Eagle as I walked from the North beach to the West beach. I was close to the water along a rock outcropping. It banked right in front of me and continued on to a tree along the North beach.

Location: Deception Pass State Park

Date and time: January 18th, 3:30 PM

Above comment submitted Jan 22, 2016

Reporter's name: Ann Casey and Carol Plunkett

Sighting Description: We have a male Townsend's Warbler who has been visiting our suet feeder for the last few days. This is the first Townsend's Warbler we have seen in our yard at any time of the year, never mind winter. The WAS Birds of Whidbey birdlist, has this species occurring "Rare" in winter. I will try to get a photo of the bird.

Location: Mutiny Bay area of Freeland

Date and time: Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 3:30pm

Above comment submitted Jan 11, 2016

Reporter's name: Emma Ruggiero photo pic14525413181_zpsavtappna.jpg

Sighting Description: Intergrade male Northern Flicker seen this morning. Red malar stripe with gray face and throat. No red nape crescent. Distinctly yellow on the ventral side of the retrices. Id quality photo added to photobucket.

Location: Greenbank

Date and time: January 11, 2016 ~11am.

Above comment submitted Jan 11, 2016

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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).

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).

Thursday, February 11: Meeting
Birds of Crockett Lake
Presenter will be Ann Casey. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20103 State Route 525, Freeland. Doors open at 7 pm, meeting at 7:15, program at 7:30. Please bring a mug for coffee.

Saturday February 13: Field Trip
Crockett Lake
Come visit this Important Bird Area (IBA) and see some amazing birds-- ducks, seabirds, shorebirds, raptors are all likely! Meet at the Coupeville ferry parking area next to Fort Casey (Discover Pass required) at 9 am. Dress for the weather, bring a friend -- all are welcome! Ann Casey (email) 360-331-4679

Saturday, February 27: Field Trip
Winter Birds of Skagit Flats, Fir Island and Samish Flats
Typically there are great concentrations of waterfowl and raptors. The area is considered one of the top winter raptor viewing sites in the U.S. Some walking will be involved; be prepared for mud. Meet at 9 a.m.to carpool at Windjammer Park at the end of South Beeksma Drive in Oak Harbor. A Discover Pass will be needed for each car. Due to narrow road shoulders and limited parking, carpools are particularly important for this trip. Bring a lunch for this all-day field trip. Return about 4 p.m. Contact the trip leader, Joe Sheldon, by email or call 360-678-9060. Bad snow or ice cancels the trip.

Thursday, March 10: Meeting
Marbled Murrelet Survival Project
Presenter will be Kevin Schmelzlen, Murrelet Survival Project Campaign Coordinator. The marbled murrelet, a forest-nesting seabird endemic to the Pacific Northwest, is in severe decline throughout its historical range and especially in Washington. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20103 State Route 525, Freeland. Doors open at 7 pm, meeting at 7:15, program at 7:30. Please bring a mug for coffee.

Thursday, April 14: Meeting
Presenter will be Vickie Anderson. Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 NW Alexander Street. Doors open at 7 pm, meeting at 7:15, program at 7:30. Please bring a mug for coffee.

Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8: Special Event
Whidbey Audubon Birdathon
Please check back for details

Thursday, May 12: Meeting
Birds of Deception Pass
Presenter will be Jack Hartt. Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 NW Alexander Street. Doors open at 7 pm, meeting at 7:15, program at 7:30. Please bring a mug for coffee.

Saturday, June 4: Special Event
Bird in Hand
Sharing the Whidbey Audubon Bird Specimen Library. Check back for more details or for possible changes.

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PO Box 1012
Oak Harbor,Washington 98277

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