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Unusual Bird Sightings and Special Points of Interest
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Reporter's name: Craig Johnson

Sighting Description: A Lincoln's Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrows and Golden-crowned Sparrows all foraged within a ten foot radius.
I was able to get some nice images of the birds foraging. Will post a couple...

Location: Freeland, Bush Point area (developed neighborhood)

Date and time: April 25, 1:30 pm

Above comment submitted Apr 25, 2015

Reporter's name: Lloyd Kiff

Sighting Description: We had a Townsend's Solitaire in our orchard near Cultus Bay at about 1100 on 22 April. It seemed unusually tame and allowed us to approach it within 10 feet, as it sat in an apple tree. A Lincoln's Sparrow turned up under one of our bird feeders yesterday morning, and we saw it occasionally in the same spot today. Our neighbor, who is a longtime Whidbey resident and a birder, was thrilled to add this one to her island list.

Location: Between Cultus Bay and Possession Point

Date and time: See above

Above comment submitted Apr 24, 2015

Reporter's name: Emma Ruggiero

Sighting Description: ~15 Greater-white Fronted Geese mixed with a flock of Canada and Cackling Geese. Feeding next to the flooded part of the field.

Location: In flooded field on west side of Engle Rd just south of Olympic View mobile home park, Coupeville.

Date and time: 4/24/2015 ~11am

Above comment submitted Apr 24, 2015

Reporter's name: Mary Hollen

Sighting Description: Storming outside (wind, rain) laughing inside: male rufous hummingbirds fly to perch at the feeder, look around, and dash away to attack other males without bothering to eat first.

Location: Lagoon Point near Greenbank, WA

Date and time: 4/21/15 6:00 pm

Above comment submitted Apr 21, 2015

Reporter's name: Roy &  photo pic1429666181_zps45a7837a.jpgBetty Branson

Sighting Description: We spotted seven white pelicans at 9 a.m. this morning on Deer Lagoon. Managed to take a photo of them through the spotting scope before they left at 9:06 a.m.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 4/21/15 @ 9 a.m.

Above comment submitted Apr 21, 2015

Reporter's name: Gabe Harpe

Sighting Description: a coopers hawk swooped down and grabbed a brewers blackbird right in front of me.

Location: my back yard in Oak harbor WA

Date and time: April 21 2015
in the evening

Above comment submitted Apr 21, 2015

Reporter's name: Mark Visconty

Sighting Description: Not a 'sighting' but a 'hearing'...Wilson's Snipe winnowing in lower Maxwelton Valley

Location: Lower Maxwelton Valley; near intersection of Swede Hill Road and Maxwelton Road

Date and time: 4/18/15 6:40 pm

Above comment submitted Apr 18, 2015

Reporter's name: Ann Casey

Sighting Description: I was birding on Useless Bay, by the entrance to Deer Lagoon at low tide. I heard and saw a large shorebird fly in very close to me. It was a Long-billed Curlew! This is my first sighting of a curlew on Whidbey. I stayed to observe the bird and during that time an eagle flew in close to the shorebirds, the curlew flew up and began harassing the eagle, chasing the eagle out of the lagoon. It was amazing to see this behavior.

Location: Useless Bay at entrance to Deer Lagoon

Date and time: Friday, April 17, 2015 8:30am

Above comment submitted Apr 18, 2015

Reporter's name: Ann Casey

Sighting Description: Mallard hen with 8 chicks swimming in pond near Double Bluff Rd. in Freeland.
I was on my way to Earth Sanctuary and stopped at a nearby field pond and was shocked to see a Mallard hen with 8 chicks! It seems early to see chicks. Have others seen duck chicks already this spring?

Location: Double Bluff Rd

Date and time: Friday, April 17, 2015 9:45am

Above comment submitted Apr 18, 2015

Reporter's name: White-throated sparrow photo pic14291338951_zpsgfgscj3m.jpgWendy Visconty

Sighting Description: Male White-Throated Sparrow under my bird feeder, and singing in the mornings.

He had a drabber companion scratching in the shadows; I could not see this one well enough to identify it.

Location: Near the bottom of Swede Hill Road/Maxwelton Road (lower Maxwelton valley)

Date and time: 4/15/15 1:00 PM

Above comment submitted Apr 15, 2015

Reporter's name: Emma Ruggiero

Sighting Description: 1 Turkey Vulture flying over the field next to Frostad Rd.

Location: Dugualla Bay

Date and time: 4/14/2015 11:30am

Above comment submitted Apr 14, 2015

Reporter's name: Ruth Richards/Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Approximately 115 Greater White-fronted Geese feeding at the edge of a flooded field.

Location: West side of Main St, south of Coupeville high school

Date and time: April 14 8:20-8:45 a.m. when they flew

Above comment submitted Apr 14, 2015

Reporter's name: Emma Ruggiero

Sighting Description: 1 Wilson's Phalarope near shore on road side of the lake just east of the pilings.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: 4/11/2015 8am

Above comment submitted Apr 11, 2015

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: A possible drake Green-winged Teal X Eurasian Green-winged Teal hybrid was seen among a number of "American" Green-wings. The bird in question had neither the vertical white bar associated with the American form nor the horizontal white stripe seen on the Eurasian variety. The underside of the green mask around the eye was partially bordered by a thin pale line - perhaps a contribution from the Eurasian side.

Location: East end of Crockett Lake, Coupeville.

Date and time: April 5, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

Above comment submitted Apr 5, 2015

Reporter's name: Joe and Danni Curgus

Sighting Description: Wood Ducks photo wood_ducks_zpsxobbjrgi.jpgPair of Wood Ducks in our pond came up to our bird feeders.

Location: Cultus Bay Road and Campbell Road

Date and time: 4/3/15 7:30 PM

Above comment submitted Apr 3, 2015

Reporter's name: Wild bird Unlimited store (Michael Yost)

Sighting Description: first sighting of a male and female American Goldfinch in the parking lot of store. they where feeding on our finch feeder in the tree in front of the store.

Location: 5565 Van Barr Place Ste.AB Freeland WA

Date and time: 9:50 April 2 2015

Above comment submitted Apr 3, 2015

Reporter's name: Emma Ruggiero

Sighting Description: Barn Owl flew across highway.

Location: Grasser's Lagoon intersection of Madrona Way and HWY 20

Date and time: 4/2/2015 ~11pm

Above comment submitted Apr 3, 2015

Reporter's name: Harold Carpenter

Sighting Description: Band tailed pigeon has been hanging around my backyard.

Location: Chipshot Way, Freeland

Band tailed Pigeon sited on 3/331/2015. Chipshot Way,, Freeland

Date and time: 11:00 am 3/31/2015

Above comment submitted Mar 31, 2015

Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: Glaucous Gull at Oak Harbor City Beach. Big and white, it really stands out against all the usual hybrid Glaucous-winged/Western Gulls. Sorry for the lateness in posting this sighting from yesterday.

Location: Oak Harbor City Beach

Date and time: 3/29 9:30am

Above comment submitted Mar 30, 2015

Reporter's name: Kathy stetz

Sighting Description: 3 gold finch, one at feeder and two flying

Location: Bush point

Date and time: 3/27 at 1pm

Above comment submitted Mar 29, 2015

Reporter's name: Sarah Schmidt

Sighting Description: FOY (first of the year) Black-headed Grosbeak in our back yard south of Coupeville, giving his distinctive sharp "chink" calls, and then his melodic warbling song.

Location: Rhodena Drive, Coupeville

Date and time: March 29, 1 PM

Above comment submitted Mar 29, 2015

Reporter's name: Susan Bennett

Sighting Description: 4 Long-tailed Ducks fairly close in, diving and coming up fairly close together.

Location: Agate Beach (the foot of Ebey's Bluff).

Date and time: March 28, 2015, about 4:15 pm

Above comment submitted Mar 29, 2015

Reporter's name: Bill Bradkin

Sighting Description: Golden eagle perched on a pole next to the road. Completely tolerant of traffic.

Location: Keystone Spit, about one-quarter of a mile east of ferry.

Date and time: Today, Friday March 27, around noon.

Above comment submitted Mar 28, 2015

Reporter's name: Craig Johnson

Sighting Description: I watched an Orange-crowned Warbler forage in our yard today.

A White-throated Sparrow has occurred in the yard nearly every day since late September. This bird takes/eats unsalted, raw peanuts I toss it's way. Neat to see the White-crowned Sparrows next to the White-throated Sparrow.

Craig & Joy Johnson

Location: Freeland

Date and time: March 27, 2015 11:00 am

Above comment submitted Mar 27, 2015

Reporter's name: Joe Sheldon

Sighting Description: Two Osprey flying north

Location: Over Pacific Rim Institute, Coupeville; seen by Robert Pelant, CEO of Pacific Rim.

Date and time: 21 March 2015 approximately 1:30 PM

Above comment submitted Mar 21, 2015

 Upcoming Events 

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).

Saturday, April 25, 2015: Special Field Trip
Come enjoy a cruise of the Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge hosted by the Port Townsend Marine Science Center. Did you know that the largest colony of nesting Rhinoceros Auklets in the world nest on Protection Island? Join me for a three-hour Spring Bird Migration Cruise of this local treasure. Plan to meet at the Coupeville Ferry Dock at 11:30 a.m. and we will walk on the 11: 45 a.m. ferry. We can spend a little time in Port Townsend prior to arriving at the Point Hudson Marina at 12:45 p.m. The cruise is from 1 to 4 p.m. I am planning to return to Coupeville on the 5:15 ferry. Space on the cruise boat is limited, so please make your own reservations soon by calling 360-385-5582 Ext: 104 or 1-800-566-3932 or book on line, Puget Sound Express: click on Tour information and scroll down to "Protection Island Bird Migration cruises", Go to book now and if you are an Audubon member select PTMSC Members. It is easy sailing from there on. Cost of the cruise is $50 plus tax, per person for Audubon members, or $55 for nonmembers. Plan to bring a sack lunch that you can enjoy onboard while we listen and learn about Protection Island from a trained naturalist. If you need more information or are planning to join us please select call Ruth Scrivner 360-679-0397 (email). Remember you will need a Discover Pass if you park your car in the Coupeville Ferry Dock parking lot.
Important note: Limited space available -- sign up soon!

Tuesday, May 5: Field Trip
The refuge is south of Tacoma, at exit 114 off I-5. Meet at Bayview Park & Ride at 7 a.m. to form carpools. We plan to arrive at the Nisqually Visitor Center about 9:30 a.m. We will explore the boardwalk. The tidal estuary has been restored and the boardwalk provides a unique opportunity to view over 700 acres of wetlands. Scopes will be very helpful. Bring rain gear and lunch. Depending on the weather and the birding, we will finish up between 1 and 2 p.m. We'll walk about three miles on level trails. Entry to the park is $3 per car unless someone in the car has an annual pass or a senior pass for national parks. Because we will take the ferry to and from Mukilteo, have cash for your ferry ticket and to chip in for your carpool driver's fare and gas. Email the trip leader Mike Stropki (email) 817- 891-1994 to confirm your attendance.

Thursday, May 14: Meeting
Please check back for details. Coupeville Recreation Hall (901 NW Alexander St, Coupeville -- map). Doors open at 7 pm, meeting at 7:15, program at 7:30. Please bring a mug for coffee. Carpool

Saturday, May 23: Field Trip
Meet at the Bayview Park and Ride at 9 am to carpool or meet at Earth Sanctuary, Newman Rd in Freeland about 9:15. We will look and listen for arriving spring migrants and our resident birds establishing nesting territories. Earth Sanctuary is a lovely area at any time of year. The trip will include walking for a couple of hours with some hills and possibly muddy or uneven ground. Please be prepared to pay a $7.00 entry fee. For more information on Earth Sanctuary or directions to the site, see www.earthsanctuary.org. Trip leaders are Anna Swartz (206-293-3916) and Joy Johnson.

Thursday, June 11: Meeting
Recognition/Award Pot Luck
Coupeville Recreation Hall (901 NW Alexander St, Coupeville -- map). Doors open at 7 pm, meeting at 7:15, program at 7:30. Please bring a mug for coffee. Carpool

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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