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Whidbey Audubon Needs Help with Bird List

Summer Sightings Wanted.

Since we are revising the Whidbey Audubon Society Birds of Whidbey Checklist, we need Whidbey Island summer (June, July, August) sightings of Varied Thrush and Common Nighthawks. If you see either of these species, please send the information to my email listed below. Put Varied Thrush Sighting in the subject line. Include in the information how many individuals were seen and note any activity observed. We don't need a street address but a nearby street intersection, neighborhood or park location will do. Steve Ellis (special@whidbeyaudubon.org)

Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Two juvenile Yellow-headed Blackbirds feeding alongside the road.

Location: Highway 20 at Crockett Lake, just opposite the viewing platform.

Date and time: 8/8/20 1150am

Comment submitted Aug 8, 2020

Reporter's name: Patrick Kline

Sighting Description: Female Bullock's Oriole identified by distinctive laughing/chatter call. Bird was seen through binoculars, but was far enough away to only identify general shape, size and rough coloration.

Location: Pennington Loop, Coupeville, WA.

Date and time: 2000, 04AUG2020

Comment submitted Aug 4, 2020

Reporter's name: Pam Daener

Sighting Description: Two male western tanagers at our suet feeder this morning.

Location: Off Scenic Drive in Freeland

Date and time: 8/2/2020 7:45 a.m.

Comment submitted Aug 2, 2020

Reporter's name: Carla Corin

Sighting Description: Mystery sandpiper at Dugualla Bay on Thursday. Very light grayish appearance. I tried to make it into a Sanderling, but Western or Semipalmated are possible. See attached photos

Location: Dugualla Bay, marshy area.

Date and time: 7/23 around 11 a.m.

Photo Title: Dugualla Bay Sandpiper

Comment submitted Jul 26, 2020

Reporter's name: Pam Daener

Sighting Description: A flock of 6 band-tailed pigeons flew in and landed in the top of an alder tree. They hung out for 10 minutes or so, long enough to confirm their identity with a spotting scope, then took off, heading northwest.

Location: Off Scenic Drive, Freeland.

Date and time: 7/19/20 8:15pm

Comment submitted Jul 19, 2020

Reporter's name: Mary Jo Adams

Sighting Description: I saw one downy covered spotted sandpiper chick at about noon today on the island at the west end of Dugualla Bay. It looks like it has grown some since I saw two of the chicks 10 days ago.

Location: Dugualla Bay

Date and time: 7/18/20 at about 12 noon

Photo Title: Spotted sandpiper chick

Comment submitted Jul 18, 2020

Reporter's name: ruth scrivner

Sighting Description: 26 Ring-billed Gulls, many in breeding plumage feeding together with Great Blue Herons in the Dugualla Bay mudflats. Listed in WAS bird list as U in summer. Observed in the morning continuously for over the last two weeks .

Location: Dugualla Bay West side / Jones Road and Henni

Date and time: July 9 2020 ,8 AM

Comment submitted Jul 18, 2020

Reporter's name: Marianne Burr

Sighting Description: This is the second house wren nest on our back porch this year.. We guess it is the same hen's second batch. The first time she used the platform of our can crusher. This time she is using our rag bag. Very interesting how she used larger twigs to make a foundation structure. You can see them sticking out on the nest edges. Each of the 4 eggs is dime size. I saw the first nest jam packed with nestlings but do not know if they fledged. This is a good year for a second family!

Location: Olympic View Drive, Crockett Lake Estates

Date and time: Sunday, July 12, 1:30 pm

Photo Title: House wren nest

Comment submitted Jul 12, 2020

Reporter's name: Ken Hillers

Sighting Description: Ebey's Prairie - Acorn Woodpecker (deceased)
I'm visiting my parents, who live near the Sunnyside cemetery at Ebey's prairie. In their yard, I found a dead acorn woodpecker associated with a nest hole in a dead tree. It's probably been dead for a week or so, but is definitely an acorn woodpecker.

Location: S Sherman Rd, near Sunnyside cemetery

Confirmation: Shared picture with Sarah Schmidt, who agreed with identification.

Date and time: July 11, 2020; 8:30 pm

Photo Title: Whidbey Island acorn woodpecker

Comment submitted Jul 12, 2020

Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Juvenile Brown Pelican first seen by me in Port Townsend, Admiralty Inlet side of Point Hudson Marina and then conveniently relocated about a quarter mile from Fort Casey in Island County waters.

Location: A baitball about a quarter mile offshore from the Coupeville ferry landing.

Date and time: 7/11/20 4:10 pm

Comment submitted Jul 11, 2020

Reporter's name: Ken Hillers

Sighting Description: Possible Chipping Sparrow
We were hiking the trail from Sunnyside cemetery to the Bluff trail at Ebey's Prairie; maybe halfway out to the bluff. There was a solitary sparrow on the fenceline above the trail. Sparrow had a solid rufus cap, a clear and light-colored breast, and a line through the eye with white above. No call was heard. Bird was seen July 10, around 7:30pm. Not refound morning of July 11. Best match seemed to be Chipping sparrow, which I've seen a few times but am not very familiar with.

Location: On trail from Sunnyside cemetery to Bluff trail; Ebey's Prairie.

Date and time: July 10, 2020; 7:30pm

Photo Title: Possible Chipping Sparrow (cropped)

Comment submitted Jul 11, 2020

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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 .

Birds of Whidbey Class Series Cancelled for 2020-2021
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Thursday, September 10: Meeting
The Snowy Owl and the Great Gray Owl: Visual Natural Histories
This will be an online meeting using Zoom software. More information will be available before then. Paul Bannick will be the presenter.

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Dugualla Bay Sandpiper

-- Carla Corin

Spotted sandpiper chick

-- Mary Jo Adams

-- ruth scrivner

Great Horned Owls

-- Lee Tarsitano

Violet-green Swallow

-- Duncan Kelso

House wren nest

-- Marianne Burr

Whidbey Island acorn woodpecker

-- Ken Hillers

Pacific-slope Flycatchers

-- Deb Stewart

Possible Chipping Sparrow (cropped)

-- Ken Hillers

Wilson's Warbler Fledgling

-- Deb Stewart

Trumpeter Swan

-- Deb Stewart

common merganser

-- Ruth Scrivner

-- Mary Jo Adams

common merganser in transitional plumage


Band-tailed Pigeon

-- Vincent Ho

American Pelicans

-- Jo Clancy

06132020 Great Egret

-- Libby Hayward

Black Billed Magpie on Anacortes Beach

-- Susan Queller