Report Form for Unusual Sightings on Whidbey Island

Here are the guidelines for posting:

Sightings should be on Whidbey Island or relate in some way to Whidbey Audubon. Reports should refer to birds or other wildlife that are not commonly seen here. Alternatively, they may refer to migratory birds that arrive outside their normal seasons.

Reports of especially interesting sightings in nearby areas are welcome. Greater selectivity is needed to keep the email volume reasonable, so editors will exercise judgment on whether the rarity, proximity, and significance of sightings merit inclusion.

These guidelines reflect the interests local birders have. Please respect the essentially scientific nature of the Sightings feature. Thanks for your cooperation.

Thanks for reporting this unusual bird sighting. Besides helping to keep track of local bird activity, this information also helps birders observe birds (and other wildlife) seen on the island less often.

Whidbey Audubon protects your contact information -- check out our web privacy policy. Put your email address in the box shown below, or your phone number if that's more convenient. That will enable members designated by the Chapter President to contact you if more information is needed.

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Reporter's Name (required)

Email address or phone number or both. (required)
This information won't be posted in the Unusual Sightings box.

Sighting Description (required)
Please indicate what you saw and something about the circumstances.

Location (required)
If it is at your home, don't post your address but some landmark such as a street intersection instead.

Date and approximate time (required)

Rare Bird Sightings
Sightings of rare birds get special handling because Audubon has special interests in them. First check out Whidbey Audubon's birdlist to make sure the bird is rare here and mention it in your description. If you're able to photograph it, please send in the photo as described below. If an experienced birder can confirm the sighting, please mention that, using this box:

Also, please report this rare sighting to the Washington Ornithological Society.


Please use this form to upload a picture if you have one.

Please be aware that anything posted on the internet is liable to be copied.

What about videos? The problem here is we don't have a reliable way to screen them for malware. Even commercially-available protection services aren't completely successful.

Large Photos: Large photos are automatically scaled down and the images lose resolution. For best results, crop the image to show the subject with little background. You can use software on your computer (Windows users can use Paint: Start|All Programs|Accessories|Paint) or do it online at picresize. You can choose to have the photo editor do the editing. If the file is bigger than about 6.5MB it will default to the editor anyway. Please be patient. If the photo editor is away from home there could be a delay of a few days.

First click on the Browse (or Choose File) button to select the picture on your computer.

Photo Title (optional)

If you prefer to have the editor crop the picture, click on this box (the photo will be posted later than the report).

Comments to Photo Editor (optional)


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