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Are birds facing extinction? The Messenger is a 90-minute documentary by award-winning filmmaker Su Reynard (Dream Machine, Cardia) about the struggle of songbirds worldwide to survive in turbulent environmental conditions brought about by humans and argues that their demise could signify the crash of the ecosystems globally, akin to the disappearance of honey bees and the melting of the glaciers. A panel of Whidbey Audubon Society members will answer questions and discuss what can be done about the bird population decline afterwards. A suggested donation of $5 is requested. Doors open to the theater at 12:30 p.m. The Clyde Theatre is located at 217 First Street in Langley at the south end of Whidbey Island. To learn more about this film visit the website http://www.songbirdsos.com




Reporter's name: Mike Wile

Sighting Description: My father, Darwin, and I found a very cooperative basic plumaged Lapland Longspur on the lower path of the west dike of Deer Lagoon.

Location: Lower path of west dike of Deer lagoon.

Date and time: 9/19/2016 16:00

Above comment submitted Sep 20, 2016



Reporter's name: Linda McFarlane

Sighting Description: Last few mornings a pair of common loons feeding close to shore.

Location: Baby Island, End of Saratoga Rod

Date and time: 9.20.16

Above comment submitted Sep 20, 2016



Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: I heard a Northern Saw-whet Owl tooting loudly Friday morning and then today saw the 1st Hermit Thrush of the season, both in Ft Ebey State Park.

Location: Ft Ebey- Mainline Trail (owl) Bluff Trail (hermit Thrush

Date and time: 9/16 4:45 am 9/17 10:30am

Above comment submitted Sep 17, 2016



Reporter's name: Sara Gray

Sighting Description: Geese - hundreds of them flying over Coupeville at 7:38 PM. We were watching TV and heard a really loud ruckus outside. We ran to the door and there they were flying low and to the North toward Oak Harbor. Summer's over!

Location: Coupeville next to the Elementary School on South Main Street.

Date and time: 9/16/2016 at 7:38 pm

Above comment submitted Sep 16, 2016



Reporter's name: Sara Gray

Sighting Description: Getting ready for supper heard and unusual sound and looking out the door (we live in Coupeville near the elementary school) we saw about thirty swans flying overhead in a v formation. Their long, long necks gave them away1

Location: flying over football field in Coupeville

Date and time: 9/14/2016 around 6:15 pm

Above comment submitted Sep 14, 2016



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: great egret, off Sunlight Beach, foraging among the great blue herons and gulls

Location: Sunlight Beach, Useless Bay

Date and time: 9/14/16; 8:20am

Above comment submitted Sep 14, 2016



Reporter's name: Ruth Richards

Sighting Description: Horned Lark - flock of 8 on the lower road, West Dike. The 3 individuals we saw closer up were very pale, and in a molt that we have not often seen. From what we can find in the literature, these were juveniles going through preformative molt into basic adult plumage. None of the birds showed any yellow on the face.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: September 13, 5:30 pm

Above comment submitted Sep 14, 2016







Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: South Polar Skua, seen from the Port Townsend to Coupeville Ferry.

Location: The bird suddenly appeared off the starboard side of the ferry as seen from the bow deck. It flew along side and and then ahead until it disappeared. Just after being seen the bird was approached from the rear by a Glaucous-winged Gull, which gave a good indication of the skua's noticeably smaller size. Barrel-chested, broad-winged, short-tailed and uniformly medium brown, the ID giveaway were the two wide white patches at the base of the primaries. The patches could be seen on both the upper and lower wing surfaces. The wing-beats were full and powerful. e-Bird records show four previous Puget Sound sightings between 1982 and this year, two of which were from Protection Island.

Date and time: September 12, 2016 at about 3:45 p.m.

Above comment submitted Sep 13, 2016



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: Great egret just returned to Deer Lagoon. Landed about 30 yards east of the west dike. Was being harassed by a gbh.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 9/12/16, 10:30 am

Above comment submitted Sep 12, 2016



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: Pelicans: the "in trouble" bird seems to be fine. Early this morning all three pelicans were foraging off Sunlight Beach. About 9:00 am they returned to the fresh water side of the west dike. Near them was a solitary, non-breeding plumage red-necked phalarope.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 9/12/16, 8:30 to 9:30 am

Above comment submitted Sep 12, 2016



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: Just after sunset (7:15-7:45), 3 pelicans near the West Dike of Deer Lagoon. Two of them foraging, the third crunched down, as earlier, on an islet. Probably alive since I could see an open eye. He does not look very lively, and I wonder if the bird needs help. Searched along Double Bluff Road and Useless Bay from Sunlight Road and saw no more pelicans.

Location: West of West Dike of Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 9/11/16, 7:15-7:45 pm

Above comment submitted Sep 11, 2016



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: About 9:00 this morning there were 50 or so pelicans foraging in Useless Bay off Sunlight beach. By 11:00 they were gone. I went down to the west dike where there were only two birds---one of them was immobile on the shore of an island, seemingly very ill or dead. The other bird seemed to be healthy and was attempting to tend to his pal or mate or whatever. I drove down Bluff Road, but there were no more birds behind the island. So the pelican count for the Deer Lagoon area around noon today was 2 birds. I'll go back down to the west dike later this afternoon.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 9/11/16; 12:45 pm

Above comment submitted Sep 11, 2016



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: great egret

Location: near the east dike

Date and time: 9/10/16, about 11:00 am

Above comment submitted Sep 10, 2016



Reporter's name: Barbara Paul

Sighting Description: 2 american pipits

Location: Dike at Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 5 September abot 4:15 pm

Above comment submitted Sep 5, 2016



Reporter's name: Joe Sheldon

Sighting Description: Binocular and hat found on picnic table at Ebey's Landing State Park. Please call 360-678-9060 to confirm your loss and be re-united with the lost items.

Location: picnic area at Ebey's Landing State Park

Date and time: about August 19, 2016

Above comment submitted Sep 5, 2016



Reporter's name: Steven Rutherford

Sighting Description: We flushed a Great Egret out from the fresh water west of the southern part of the dyke.

Location: Deer Lagoon West Dyke

Confirmation: Already seen on past days.

Date and time: 9/4/2016 at 1:30

Above comment submitted Sep 4, 2016



Reporter's name: Laurie Sirotkin

Sighting Description: Black-throated Gray Warbler - near birdbath, near to vegetable garden bordering neighbor's woods.

Location: Teronda West

Date and time: 09.02.16 5:30 PM



Above comment submitted Sep 2, 2016.



Reporter's name: Cindy Willis

Sighting Description: Great Egret at Deer Lagoon, 12:30 pm 9/2/16. Another person saw it fly in about 12 pm. Actively feeding in lagoon. Seen from west dike.

Location: Deer Lagoon, west dike

Date and time: 12:30 pm, 9/2/16

Above comment submitted Sep 2, 2016



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: 200 white pelicans, low tide, foraging off Sunlight Beach Road. 75 of them were walking about on an ephemeral sand island. Good looks with a scope revealed no leg bands. The other 125 were foraging in shallow water near by. When they dipped their heads in the sea, their rear ends would go up and lift their legs out of the water. Fairly good looks at about a third of them revealed no leg bands.

Location: Useless Bay off Sunlight Beach Road

Date and time: 8/22/16; 3:30 pm

Above comment submitted Aug 22, 2016





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