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Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: Today a Western Kingbird was perched on a fence post at the Greenbank Farm. It dove into the grass and I lost sight of it. This is pretty late in the season for a kingbird.

Location: At Greenbank Farm, north side of Wonn Road, about 1/3 of the distance from the hwy to the farm entry road

Date and time: 5/18/2019 9:15am

Comment submitted May 18, 2019



Reporter's name: Nancy Van Wormer

Sighting Description: A Townsend's Solitaire visited our feeder

Location: On the bluff overlooking Deer Lahoon

Date and time: May 10, morning

Comment submitted May 16, 2019



Reporter's name: Nancy Van Wormer

Sighting Description: A Yellow Headed Blackbird landed on the pole of our feeder for a few brief moments. Simply glowing yellow head and neck.

Location: On the bluff above Deer Lagoon

Date and time: May 16, 7:30 AM

Comment submitted May 16, 2019



Reporter's name: George Heleker

Sighting Description: Six American Pipits hanging out on the beach at the south edge of Deer Lagoon on 5/6. Also, saw two on the beach near the end of Double Bluff beach on 4/27, and one walking near the water at the south end of Ewing Rd. Marsh on 5/2.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: May 6, 2019-10:25 am

Photo Title: Deer Lagoon American Pipit

Comment submitted May 8, 2019





Sighting Description: Harris Sparrow. I have some poor but diagnostic photos.

Location: Useless Bay Animal clinic under the feeders, 5523 Harbor Ave, Freeland

Date and time: 5/7 3:25pm

Comment submitted May 7, 2019



Reporter's name: Linda Griesbach

Sighting Description: Greater white- fronted goose mingling with Canadian companions.

Location: North end of Lone Lake, private residence.

Date and time: May 4, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

Photo Title: Greater White-Fronted Goose

Comment submitted May 7, 2019



Reporter's name: Robert and Traci York

Sighting Description: Four White Pelicans resting on the North side of Crockett Lake.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: May 6, 2019 @ 6:19 pm

Comment submitted May 6, 2019



Reporter's name: Jann Ledbetter

Sighting Description: Red Crossbill, female, with several fledglings at a bird bath in my yard today.

Location: downtown Coupeville

Date and time: 5/5/2019 5:00

Photo Title: Red Crossbill

Comment submitted May 5, 2019



Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: 4 Rock Sandpipers in breeding plumage were on the Keystone Jetty. They moved from one side (east) to the otherbut didn't leave despite all the human activity.

Location: Keystone (Coupeville) Ferry Jetty

Date and time: 5/04 9:40am

Comment submitted May 4, 2019



Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Jay Adams spotted a Ruddy Turnstone in the flock of Surfbirds and Black Turnstones. If you try for this bird, go at high tide.

Location: End of wooden pier, San de Fuca

Date and time: 6pm 5/3/19

Comment submitted May 4, 2019



Reporter's name: Linda Bainbridge

Sighting Description: Just in time for the Birdathon, the Olive-sided Flycatcher that calls near my property arrived Friday morning and is calling again this morning. I usually start hearing him the second or third week of May.

Location: Greenbank near Honeymoon Lake

Date and time: May 3, 7:00 am

Comment submitted May 4, 2019



Reporter's name: Carlos Andersen

Sighting Description: Ruff at Crockett Lake. Thanks to Jay, Joe and Dave who first spotted it.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: 5/3/2019, 1300

Photo Title: Ruff - Carlos Andersen

Comment submitted May 3, 2019



Reporter's name: Dave Parent, Joe Sheldon, Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Ruff within a flock of peeps

Location: Mudflats SE corner Crockett Lake

Date and time: 5/3/19 12:30pm

Comment submitted May 3, 2019



Reporter's name: Jenny Brown

Sighting Description: First this year: American Goldfinch, both male and female. Just put my niger feeder up yesterday.

Location: North of Oak Harbor

Date and time: 5/2/2019 4:30 p.m.

Comment submitted May 2, 2019



Reporter's name: Jann Ledbetter

Sighting Description: First of year Western Tanager at my feeder the past couple days.

Location: My home near downtown Coupeville.

Date and time: 4/30

Photo Title: Western Tanager

Comment submitted May 2, 2019



Reporter's name: Jo Reeves

Sighting Description: MayDay Warbler morning - Orange-crowned Warblers and Black- throated Gray Warbler hanging around the birdbath.

Location: Windmill Dr

Date and time: 5/1 11:30AM

Comment submitted May 1, 2019



Reporter's name: Carlos Andersen

Sighting Description: Two Chipping Sparrows in the garden for a short time this morning. Probably headed to PRI. ;)

Location: Freeland

Date and time: April 29, 2019 1000am

Comment submitted Apr 29, 2019



Reporter's name: Libby Hayward

Sighting Description: Three white pelicans this morning mid Deer Lagoon on sandbar.

Location: south end of Deer Lagoon Road

Date and time: 8:15AM 4/30/2019

Comment submitted Apr 30, 2019



Reporter's name: Sharon Vanderslice

Sighting Description: A yellow headed blackbird has been hanging out around my bird feeders on Sunlight Beach for the past 5 days.

Location: Sunlight Beach Road

Date and time: April 28th 2019

Comment submitted Apr 30, 2019



Reporter's name: Barbara Paul

Sighting Description: 9 pelicans ( in two sepatate groupings )29 April, 7 pm

Location: west side of DeerLagoon

Date and time: 29 April. 7pm
4/29. 7pm
4/29/19. 19:00
4/29 7 pm




Comment submitted Apr 29, 2019



Reporter's name: Jenny Brown

Sighting Description: First of the Year! Black-headed Grosbeak, male

Location: North of Oak Harbor

Date and time: 4/29 2:45 p.m.

Comment submitted Apr 29, 2019



Reporter's name: Linda Griesbach

Sighting Description: Two pelicans seen snoozing and lounging at Deer Lagoon, west side, looking toward Double Bluff Road.

Location: (see above)

Date and time: Apr. 27, 2019, 10:00 a.m.

Comment submitted Apr 27, 2019



Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: If anyone would like to see a great example of a Brandt's Cormorant at close range in breeding plumage there is almost always one perched somewhere on the south side of the Mukilteo ferry dock. Sometimes within 20ft of the ferry! There are usually Pelagic and Double-cresteds in the same vicinity for comparison.

Location: Mukilteo Ferry Dock

Date and time: 4/26 Noon

Comment submitted Apr 26, 2019



Reporter's name: Barbara Paul

Sighting Description: 1 pelican, flying in

Location: Deer Lagoon, fresh water side

Date and time: 18 April 2019. about 2:15

Comment submitted Apr 18, 2019



Reporter's name: Jann Ledbetter

Sighting Description: Merlin. Posing cooperatively on a post near the driftwood sculptures.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: 4/18/19 7:00 a.m.

Photo Title: Merlin at Crockett Lake

Comment submitted Apr 18, 2019



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: Caspian terns back in Deer Lagoon

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 4-17-19; 3:45pm

Comment submitted Apr 17, 2019



Reporter's name: Michael Sheldon

Sighting Description: Brandt's Cormorant in breeding plumage. Photographed at Pt. Townsend ferry terminal as Ann Casey's field trip was returning to Whidbey yesterday.

Location: Pt. Townsend ferry dock.

Date and time: April 16, 3:45 PM

Photo Title: Brand't Cormorant in breeding plumage

Comment submitted Apr 17, 2019



Reporter's name: Sarah Schmidt

Sighting Description: Purple Martin adult male in flight over Crockett Lake in the vicinity of the nest boxes - my first-of-year martin. Seen while doing International Shorebird Survey at Crockett Lake; complete checklist posted on eBird.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: 4-16-2019 9:40 AM

Comment submitted Apr 16, 2019