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Unusual Bird Sightings and Special Points of Interest

Reporter's name: John & Jackie Hughes

Sighting Description: A compact flock of Cedar Waxwing in Coupeville... in town proper.

Location: Coupeville town proper on the west side of town.

Date and time: 6/19/17 at 8:45pm

Above comment submitted Jun 19, 2017

June 23, Friday: Pigeon Guillemot Appreciation Day 1 Family-friendly happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m. at Ott & Murphy's Wine Tasting Room, 204 First Street in Langley. Featuring wine, snacks, guillemot crafts and a chance to learn about the Guillemot Research Group.

June 24, Saturday: Pigeon Guillemot Appreciation Day 2 Pigeon Guillemot Field Trip to one of several colonies on the bluffs of Whidbey Island. Meet at 8 a.m. in the Freeland Park & Ride at SR 525 and Woodard (Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot). Carpools will be formed from there. Please dress for the weather.

Reporter's name: Joe Hillers

Sighting Description: We saw a woodpecker pair that were black with yellow crown, white mustache. They were first seen at a sunflower seed feeder, then flew together to a large pine tree and later the pair flew to a fence post. The black-backed woodpecker is the species that is most similar to the birds that we observed.

Location: Our home on South Sherman Road near Coupeville.

Date and time: June 17, 5 To 5:30 pm

Above comment submitted Jun 18, 2017

Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: Please notice the two barred owl photos (1 adult and 2 fledglings) that were posted on Whidbey Audubon's web page. These photos were taken by Lori and Terry Katzakian in their back yard near Bailey's Corner. This is the same property where I reported seeing 27 western tanagers one evening last week, not to mention 5 black-headed grosbeaks, 2 pileated woodpeckers, and a number of other notable species.

Location: Private residence near Bailey's Corner.

Date and time: 6-15-17; 4:07 pm

Above comment submitted Jun 15, 2017

Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: At least 7 white pelicans braving the wind and rain on the fresh water side of the west dike

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 6-15-17; 3:45pm

Above comment submitted Jun 15, 2017

Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: 38 white pelicans just flew in from the south into Deer Lagoon

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 6-14-17; 8:20 am

Above comment submitted Jun 14, 2017

Reporter's name: Barbara Paul

Sighting Description: Western Tanager checking out my empty bird feeder

Location: close to Deer Lake

Date and time: 6/9 2:45 pm

Above comment submitted Jun 9, 2017

Reporter's name: Gideon Seraphine

Sighting Description: I was at the cemetery in Langley when I noticed a small bird working on a nest in a alder tree near the back- seems to be a Warbling Vireo (see photo). I've not seen one nesting before, so this was a treat!

Location: Langley Woodmen Cemetery at the end of Al Anderson Ave.

Date and time: 6/4/17 around 12:00 PM

Above comment submitted Jun 6, 2017

Reporter's name: Kathy Floyd

Sighting Description: We were amazed to see some cliff swallows building two nests in the eaves on the front of our house. There seem to be several that fly into the nests and they fly freely from one to the other. Although our house may be the color of a cliff, it is certainly not very close to the water. Such fun to watch them.

Location: At our house in Freeland

Date and time: 6/3/17 3:30 pm

Above comment submitted Jun 3, 2017

Reporter's name: Patty Blouin

Sighting Description: Bushtits at fountain

Location: Whales Run, Coupeville

Date and time: June 3, 10am

Above comment submitted Jun 3, 2017

Reporter's name: Paul McElwain

Sighting Description: Turkey vulture over Maxwelton Valley.

Location: Midvale Corner

Date and time: 11:10 am Wed 31 May 2017.

Above comment submitted May 31, 2017

Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: 2 male and 1 female Bullock's Orioles calling and flying about. 1 male perched in a Douglas-fir long enough for a good look in the bright sun. wow1

Location: Ewing Marsh; in the row of large Douglas-firs close to the road on the marsh side ( up the hill from the largest expanse of open water).

Date and time: 5/29 10:45am

Above comment submitted May 29, 2017

Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: White pelicans. Earlier today about 3 dozen birds joined the 2 that were already there. They congregated on a couple small islands on the fresh water side of the west dike. Most of the morning the two birds that had already been there remained separate (one with breeding protuberance, the other not). About 11:00 am they joined the new arrivals. They all were a distance away - difficult to see details, but I think more than half of them were breeding age birds.

Location: Deer Lagoon, fresh water side of the west dike

Date and time: 5/24/17; 2:50 pm (could not report earlier because electricity was off until a few minutes ago)

Above comment submitted May 24, 2017

Reporter's name: Gergis Maximus

Sighting Description: A beaver hanging out on the beach just north of the Bush Point boatlaunch.

Location: Bush Point boat launch

Date and time: may 23, 2017 ~2pm

Above comment submitted May 24, 2017

Reporter's name: Darwin wile

Sighting Description: Cathy's 2 pelicans still there (on fresh water side of) west dike, Deer Lagoon

Location: deer Lagon

Date and time: 5/22/17, 2:45 pm

Above comment submitted May 22, 2017

Reporter's name: Cathy Donckers

Sighting Description: Just saw 2 Great White Pelicans land on Deer Lagoon at about 12:40 pm today, Monday, May 22, 2017. Was wondering if they would be back this year, guess they are returning. Last year, the flock was so large, we lost count around 40+! Also, spotted a very large Golden Eagle (not a juvenile bald) on Shore Avenue, down near Double Bluff Park about 3 weeks ago. Have been on vacation for 2 weeks, so have not seen him since. Just anted to let you know.

Location: end of Shore Avenue east of Double Bluff Park

Confirmation: Great White Pelicans on west end of Deer Lagoon. I notified Frances Wood as well.

Date and time: White Pelicans, Monday May 22, 2017. Golden Eagle, approx. May 1, 2017

Above comment submitted May 22, 2017

Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: Today is the fourth in a row that I have been unable to find a single shorebird in Deer Lagoon, although another birder put me onto a greater yellowlegs and a spotted sandpiper next to the path leading up to the west dike. Also a pair of blue-winged teal.

A question: there is a female purple finch singing constantly and robustly this morning at and around my feeder. I know female carpodacus finches sing. But this one is acting like a male in female clothing. I'm wondering if this could be a first year male singing???

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 5/21/17, 10:00 am

Above comment submitted May 21, 2017

Reporter's name: Linda McFarlane photo pic1495376023re_zpscuxdwweq.jpg

Sighting Description: Spotted a male Red Crossbill with three fledglings. They were feeding off of the new pine cone buds at the Pacific Rim Institute on the outer walkway from the farm to the woods where the pine trees are located. The fledglings were waiting to be fed. Crossbills have not been known to nest on Whidbey Islabnd but the birds were young, unafraid and it was easy to get close to the four of them. I did not see a female. I ran into Joe Sheldon and he took a photo.
[Editor's note: Red Crossbills ARE known to nest on Whidbey, but what a neat behavior, seeing them feeding on the new pine cone buds! Red Crossbills are unusual in that they may breed any time of year. AllAboutBirds.org says, "The Red Crossbill is so dependent upon conifer seeds it even feeds them to its young. Consequently, it can breed any time it finds a sufficiently large cone crop, even in the depths of winter."]
Location: Pacific Rim Institute

Date and time: 5/20/2017 10:30 am

Above comment submitted May 20, 2017

Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Three Bank Swallows flying together. Nesting here or just passing through?

Location: Bluff at end of Greenbrier Ln

Date and time: 5/19/17 7pm

Above comment submitted May 19, 2017

Reporter's name: Doug Brand

Sighting Description: Western Tanager sited sitting on tip of a tree on the bluff just north of the Clinton Ferry. Sat there for about 5 minutes before flying into the evergreen trees

Location: North of Clinton Ferry dock

Date and time: 5/18/2017 Approximately 3 PM

Above comment submitted May 19, 2017

Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Flyby of a male and female Bullock's Oriole

Location: Bluff off Greenbrier Ln, Langley

Date and time: 5/18/17 7pm

Above comment submitted May 19, 2017

Reporter's name: Brooks Allen

Sighting Description: Blue-winged Teal male

Location: Hastie Lake, going west from Hwy 20, pond on right after third 90 degree turn.

Date and time: 5/17 5:45 PM

Above comment submitted May 18, 2017

Reporter's name: Carlos Andersen

Sighting Description: Sora. Calling out from wetlands near road.

Location: Freeland, east side of Double Bluff Road before Newman in Wetland area.

Date and time: 5/15/2017, 1100

Above comment submitted May 15, 2017

Reporter's name: Sarah Schmidt

Sighting Description: Great Egret at Lone Lake, from the Apollo Road cul-de-sac. We didn't find the Yellow-headed blackbird we hoped for, but along with the mallards, shovelers and green-winged teal in the neighboring field was the great egret. It flew away to the north.

Location: Langley

Date and time: Saturday, May 13, 5:30 pm.

Above comment submitted May 14, 2017

Reporter's name: Ruth Scrivner

Sighting Description: Western Tanager, both male and female in a tree close to my house. Male chasing female for a good five minutes.

Location: Dugualla Bay

Date and time: 5-15-17 in the late morning

Above comment submitted May 14, 2017

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