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Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Two Eared Grebes

Location: Seen from the Coupeville Wharf looking toward the mussel rafts.

Date and time: December 3 at about 10:30 a.m.azg

Above comment submitted Dec 3, 2016




Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: Short-eared owl harassing and in turn being harassed by a juvenile and an adult female northern harrier. Also juvenile Cooper's hawk, on ground, allowing me to approach within 5 feet, as it performed wounded wing trick and lured me away from a kill.

Location: Deer Lagoon, south end of west dike

Date and time: 12/1/16; 3:15 pm

Above comment submitted Dec 1, 2016



Reporter's name: Ruth Richards/Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Two Red Phalaropes

Location: Seen in Coupeville waters from the Port Townsend Ferry.

Date and time: November 29 at about 3:00 p.m.

Above comment submitted Nov 30, 2016



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: 5 tundra swans flew to the east over Deer Lagoon this morning calling "kloo, kloo, kloo".

Location: west to east over Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 11/29/16; 8:00am

Above comment submitted Nov 29, 2016



Special Call for Dead Birds
Whidbey Audubon is in immediate need of dead birds for our bird specimen collection. The Smithsonian Institution is going to be here 12/2-12/11 to prep birds for their collection and will have time to help us with our collection so if you have any birds in your freezer or find one please contact Robin Llewellyn, 360 678 5403, (email) or Sharon Gauthier, 360 682 5149, (email).



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: solitary male canvasback among hundreds of wigeons

Location: west dike of Deer Lagoon, fresh water side, far south end

Date and time: 11/14/16; 4:00 pm

Above comment submitted Nov 14, 2016



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: trumpeter swan, about 120 yards from lower trail of dike. Also at least 2 Eurasian wigeons among the multitudes of ducks

Location: Deer Lagoon, fresh water side of west dike

Date and time: 11/11/16; noon

Above comment submitted Nov 11, 2016



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: short-eared owl foraging with 2 harriers; also northern shrike

Location: west dike of Deer Lagoon; shrike found near south end of lower trail, owl was working along the higher trail on the dike

Date and time: 11/10/16; 3:00 pm (shrike); 3:30 pm (owl)

Above comment submitted Nov 10, 2016



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: Among the multitudes of ducks in Deer Lagoon, east of the west dike, there were at least 4 breeding plumaged male Eurasian wigeons this afternoon.

Location: Dear Lagoon, seen from the west dike looking East

Date and time: 11/8/16; 3:00 pm

Above comment submitted Nov 8, 2016



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: Among the multitudes of ducks in Deer Lagoon, east of the west dike, there were at least 4 breeding plumaged male Eurasian wigeons this afternoon.

Location: Deer Lagoon, seen from the west dike looking East

Date and time: 11/8/16; 3:00 pm

Above comment submitted Nov 8, 2016



Reporter's name: Mary Hollen

Sighting Description: 107 hooded mergansers

Location: Perego's Lagoon by Ebey Bluff

Date and time: 11/6/16 noon

Above comment submitted Nov 6, 2016



Reporter's name: Cindy Willis

Sighting Description: 6 snow geese, 2 adult, 4 juvenile at Greenbank Farm.

Location: Greenbank Farm by organic farm school field

Date and time: 11/2/16 11:45 am

Above comment submitted Nov 2, 2016



Reporter's name: Sarah Schmidt

Sighting Description: 10 Tundra Swans at Crockett Lake yesterday. Seven snoozing near south shoreline in vicinity of birding platform; 3 foraging at the far north side.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: October 28, noon.

Above comment submitted Oct 29, 2016



Reporter's name: Martha and Eddie Hollis

Sighting Description: Twelve swans a winging west over Admiral's Cove towards Marrowstone Island on a very blustery afternoon.

Location: Near Admiral's Cove swimming pool

Date and time: 10-26-16 4:00 pm

Above comment submitted Oct 26, 2016



Reporter's name: Linda Bainbridge

Sighting Description: Marilynn Strayer and Sam Wolfe spotted about six Canvasbacks and five or six Buffleheads at Lone Lake.

Location: Lone Lake

Date and time: October 25, 2016, 9:30am

Above comment submitted Oct 26, 2016



Reporter's name: Gideon Seraphine

Sighting Description: White-throated Sparrow: Seen scratching and feeding for several minutes in the front yard under the bird feeder; was not able to take a picture, but got good views with the binos.

This is the first time I've seen one here.

Location: Just up from Langley town on Island View Ln. near 6th St.

Date and time: 10/23/16 around 1:00 PM

Above comment submitted Oct 23, 2016



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: this afternoon several dozen plovers returned to Deer Lagoon - all that I could identify certainly were black-bellied. Also saw a few western sandpipers and 4 sanderlings.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 10/20/16; 1:30pm

Above comment submitted Oct 20, 2016





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