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Reporter's name: Brian Kenney

Sighting Description: Immature Northern Shrike, Deer Lagoon, perching and hunting from bare trees in marsh just before reaching the dike on the footpath.

Location: Deer Lagoon - footpath a bit before reaching the lagoon proper.

Date and time: Jan 13, 2017, around 2 p.m. Sorry for late posting, new to this website.

Above comment submitted Jan 14, 2018

Reporter's name: Rob and Traci York

Sighting Description: Male American Goldfinch

Location: Broadway Street Coupeville

Confirmation: Spotted a male American Goldfinch eating off of Purple Cone Flower seed heads. He was in very pale male plumage, but clearly able to identify.

Date and time: 1/14/18 8am

Above comment submitted Jan 14, 2018

Reporter's name: Carlos Andersen

Sighting Description: Two Rough-legged Hawks at Crockett Lake.

Location: Crockett Lake, east end.

Date and time: 12/20/2017, 1130

Above comment submitted Dec 20, 2017

Volunteers are needed to set up and provide refreshments Saturday, December 30 at the end of the day for the Christmas Bird Count South teams. Counters finish up about 4 p.m. and come to Trinity Lutheran Church Annex in Grigware Hall to list their tallies. We're looking for volunteers to both set up and clean up and bring food and make hot beverages for tired, hungry birders. The facility has a kitchen and equipment. Please contact Nicole Luce at (360) 331-3634 or email ilndgals@whidbey.com

Reporter's name: Christine Visick

Sighting Description: Lucistic Robin has visited my bird baths several times this past week.

Location: Whidbey Green community, next to the golf course.

Date and time: 12/10/2017 through 12/13/2017 so far.

Above comment submitted Dec 14, 2017

Reporter's name: Vincent Hagel

Sighting Description: 18 Black Oystercatchers flying in formation across our bow near the entrance to the channel that enters Oak Harbor. They were flying toward the beach at City Beach.

Location: Between the red and green buoys marking the entrance channel into Oak Harbor.

Date and time: Tuesday, 12/12/2017 about 3:00 p.m.

Above comment submitted Dec 13, 2017

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: White-throated Sparrow - a single tan-striped morph showed up at our feeders at about 9:00 this morning.

Location: Lindsay Street, Coupeville

Date and time: December 11, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

Above comment submitted Dec 11, 2017

Reporter's name: Sarah Schmidt

Sighting Description: Eight Sandhill Cranes flying over Pacific Rim Institute. Seen and heard at 2:35 pm today. They flew northward, then circled above the forest and gaining altitude, few back to the south and out of sight. Just in case they decided to overnight at Crockett Lake I drove there at sunset to scope for them, but didn't find them.

Location: In the sky above Pacific Rim Institute, three miles south of Coupeville.

Date and time: December 9, 2017, 2:35 pm

Above comment submitted Dec 9, 2017

Reporter's name: Gideon Seraphine

Sighting Description: Long-tailed Duck: I was out with the BINS group at Deer Lagoon this morning when I spotted this duck floating and diving among the Am. Wigeons, Buffleheads, and No. Pintails- thanks to others who helped nail down the identification, as I have never seen one here, and the few I have seen before were flying over the open coastal seas, so was not expecting this! (See attached photo).

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 12/7/17- 10:15 AM

Above comment submitted Dec 7, 2017

Reporter's name: Jay

Sighting Description: One drake and one hen Redhead.

Location: Outside of the swimming area, Cranberry Lake, Deception State Park

Date and time: December 7, 2017 at about 9:30 a.m.

Above comment submitted Dec 7, 2017

Reporter's name: Carlos Andersen

Sighting Description: Single Horned Lark at Crockett Lake this morning.

Location: Feeding along the gravel roadway near the viewing platform at Crockett Lake.

Date and time: 11/17/2017, 0900

Above comment submitted Nov 17, 2017

Reporter's name: Traci York

Sighting Description: I heard Golden Crowned Sparrows giving the alarm call... I looked out back to see a NORTHERN SHRIKE on the ground, mantling over its capture! Then, it moved under the Doug fir to reveal it had caught a White Crowned Sparrow. This is the first NS I've seen in our back yard - with its distinctive bold black mask, hooked beak, clean white breast, gray back and black wing bars, it was a clear giveaway! I got a good look at him/her, then it was gone as fast as he/she came in! Woah! - listed as Occasional on WAS Birds of Whidbey Island.

Location: NW Broadway St.

Date and time: Nov. 15 2017, 11:30 am

Above comment submitted Nov 15, 2017

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