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Reporter's name: Sarah Schmidt

Sighting Description: Townsend's Solitaire perched on a fence in our front yard. We watched for 15 minutes and captured photos. S/he flew off to the west. A rare treat in the neighborhood, and our first yard sighting.

Location: Rhodena Drive, Coupeville

Date and time: April 27, 2017, 5:30 pm

Above comment submitted Apr 27, 2017




Reporter's name: Mary Hollen

Sighting Description: While tending Purple Martin gourds I found a giant blue egg. My neighbor Alan Ginn identified it as a Great Blue Heron egg. I thought someone was teasing me for discarding (blue) starling eggs from the nearby piling cavity to help out with reintroduction of the Western Purple Martin who would otherwise nest there. Happy to have found the egg before the crows did.

Location: Salmon Street and Steelhead Drive

Date and time: 4/26/17 5:15pm

Above comment submitted Apr 26, 2017



Reporter's name: Russ Schulz

Sighting Description: Sharp-Shinned Hawk dive bombing my Hummingbird feeders twice that I noticed today. Feeders are extremely active with both Anna's and Rufous Hummingbirds.

Location: My back yard on Winterhawk in Coupeville

Date and time: 4/24/17 6:30 p.m.

Above comment submitted Apr 24, 2017



Reporter's name: Martha Hollis

Sighting Description: About 40 Common Mergansers in Kennedy's Lagoon and resting on the floating deck. Been there every couple of days or so for a couple of weeks.

Location: Kennedy's Lagoon at Madrona Avenue near Coupville

Date and time: 3:00 pm, April 23, 2017

Above comment submitted Apr 23, 2017



Reporter's name: Gideon Seraphine photo pic1492968242blac_zpsbjkfkdfh.jpg

Sighting Description: Saw about 30 Black Turnstones at Langley harbor nestled in the greenery bordering the dilapidated dock where the Double-crested Cormorants perch on 4/20, then got this picture of over 100 of them hanging out on the floating dock on 4/22; haven't seen so many at once here...quite a chatty group!

Location: Langley Harbor

Date and time: 4/22/17, around 12:00 PM

Above comment submitted Apr 23, 2017



Reporter's name: Linda Bainbridge

Sighting Description: Heard my first Pacific-slope Flycatcher of the year this morning while walking my cat.

Location: Off Towhee Lane in Greenbank

Date and time: 4/23/2017 at 9:30 am

Above comment submitted Apr 23, 2017



Reporter's name: George and Lynne Jensen

Sighting Description: 2 pairs evening grosbeaks at our feeders today, the first of the season for us.

Location: Log Cabin Road near Cultus Bay Road

Date and time: April 22, 2017 around 1pm

Above comment submitted Apr 22, 2017



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: There is a Say's phoebe hanging around Deer Lagoon; noteworthy because I do not see the bird on the Whidbey Island check list. Take west dike, upper trail to end.
Also large numbers of Bonaparte's gulls and Caspian terns.

Location: west dike, Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 4/21/17; 4:00 pm

Above comment submitted Apr 21, 2017



Reporter's name: Val Hillers

Sighting Description: Six whimbrels walking through a farm field foraging food from newly turned earth. Not a rare bird for Whidbey Island, but an unusual location for the whimbrels to be foraging. (Perhaps they learned from the gulls who always follow the farmers' equipment.)

Location: On Ebey Prairie, viewed from Cook Road

Date and time: 4/21, 9 am

Above comment submitted Apr 21, 2017



Reporter's name: George and Lynne Jensen

Sighting Description: 2 sightings today:
First sighting: 2 ospreys circling our neighbor's newly cleared field, gathering sticks, presumably flying to their nest on top of the cell tower on Cultus Bay Road.
Second sighting: 2 band tailed pigeons flew over our field. 1 later returned and perched on our bird seed feeder.

Location: Log Cabin Road and Cultus Bay Road in Clinton

Date and time: April 20th, approx. 9am

Above comment submitted Apr 20, 2017



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: numbers of Caspian terns have returned to Deer Lagoon

Location: Deer Lagon

Date and time: 4/20/17; non

Above comment submitted Apr 20, 2017



Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Two male Myrtle-type with four male Audubon's-type Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Location: Around the fenced wetland area off Krueger Road in Coupeville.

Date and time: April 18 at about 3:30 p.m.

Above comment submitted Apr 18, 2017



Reporter's name: Wendy Wilson

Sighting Description: An Evening Grosbeak has been at my sunflower feeder the past three mornings. First sighted Thursday 4/14.

Location: North Whidbey near Silver Lake

Date and time: 4/14 8:00 a.m.

Above comment submitted Apr 16, 2017



Reporter's name: Mary Hollen

Sighting Description: First Lagoon Point purple martin of 2017

Location: Steelhead Drive and Salmon Street, Greenbank

Date and time: 4/16/17 3:30pm

Above comment submitted Apr 16, 2017



Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: I 1st heard an unusual raptor calling then observed crows diving on a bird perched in a tree. It was a Northern Goshawk that flew off with crows in pursuit.

Location: Parker Road, Coupeville

Date and time: 4/15 5:45 pm

Above comment submitted Apr 15, 2017



Reporter's name: BOB LECLERCQ

Sighting Description: 2 TURKEY VULTURES SETTING IN TREES. SOARED AWAY WHEN I GOT CLOSE.


Location: GOOSE ROCK PERIMETER TRAIL. DECEPTION PASS STATE PARK. ACROSS FROM CORNET BAY MARINA.

Date and time: 4/14/2017 10:15 AM

Above comment submitted Apr 14, 2017



Reporter's name: Laurie Wright

Sighting Description: Townsend's Solitaire photographed in bushes at the foot of a steep bank overlooking the beach. Could be connected to the Townsend's Solitaire seen at the Pacific Rim Institute on 9 April.

Location: Beach below Harrington Road, Coupeville

Date and time: Thurs 13 April 2017, around 10 a.m.

Above comment submitted Apr 14, 2017



Reporter's name: Linda McFarlane

Sighting Description: Red Necked Grebe. Diving, solo bird, very beautiful.

Location: Fishing just off the ferry as I landed at Mukilteo from Clinton, in front of Ivar's.

Date and time: 4/13/2017 - 4:30

Above comment submitted Apr 13, 2017



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: first whimbrel of the year

Location: west dike, Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 4/11/17; 1:15pm

Above comment submitted Apr 11, 2017



Reporter's name: Joseph K. Sheldon photo pic1491853315town_zps95wjzu3f.jpg

Sighting Description: Sighting by Aaron Morganstern of Townsend's Solitaire

Location: Pacific Rim Institute on Eastern edge of the prairie

Confirmation: This is listed as a rare bird for Whidbey Island.

Date and time: 9 April 2017 about noon.

Above comment submitted Apr 10, 2017



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: What a difference a day makes! Yesterday with the wind, we could hardly find a shorebird in Deer Lagoon. Today, relatively calm, there are large numbers of black-bellied plovers and dunlins. About a dozen greater and one lesser yellowlegs. Large numbers of brants. Several ospreys.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 4-9-17; 3:00 pm

Above comment submitted Apr 9, 2017



Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: 1st Orange -crowned Warbler of the year singing in our yard today. Also 1st butterfly: Satyr Comma

Location: Parker Road, Coupeville

Date and time: 4/09 2:45pm

Above comment submitted Apr 9, 2017



Reporter's name: Ted King  photo pic1491695332p101_zpswbqksrao.jpg

Sighting Description: Red Crossbill spotted sitting on tip-top of cone-loaded conifer which was at about eye level and less that 50' away - lots of color - fabulous! My first Red Crossbill but hopefully the first of many.

Location: On the bank above Deer Lagoon.

Date and time: March 12, 2017 at 0750 local time.

Above comment submitted Apr 8, 2017



Reporter's name: Jodi DeLay

Sighting Description: Female Yellow shafted flicker seen several times at our suet feeder this week. Does not appear to be hybrid. Have video w yellow n red shafted as one leaves the feeder and the other comes in.

Location: Day Rd near Christianson

Date and time: April 5, 6, 7

Above comment submitted Apr 8, 2017



Reporter's name: Traci York

Sighting Description: First male American Goldfinch of the season snacking on hulled sunflower seeds.

Location: NW Broadway St. Coupeville

Date and time: April 8 @ 12:20 PM

Above comment submitted Apr 8, 2017



Reporter's name: Jill Hein

Sighting Description: TWO Osprey back on the nest by Race Road Firehall - yay for spring!

Location: Race Road, Coupeville

Date and time: April 6th; 3 pm

Above comment submitted Apr 6, 2017



Reporter's name: David Parent

Sighting Description: First cycle Glaucous Gull feeding with other large gulls in the large field between Highway 525, Cameron Road and Bush Point Road

Location: As Above

Date and time: 4/6/17 7:30am

Above comment submitted Apr 6, 2017



Reporter's name: Mary Hollen

Sighting Description: Hermit Thrush heard in forested bluff above Lagoon Point about noon today.

Location: Lagoon Point, Greenbank, WA

Date and time: 4/5/17 12:30pm

Above comment submitted Apr 5, 2017



Reporter's name: Joseph K. Sheldon  photo pic1491332092mobl_zpsnfj6ngne.jpg

Sighting Description: Mountain Bluebird seen and photographed at Pacific Rim Institute in and around the prairie remnant area.

Location: Pacific Rim Institute

Confirmation: Dr. Sheldon is a well-known experienced birder, very familiar with Mountain Bluebirds

Date and time: 4 April 2017 about 11 a.m.

Above comment submitted Apr 4, 2017



Reporter's name: Linda McFarlane

Sighting Description: First Osprey

Location: Sanctuary

Date and time: 4/3/17 4:30 pm

Above comment submitted Apr 3, 2017



Reporter's name: Joseph K. Sheldon photo pic1491275798greg_zpsj9mxiphy.jpg

Sighting Description: Great Egret first reported at Noon, still present at 6:45 PM

Location: Dugualla Bay, Whidbey Island, WA

Confirmation: Rare sighting

Date and time: April 3, 2017; 6:45 PM

Above comment submitted Apr 3, 2017



Reporter's name: Brooks Allen

Sighting Description: Great Egret - Dugualla Bay. First pond on right going north on Dike Rd. At noon.

Location: Dugualla Bay

Confirmation: I am an experienced birder.

Date and time: 4/03/2017

Above comment submitted Apr 3, 2017



Reporter's name: Carla Corin

Sighting Description: First Band-tailed Pigeon of the year!

Location: West Beach Road and Barque Road

Date and time: March 30, about 1:30 p.m.

Above comment submitted Mar 31, 2017



Reporter's name: Patty Blouin

Sighting Description: Yellow rumped warbler. First spotted him yesterday trying to eat from hummer feeder, he returned to day doing the same thing.

Location: Whales run, coupeville

Confirmation: Confirmed by Al Lunemann

Date and time: 03/25/17 around 7 pm

Above comment submitted Mar 28, 2017



Reporter's name: Joe Sheldon

Sighting Description: The Russian biologist, Vasilly Baranyuk, coordinating the Snow Geese research on Wrangel Island, Russia -- the geese that overwinter in our area -- will be speaking Saturday March 25, 2017 at 3 PM at the Padilla Bay Interpretive center, Bay View, WA. He previously spoke with his Washington State counterpart at a Whidbey Audubon membership meeting. This is an excellent opportunity to hear an update on the status of the population.

Location: Padilla Bay Interpretive Center

Date and time: 3 PM Saturday March 25

Above comment submitted Mar 24, 2017





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