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Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: Female Yellowheaded Blackbird 1st heard, then seen at Lone Lake. It was calling frequently.

A Western Wood-pewee was in the trees to the west.
The above were found by the bird class field trip attendees.

Location: In the alders east of the parking area at the Lone Lake boat launch area.

Date and time: 5/19/18 11:45am

Above comment submitted May 19, 2018




Reporter'Reporter's name: Carlos Andersen

Sighting Description: Brown Pelican South of Keystone ferry at Cormorant platform.

Location: Just South of Keystone ferry at Cormorant platform.


Date and time: 5/18/2018 0840

Above comment submitted May 18, 2018



Reporter'Reporter's name: Peter West Carey

Sighting Description: Saw another leucistic Bald Eagle at Deer Lagoon this morning. It might be the same one but I can't tell. There was a group of one adult and three juvenile Bald Eagles hanging out on the last house on the beach side of the lagoon when the leucistic adult came in from the bluffs to the North.

I will upload a couple of photos in a moment.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 5/17/18 8:37am

Above comment submitted May 17, 2018



Reporter's name: George Heleker

Sighting Description: The male Eurasian Wigeon that I saw on the 8th of May was still hanging out with some American Wigeons. My previous sightings of this species at the lagoon have all been from November-March.
Also present was a male Blue-winged Teal, a species I've seen several times at the lagoon, always in the month of May.
There was a male Redhead as well. I have seen this species only one other time at the lagoon when I saw 8 on the first of May, 2016.
All three birds were on the marsh (west) side of the lagoon area.
There were 72 American White Pelicans when I arrived early in the morning. About 55 flew north late in the morning.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: Morning hours of 5/15/2018

Above comment submitted May 16, 2018



Reporter's name: Dyanne Sheldon

Sighting Description: Lazuli bunting: non-breeding male. Flew into a house window. Held him for several minutes until he fully recovered and flew off. Photos of the bird in hand were uploaded.

Location: Clinton, WA

Confirmation: Not included on Whidbey checklist; it IS on the Seattle checklist

Date and time: 8:00 am; May 14, 2018

Above comment submitted May 14, 2018



Reporter's name: Linda Bainbridge

Sighting Description: Female Bullock's Oriole at my suet feeder!
At first I thought I was seeing my first Western Tanager of the year but then I looked more closely and saw the long pointed bill with a grayish lower mandible. The color was a pale orange rather than a true yellow.
The bird returned to the suet several times.
A new yard bird after 14 years!

Location: Near Honeymoon Bay Road and Towhee Lane

Date and time: May 9, 2018, at 1:30 pm

Above comment submitted May 9, 2018



Reporter's name: Brooks Allen

Sighting Description: My posting of about ten Whimbrels on May 4 was incomplete. This was at Monroe landing at low tide.

Location: Monroe Landing

Date and time: May 4, 2018

Above comment submitted May 9, 2018



Reporter's name: Sarah Schmidt

Sighting Description: Female MacGillivray's Warbler. Distinctive white arcs above and below eye on a yellowish warbler with gray head. Flitting through cherry and maple trees in our back yard. Rare on Whidbey during spring and fall migration. On May 25, 2016 one stopped here to use the bird bath.

Location: Near Parker Road, south of Coupeville

Date and time: 10:50 AM, May 6, 2018

Above comment submitted May 6, 2018



Reporter's name: Brooks Allen

Sighting Description: About ten Whimbrels. Forgot to post this Friday, sorry.

Location: In mussel beds at low tide

Date and time: 5/4/2018 4:00 PM

Above comment submitted May 6, 2018



Reporter's name: Joe Sheldon

Sighting Description: Lewis's Woodpecker landed in a tree over our (Joe Sheldon and Gideon Seraphine) head on the trail from the parked cars at the end of Deer Lagoon Road to the West Dike. Full sun showing the dark red face and pink-red belly. Excellent view but bird flew before picture could be taken. This is a rare bird for Whidbey Island.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Confirmation: Both Joe Sheldon and Gideon Seraphine know the species well. It is their first sighting of a Lewis's on Whidbey!

Date and time: 5 May 2018 about noon.

Above comment submitted May 6, 2018



Reporter's name: Carla Corin

Sighting Description: Beautiful white-striped White-throated Sparrow in our yard this morning. First one in 2or 3 years.

Location: West Beach and Barque, Oak Harbor

Date and time: May 3, 9:15 a.m.

Above comment submitted May 3, 2018



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: Productive walk on the West Dike - at least 2 myrtles among the multitudes of Audubons (yellow-rumped) warblers; 2-3 dozen whimbrels and about 10 greater yellowlegs among the flocks of dunlin; 2 snow geese on the freshwater side of the dike; 40 -45 pelicans, and, for the first time in the three years they have come to Deer Lagoon, one bird appears to be sitting on a nest on a small island, separated from the main group by a couple hundred yards.

Location: West dike of Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 5/1/18; 2:30 pm

Above comment submitted May 1, 2018



Reporter's name: Joe Sheldon

Sighting Description: Chipping sparrow, one female Mountain Bluebird, and 17 Turkey Vultures. The Chipping Sparrow is near the main residence, the Mountain Bluebird near or in the prairie remnant, and the Turkey Vultures are around the sheep area where there are afterbirths from the new lambs.

Location: Pacific Rim Institute

Confirmation: Both the Chipping Sparrow and the Mountain Bluebird are listed as rare on Whidbey.

Date and time: 30 April 2018, 11 am.

Above comment submitted Apr 30, 2018



Reporter's name: Joe Sheldon

Sighting Description: Chipping Sparrow

Location: Pacific Rim Institute near the big (director's) house. Sounds very much like the trill of a Dark-eyed Junco.

Date and time: 29 April, 2018 at 2:15 pm

Above comment submitted Apr 29, 2018



Reporter's name: Martha Hollis

Sighting Description: First of season male black headed grosbeak at the feeder. Welcome sir!

Location: Near West Beach and Libbey

Date and time: 04-29-18 6:00 pm

Above comment submitted Apr 29, 2018



Reporter's name: Sarah Schmidt

Sighting Description: Western Kingbird on sign on E side of SR 20 where it runs N-S along the east end of Crockett Lake. Posting photo. Seen with Joe Sheldon.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: April 28, 2018 12:33 pm.

Above comment submitted Apr 28, 2018



Reporter's name: Brooks Allen

Sighting Description: Yellow-headed Blackbird in tree at address below.

Location: 251-W Keystone Ave. near Crockett Lake

Date and time: 4/27/2018 2:50 PM

Above comment submitted Apr 28, 2018



Reporter's name: Sarah Schmidt

Sighting Description: Two female Mountain Bluebirds are still at Pacific Rim Institute in the vicinity of the Cal and Ruth DeWitt Prairie Remnant. I will post photos I took of one on Monday, 4-23.

Location: Pacific Rim Institute, Coupeville

Date and time: April 27, 2018. 5pm

Above comment submitted Apr 27, 2018



Reporter's name: Cathy Donckers

Sighting Description: I have no idea what kind of bird this is ..have never seen one like it before. On Deer Lagoon sitting on an old fence post almost in the middle of the reserve area of the Lagoon... Very large bird with a white head, chest and back feathers, but dark almost black wings, dark beak and a wide (maybe 2-3 inches) black band around it's eyes which makes it's markings very distinct against the white features. I am sure this is not a juvenile eagle, as I have seen plenty of those here on Shore Avenue.

Location: Deer Lagoon, a little closer to the east end, but almost the middle of the reserve area.

Date and time: 4.27.2018 5:15 p.m.


EDITOR'S RESPONSE: Cathy, you have given a great description of an Osprey. These fish- eating hawks recently returned from their wintering grounds in Central and South America. They are the ones that nest atop cell towers along SR 525.

Above comment submitted Apr 27, 2018



Reporter's name: Joe Sheldon

Sighting Description: Female Mountain Bluebird at edge of prairie remnant at Pacific Rim Institute

Location: Prairie remnant at Pacific Rim Institute

Date and time: 4.25.2018; 9:15 am

Above comment submitted Apr 25, 2018



Reporter's name: Libby Hayward

Sighting Description: FIVE American White pelicans in Deer Lagoon near Double Bluff Road ~7AM. They swam slowly south and now ~9AM are about mid Lagoon west of the west dike trail. Have photo. Seen from the south end of Deer Lagoon Road. My first sighting of multiple pelicans this year; saw the lone pelican same place 4/15 AM.

Location: South end of Deer Lagoon Road

Date and time: 4/24 7-9AM

Above comment submitted Apr 24, 2018



Reporter's name: Cathy Donckers

Sighting Description: Flock of 11 White Pelicans on the west end of Deer Lagoon. I have been watching only one for a little over a week as it was hanging out with a flock of geese, but now it has been joined by other White Pelicans.

Location: West end of Deer Lagoon, Freeland Wa.

Confirmation: White Pelican

Date and time: 4.24.2018 @ 7:30 a.m.

Above comment submitted Apr 24, 2018



Reporter's name: Joe Sheldon

Sighting Description: seven Mountain Bluebirds -- two males and five females.

Location: Pacific Rim Institute, south of Coupeville

Confirmation: This is the second time Mountain Bluebirds have been at PRI in the last week. There were seven at that time (one male and six females. Matt Bartells found the birds. I photographed them and submitted the photos to WOS. I did not have a campera this evening.

Date and time: 22 April 2018 7:30 to 7:45 pm

Above comment submitted Apr 22, 2018



Reporter's name: Phyllis Kind

Sighting Description: Two Evening Grosbeaks at my feeder this morning. First time I've seen them on our property.

Location: Off Honeymoon Bay Rd., two miles N of intersection with 525

Date and time: 4/22/18, 10:30 a.m.jgi

Above comment submitted Apr 22, 2018



Reporter's name: Patrick F. Hussey

Sighting Description: I may not have this right as I am a new birder; put up a wooden swallow box about 25 feet up a Doug fir; this am, on top of box (opening I think would be too small) appeared what I think was a Rough-winged swallow.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Rough-winged Swallows usually nest in our bluffs rather than in boxes. If you see it again, you might see if it is a Violet-green Swallow or Tree Swallow, which are the two species that typically nest in boxes on Whidbey. It would be interesting to confirm, perhaps with a photograph, which species is visiting the box.]

Location: Down Donahey 3 miles north of Greenbank Farm, overlooking Admiralty Inlet and next to ravine creek.

Date and time: Sat. April 21st, 7:30 am

Above comment submitted Apr 21, 2018



Reporter's name: Mary Hollen

Sighting Description: Three fully adult Western Purple Martins flying and perching near where they nested last year. Not very vocal, but interested in the appearance of a human installing a mailbox nest on a piling.

Location: Lagoon Point neighborhood

Date and time: 4/19/18 8:00pm

Above comment submitted Apr 20, 2018



Reporter's name: Lynne and George Jensen

Sighting Description: Pair of Band-tailed pigeons landed at our bird feeders this morning. Perched on top of the feeders for awhile and then landed on the ground to feed. We've see them very occasionally at our feeders over the years. Something scared them off and they flew back to the woods.

Location: Log Cabin Road in Clinton.

Date and time: April 20, 2018 at 9AM

Above comment submitted Apr 20, 2018



Reporter's name: Peter West Carey

Sighting Description: I also spotted what I believe to be a Leucistic Bald Eagle. I'm new to birding but have lived in Snohomish and Island counties most of my life, so I know bald eagles. This one looked odd, but I was taking a photo somewhat toward the sun and had to overexpose, which I thought was making the black feathers look lighter.

It wasn't until I saw Mary's post today that I went and reviewed my photos, which I'll post here.

Spotted at Deer Lagoon first flying toward the bluff and then perched above it ( the bluff to the North of the lagoon).

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 8/18/18 7:59:30am then 8:11:46

Above comment submitted Apr 18, 2018



Reporter's name: Mary Morgan

Sighting Description: leucistic Bald Eagle, just hanging out in a tree at Windjammer Park early in the morning

Location: Windjammer Park, Oak Harbor

Date and time: 4/17 abt. 7:15 am

Above comment submitted Apr 18, 2018 >





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