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Reporter's name: Barbara Paul

Sighting Description: 1 pelican, flying in

Location: Deer Lagoon, fresh water side

Date and time: 18 April 2019. about 2:15

Comment submitted Apr 18, 2019



Reporter's name: Jann Ledbetter

Sighting Description: Merlin. Posing cooperatively on a post near the driftwood sculptures.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: 4/18/19 7:00 a.m.

Photo Title: Merlin at Crockett Lake

Comment submitted Apr 18, 2019



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: Caspian terns back in Deer Lagoon

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 4-17-19; 3:45pm

Comment submitted Apr 17, 2019



Reporter's name: Michael Sheldon

Sighting Description: Brandt's Cormorant in breeding plumage. Photographed at Pt. Townsend ferry terminal as Ann Casey's field trip was returning to Whidbey yesterday.

Location: Pt. Townsend ferry dock.

Date and time: April 16, 3:45 PM

Photo Title: Brand't Cormorant in breeding plumage

Comment submitted Apr 17, 2019



Reporter's name: Sarah Schmidt

Sighting Description: Purple Martin adult male in flight over Crockett Lake in the vicinity of the nest boxes - my first-of-year martin. Seen while doing International Shorebird Survey at Crockett Lake; complete checklist posted on eBird.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: 4-16-2019 9:40 AM

Comment submitted Apr 16, 2019



Reporter's name: Carlos Andersen

Sighting Description: Osprey, Virginia Rails, Whimbrels

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 4/12/19, 1200

Photo Title: Whimbrels by Carlos Andersen

Comment submitted Apr 13, 2019



Reporter's name: Carlos Andersen

Sighting Description: Osprey, Virginia Rail and Whimbrels

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 4/12/19 1200

Photo Title: Osprey Deer Lagoon by Carlos Andersen

Comment submitted Apr 13, 2019



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: 2 golden eagles performing a courtship display on the windiest day of the year! Spectacular!

Location: Deer Lagoon, the birds were riding wind gusts along the bluffs

Date and time: 4/13/19;11:40 am

Comment submitted Apr 13, 2019



Reporter's name: Carlos Andersen

Sighting Description: Osprey, Virginia Rails and Whimbrels

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 4/12/19, 1200

Photo Title: Virginia Rail by Carlos Andersen

Comment submitted Apr 13, 2019



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: whimbrels back in Deer Lagoon foraging with greater and lesser yellowlegs

Location: salt water ponds of Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 4-9-19, 10:00am

Comment submitted Apr 9, 2019



Reporter's name: Mary Hollen

Sighting Description: Violet Green Swallow on perch by house eaves where they usually nest. I saw him fly by day before yesterday but couldnt get a positive id until this morning.

Location: Lagoon Point

Date and time: 4/7/19 9:30 am

Comment submitted Apr 7, 2019



Reporter's name: Cathy Donckers

Sighting Description: Have been waiting for the White Pelican's to return to Deer Lagoon and this morning, was rewarded with the seeing the 1st White Pelican that I have seen in 2019. Pelican was more in the middle of Deer Lagoon, but slightly closer to the dike on the east side of the lagoon. Could definitely see the pelican bill with binoculars from my house, but too far away to get a photo. Hope this one is the first of many to come.

Location: middle to eastern side of Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 4/5/2019 10:45 a.m.

Comment submitted Apr 5, 2019



Reporter's name: Michael Sheldon

Sighting Description: Whimbrel, on the mudflats, Deer Lagoon, west dike, around 6:00 PM, March 31. Low tide...first spotted being chased in flight by a gull. Whimbrel had food in its bill. Then it settled down on the mudflat to scavange.

Location: Mudflat, Deer Lagoon. West Dike

Confirmation: Whidbey checklist shows this bird as Occasional in Springtime.

Date and time: March 31, 2019. 6 PM

Comment submitted Mar 31, 2019



Reporter's name: Mary Hollen

Sighting Description: Two happy healthy Bewick's wrens energetically selecting bugs from the winter debris in my yard.

Location: Lagoon Point, WA

Date and time: 3/29/19 4:30pm

Comment submitted Mar 29, 2019



Reporter's name: Dyanne Sheldon

Sighting Description: 1,000 snow geese (give or take) heading north at their "we're outta here" cruising altitude. Heading north over Clinton so I'm guessing these are birds from further south, not the Skagit. Winter is passed.

Location: Red Door Farm, Clinton

Date and time: Thursday, March 28. 2:15 pm

Comment submitted Mar 28, 2019



Reporter's name: Michael Sheldon

Sighting Description: Thanks to Jay Adams's tip yesterday, I went to PRI today, with camera, to see if I could photograph the Townsend's solitaire. Success!

Location: Pacific Rim Institute.

Confirmation: As mentioned above, I was directed to the location by Jay Adams who had seen the bird the day before. Photo is attached.

Date and time: March 25, 2019. 3:30 PM.

Photo Title: Townsend's Solitaire

Comment submitted Mar 25, 2019