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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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