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Reporter's name: Judy Bishop
Sighting Description: A Downy Woodpecker minus red ~ Instead has bright yellow around top of bill and bright yellow tail feathers. They come to feed on our suet.
Location: In woods north of Coupeville toward Ebey's Landig
Date and time: Pretty much all winter when temperature is very cold.
Photo Title: Yellow tail Downy
Comment submitted Feb 21, 2019
Reporter's name: darwin Wile
Sighting Description: 2 trumpeter swans foraging among a multitude of ducks
Location: tidal area of Deer Lagoon
Date and time: 2/5/19, 4:30 pm
Comment submitted Feb 5, 2019
Reporter's name: Paul Neis
Sighting Description: A leucistic Bald Eagle was spotted yesterday by the WAS Birding Class, on
our field trip to Samish Flats, with Joe Sheldon. I was lucky enough to get photos of him
flying with a normal bird, for comparison.
Location: Samish Flats, east 90.
Date and time: 1/19/19, 12:00 PM
Comment submitted Jan 20, 2019
Reporter's name: Rob and Traci York
Sighting Description: At 9:55 am while walking along the NE portion of the Pratt Loop trail,
adjacent to the barbed wire fence line in Coupeville, we counted 65 yes,, sixty-five Killdeer!
They were in the area that has a crop coming out of the soil about 2 in. We have never seen
more than a few Killdeer at any one time here on Whidbey until today.
Location: Pratt Loop Trail
Date and time: 13 January 9:55am
Comment submitted Jan 13, 2019
Reporter's name: Dave Parent, Joe Sheldon
Sighting Description: Just a "keep your eyes open" post!
Christmas Bird Count - I got a distant scope view of a very large, heavy bodied, blue-grey
falcon flying low to the ground, powerful slowish wing beats. I saw the face for a split second
and it had faint mustaches. The rest of the sighting was a back view. This bird flushed and
then chased a flock of 26 Cackling Geese. As the geese frantically flapped, the falcon kept up
the steady, powerful flight. The wingspan of the falcon was longer than the cacklers. The hunt
was unsuccessful and the falcon peeled off and out of sight. My first impression was Gyrfalcon,
a bird I have seen on numerous occasions. I am still about 90% confident it is a Gyr. Maybe
someone out there can confirm!
Location: The large farm field bordered by Mutiny Bay Rd, HWY 525, Cameron and Bush Point
Date and time: December 29, 3pm
Comment submitted Jan 2, 2019