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Reporter's name: Cathi Bower and Kathy Obersinner

Sighting Description: Northern Shrike perched among robins and cedar waxwings in berried shrubbery. It repeatedly flew to the ground and back up to the brush. At one point we thought it had gone after a bird, but the smaller birds like chickadees were keeping their distance.
Not particularly unusual, but first of the season here, and seems a bit early.

Location: Maxwelton Valley across from Midvale

Date and time: October 15 5 p.m.

Comment submitted Oct 16, 2018



Reporter's name: Madrone Ruggiero

Sighting Description: Red Knot with a mixed flock of dowitchers, dunlin, and plovers.

Location: Swantown/Bos Lake south end on the west beach road edge.

Confirmation: white supercilium, heavy straight bill about the length of the head, dark legs, overall grayish above and light below with flecking on rump in flight and light gray tailfeathers, dark primaries were about even with tail tip, some light "lacing" on the shoulders. Larger than DUNL, smaller than black-bellied plovers and dowitchers. Familiar with the species from when I lived in New Jersey and confident on the id. Reported previously by other birders at the same location.

Date and time: Oct. 11, 2018, 1:20pm

Comment submitted Oct 11, 2018



Reporter's name: DAVID PARENT

Sighting Description: Northern Saw-whet Owl flying across the road. Interestingly enough, I just released a Saw-whet Owl that we had rehabilitated after crashing into a glass porch railing. That bird was released where found on Ledgewood Beach Rd.

Location: Newman Road

Date and time: 10/10/18 6:30am

Comment submitted Oct 10, 2018



Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: A leusistic junco was seen by the bird cclass field trip today. The bird was with a flock of normal colored jucos. The head was mostly white with a couple of black spots. Photo to follow.

Location: Ft. Ebey State Park, camping area

Date and time: 10/06/18 11:00am

Comment submitted Oct 6, 2018



Reporter's name: Joe Sheldon

Sighting Description: Fall and October have definitely arrived. This morning, Oct. 2nd, I heard my first Varried Thrush of the fall near Pacific Rim Institute.

Location: Near Pacific Rim Institute

Date and time: Oct. 2nd 2018 9:30 am

Comment submitted Oct 2, 2018



Reporter's name: John Schuster

Sighting Description: Black-Throated Gray Warbler At our bird bath

Location: Goss Ridge Rd Freeland

Date and time: 12:30 PM 9/9/2018

Photo Title: Black-Throated Gray Warbler

Comment submitted Sep 10, 2018