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Reporter's name: Linda Griesbach

Sighting Description: Apparent mallard hybrid drake seen with other male and female mallards. Note its dark legs. Any idea what this mix might be?

Location: North end of Lone Lake on private property.

Date and time: October 15, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.

Photo Title: Hybrid mallard

Comment submitted Oct 15, 2019



Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: A Willet was with a flock of yellowlegs at Grasser's Lagoon. We saw it from the Hwy 20 pullout.
The Marbled Godwit was still at Crockett's Lake this evening.

Location: Grasser's Lagoon, Penn Cove

Date and time: 10/12/19 9:00am

Comment submitted Oct 12, 2019



Reporter's name: Carlos Andersen

Sighting Description: Crockett Lake American Pipits also Marbled Godwit still present. Also had a flyover of about 20 Greater White-fronted Geese.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: 10/11/2019 0730 to 1000

Photo Title: American Pipit

Comment submitted Oct 11, 2019



Reporter's name: Carlos Andersen

Sighting Description: Mountin Bluebirds at Crockett Lake West of viewing platform and on south side of gravel road.

Location: Crockett Lake, West of viewing platform and south of gravel road.

Date and time: 10/11/2019, 0945

Photo Title: Mountain Bluebird

Comment submitted Oct 11, 2019



Reporter's name: Michael Sheldon

Sighting Description: Attaching a photo of the Marbled Godwit described by Jay Adams in his post yesterday.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: October 10, 2019. 10 AM

Photo Title: Marbled Godwit

Comment submitted Oct 10, 2019



Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Marbled Godwit. This bird was first seen on October 5 in essentially the same location, i.e., near the tip of the peninsula of dry land that ends more or less opposite the viewing platform. Two birds were present on the 5th. Today's bird, the larger and longer-billed of the two, has been present every day since.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: October 9, 2019 at about 10:30 a.m.

Comment submitted Oct 9, 2019



Reporter's name: Mary Jo Adams

Sighting Description: I got a good look through my spotting scope at a black scoter yesterday afternoon at Maylor's Point. It was among a group of about 200 surf scoters. There were also a few white-winged scoters.

Location: Maylor's Point on the Seaplane Base in Oak Harbor

Date and time: 10/5/19 3:30 pm

Comment submitted Oct 6, 2019



Reporter's name: Patricia Prochaska

Sighting Description: Western Scrub Jay came to my suet feeder on my deck and spent time in my yard. It's the first time I have ever seen one here. I have many pictures. Better photos are not on this phone.

Location: Lagoon Point on Smugglers Cove Road

Confirmation: I am fairly experienced

Date and time: October 2, 2019 4:45-5:30 or so

Photo Title: Western Scrub Jay

Comment submitted Oct 3, 2019



Reporter's name: Judy Howard

Sighting Description: Four American white pelicans. I have never seen them here - beautiful!

Location: In Useless Bay, just off of Double Bluff Beach.

Confirmation: Listed as irruptive.

Date and time: October 2, 2019, 1 PM

Comment submitted Oct 2, 2019



Reporter's name: Tom Leschine

Sighting Description: A White-Throated Sparrow, tan-striped morph. Briefly sitting in an apple tree at close range but soon disappeared into dense vegetation.

Location: Just off Burley Road, in Clinton above the farm fields.

Date and time: 9/28/19 10:15 am

Comment submitted Sep 28, 2019



Reporter's name: Tom Leschine

Sighting Description: A flock of 35 white pelicans flew overhead the lower Maxwelton farmlands this morning, at about 10:15. They were moving south but soon turned west, as if heading to Deer Lagoon.

Location: Farmlands along Maxwelton Road, south of French Road

Date and time: 9/27/19 10:15 an

Comment submitted Sep 27, 2019



Reporter's name: George Heleker

Sighting Description: More Turkey Vultures!
After scanning the sky for more than 20 minutes on a sunny afternoon, on 9/25 starting at 2:30, we saw 17 vultures in a kettle to the south of
here at 2:51 pm. Their numbers increased as others joined them from the north/northwest. A little farther east, there was also another kettle of 24 birds. The two kettles became close enough to each other to become one for a total of 52 birds! By 3:02, all the birds were gliding off toward the south/southeast. A few minutes later, one bird appeared low in the south, and it soared for a little while then glided off toward the south/southeast. At 3:14, six birds appeared in the southwest and soared higher. Four of the six glided off toward the south/southeast, then in a few minutes five more joined the two remaining, and they eventually glided off toward the south/southeast. We stayed outside until 4:00 pm and did not see any more Turkey Vultures.
Our house is about 2 miles southwest of the Clinton ferry dock near the highest part of the south end of the island which is about 510 feet elevation. I'm beginning to wonder if we are on a Turkey Vulture "highway" for fall migration. If more move by in migration in this area, good places to view them would be on Rolling Hill Rd. and perhaps even better from the High Meadow Rd./Heggeness Rd. intersection.

Location: Two miles southwest of Clinton Ferry dock

Date and time: 9/25/19 2:30 pm- 4:00 pm.

Comment submitted Sep 26, 2019



Reporter's name: George Heleker

Sighting Description: Saw a kettle of 17 Turkey Vultures south of our place on this sunny afternoon. The numbers continued to grow as others came in from the north/northwest After 10 minutes or so, all 32 birds glided off toward the south/southeast. Late September to early October is when I have seen large numbers of Turkey Vultures at this location, always on the move southward.

Location: 2 miles southwest of the Clinton ferry

Date and time: 9/24/2019 3:28 pm

Comment submitted Sep 24, 2019



Reporter's name: Carlos Andersen

Sighting Description: Five Sandhill Cranes looking for a sheltered place out of the wind to spend the night. Thanks to Cindy Willis for posting on eBird her earlier sighting on Woodard when they flew over.

Location: Deer Lagoon, West Dike then flew to Double Bluff Road

Date and time: 9/23/2019 1900

Comment submitted Sep 23, 2019