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Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: 4 Sandhill Cranes flying north. Is it really early spring?

Location: Freeland, WA

Date and time: 2/24/2020

Comment submitted Feb 24, 2020



Reporter's name: Cathi Bower

Sighting Description: Tree Swallow - FoS observed - Just the one so far

Location: Maxwelton Valley at Miller Lake

Date and time: 2/26/20 11:45 a.m.

Comment submitted Feb 26, 2020



Reporter's name: Dyanne Sheldon

Sighting Description: First Tree swallows, 2020. Four birds over the French/Cultus Bay wetland

Location: French Rd and Cultus Bay, Clinton

Confirmation: First of the season

Date and time: 12:00, Feb 26, 2020

Comment submitted Feb 26, 2020



Reporter's name: Linda Bainbridge

Sighting Description: First Rufous Hummingbird spotted this year (for me) at my feeder at 11:30 am today.

Location: Greenbank, near Honeymoon Bay Road and Towhee Lane

Date and time: 2/25/20 at 11:30 am

Comment submitted Feb 25, 2020



Reporter's name: Jann Ledbetter

Sighting Description: Northern Shrike

Location: Driftwood Park

Date and time: 2/23/20 10:00 a.m.

Photo Title: Northern Shrike

Comment submitted Feb 23, 2020



Reporter's name: Govinda Holtby

Sighting Description: Steller's Jay was in the cedar tree making a ruckus- Northern Saw-whet owl perched on a branch 8-9 feet off the ground.

Location: Off Thompson rd. in Langley

Date and time: Saturday, Feb. 15 afternoon

Comment submitted Feb 18, 2020



Reporter's name: Nancy Van Wormer

Sighting Description: This Orange-crowned Warbler has been in residence for over a month, but this was the first that we have seen it enjoying nectar from the hummer feeder.

Location: Overlooking Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 2/1/10:00 A.M

Comment submitted Feb 6, 2020



Reporter's name: Tom Leschine

Sighting Description: A partially leucistic Chestnut-backed Chickadee made several appearance at and around my suet feeder along Burley Rd. last week. I spotted the bird at some point during each of the days 1/22-1/24. A neighbor who I had alerted reported seeing what is likely the same bird at her feeder today (1/28). Most striking is a snowy white tail. My not-great photos were taken around noon on 1/23.

Location: At feeders at homes both above and below Burely Road, Clinton.

Date and time: 1/22-24/20 and 1/28/20, intermittently through the day

Photo Title: Partially leucistic Chestnut-Backed Chickadee

Comment submitted Jan 28, 2020



Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Northern Saw-whet Owl flew in front of my car.

Location: Brainer's Rd near the intersection with East Harbor Rd, Freeland

Date and time: 1/21/20 6:45pm

Comment submitted Jan 22, 2020



Reporter's name: George Heleker

Sighting Description: "Purple 1S", a banded male, hunting in our yard this morning. He is one of "Ed Deal's birds" (for those of you that were at the recent Audubon meeting). This bird was banded in Seattle in September, 2014, and has been visiting our yard since 2015.

Location: At our home, two miles southwest of the Clinton ferry.

Date and time: 1/21/20-9:38 a.m.

Photo Title: Male Cooper's Hawk

Comment submitted Jan 21, 2020



Reporter's name: Nancy Oyler

Sighting Description: Townsend's Warbler at our feeder

Location: Galbreath and Elsica

Confirmation: Frances Wood confirmed the photo

Date and time: Jan 13, 2020 12:30pm

Comment submitted Jan 15, 2020