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Reporter's name: Cathy Donckers

Sighting Description: Large Golden Eagle, first time I have spotted him this fall/winter season. I usually see it around March for the past 3-4 years.

Location: Roof top, last house on the Deer Lagoon side of Shore Avenue. Freeland WA

Confirmation: Too far away to take a picture, but with binoculars, easy to see it is a Golden and not a Bald, also, not a molting Bald, definitely a deep brown color all over with some slight scattering of lighter colored feathers.

Date and time: 11-21-19 10:20 a.m.

Comment submitted Nov 21, 2019

Reporter's name: George Heleker

Sighting Description: Partially leucistic Dark-eyed Junco. Saw several times during the morning hours. Had a large patch of white on both sides of head and a smaller white patch on right side of crown.

Location: Our home, 2 miles southwest of the Clinton ferry dock

Date and time: 11/6/19-During morning hours

Photo Title: Partially leucistic Dark-eyed Junco

Comment submitted Nov 8, 2019

Reporter's name: Albert Rose

Sighting Description: Willet - I was attracted to a large flock of Yellowlegs while passing Crockett Lake. This Willet was among the mix.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: November 2, 2019 about 10:00 AM

Photo Title: Willet

Comment submitted Nov 1, 2019

Reporter's name: Jann Ledbetter

Sighting Description: A flash of bright yellow in the grasses caught my eye. I got out my camera just as the 3 Western Meadowlarks started flying around and then off.

Location: Crockett Lake/Driftwood Park area

Date and time: 10/31/19 5:00 p.m.

Photo Title: Western Meadowlark

Comment submitted Oct 31, 2019

Reporter's name: Cathi Bower

Sighting Description: Short-eared Owl hunting the fields north of Miller Lake.
It was just a matter of time before one showed up here! First impression was that it was the Harrier swooping along, until its repeated diving behavior caught my attention, and its beautiful disc face was clear.

Location: Maxwelton Valley

Date and time: October 31, 2019 5 p.m.

Comment submitted Oct 31, 2019

Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: marbled godwit ; photo to follow

Location: foraging in Deer Lagoon, salt water side of west dike

Date and time: 10/28/19; 1:30- 2:00 pm

Comment submitted Oct 28, 2019

Reporter's name: Jay Adams (with Carlos Andersen)

Sighting Description: Willet (Western sub-species). Seen with Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Western Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, and Dunlin.

Location: Crockett Lake - along the near shore a bit west of the viewing platform.Possibly the same bird first reported by Steve Ellis at Grasser's Lagoon.

Date and time: October 28, 2019 at about 10:00 a.m.

Comment submitted Oct 28, 2019

Reporter's name: Libby Hayward

Sighting Description: 5 swans (Tundra?) mid-morning 10/28 at Deer Lagoon. Visible from west dike trail and Double Bluff Road. Photos are lousy but maybe someone can ID.

Location: South end of Deer Lagoon Road and from Double Bluff Road too.

Date and time: 10/28/2019 ~10:30

Photo Title: Swans at Deer Lagoon 10/28/2019

Comment submitted Oct 28, 2019

Reporter's name: Carlos Andersen

Sighting Description: With Jay Adams we saw two Snow Buntings at Crockett Lake West of viewing platform along gravel road. Also discovered one Willet with Yellowlegs in the lake.

Location: Crockett Lake West of viewing platform along gravel road.

Date and time: 10/28/2019, 1020

Photo Title: Snow Bunting

Comment submitted Oct 28, 2019

Reporter's name: Mary Jo Adams

Sighting Description: There were a lot of great birds around Crescent Harbor this afternoon. I saw a male and female black scoter among a large flock of surf and white winged scoters. I also saw a northern shrike and what I believe was a female mountain bluebird.

Location: Crescent Harbor (Seaplane Base)

Date and time: 10/23/19

Photo Title: Male and female black scoters

Comment submitted Oct 23, 2019

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Willet (Western type)

Location: Seen roosting in with Greater Yellowlegs, Grasser's Lagoon.

Confirmation: One wonders if this is the same bird reported by Steve Ellis on October 10.

Date and time: October 22, 2019 at 12:15 p.m.

Comment submitted Oct 22, 2019

Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: Literally thousands of ducks and gulls around leeward shores in Deer Lagoon and one peregrine falcon riding the winds and scoping out everything.Dramatic.

Location: Deer Lagoon, between the dikes.

Date and time: 10/18/19; 2:30pm

Comment submitted Oct 18, 2019

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