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Reporter's name: Joseph Sheldon

Sighting Description: Three western bluebirds in the open prairie about a hundred yards East of the row of old pheasant coops.

Location: Pacific Rim Institute

Date and time: March 30th, 9:30 a.m.

Comment submitted Mar 30, 2020

Reporter's name: Chris Hurley & Marlys Erickson

Sighting Description: 41 Black Oystercatchers at water's edge. Largest gathering we've seen. At least two days in row.

Location: Monroe Landing beach, just east of boat launch area.

Date and time: March 28 and 29, low-ish tide, mid afternoon

Comment submitted Mar 28, 2020

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Willet. Reported yesterday by Dave Krause. Seen by me today, March 20.

Location: North end of Grasser's Lagoon, head of Penn Cove, Coupeville.

Confirmation: There are no eBird Island County records for this species, January through May. A Willet spent several weeks in Grasser's lagoon last fall.

Date and time: March 20,2020 at about 4:20 p.m.

Comment submitted Mar 20, 2020

Reporter's name: Michael Sheldon

Sighting Description: Pelagic cormorants are now in breeding plumage and easily visible along the ferry route between Keystone and Port Townsend. Dozens of the birds can be seen close-up on the pilings at the Pt. Townsend ferry terminal.

Location: Admiralty Inlet/Port Townsend ferry terminal.

Date and time: March 18, 2020. 6 PM

Photo Title: Pelagic Cormorants in breeding plumage

Comment submitted Mar 19, 2020

Reporter's name: Libby Hayward

Sighting Description: 5 swans, either Tundra or Trumpeter. Likely Tundra, rounded upper border of beak. Difficult to ID due to distance and some haze and fog. Will send photo.

Location: North side of Deer Lagoon near the pilings; can be seen from the south end of Deer Lagoon Road and from Double Bluff Road.

Date and time: 3/19/2020, 8:30am

Comment submitted Mar 19, 2020

Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: 2 Western Bluebirds male and female

Location: Ebey's Bluff trail, just downslope from the trail side fallen log

Date and time: March 18, 635pm

Comment submitted Mar 18, 2020

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Snow Bunting

Location: On the spit road that runs paralled to Route 20, south of Crockett Lake.

Confirmation: Based on eBird records, this is the second sighting of Snow Bunting on
Whidbey during the month of March.

Date and time: March 17, 2020 at about 3:15 p.m.

Photo Title: Snow Bunting/Jay Adams

Comment submitted Mar 17, 2020

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Horned Lark

Location: Seen on the spit road that runs parallel to Highway 20, south of Crockett Lake, east of the Audubon viewing platform.

Confirmation: Using eBrd records, this is likely first sighting of Horned Lark on Whidbey in the month of March.

Date and time: Tuesday, March 17 Between 3:30 p.m.

Photo Title: Snow Bunting/Jay Adams

Comment submitted Mar 17, 2020

Reporter's name: Robert and Traci York

Sighting Description: Although this isn't a rare bird sighting necessarily, we felt it to be a special observation. For 4 years now we have had successful nests and young raised in a homemade nest box for Chestnut-backed Chickadees. This morning as we watched them construct their nest yet again, I decided to take one of the prior years nests that we have kept and place it in a low fir limb. Literally in less than two minutes one of the birds went to the prior nest and began to pull material and take it to straight to the box!! This has continued now and I suspect they will salvage all the old material possible. I feel we are giving them a significant advantage in their nest construction as they will have to expend remarkably less energy looking for material. These very special and localized birds are on the decline due to forest cover loss, so anything we can do to give them a leg up is vital.

Location: Broadway Street Coupeville

Date and time: 3/14/2020

Comment submitted Mar 14, 2020

Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Slate-colored Junco. This variant is unusual in this vicinity. Agressively defending the under feeder territory.

Location: Feeding under the Useless Bay Animal Clinic feeders

Date and time: March 12 3pm

Comment submitted Mar 12, 2020

Reporter's name: Jann Ledbetter

Sighting Description: Prairie Falcon. This new-to-me Falcon was just posing on a post. Photo sent to the experts to confirm ID. Code 5, apparently!!!!

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: 3/9/2020 6:00 p.m.

Photo Title: Prairie Falcon

Comment submitted Mar 10, 2020