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Birding in the Neighborhoods - Weekly Field Trips

South Whidbey
The trips are every other Thursday and the meeting time varies with the season. If you would like to be notified of the events, contact Cathi Bower (email) .

North Whidbey
The trips are on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. If you wish to be notified of the events, contact Marcia Lazoff (email) .

Monday, Sept. 23: Field Trip
Jay Adams will lead a field trip to sites on Fir Island including Wiley Sough, Hayton Preserve and Channel Drive. The area is a shorebird haven with many shorebirds and other fall migrants. Leave Coupeville at 7:30 a.m. from the parking lot behind the Coupeville Library and pick up north Islanders at the north end of the Home Depot Store in Oak Harbor about 8:00 a.m. Bring a bag lunch. We will be home late in the afternoon. The trip is limited to 10 participants. Register by emailing Jay. Registration is first come, first served. No special footwear is required. Spotting scopes are recommended.

Tuesday, Oct. 15: Field Trip
Darwin Wile will lead a field trip to Deer Lagoon, meeting at the Bayview Park & Ride at 9:00 a.m. While Deer Lagoon hosts multitudes of birds all year long, it doesn't get much better than October. There will be a profusion of ducks, shorebirds, terns, and gulls. Not a bad time for raptors either -- eagles, ospreys, harriers, and perhaps a falcon or two and maybe even a short-eared owl. Swallows and waxwings should still be present as well as sparrows and finches. Also, we should see numbers of loons, grebes, and scoters and probably brants and geese in Useless Bay, not to mention a pelican or two still hanging around. But the big numbers are likely to be shorebirds -- yellowlegs, western and least sandpipers, dunlins, dowitchers, and possibly a phalarope or two. All in all, October is a splendid time for birding! (email)