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Reporter's name: Lee Tarsitano

Sighting Description: Male and female crossbills on my feeder. They let me walk so close to them so I could take a photo. I've never seen them on one of my feeders before.

Location: Freeland and Shoreview

Date and time: 6/1/20 9:45 am

Comment submitted Jun 1, 2020



Reporter's name: Jim Margard

Sighting Description: two yellow headed blackbirds, both female, sighted 5/31 midday. One sighted 6/1.

Location: near public access on Shore Avenue in Useless Bay community, near bird feeder in yard next to wild rose bushes and driftwood, close to shoreline

Date and time: two sighted 5/31, around noon. One sighted 6/1, 3:00 pm.

Comment submitted Jun 1, 2020



Reporter's name: Vincent Ho

Sighting Description: Flock of 100 +- Common Mergansers floating north along shore line of Skagit Bay

Location: South of Dugualla State Park along shore line of Skagit Bay

Date and time: May 31, 2020, 12 pm

Photo Title: Common Merganser

Comment submitted Jun 1, 2020



Reporter's name: Nancy Kappes

Sighting Description: We saw this grey bald eagle Sunday on Front St in Coupeville. He had a completely white head and tail, the rest of his feathers were grey, both front and back. We saw him scratch under his wings, and that area had even lighter feathers.

Location: Front St and Kinney

Date and time: May 31 2020 at about 1pm

Comment submitted Jun 1, 2020



Reporter's name: Mary Jo Adams

Sighting Description: There was a blue-winged teal at Dugualla Bay this afternoon. I also caught a quick glimpse there of an adult Virginia rail followed by a little black fluffball of a chick.

Location: Dugualla Bay

Date and time: 5/31/20 11:30 am

Photo Title: Blue-winged teal

Comment submitted May 31, 2020






Reporter's name: Jennifer Hickey

Sighting Description: One lonely chukar foraging in our yard. He or she seems accustomed to humans; is it possible that this one was raised locally for hunting purposes?

Location: north of Millman Road

Date and time: 30 May 2020 all day

Comment submitted May 31, 2020



Reporter's name: Libby Hayward

Sighting Description: American White Pelicans at Deer Lagoon Estuary, ~20 this evening. One is in summer plumage - black head in the farthest left group in the photo; most all others are in breeding plumage. First I have seen summer plumage 2020.

Location: South end of Deer Lagoon Road / west dike, also visible from Double Bluff Road

Date and time: 5/29/2020 7:00PM

Photo Title: 05292020 American White Pelicans

Comment submitted May 29, 2020



Reporter's name: Darwin C Wile

Sighting Description: male yellow-headed blackbird, singing

Location: west bank of Deer Lagoon, near the county end of trail sign, across the open water on the far vegetation edge

Date and time: 29 May, 20, 8:00am

Comment submitted May 29, 2020



Reporter's name: Albert Rose

Sighting Description: I was simply watching the normal flurry of birds at a friend's garden pond when this Western Wood Pewee stopped for refreshment.

Location: 7 Eagles Lane off Honeymoon Bay Rd.

Date and time: 5/26/2020 about 12:30PM

Photo Title: Western Wood Pewee

Comment submitted May 27, 2020



Reporter's name: Patrick Kline

Sighting Description: 6 Evening Grosbeaks (2 male, 4 female) visited the platform tray seed feeder today. A feeder and Island first for me!

Location: Pennington Loop, Coupeville

Date and time: 1000, 24May2020

Comment submitted May 24, 2020



Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: At least three Bank Swallows feeding with a group of hundreds of Tree, Barn, Cliff and Northern Rough-winged swallows. Obvious distinct breast band and smaller than the other species.

Location: Crockett Lake near the old pilings

Date and time: May 25, 6:35pm

Comment submitted May 25, 2020



Reporter's name: Robert and Traci York

Sighting Description: Lazuli Bunting spotted west of the sheep barn on Pratt Loop. Male in breeding plumage. 3:30 pm

Location: Pratt Loop trail

Confirmation: Sighting confirmed with multiple observations and two observers.

Date and time: 5/23. 3:30 pm

Comment submitted May 23, 2020



Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Spotted Sandpiper singing it's monotonous song. I did not see the bird.

Location: West marsh of Deer Lagoon, closer to Shore Ave

Date and time: May 21 6:50pm

Comment submitted May 22, 2020



Reporter's name: Marianne Burr

Sighting Description: Male western tanager taking a drink at birdbath

Location: Crockett Lake Estates, Olympic View Dr.

Date and time: 5/19/2020. 10:30am

Comment submitted May 19, 2020



Reporter's name: George Heleker

Sighting Description: Great views of a Black Phoebe sitting on fence posts on fence near water, east of the road, pumping tail. It flew down a couple times but always returned to a fence post. After a few minutes it flew over the marsh toward the north. No vocalizations.

Location: Ewing Rd. Marsh

Date and time: 5/19/20-

Comment submitted May 19, 2020



Reporter's name: Dave Krause

Sighting Description: Red Knot. I believe this bird was hanging out with six Whimbrels I saw in the same area about two hours before low tide. Bird appears to be molting into breeding plumage.

Location: Joseph Whidbey State Park

Confirmation: I've confirmed this is a Red Knot with Jay Adams. Thanks, Jay! And thanks, Rob!

Date and time: 5-15-2020 @ 3:13 pm

Comment submitted May 18, 2020



Reporter's name: Dyanne Sheldon

Sighting Description: Pair of Blue-winged teal on the wetland at French Rd and Cultus Bay Rd. Listed as uncommon for Whidbey and quite uncommon on this wetland. First time seeing them this late spring.

Location: French Road and Cultus Bay Road wetland

Date and time: May 16, 9:00 am

Comment submitted May 16, 2020



Reporter's name: Sarah Schmidt

Sighting Description: An adult male Redhead (diving duck)swimming with scaups and mallards, Crockett Lake. Also saw 3 Cinnamon Teal along north shore.

Redhead is listed on Whidbey Checklist as Accidental in the Spring. Identified by his bright cinnamon-rufous, rounded head; very dark breast and rump; and unicolor light- gray body in between (back the same color as sides, contrasting with scaup that has gray back and white sides). He was noticeably larger than the scaup he was with. A second, all-brown female duck of similar size and profile was nearby, very possibly a female Redhead. She looked different from the female scaups. They were much too distant and blurry (scope zoomed in) to distinguish color of eye or bill.

Location: Near north shore of Crockett Lake, west end.

Date and time: May 15, 2020 at 9:15 AM.

Comment submitted May 15, 2020



Reporter's name: Linda Bainbridge

Sighting Description: Two days ago on Wednesday I began hearing the "whit" call of the Swaison's Thrush. Just now I heard its lovely song.

Location: Greenbank on Towhee Lane

Date and time: May 15, 6:15 pm

Comment submitted May 15, 2020



Reporter's name: Libby Hayward

Sighting Description: ~30 American White Pelicans at Deer Lagoon estuary this evening! I have seen 1-26 every day since April 13, usually around 10 birds each day, so this is a big increase in their numbers.

Location: Deer Lagoon estuary near the pilings, seen from the end of Deer Lagoon Road.

Date and time: 5/15/2020 5:30PM

Photo Title: 05152020 American White Pelicans

Comment submitted May 15, 2020



Reporter's name: anthony zoars

Sighting Description: Western Tanager He has been a daily visitor to our feeders but extremely shy. He will react to every movement. This is the best picture I managed to get

Location: Lopez Drive Scatchet Head

Date and time: 5/19 5/18 8am to 9am

Photo Title: Western Tanager

Comment submitted May 15, 2020



Reporter's name: George and Lynne Jensen

Sighting Description: First Evening Grosbeaks, a pair, perched on our feeders. They didn't stay long but we got a good look.

Location: End of Log Cabin Road, Clinton

Date and time: 8:45am May 14th, 2020

Comment submitted May 14, 2020



Reporter's name: George Heleker

Sighting Description: Although I have heard small numbers of Evening Grosbeaks flying around a few times the past couple weeks, it was a pleasant surprise to see 30+ fly over our field yesterday and some came to the feeders. Early this morning when I stepped outside, the first sounds I heard were grosbeak calls from trees in all directions and they were hitting the feeders frequently. A nice treat to have more of them this year after seeing the decline in this species over the past 25 years.

Location: 2 miles southwest of Clinton ferry

Date and time: 5/13/20- 3:14 pm

Photo Title: Evening Grosbeaks

Comment submitted May 13, 2020



Reporter's name: Marianne Burr

Sighting Description: Evening grosbeak pair... eating seeds, bathing in birdbath multiple times

Location: Crockett Lake Estates, Olympic View Dr.


Date and time: May 8.....9am- 7pm

Comment submitted May 11, 2020



Reporter's name: Paul & Stephanie Neis

Sighting Description: Evening Grosbeaks, first of the year.
There were two EG's coming and going around our feeder and bird bath yesterday afternoon.

Location: About 2 miles west of Langley, off Bayview Rd.

Date and time: May 9, 2020, 2:00 - 7:00

Photo Title: Evening Grosbeak

Comment submitted May 10, 2020



Reporter's name: Carlos Andersen

Sighting Description: Lazuli Bunting at PRI.

Location: Coupeville, PRI by greenhouse and plant area eastside on fence

Date and time: May 10, 0830.

Comment submitted May 10, 2020



Reporter's name: Pamela Daener

Sighting Description: This partridge was on my front walk when I got up this morning. I'm pretty sure it is a chukar, and that it doesn't belong here, but it hung around long enough for me to get this picture. We have lots of California quail in the neighborhood and this bird was significantly larger and had different markings.

Editor: Red-legged partridge.

Location: Off Scenic Drive in Freeland

Date and time: 5/10/2020 around 8 am

Photo Title: Partridge May 10 2020

Comment submitted May 10, 2020



Reporter's name: Joseph Sheldon and Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Five Cinnamon Teal males in Hastie Lake plus one more Cinnamon Teal with a group of Canada Geese, two Greater White- fronted Geese, and a Cackling Goose in a small pond area just north of Hastie Lake road next two Hastie Lake.

Location: Hastie Lake and pond adjacent to Hastie Lake just north of Hastie Lake Road

Date and time: 9 May 2020; 2 pm

Comment submitted May 10, 2020



Reporter's name: Joseph Sheldon and Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Juvenile Heermann's Gull. Very early arrival for this species

Location: Sea watch from the bluff edge at Fort Casey State Park west of the large guns. A single bird adjacent to the tide rip with several Rhinoceros Auklets

Date and time: 9 May 2020; 11:30 am

Comment submitted May 10, 2020



Reporter's name: Joseph Sheldon and Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Two Long-billed Curlews along with 25+ Whimbrel

Location: Deer Lagoon west dike looking to the east

Date and time: 9 May 2020; 9 am

Comment submitted May 10, 2020



Reporter's name: Carlos Andersen

Sighting Description: Single Snowy Plover with Dunlins.

Location: Beach at Southend Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 5/9, 1830

Photo Title: Snowy Plover

Comment submitted May 9, 2020



Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Hammond's Flycatcher. Giving its distinctive sharp "PEEP" call from high in the conifers.

Location: Short Trail. Deception State Park. Ducken Road entrance.

Date and time: May 9, 2020 at about 7:30 a.m.

Comment submitted May 9, 2020



Reporter's name: Patrick Kline

Sighting Description: At least 3 mated pairs of Purple Martins in the nest boxes going across the middle of Crockett Lake, the ones I could observe close are in the nesting boxes closest to the road side.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: 1000 09May20

Comment submitted May 9, 2020



Reporter's name: Patrick Kline

Sighting Description: Male Blue Winged Teal at the west side of Crockett lake in the marshy area. Seen with 5 or so Green Winged Teal. Excellant viewing conditions.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: 0930 09May20

Comment submitted May 9, 2020



Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Male Bullock's Oriole. Seen at the top of tall conifer on Parker Road, in Coupeville, about a quarter mile up the hill from the condos at the big bend in the road. After maybe 30 seconds the bird flew down and away in the general direction of Penn Cove. Black head, orange-ish underparts, large white wing- patches.

Location: Parker Road. Coupeville (see above).

Date and time: May 8, 2020 at about 7:10 p.m.

Comment submitted May 8, 2020



Reporter's name: Sarah Schmidt

Sighting Description: At Pacific Rim Institute this morning: 9 American Pipits foraging in the plowed field north of the fenced garden area, and a Western Kingbird on fence around the golden paintbrush area by prairie remnant -- perched and hawking insects.

Location: Pacific Rim Institute, Parker Road, Coupeville

Date and time: May 8, 2020. 8:30-9:30 AM

Comment submitted May 8, 2020



Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: 1st Western Wood-Pewees today in our yard. Multiples calling(1 seen). 3 flycatcher species calling simultaneously:Olive-sided, Pacific Slope & Pewee


Location: Parker Road, Coupevills

Date and time: 5/9/20 11:00am

Comment submitted May 8, 2020



Reporter's name: Stella and Dave Schoen

Sighting Description: Pacific-slope Flycatcher in our garden

Location: Double Bluff and Lancaster Rd. Freeland

Date and time: May 7 at 6 PM

Comment submitted May 8, 2020



Reporter's name: Mosa Neis

Sighting Description: Lazuli Bunting On the chicken wire fence and on the ground around the greenhouse area.

Location: Pacific Rim Institute

Date and time: Multiple sightings between 5:00 and 6:30 PM

Photo Title: Lazuli Bunting

Comment submitted May 7, 2020



Reporter's name: Mary Jo Adams

Sighting Description: I saw what I believe to be a marbled godwit at Crescent Harbor today. It was slightly larger than nearby whimbrels and had a very long bill that was mostly red but with a black tip. This bird is listed as rare on the Audubon bird list.

Location: Crescent Harbor

Date and time: 5/7/20 about noon

Comment submitted May 7, 2020



Reporter's name: George and Lynne Jensen

Sighting Description: Western Tanager at our suet feeder, first of the season for us.

Location: End of Log Cabin Road, Clinton

Date and time: Wednesday, May 6th, 1:15pm

Comment submitted May 6, 2020



Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: a Horned Lark perched briefly on a log at the Keystone Ferry main parking area (the parking area is now open)

Also 12 Greater White-fronted Geese at "Ralph's Lake" in Coupeville

Location: Ft.Casey State Park, Keystone Ferry parking area

Date and time: 5/06 10:30 am

Comment submitted May 6, 2020



Reporter's name: Carlos Andersen

Sighting Description: Cassin's Vireo

Location: Dow Road, Freeland

Date and time: May 5, 1800

Photo Title: Cassin's Vireo

Comment submitted May 6, 2020



Reporter's name: Jann Ledbetter

Sighting Description: Large flock of Greater White-Fronted Geese

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: 05/06/20 7:00 a.m.

Photo Title: Greater White-Fronted Geese

Comment submitted May 6, 2020



Reporter's name: Linda Griesbach

Sighting Description: Can someone help with the ID of this bird? I'm wondering if it's a juvenile Common Goldeneye. No other Goldeneyes around, seen with a few Mallards and later, a Hooded Merganser.

Location: North end of Lone Lake, seen from private property.

Date and time: May 5, 8:45 a.m.

Comment submitted May 5, 2020

EDITOR'S NOTE: It is a female Common Goldeneye. The juvenile and female both have the gray body with brown head, but the juvenile has a dark eye and the female a gold eye.



Reporter's name: Linda Griesbach

Sighting Description: Hooded Merganser and possible Goldeneye.

Location: Lone Lake

Date and time: May 5, 9:00 a.m.

Comment submitted May 5, 2020



Reporter's name: Carla Corin

Sighting Description: First Swainson's Thrush of the year hitting our suet!

Location: West Beach and Barque, Oak Harbor

Date and time: 5/5 about 3 pm

Photo Title: Swainson's Thrush

Comment submitted May 5, 2020



Reporter's name: Denise Marion

Sighting Description: Whimbrel wading along shoreline of Oak Harbor by pier at Flintstone Park. The shallow cove between the pier and Bayshore Rd.

Location: Along the shoreline of Flintstone Park between the pier and Bayshore Rd.

Date and time: Tuesday, May 5 about 2:30 pm

Comment submitted May 5, 2020



Reporter's name: Doug Brand

Sighting Description: A male western tanager on the bluffs in clinton just north of the ferry dock. He has been hanging around for the past two days in the smaller trees on the edge of the bluff. First sighting in years at my location

Location: Watching off of my deck. On the bluff off of Wilson Place

Date and time: 5/4 and 5/5 at approximately 2:00 PM both days.

Comment submitted May 5, 2020



Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: A Vaux's Swift was overhead with a small flock of Violet-green Swallows.


Location: Parker Road, Coupeville

Date and time: 5/05 12:00pm

Comment submitted May 5, 2020



Reporter's name: Roy Therrien and Shuting Chang

Sighting Description: 10 American Pelicans in V formation, comin' in for a landing

Location: East end of Crockett Lake

Date and time: 6:16 pm, 4 May

Comment submitted May 4, 2020



Reporter's name: Sarah Schmidt

Sighting Description: Very busy backyard this morning, including two rare species: Tennessee Warbler and Green-tailed Towhee. Unable to get confirmation photos of either one.

Tennessee Warbler distinguished by white line over the eye, gray cap contrasting with greener tone of upper body, all white below,thin bill, fluttery behavior snatching bugs from the tips of branches, and size as small as Wilson's Warbler.

Green-tailed Towhee seen by Jay Adams and Bill Rick. Prominent rufous cap across top of head, greenish body, long tail. Much larger than a warbler but smaller than a Spotted Towhee. Its throat and underside out of sight in birdbath.

Location: near Parker Road

Date and time: May 3, 2020, 11:30 AM.

Comment submitted May 3, 2020



Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: A female Calliope Hummingbird was in our backyard this morning. We also had an amazing warbler count with a minimum of 12 Townsend's and 3 Black- throated Grays along with a Warbling Vireo. Most of them were in a single large Douglas-Fir.

Location: Parker Road, Coupeville

Date and time: 5/03 10:45 am

Comment submitted May 3, 2020



Reporter's name: Carlos Andersen

Sighting Description: Solo Lapland Longspur. Thanks to Ruth and Jay for sharing!

Location: Flintstone Park, Oak Harbor

Date and time: 5/1/2020, 0845

Photo Title: Lapland Longspur

Comment submitted May 2, 2020



Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Tufted Puffin flying with a group of five Pigeon Guillemots. Very unusual for this location.

Location: Dines Point, Greenbank. The birds were flying east and then south into Holmes Harbor.

Date and time: May 1, 2020, 1:25pm

Comment submitted May 2, 2020



Reporter's name: Karen Jihnson and Cindy Barrett

Sighting Description: 2:15 p.m. Crockett Lake beach side, near the viewing platform, leucastic mature bald eagle perched on the driftwood, then flew when another bald eagle swooped near. The bird had a while tail and head, so was fully mature, and extremely mottled body, appeared grey as it flew, not just mottling of an immature. Two other cars stopped and we all tried to get pictures.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: May 1, 2020 at 2:15 p.m.

Comment submitted May 1, 2020



Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Black SWift. Seen well soaring against a clear sky

Location: Seen from the path that runs between the road to the Coupeville Ferry Terminal and the grassy field at Admiralty Inlet Preserve, just north of the Fort Casey vacation houses.

Date and time: May 1, 2020 at about 12:15 p.m.

Comment submitted May 1, 2020



Reporter's name: Linda Bainbridge

Sighting Description: Notes for my gratitude journal today: four Barn Swallows and one Tree Swallow perched on my roof this morning, the first Black-headed Grosbeak at my feeder, two pairs of House Wrens singing and checking out nesting sites, and my summer Olive-sided Flycatcher back and singing.

Location: Greenbank,near Honeymoon Lake

Date and time: May 1,2020, 9:30 am

Comment submitted May 1, 2020



Reporter's name: Denise Marion

Sighting Description: Virginia rail. Nesting. I ventured off the gravel walkway toward the wetland to get a clear view of a wren when I heard a commotion in the dried vegetation. When I took another step in that direction the commotion became completely silent as an adult rail calmly and deliberately walked across the way in front of me as if trying to lead me away from the nest. I didn't want to disturb them further.

Location: Oak Harbor wetland walkway near wood bridge.

Date and time: Thursday April 30

Comment submitted May 1, 2020