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Reporter's name: Mary Jo Adams

Sighting Description: Some other bird watchers along the edge of the Keystone Jetty parking lot spotted and called my attention to a single Pacific golden plover. It was in the seaweed covered rocky area just below the restroom building. The bird was down along the edge of the water foraging and then moved higher in the rocks and stood on one leg with its head tucked under its wing to nap.

Location: Keystone Jetty intertidal area below the restroom building

Date and time: 9/2/20 10:15 am

Photo Title: Pacific golden plover

Comment submitted Sep 2, 2020



Reporter's name: Val Hillers

Sighting Description: A Merlin caught a mourning dove and ate it on our front sidewalk. The Merlin spent about 45 minutes eating the dove and when the carcass was light enough he/she flew away with the remainder of the carcass.

Location: South Sherman Road

Date and time: 9/2; 9 to 10:30 am

Photo Title: Merlin eating a mourning dove

Comment submitted Sep 2, 2020



Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: I saw (via light from a headlamp) a Northern Saw-whet Owl fly out of a tree in pursuit of a large moth.
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Location: Behind our yard in Coupeville.

Date and time: 8/31/2020 5:15am

Comment submitted Aug 31, 2020



Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Pacific Golden Plover. The bird was by itself, somewhat distant from my location, and in the fog. Still, it was possible to discern its overall pale brownish tones, hint of gold markings, capped look, short thin bill, dark cheek spot, and short primary projection (primary tips extending just beyond the tail). No chance for a photo given the fog and relative darkness. The bird did eventually fly by overhead, giving its distinctive flight call as it went by.

Location: On the mudflats east of the viewing platform.

Date and time: August 28, 2020 at about 7:30 a.m.

Comment submitted Aug 28, 2020



Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: The Buff-breasted Sandpiper first reported on August 24th was relocated by Sarah Schmidt this morning, August 27, and then seen and photographed by me early that afternoon. A much better photo is now available.

Location: Crockett Lake, in among the glasswort "islands" at the edge of the mudflats across the road from the west entrance to the keystone spit road.

Date and time: August 27, 2020 at about 1:40.

Photo Title: Buff-breasted Sandpiper/Jay Adams

Comment submitted Aug 27, 2020



Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Buff-breasted Sandpiper, on the mudflats north of the viewing platform. The bird flew west toward the pilings as we watched. Two poor photos attached.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: August 23, 2020 at about 7:45a.m.

Photo Title: Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Comment submitted Aug 23, 2020



Reporter's name: Kathy Carr

Sighting Description: about 30 American white pelicans just flew over my deck They looked confused flying N, then S, then W- perhaps to Useless Bay Birds Sanctuary- as reports of them since 2015? Aug 22, 7:45pm.

Location: S.Bell's Beach on Bell's Ln below Center Street, Langley, Whidbey Is.

Confirmation: They were white with black tipped wings. Looked up and ID as American White Pelican and noted reports of gaps showing up at Useless Bay bird sanctuary.

Date and time: Aug 22, 2020, 7:45pm

Comment submitted Aug 22, 2020



Reporter's name: Patrick Kline

Sighting Description: Unusual hummingbird at feeder, could use some identification help. Leaning toward leucistic Anna's, but this hummingbird also had a bright orange bill. Very unusual. (Photos taken through a window screen)

Location: Pennington Loop, Coupeville

Date and time: 1630, 21AUG2020

Comment submitted Aug 21, 2020



Reporter's name: Ann Linnea

Sighting Description: brown pelican flying by Bush Point where I was shore casting this morning.

Location: Bush Point

Date and time: 8/20/20 about 7 a.m.

Comment submitted Aug 20, 2020



Reporter's name: Debbie Stewart

Sighting Description: I found a couple of California Scrub Jay fledglings in Clinton this evening (8/16/20, 6:00 PM-ish). The general vicinity is Humphrey & Gedney View Ln. In October of 2017 I had several show up at my place about 1/2 mile north of here just off Humphrey Rd and stay for about three months. I saw as many as four at one time. I'm wondering if they have been on the island the whole time...

Location: Humphrey & Gedney View Ln, Clinton

Date and time: 8/16/20, 6:00 PM

Photo Title: California Scrub Jay Fledgling

Comment submitted Aug 16, 2020



Reporter's name: Michael Sheldon

Sighting Description: Flock of surf scoters at Clinton Ferry dock. All female/immature. About 15 birds.

Location: Clinton Ferry dock.

Date and time: August 16, 2020. 1:30 PM

Comment submitted Aug 16, 2020



Reporter's name: Mary Jo Adams

Sighting Description: I saw what I believe to be a red-necked phalarope this morning at Dugualla Bay. It was foraging along the beach with a flock of western sandpipers. Later there was also a peregrine falcon diving on a bunch of shorebirds at the west end of Dugualla Bay.

Location: Dugualla Bay

Date and time: 8/11/20 10 am

Photo Title: Probable red-necked phalarope

Comment submitted Aug 11, 2020



Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Two juvenile Yellow-headed Blackbirds feeding alongside the road.

Location: Highway 20 at Crockett Lake, just opposite the viewing platform.

Date and time: 8/8/20 1150am

Comment submitted Aug 8, 2020



Reporter's name: Patrick Kline

Sighting Description: Female Bullock's Oriole identified by distinctive laughing/chatter call. Bird was seen through binoculars, but was far enough away to only identify general shape, size and rough coloration.

Location: Pennington Loop, Coupeville, WA.

Date and time: 2000, 04AUG2020

Comment submitted Aug 4, 2020



Reporter's name: Pam Daener

Sighting Description: Two male western tanagers at our suet feeder this morning.

Location: Off Scenic Drive in Freeland

Date and time: 8/2/2020 7:45 a.m.

Comment submitted Aug 2, 2020