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Bird Sightings for August through September 2020

PamPritzlby Pam Pritzl

This column reports submitted sightings. Any rare sightings should be accompanied by detailed written documentation and if possible a photograph. A second person to verify rare sightings is extremely helpful. Do not hesitate to call any observer to help document unusual sightings. Also do not hesitate to call if you need clarification on locations.

Please submit your sightings to Pam Pritzl birdsightings@skagitaudubon.org or 360-387-7024.

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WATERFOWL

Cinnamon Teal 2 at SWAWS on 8-22, 1 at FIFR on 8-26 & 2 at Bos Lake, Swantown on 9-6 (NOH)

Ruddy Duck 4 at Bos Lake, Swantown on 9-6 (NOH)

 

GALLINACEOUS BIRDS

California Quail 1 “leucistic” at Rosario Beach on 8-20 (NOH); 22 at east Fidalgo home on 9-10 (RW)

 

GREBES

Western Grebe 15 between Sucia & Orcas Islands on 9-11 (RW)

 

RAILS and COOTS

Virginia Rail 1 at SWAWS on 8-26, 9-2 & 9-10 (NOH)

 

PLOVERS

Black-bellied Plover 8 at FIFR on 8-17 & 8-20 & 1 on 9-5 (NOH); 1 at Bos Lake, Swantown on 9-6 (NOH)

American Golden-Plover 1 at FIFR on 9-4 (GB); 1 at FIFR on 9-5 (NOH)

Pacific Golden-Plover 1 at FIFR on 8-25 (GB); 1 at FIFR on 9-5 (NOH)

Semipalmated Plover 10 at FIFR on 8-12, 1 on 8-31 & 12 on 9-5 (NOH)

 

SANDPIPERS and ALLIES

Ruddy Turnstone 1 at FIFR on 8-27 (GB)

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper 1 at SWAWS on 9-4 (GB)

Sanderling 1 at FIFR on 8-29 (GB)

Baird's Sandpiper 1 at SWAWS on 8-22 (NOH); 2 at Channel Drive on 8-30 (GB); 2 at Leque Island. Eide Road on 9-4 (PP)

Pectoral Sandpiper 2 at SWAWS on 9-2 & 4 on 9-10 (NOH); 1 at SWAWS on 9-6 (MS, JS); 1 at FIFR on 9-7 (NOH); 1 at Leque Island, Eide Road on 9-17 (PP)

Semipalmated Sandpiper 1 at FIFR on 8-12 & 3 at SWAWS on 8-22 (NOH)

Wilson's Snipe 1 at SWAWS on 8-12 & 2 on 9-10 (NOH); 1 at Leque Island, Eide Road on 9-17 (PP)

Red-necked Phalarope 1 at FIFR on 8-25 & 3 at Channel Drive on 8-29 (GB)

 

JAEGERS

Parasitic Jaeger 1 at Hamilton Boat Launch on 9-17 (NC) unusual upriver

 

GULLS and TERNS

Franklin's Gull 1 at FIFR on 8-19 (GB)

Heermann's Gull 3 at Rosario Beach on 8-25 & 12 at BOS Lake, Swantown on 9-6 (NOH)

California Gull 4 at Rosario Beach on 8-25, 2 at FIFR on 8-31 & 60 at Bos Lake, Swantown on 9-6 (NOH)

 

HERONS and ALLIES

Great Egret 3 at Channel Drive on 8-20 (AT); 1 at Lake McMurray on 8-30 (AM); 2 at March Point on 9-8 (GB)

Green Heron 1 at SWAWS on 9-2 (NOH)

 

OWLS

Great Horned Owl 1 at SWAWS on 8-26 (NOH); pair at east Stanwood home on 9-10 & 9-13 (MS, JS); 1 at FIFR on 9-15 (JS); 2-3 hooting regularly at east Fidalgo home from 8-22 to 9-18 (RW)

Northern Pygmy-Owl 1 east of Rockport on 8-20 (GB)

 

WOODPECKERS

Downy Woodpecker 1 at Anacortes home on 8-26 (TK)

Northern Flicker 1 female at Anacortes home on 9-4 (TK)

 

FALCONS

Merlin 1 at FIFR on 8-17 & 1 at SWAWS on 8-22 & 8-29 (NOH)

Peregrine Falcon 1 at FIFR on 8-17, 9-5 & 9-7; 1 at SWAWS on 8-29, 9-7 & 9-10 (NOH); 1 at Leque Island, Eide Road on 9-17 (PP); 1 at Iverson Spit, Camano Island on 9-18 (PP)

 

FLYCATCHERS

Western Wood-Pewee 1 at SWAWS on 8-26 (NOH)

Willow Flycatcher 1 at SWAWS on 8-29 (NOH)

Pacific-slope Flycatcher 1 at Cap Sante, Anacortes home on 9-4 (JH)

Black Phoebe 1 at SWAWS on 8-12, 26 & 29 & 1 on 9-2 & 10 (NOH)

 

VIREOS

Hutton's Vireo 1 at Cap Sante, Anacortes home on 9-8 & 9-11 (JH)

 

CORVIDS

California Scrub-Jay 2 at Anacortes home on 9-8 (TK)

 

LARKS

Horned Lark 1 at Skyline, Anacortes on 9-10 (GB)

 

SWALLOWS

Purple Martin 3 at FIFR on 8-25 (GB); 6 flying overhead at east Fidalgo home on 9-7 (RW)

 

CHICKADEES

Mountain Chickadee 1 at Cutthroat Pass on 9-10 (NOH)

 

KINGLETS

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 at SHIP on 9-13 (NOH)

 

THRUSHES

Hermit Thrush 1 at Cap Sante, Anacortes home on 9-14 (JH)

Varied Thrush 1 male at Cap Sante, Anacortes home on 9-7 (JH) early

 

PIPITS

American Pipit 12 at Cutthroat Pass on 9-9 (NOH); 1 at Leque Island, Eide Road on 9-17 (PP)

 

FINCHES and ALLIES

House Finch 2 male & 7 female at Anacortes home on 9-7 (TK)

Red Crossbill 4 at Rosario Beach on 8-20 & 1 on 8-25 (NOH)

 

SPARROWS and ALLIES

Spotted Towhee 1 at Anacortes home on 9-11 (TK)

Fox Sparrow 1 at Cap Sante, Anacortes home on 9-11 (JH)

Lincoln's Sparrow 1 at Barnum, Camano Island on 9-15 & 2 at Iverson Spit, Camano Island on 9-18 (PP)

White-crowned Sparrow 1 at Anacortes home on 8-20 (TK)

Dark-eyed Junco 1 at Anacortes home on 9-13 (TK)

 

BLACKBIRDS and ORIOLES

Yellow-headed Blackbird 1 at FIFR on 8-31 (NOH)

 

WARBLERS

Orange-crowned Warbler 1 at Cap Sante, Anacortes home on 8-31 (JH); 3 at east Fidalgo home on 9-1 (RW)

MacGillivray's Warbler 1 at Rosario Head on 8-19 (GB)

Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 at Anacortes home on 8-26 (TK)

Black-throated Gray Warbler 1 at Barnum, Camano Island on 9-7 (PP)

Townsend's Warbler 1 at east Fidalgo home on 9-1 (RW)

 

MAMMALS

Deer 1 doe with 2 albino fawns at Cornet Bay State Park on 6-24 (KC)

 

(GB) Gary Bletsch; (KC) Kathryn Cavil;  (NC) Ned Currence; (FIFR) Fir Island Farm Reserve, aka Hayton Reserve; (JH) Joe Halton;  (NOH); Neil O’Hara; (TK) Trevor Kyle; (AM) Ann McFeely; (PP) Pam Pritzl; (JS) Jeff Sinker; (MS) Mary Sinker; (AT) Alice Textor; (SHIP) Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve; (SWAWS) Skagit Wildlife Area Wylie Slough; (RW) Regan Weeks

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