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Bird Sightings for October & November 2019

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

Snow Goose 27 on Bryson Road on 10-20 (GB)

Greater White-fronted Goose 2 at SWAHR on 11-2 (NOH); 5 at SWAHR on 11-9 (NOH)

Cackling Goose 2 at SWAHR on 10-22 (NOH); 1 at SWAHR on 11-2 (NOH); 5 at SWAHR on 11-9 (NOH); 6 at SWAHR on 11-11 (YH)

Trumpeter Swan family group in Livingston Bay, Camano Island on 11-9 (SRP)

Northern Shoveler 3 at SWAHR on 11-2 (NOH); 3 at SWAWS on 11-2 (NOH)

Eurasian Wigeon 1 at SWAHR on 11-9 (NOH)

Greater Scaup 2 at Samish Island Public Beach on 10-28 (NOH)

White-winged Scoter 4 at Samish Island Public Beach on 10-28 (NOH); 6 at Samish Island Public Beach on 11-8 (NOH)

Long-tailed Duck 3 at Samish Island Public Beach on 10-28 (NOH)

Common Goldeneye 1 in Burrows Bay, Anacortes on 11-10 (NOH)

Red-breasted Merganser 2 in Burrows Bay, Anacortes on 10-22 (NOH); 350 at

Samish Island Public Beach on 10-28 (NOH); 1 at Samish Island Public Beach on 11-8 (NOH); 24 in Burrows Bay, Anacortes on 11-9 (NOH)

 

GREBES

Pied-billed Grebe 4 at SWAHR on 11-2 (NOH); 1 at SWAHR on 11-9 (NOH)

Horned Grebe 3 in Burrows Bay, Anacortes on 10-22 (NOH); 4 at Samish Island Public Beach on 10-28 (NOH); 2 in Burrows Bay, Anacortes on 11-9 (NOH)

Red-necked Grebe 1 in Burrows Bay, Anacortes on 10-22 (NOH); 3 at Samish island Public Beach on 10-28 (NOH); 4 at Samish Island Public Beach on 11-8 (NOH); 1 in Burrows Bay, Anacortes on 11-9 (NOH)

Eared Grebe 1 at March Point on 10-22 (GB)

Western Grebe 1 in Burrows Bay, Anacortes on 10-22 (NOH); 1 at Samish Island Public Beach on 10-28 (NOH); 3 at Samish Island Public Beach on 11-8 (NOH); 15 on Burrows Bay, Anacortes on 11-9 (NOH)

 

CRANES

Sandhill Crane 3 at Sauk Prairie on 10-20 (RARE upriver) (GB)

 

PLOVERS

Black-bellied Plover 4 at SWAHR on 10-22 (NOH); 11 at SWAHR on 11-2 (NOH); 6 at SWAJA on 11-3 (MS)

 

SANDPIPERS and ALLIES

Wilson's Snipe 1 at SWAHR on 11-5 (YH); 1 at SWAWS on 11-2 (NOH); 2 at SWAHR on 11-9 (NOH)

Solitary Sandpiper 1 at SWAHR on 11-5 (YH)

 

GULLS and TERNS

Franklin's Gull 1 on Butler Flats on 10-19 (GB) RARE

 

LOONS

Pacific Loon 2 at Samish Island Public Beach on 11-8 (NOH)

Common Loon 1 on Burrows Bay, Anacortes on 10-22 (NOH)

 

HERONS and ALLIES

Great Egret 1 at English Boom, Camano Island on 10-22 (AT)

 

OSPREYS

Osprey 1 AT Bryson Road on 10-20 (GB) LATE

 

HAWKS, EAGLES and ALLIES

Bald Eagle 1 at SWAHR on 10-22 (NOH); 5 at SWAWS on 11-2 (NOH); 2 at Samish Island Public Beach on 11-8 (NOH); 9 At SWAHR on 11-9 (NOH)

Northern Harrier 5 at SWAHR on 10-22 (NOH); 2 at the West 90 on 10-28 (NOH); 5 at SWAHR on 11-2 (NOH); 11 on the Samish Flats on 11-8 (NOH); 3 at SWAHR on 11-9 (NOH)

Cooper's Hawk 1 at SWAWS on 11-2 (NOH); 1 at east Stanwood home on 11-10 (MS)

Red-tailed Hawk 2 at the West 90 on 10-28 (NOH); 4 at SWAHR on 11-2 (NOH); 2 at SWAWS on 11-2 (NOH); 13 on the Samish Flats on 11-8 (NOH); 2 at SWAHR on 11-9 (NOH); 1 juvenile “blue tag E3” at Padilla on 11-9 (AW)

Rough-legged Hawk 3 at the West 90 on 10-28 (NOH); 1 at SWAHR on 11-2 (NOH); 2 on Samish Island Road on 11-3 (AW); 1 on Samish Island Road on 11-7 (AW); 1 at the West 90, Samish Island on 11-7 (AW); 1 on Chuckanut north of Estes Road on 11-7 (AW); 3 on Samish Flats on 11-8 (NOH); 3 at east 90 WDFW area on 11-9 (AW)

 

OWLS

Barred Owl 1 at east Stanwood home on 10-25 (MS)

Short-eared Owl 1 at SWAHR on 10-22 (NOH); 2 at SWAJA on 11-8 (JS); 8 on Samish Flats on 11-8 (NOH)

Northern Saw-whet Owl 1 at Harry Osborne State Forest on 10-23 (GB)

 

WOODPECKERS

Downy Woodpecker 1 in Anacortes garden on 10-20 (YH)

 

FALCONS

American Kestrel 2 on Dodge Valley Road on 11-7 (AW); 2 on Samish Flats on 11-8 (NOH)

Merlin 1 on Bradshaw Rd on 11-3 (AW); 1 at SWAHR on 11-3 (AW); 1 on Dry Slough Road on 11-7 (AW); 1 on Dodge Valley Road on 11-7 (AW); 1 on Sullivan Road, Samish Flats on 11-9 (AW)

Gyrfalcon 1 at Port Susan Nature Conservancy property (restricted access) on 10-23 (SAS); 1 at SWAHR on 11-7 (AW); 1 at SWAHR on 11-9 (GB); 1 at SWAHR on 11-9 (NOH)

Peregrine Falcon 1 juvenile & 1 adult at SWAHR on 11-3 (AW); 1 on Field Road on 11-7 (AW); 1 on Sullivan Road, Samish Flats on 11-9 (AW); 1 at West 90, Samish Flats on 11-9 (AW); 1 at SWAHR on 11-9 (NOH)

 

FLYCATCHERS

Black Phoebe 1 at SWAWS on 11-2 (NOH); 1 at SWAWS on 11-5 (YH)

 

SHRIKES

Northern Shrike 1 at SWAHR on 11-7 (AW); 1 at SWAJA on 11-8 (JS); 2 at SWAHR on 11-9 (NOH); 1 at SWAJA on 11-11 (YH)

 

CORVIDS

Blue Jay 1 near Lyman on 10-20 (GB) RARE

 

BUSHTITS

Bushtit 10 at SWAWS on 11-2 (NOH)

 

CREEPERS

Brown Creeper 1 at SWAHR on 11-5 (YH)

 

WAXWINGS 

Cedar Waxwing 9 at SWAHR on 11-5 (YH)

 

LONGSPURS and BUNTINGS

Lapland Longspur 2 at SWAHR on 10-19 (GB)

Snow Bunting 1 at March Point on 10-26 (GB)

 

SPARROWS and ALLIES

American Tree Sparrow 1 at Fischer Slough Nature Conservancy property (restricted access) on 10-31 (JO) UNUSUAL

Clay-colored Sparrow 1 at Sauk Prairie on 10-20 (GB) RARE

Lincoln's Sparrow 1 on Samish Flats on 10-24 (YH)

White-throated Sparrow 1 at SWAHR on 11-9 (GB)

BLACKBIRDS and ORIOLES

Yellow-headed Blackbird 2 on Samish Flats on 10-18 (GB)

Western Meadowlark 7 on Samish Flats on 11-8 (NOH)

 

WARBLERS

Common Yellowthroat 1 at SWAWS on 11-2 (NOH)

 

MAMMALS

Elephant Seal 1 at Rosario Beach on 10-18 & 19 (YH); 1 pup loafing on Rosario Beach on 10-22 (GB) RARE

Black Bear 1 large adult on Martin Road near Rockport on 10-20 (GB)

 

(GB) Gary Bletsch; (YH) Yvonne Houppermans; (NOH); Neil O’Hara; (JO) Jeff Osmundson; (SRP) Sheila and Ron Pera; (JS) Jeff Sinker; (MS) Mary Sinker; (SAS) Skagit Audubon Field Trip; (SWAHR) Skagit Wildlife Area Hayton Reserve; (SWAJA) Skagit Wildlife Area Jensen Access; (SWAWS) Skagit Wildlife Area Wylie Slough; (AT) Alice Turner; (AW) Andrea Warner

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