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Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: American Pipits. Joe Sheldon wrote to say he had seen four birds at 4:00 p.m. We went out at about 6:45, by which time the number had grown to 24 individuals.

Location: In the closely-mown private yard that abuts the northeast corner of Pacific Rim Institute, Coupeville.

Date and time: May 2, 2016 at 6:45 p.m.

Above comment submitted May 2, 2016




Reporter's name: Martha Hollis

Sighting Description: I am so happy to report my first-of-the-season Black-headed Grossbeak singing near our bird feeders today. Very glad to see him and hear his cheery tunes!

Location: Near West Beach and Libbey Road

Date and time: 05-02-16 1:30 pm

Above comment submitted May 2, 2016



Reporter's name: Joseph K. Sheldon

Sighting Description: Ancient Murrelet seen at the Coupeville ferry landing with Swarovski scope looking west. Swimming with and much smaller than the Rhinoceros Auklets it was with. Appeared to be in or near breeding plumage. Too far for a photo.

Location: Coupeville Ferry landing

Date and time: 7:30 PM, May 1, 2016

Above comment submitted May 2, 2016



Reporter's name: Paula Flores

Sighting Description: 4-5 Purple Martins, male and female, active at the Sandy Hook/Cultus Bay community marina for the last three days. They are hanging around pilings and perching on sailboat masts. Starlings are already nesting in piling cavities and the martins seem to be trying to displace them, but the starlings are holding there own.

Location: Sandy Hook Marina, Clinton WA

Date and time: May 1, 2016

Above comment submitted May 1, 2016



Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Forty Cackling Geese and 25 Greater White-fronted Geese.

Location: In the flooded field off the Engle Road in Coupeville, just south of the Prairie Center.

Date and time: May 1, 2016 at about 10:00 a.m.

Above comment submitted May 1, 2016



Reporter's name: Dave Parent photo pic1461803508_zpsvqhhbypg.jpg

Sighting Description: An intergrade Red-shafted/Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker was presented at the Useless Bay Animal Clinic Wildlife Service with head trauma. The color is really more yellow orange than pure yellow and note the red malar patch.

Location: Langley Cemetery

Date and time: 4/27/16 4pm

Above comment submitted Apr 27, 2016



Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Rock Sandpiper, first found by a small group of birders who were thinking Ruddy Turnstone. Reddish cap, white face with a black auricular spot, reddish scapulars, smudgy-brown upper breast with black patch below, otherwise white underparts, black legs, slightly drooping black bill. The bird was feeding with some 30 Black Turnstones and five Surfbirds.

Location: Head of Penn Cove, opposite Kennedy Lagoon, Madrona Way, Coupeville

Date and time: April 27, 2016 at about 4:45 p.m.

Above comment submitted Apr 27, 2016



Reporter's name: Joe Sheldon

Sighting Description: New there are two -- Western Kingbirds seen in and near the prairie remnant at Pacific Rim Institute.

Location: Pacific Rim Institute -- prairie remnant area

Date and time: 26 April 2016; 5 PM

Above comment submitted Apr 27, 2016



Reporter's name: Linda McFarlane

Sighting Description: Three dozen Caspian Terns

Location: Baby Island

Confirmation: The return of the Caspian Terns has arrived. Three dozen on the island this morning.

Date and time: 4/26/16 10:00 am

Above comment submitted Apr 26, 2016



Reporter's name: Joe Sheldon

Sighting Description: A report of a Western Bluebird (probably female) near the prairie remnant at Pacific Rim Institute - about 2 PM. A Western Kingbird was seen at PRI near the remnant at 2 PM and again at 4 PM. I had a clear view of the bird. If others continue to see either of these birds, please notify Joe Sheldon - jksheldon43@gmail.com on date and specific location at PRI.

Location: Pacific Rim Institute

Date and time: 25 April 2016 - 2 PM and for kingbird again at 4 PM.

Above comment submitted Apr 25, 2016



Reporter's name: Mary Hollen

Sighting Description: Purple Martins at Lagoon Point - two After Second Year (ASY) males; 1 possible Second Year (SY) male. THe possible is banded silver on left leg, Marigold on right leg. I can't read the numbers but as of 4/25 the bird has been here three days so expect to get a chance soon. Gourds not up yet.

Location: Steelhead Drive and Salmon Street, Greenbank

Date and time: 4/23/16 first heard over the East Canal at 9:00 am

Above comment submitted Apr 25, 2016



Reporter's name: Christine Visick

Sighting Description: About a dozen Whimbrels.

Location: They landed on the Whidbey Golf Course and proceeded to hunt worms for an hour or so. Very effective hunters!

Date and time: 4/20/2016 approximately 2:00pm.

Above comment submitted Apr 22, 2016



Reporter's name: Janis Ernst

Sighting Description: A pair of band-tailed pigeons visited our bird feeders this morning along Saratoga Road. First time I've seen them in the yard.

Location: Along Saratoga Road

Date and time: April 21 around 7:00 a.m.

Above comment submitted Apr 21, 2016



Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Purple Martins have returned to the nest gourds at Dines Point.

Location: Dines Point

Date and time: 4/20/16 1853

Above comment submitted Apr 20, 2016



Reporter's name: Laurie Sirotkin

Sighting Description: Several groups and a few pairs of Harlequin Ducks offshore between Driftwood Beach and Ebey's Landing, seen while sea kayaking.

Location: offshore between Driftwood Beach and Ebey's Landing

Date and time: 04.15.16 between noon and 1:30 PM

Above comment submitted Apr 15, 2016



Reporter's name: Ed and Martha Hollis

Sighting Description: Pretty good visit to the Coupeville boat ramp. 42 Common mergansers hanging out with a few Barrow's goldeneye and buffleheads. And a pair of Eared grebes (male and female) in breeding plumage enjoying a nice fish. And a murder of crows of course...

Location: Captain Thomas Coupe Park, Coupeville

Date and time: 04-12-2016 1:00pm

Above comment submitted Apr 12, 2016



Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Cassin's Vireo

Location: Trillium Woods, just up the road from the parking area.

Date and time: April 12, 2016 at about 10:45

Above comment submitted Apr 12, 2016



Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Two Pectoral Sandpipers working the tide line at Joseph Whidbey State Park. This is a very early date for this species. Also saw one Whimbrel as reported by Carol Buck yesterday.

Location: Joseph Whidbey State Park

Date and time: 4/10/16 2:22pm

Above comment submitted Apr 10, 2016



Reporter's name: Carolyn Buck

Sighting Description: Whimbrels - Saw a flock of 20 or so. Feeding along waters edge then they went up further towards the driftwood. Brown overall in flight. Not sure if they were Whimbrels but definitely had a long curved bill and were about the size of seagulls.

Location: Rocky Point Beach

Date and time: Sat. April 9 11ish.

Above comment submitted Apr 10, 2016



Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: A Townsend's Solitaire was found by Linda McFarlane and seen five other participants on a migration-season bird walk Saturday. Interestingly, some of the same birders saw a solitaire while on a similar walk at Pacific Rim Institute on April 5.

Location: In a field at the intersection of Cultus Bay and Cattron Roads in Clinton.

Date and time: April 9, 2016 at about noon.

Above comment submitted Apr 10, 2016



Reporter's name: Linda Bainbridge

Sighting Description: A Black-throated Gray Warbler singing repeatedly and hopping around in the trees near my lane.

Location: Near Honeymoon Bay Road and Towhee Lane in Greenbank.

Date and time: April 9, 2016 around 10:00 am

Above comment submitted Apr 9, 2016



Reporter's name: Jill Hein

Sighting Description: The Osprey are back at Race Road, first spotted April 4th. They've started rebuilding their nest from scratch, it had totally blown off the platform structure during winter.

Location: Across from Race Road Firehall

Date and time: 4/6/16 10 am

Above comment submitted Apr 6, 2016



Reporter's name: Shirley Hendricson

Sighting Description: American Gold Finch spotted in our parking lot feeder

Location: 5565 Van Barr Pl. Freeland

Date and time: April 6 at 10:45am

Above comment submitted Apr 6, 2016



Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Townsend's Solitaire. Seen well by all eight participants during a migration-season bird walk.

Location: Pacific Rim Institute, Parker Road, Coupeville - east side where the PRI property abuts a private home with many bird boxes. The bird flew from fence post to post, sometimes dropping to the ground and then back up again. Last seen flying east towards the woods beyond the houses.

Date and time: April 5 at about 9:30 a.m.

Above comment submitted Apr 5, 2016



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: sandhill crane; one individual descended into Deer Lagoon this evening, 5 minutes ago (7:00 pm), vocalizing. The bird seems to have settled in for the evening, strutting back and forth on the mudflats. I mention this, because "Birds of Whidbey Island" does not list sandhills.

Location: mudflats below Soundview Drive

Date and time: 4/3/16

Above comment submitted Apr 3, 2016



Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Male Myrtle-type Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Location: Near the small bridge at Freund Marsh, Oak Harbor.

Date and time: April 1, 2016 at 11:20 a.m.

Above comment submitted Apr 1, 2016



Reporter's name: George and Lynne Jensen

Sighting Description: A male goldfinch at our feeder around 9am. First of the season.

Location: Clinton.... Log Cabin Road

Date and time: April 1st, 2016 9am

Above comment submitted Apr 1, 2016



Reporter's name: Gideon Seraphine

Sighting Description: Was walking home a few minutes ago up the hill on Anthes Ave. from Langley to 6th St. when I saw a male Northern Harrier cruising the cow pasture that borders the SE corner of 6th St. and Al Anderson Ave.

Gorgeous, silvery-grey with those black wingtips, I wandered up Al Anderson and watched him for several minutes as he surveyed the field with that low-flying meander common to harriers before he took off east over the housing subdivision, & I finally lost sight of him.

A lovely end to a sunny afternoon!

Location: Pasture at Al Anderson Ave. & 6th St. in Langley

Date and time: 3/31/16, about 5:00 P.M.

Above comment submitted Mar 31, 2016



Reporter's name: Robert and Traci York

Sighting Description: Observed a lone male Western Medowlark calling and moving about from small trees throughout the prairie.

Location: Along Cook Road, Sherman Road and Ebey Road.

Date and time: 3/31/2016 4:45 pm

Above comment submitted Mar 31, 2016



Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: Male Mountain Bluebird seen in a field. This sighting was reported to me by a very reliable observer.

Location: Arnold Road (between Oak Harbor & Coupeville)

Date and time: 3/18 1:00pm

Above comment submitted Mar 27, 2016



Reporter's name: George and Lynne Jensen

Sighting Description: 3 male Evening Grosbeaks at our seed feeder this morning.

Location: Log Cabin Rd. Clinton,WA

Date and time: Friday, March 25, 2016 7:45am

Above comment submitted Mar 25, 2016



Reporter's name: Leckey Harrison

Sighting Description: Saw 4 immauture Red Crossbills on my feeder.

Location: 5th and Luhn, Langley - close intersection

Date and time: 3/24/16 - approximately noon

Above comment submitted Mar 24, 2016



Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: 1st Mourning cloak butterfly of the year was flying between the bowling alley and the Coupeville Middle School.
Also: a kettle of 9 raptors, 6 eagles & 3 Red-tailed Hawks, swirling in the sunshine over the Ebey's Prairie fields. Another nearby kettle held 12-15 large gulls and a couple more Red-tailed Hawks.

Location: Coupeville Middle school & adjoining fields.

Date and time: 3/22 1:15pm

Above comment submitted Mar 22, 2016



Reporter's name: Emma Ruggiero

Sighting Description: 2 Turkey Vultures circling a roadkill deer.

Location: Greenbank, On HWY 525 just north of Larson Rd.

Date and time: 12:15pm 3/20/2016

Above comment submitted Mar 20, 2016



Reporter's name: Linda McFarlane

Sighting Description: Northern Shrike


Location: Initially spotted in the vicinity of the tennis court area in the neighborhood of high end homes at the south end of the lagoons.

Date and time: 3/19/18 3 pm

Above comment submitted Mar 20, 2016



Reporter's name: Linda McFarlane

Sighting Description: Young brood/colony of Double Crested Cormorants. I have not seen this in years past but every day there is a brood of cormorants on the island. 50 of them gather, standing on the island. Many of them appear young with immature markings.

Location: Baby Island

Date and time: Every day - early morning thru the day

Above comment submitted Mar 20, 2016



Reporter's name: Martha Hollis

Sighting Description: We saw a Northern Shrike in the small thicket along the walking trail between the Coupeville ferry landing and the boat ramp parking lot. Across the street from the Keystone Cafe. First I've seen on Whidbey.

Location: Boat ramp parking area near the Coupeville ferry landing.

Confirmation: Northern Shrike is on the list of occasionally seen birds on Whidby.

Date and time: 5:00 pm, March 19, 2016

Above comment submitted Mar 20, 2016



Reporter's name: Michael Yost

Sighting Description: my first sighting of a American Goldfinch coming to work to day at Wild bird unlimited.

Location: On Morris road and

At the corner of Morris Rd. and Pheasant Run road in Coupeville

Date and time: 9:34AM 3-18-2016

Above comment submitted Mar 18, 2016



Reporter's name: Emma Ruggiero

Sighting Description: On the boat tour of the Penn Cove mussel rafts today I saw at least 50 Black Turnstones and 1 Surfbird and 2 Ruddy Turnstones. All were seen on the rafts and flying to the shore.

Location: Penn Cove Mussel Rafts (via Mussel Festival boat tour)

Date and time: 3:30pm March 12, 2016

Above comment submitted Mar 12, 2016



Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: Very large mixed flock of Tree and Violet-green Swallows over the Ewing Road wetlands. We also spotted a pair of Wood Ducks in the wetlands.

Location: Ewing Road

Date and time: 3/06/2016 2:30pm

Above comment submitted Mar 6, 2016



Reporter's name: Gideon Seraphine

Sighting Description: Saw my First-of-Season Rufous Hummingbird (a male) in Langley yesterday morning- the sun illuminated him as he hovered, lighting him up perfectly!

Location: In a tree outside of the Post Office, near the mailbox.

Date and time: Mar. 5th, 8:50 a.m.

Above comment submitted Mar 6, 2016



Reporter's name: Craig & Joy

Sighting Description: Our yard's female Townsend's Chipmunk came out of hibernation today.


Location: Freeland, WA

Date and time: March 5, 2016

Above comment submitted Mar 5, 2016

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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 Phyllis Kind (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).

Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8: Special Event
Whidbey Audubon Birdathon
Please check back for details

Thursday, May 12: Meeting
Birds of Deception Pass
Presenter will be Jack Hartt. Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 NW Alexander Street. Doors open at 7 pm, meeting at 7:15, program at 7:30.

Friday May 20: Field trip
Deception Pass State Park
We'll explore the Sand Dunes interpretative trail and look over the beach, Cranberry Lake, and the strait. We should see a wide selection of sea, shore and forest birds. The trail is about a mile long and some of it is sandy. State park pass required. Carpool from City Beach Park in Oak Harbor (end of Beeksma Drive) at 8:30, or meet us at the park at the West Beach parking lot near the concession stand at 9am. Leader is Kim Shepard 360-720-1711.

Thursday, June 9: Meeting
Presentation by Steve and Martha Ellis 0n the National Wildlife Refuge System. Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 NW Alexander Street. Doors open at 7 pm, meeting at 7:15, program at 7:30.

Sunday, September 18: Special Event
Bird in the Hand
Sharing the Whidbey Audubon Bird Specimen Library. Noon to 3 p.m. at the Bayview Farm and Garden Nursery, 2780 Marshview Avenue, Langley. Check back for more details or for possible changes.

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