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Unusual Bird Sightings and Special Points of Interest
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This shouldn't be an unusual sighting, but this year it is. I saw a Pine Siskin at my feeder yesterday afternoon. My last sightings here were only two days in January.

Has anyone heard any speculation on what's happened to our Pine Siskin population?

Linda Bainbridge
Greenbank

Above comment submitted Aug 19, 2014




Always special for me: a Black-throated Gray Warbler in my plum tree today at 6:40pm.
Linda Bainbridge
Greenbank

Above comment submitted Aug 15, 2014



Today the baby purple martins are big enough to be heard from the house when a parent bird brings an insect. Another neighbor added a piling house today and it got a lot of attention.
Mary Hollen
Lagoon Point

Above comment submitted Aug 10, 2014



Noticably larger purple martin on the nest that I observed on 7/22. Soft peeping noises heard. I plan to build a porch so the fledglings don't fall out into the water. Any advice is welcome.
Mary Hollen
Lagoon Point

Above comment submitted Jul 31, 2014



I was on the 8:30pm ferry last night from Mukilteo. I observed at least 50 Rhinoceros Auklets flying south, many carrying fish back to their nestlings. My question; Are these birds heading around Possession and out to the Protection Island colony or is there a closer colony perhaps on Whidbey? Any thoughts?

Above comment submitted Jul 29, 2014



Our local dark-eyed juncos here in Greenbank have succesfully hatched their second round of chicks. The first nest was built on the lawn outside our kitchen window and along with a couple of juvie juncos at least one cowbird fledged. In June we put up begonia pots on our porch and not that long ago noticed a pair of juncos regularly going in and out of the pot, just a few feet from our porch chairs. Tonight we really needed to take a peek inside, as we have been neglecting the begonia, and to our surprise, we already have baby juncos! The dad was very upset with us, but he was more angry than afraid, and I'm sure he'll continue to care for the babies. Speaking of cowbirds, I also saw a song sparrow feeding a young cowbird today. Never a dull moment!
The Flores Roost in Greenbank

Above comment submitted Jul 28, 2014



Today was a two-warbler day at the fern hill next the feeder. First we saw my first Black-throated Gray Warbler, and Steve noted a bit of down on the head - a juvenile. Later I spotted a juvenile Wilson's Warbler, with its bright yellow eyebrow. All the typical babies are chasing their parents and cheeping for food, including the twin Flickers and the single Downy Woodpecker. No need to travel!
Steve and Susan Bennett, Freeland

Above comment submitted Jul 28, 2014



Katie,

It sounds like you're describing an Osprey - a beautiful fish-eating hawk that nests here. They feed pretty exclusively on fish. If it swooped near, it would have been a coincidence of it spotting a fish in your vicinity. It's cool that you later saw it successfully catch a fish! If you've noticed the big stick nests on top of highway-side poles, those are Osprey nests.

Sarah Schmidt



Above comment submitted Jul 28, 2014



July 26, 2014. On a morning walk with family at Bush Point - walked to "slime rock" - large rock in the water at the point. On the way there, my almost 2 year old stopped to play in the water (stream) across the beach. My mother called to me and I looked up to see a very magnificent bird with large wingspan, black and white feathers. It swooped low and suddenly I realized I should protect my baby girl and I scooped her up. As soon as I picked my daughter up, it flew away. Later, near our cabin by the boat launch, we watched as it fell haphazardly into the water and then soared back up with a fish. It kind of looks like a black w under the wings. What is this bird that looked like it wanted a taste of my baby? Thank you, Katie Lindblom

Above comment submitted Jul 28, 2014



Chuker sighting on Ridgeway Dr, Oak Harbor Washington

Above comment submitted Jul 25, 2014



Finally the sun came out and several purple martins with it. My phoneskope attachment showed up and now I can share these wonderful birds.
Mary Hollen
Lagoon Point

Above comment submitted Jul 25, 2014



Four terns fishing off Lagoon Point. Probably Common Terns but at least two of them have white bellies. Like Forsters.

Above comment submitted Jul 22, 2014



Purple Martin nest has a bird on it. photo pic1406075093_zps23dd7713.jpg
Mary Hollen
Lagoon Point

Above comment submitted Jul 22, 2014



Recently there have been a pair of red breasted sapsuckers in my birch grove. Yesterday July 21, I noticed a young one with one of the adults. There was also a western tanager higher up on the same tree.

Above comment submitted Jul 21, 2014

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