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Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: 2 Wilson's Phalaropes swimming on Crockett's Lake near the eastern edge.
We were also fortunate to witness 4 Merlin attacks ( 2 different falcons) on the hundreds of peeps that are using the mud flats. One female Merlin snared a Least Sandpiper.
Also at the lake: 20 or so White Pelicans; hundreds of California Gulls, many dowitchers and yellowlegs and at least one Baird's Sandpiper.

Location: Crockett's Lake; west of the view from the platform.

Date and time: 8/20 6:45-8:45am

Above comment submitted Aug 20, 2017

Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: merlin, adult male; perched in tree, eating something (?), posted because merlin is listed as rare in summer on Whidbey check list.

Location: Deer Lagoon, on hillside below my yard

Date and time: 8/10/17; 8:00 am

Above comment submitted Aug 10, 2017

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Five juvenile Baird's Sandpipers.

Location: On the flats near the east end of Crockett Lake in Coupeville.

Date and time: August 9, 2017 at about 11:30.

Above comment submitted Aug 9, 2017

Reporter's name: Vincent Hagel

Sighting Description: Six Eastern Kingbirds. Watched them for about half an hour. They were flying to and fro across a marsh, to a fence, to wires, onto shrubbery, eating insects. Fairly wary, but I was able to get within about thirty yards of them. Sunny, but very smokey. Sibley's Guide says this bird is rare in this range, seen maybe once each year, or as many as a few times each year.

Location: Skagit Wildlife Area southwest of Conway, Wa.

Confirmation: I'm including two photos.

Date and time: August 8, 2017 10:30 a.m.

Above comment submitted Aug 8, 2017

Reporter's name: Vincent Hagel

Sighting Description: I'm aware of the White Pelicans at Double Bluff, but this morning eight White Pelicans flew by my house less than one hundred yards off my bluff at eye level, at one hundred-eight feet elevation.

Location: About one mile east of Polnell Point.

Date and time: August 6 at 8:30 a.m.

Above comment submitted Aug 6, 2017

Reporter's name: Joe Sheldon

Sighting Description: Willet

Location: Crockett Lake west of the pilings with on a mud bar with resting gulls.

Confirmation: I was able to confirm a previous sighting. Unmistakable longitudinal white and black wing pattern when the bird flew.

Date and time: 4 August 2017; 5:45 pm.

Above comment submitted Aug 5, 2017

Reporter's name: Joe Sheldon

Sighting Description: Horned Puffin swimming with a group of Tufted Puffins in a kelp bed seen and photographed by Elizabeth Zwamborn, faculty member teaching Marine Mammals at Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship. Elizabeth was on a whale watching boat.

Location: Smith and Minor Islands Aquatic Reserve @ N48 degrees 19 minutes, 35.51 seconds; W122 degrees 51 minutes 5.78 seconds.

Confirmation: The Horned Puffin is a rare bird for the Salish Sea. It was confirmed by a very clear photograph (posted on Whidbey Audubon Website) that shows both the Tufted Puffin and Horned Puffin swimming next to each other.

Date and time: 11:59 AM, August 3, 2017

Above comment submitted Aug 4, 2017

Reporter's name: Joe Sheldon

Sighting Description: 35 American White Pelicans on Crockett Lake this morning at 7:15 AM.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: 4 August 2017; 7:15 AM

Above comment submitted Aug 4, 2017

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Among the hundreds of peeps, a dozen Long-billed Dowitchers, and a half-dozen Semi-palmated Plovers were six American White Pelicans. This is the first time I have seen pelicans in this location.

Location: Crockett Lake as seen from the point behind Keystone Cafe.

Date and time: July 29, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Above comment submitted Jul 29, 2017

Reporter's name: Martha Hollis

Sighting Description: A dozen white Pelicans in Crocket Lake behind the Keystone Cafe at 2:00pm this afternoon.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: 2:00 Saturday, July 29

Above comment submitted Jul 29, 2017

Reporter's name: Steven Ellis

Sighting Description: A Tufted Puffin was working a school of forage fish (sandlance?) offshore from Ebey's Landing. There were lots of gulls, 1 Marbled Murrelet and a couple of Pigeon Guillemots, too. 1 Common Loon in alternate plumage and several Caspian Terns over the shallows.
I apologize for not getting this report turned in last night.

Location: Ebey's Landing, about 200 yards straight out from the picnic tables

Date and time: 7/26/2017 6:45 pm.

Above comment submitted Jul 27, 2017

Reporter's name: George Heleker

Sighting Description: I heard an Osprey calling very close to the house this morning. An Osprey is not that unusual around here, because there is always an active nest east of here each year, but this bird sounded really close, causing me to rush to the back door and look up, expecting to see an Osprey right above the house. No Osprey in sight.
Then it called again, and I was worried that it was injured because the call came from what sounded like a low place in a tree next to the house. The next call gave the bird away, a Steller's Jay hanging on a suet feeder in our back yard!
I enjoy birding by ear, and can tell you that the jay did an excellent job of sounding like an Osprey. It never ceases to amaze me how well Steller's Jays can learn to copy another bird's sounds as well as copy other sounds, such as the bird we had around our place in Bellingham for more than a year that did a perfect job of meowing like a cat!
Score for the day: Steller's Jay 1, me zero.

Location: Our home southwest of Clinton

Date and time: 7/26/17--- 9:12 a.m.

Above comment submitted Jul 26, 2017

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