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Reporter's name: Carla Corin

Sighting Description: First Western Tanager of the season!

Location: West Beach and Barque Rd., Oak Harvor

Date and time: 5/5 around 1 p.m.

Above comment submitted May 6, 2015




Reporter's name: Joy and Craig Johnson

Sighting Description: Black-headed Grosbeak today, two Wilson's Warblers and a Warbling Vireo yesterday

Location: Freeland

Date and time: 5/5/15 and 5/4/15

Above comment submitted May 5, 2015



Reporter's name: Gabe Harpe

Sighting Description: I saw a female and a male Wilson's warbler and a female and a male yellow warbler in my big willow tree on this wet rainy day.

Location: Dugalla bay Frostad RD Oak harbor

Date and time: May 5 at 10:00 am

Above comment submitted May 5, 2015



Reporter's name: Joe Sheldon, Dave Parent, Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Three American Avocet and one Baird's Sandpiper at Deer Lagoon; one juvenile Golden Eagle at South Whidbey State Park (fly over); three Wilson Phalarope in Dugualla Pond seen from Dike Road.

Location: See with sighting Description

Confirmation: One poor photo of the Avocets, all three birders are experienced birders.

Date and time: May 1, 2015 - Avocet and Baird's 9:00 AM; Golden Eagle about 11:00 AM; Wilson's Phalarope 5:30 PM

Above comment submitted May 2, 2015



Reporter's name: Mary  photo pic1430680623_zpsa0d6ea2d.jpgHollen

Sighting Description: They're Back! Purple Martins returned to the Lagoon Point neighborhood on 5/1. I first saw them this morning 5/2 - I removed the Starling block from my piling cavity (the one a pair fledged young from last year) and within moments had a fully adult pair and two younger birds investigating the cavity. Wait til they see the gourds I got for them from the Purple Martin Conservation Association www.purplemartin.org

Location: Steelhead Drive, Greenbank, WA

Confirmation: photos to follow

Date and time: 5/2/15 7:00 am

Above comment submitted May 2, 2015



Reporter's name: Emma Ruggiero

Sighting Description: FOY Hammond's Flycatcher seen and heard in Greenbank. Also Sora heard at Boon Rd. marsh.

Location: Hammond's Flycatcher near Greenbank Farm. Sora in marsh along Boon Rd, near where it meets the highway (south of Oak Harbor).

Date and time: 4/29/2015 Sora 9:15am. Flycatcher 4:30pm.

Above comment submitted Apr 30, 2015



Reporter's name: Cathy Queeno-Wall

Sighting Description: First siting this year:
25 Caspian Terns
Also, 10 Black Oystercatchers !!!

Location: City Beach (the end near the Freund Marsh)

Date and time: 042815 about 6:30pm

Above comment submitted Apr 28, 2015



Reporter's name: Gabe

Sighting Description: I posted this bird, but it looks like it didn't come through, so I will tell you what I saw again. I saw a yellow rumped warbler for the first time looking for bugs in my apple and willow trees.

Location: Dugaulla Bay, Oak Harbor, WA

Date and time: April 26, 2015

Above comment submitted Apr 28, 2015



Reporter's name: Gabe

Sighting Description: american pipit's all over the field in a big flock. Then I saw a few green winged teal in a little field drainage.

Location: dugaulla bay oak harbor wa

Date and time: april 27 2015 at 5:00 pm

Above comment submitted Apr 28, 2015



Reporter's name: Craig  photo WTPphotobyCJ_zpsa0cfcfb5.jpgJohnson

Sighting Description: A Lincoln's Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrows and Golden-crowned Sparrows all foraged within a ten foot radius.
I was able to get some nice images of the birds foraging. Will post a couple...
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Location: Freeland, Bush Point area (developed neighborhood)

Date and time: April 25, 1:30 pm

Above comment submitted Apr 25, 2015



Reporter's name: Lloyd Kiff

Sighting Description: We had a Townsend's Solitaire in our orchard near Cultus Bay at about 1100 on 22 April. It seemed unusually tame and allowed us to approach it within 10 feet, as it sat in an apple tree. A Lincoln's Sparrow turned up under one of our bird feeders yesterday morning, and we saw it occasionally in the same spot today. Our neighbor, who is a longtime Whidbey resident and a birder, was thrilled to add this one to her island list.

Location: Between Cultus Bay and Possession Point

Date and time: See above

Above comment submitted Apr 24, 2015



Reporter's name: Emma Ruggiero

Sighting Description: ~15 Greater-white Fronted Geese mixed with a flock of Canada and Cackling Geese. Feeding next to the flooded part of the field.

Location: In flooded field on west side of Engle Rd just south of Olympic View mobile home park, Coupeville.

Date and time: 4/24/2015 ~11am

Above comment submitted Apr 24, 2015



Reporter's name: Mary Hollen

Sighting Description: Storming outside (wind, rain) laughing inside: male rufous hummingbirds fly to perch at the feeder, look around, and dash away to attack other males without bothering to eat first.

Location: Lagoon Point near Greenbank, WA

Date and time: 4/21/15 6:00 pm

Above comment submitted Apr 21, 2015



Reporter's name: Roy &  photo pic1429666181_zps45a7837a.jpgBetty Branson

Sighting Description: We spotted seven white pelicans at 9 a.m. this morning on Deer Lagoon. Managed to take a photo of them through the spotting scope before they left at 9:06 a.m.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 4/21/15 @ 9 a.m.

Above comment submitted Apr 21, 2015



Reporter's name: Gabe Harpe

Sighting Description: a coopers hawk swooped down and grabbed a brewers blackbird right in front of me.

Location: my back yard in Oak harbor WA

Date and time: April 21 2015
in the evening

Above comment submitted Apr 21, 2015



Reporter's name: Mark Visconty

Sighting Description: Not a 'sighting' but a 'hearing'...Wilson's Snipe winnowing in lower Maxwelton Valley

Location: Lower Maxwelton Valley; near intersection of Swede Hill Road and Maxwelton Road

Date and time: 4/18/15 6:40 pm

Above comment submitted Apr 18, 2015



Reporter's name: Ann Casey

Sighting Description: I was birding on Useless Bay, by the entrance to Deer Lagoon at low tide. I heard and saw a large shorebird fly in very close to me. It was a Long-billed Curlew! This is my first sighting of a curlew on Whidbey. I stayed to observe the bird and during that time an eagle flew in close to the shorebirds, the curlew flew up and began harassing the eagle, chasing the eagle out of the lagoon. It was amazing to see this behavior.

Location: Useless Bay at entrance to Deer Lagoon

Date and time: Friday, April 17, 2015 8:30am

Above comment submitted Apr 18, 2015



Reporter's name: Ann Casey

Sighting Description: Mallard hen with 8 chicks swimming in pond near Double Bluff Rd. in Freeland.
I was on my way to Earth Sanctuary and stopped at a nearby field pond and was shocked to see a Mallard hen with 8 chicks! It seems early to see chicks. Have others seen duck chicks already this spring?

Location: Double Bluff Rd

Date and time: Friday, April 17, 2015 9:45am

Above comment submitted Apr 18, 2015



Reporter's name: White-throated sparrow photo pic14291338951_zpsgfgscj3m.jpgWendy Visconty

Sighting Description: Male White-Throated Sparrow under my bird feeder, and singing in the mornings.

He had a drabber companion scratching in the shadows; I could not see this one well enough to identify it.

Location: Near the bottom of Swede Hill Road/Maxwelton Road (lower Maxwelton valley)

Date and time: 4/15/15 1:00 PM

Above comment submitted Apr 15, 2015



Reporter's name: Emma Ruggiero

Sighting Description: 1 Turkey Vulture flying over the field next to Frostad Rd.

Location: Dugualla Bay

Date and time: 4/14/2015 11:30am

Above comment submitted Apr 14, 2015



Reporter's name: Ruth Richards/Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Approximately 115 Greater White-fronted Geese feeding at the edge of a flooded field.

Location: West side of Main St, south of Coupeville high school

Date and time: April 14 8:20-8:45 a.m. when they flew

Above comment submitted Apr 14, 2015



Reporter's name: Emma Ruggiero

Sighting Description: 1 Wilson's Phalarope near shore on road side of the lake just east of the pilings.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: 4/11/2015 8am

Above comment submitted Apr 11, 2015



Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: A possible drake Green-winged Teal X Eurasian Green-winged Teal hybrid was seen among a number of "American" Green-wings. The bird in question had neither the vertical white bar associated with the American form nor the horizontal white stripe seen on the Eurasian variety. The underside of the green mask around the eye was partially bordered by a thin pale line - perhaps a contribution from the Eurasian side.

Location: East end of Crockett Lake, Coupeville.

Date and time: April 5, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

Above comment submitted Apr 5, 2015

 Upcoming Events 

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).

Thursday, May 14: Meeting
Please check back for details. Coupeville Recreation Hall (901 NW Alexander St, Coupeville -- map). Doors open at 7 pm, meeting at 7:15, program at 7:30. Please bring a mug for coffee. Carpool

Saturday, May 23: Field Trip
EARTH SANCTUARY
Meet at the Bayview Park and Ride at 9 am to carpool or meet at Earth Sanctuary, Newman Rd in Freeland about 9:15. We will look and listen for arriving spring migrants and our resident birds establishing nesting territories. Earth Sanctuary is a lovely area at any time of year. The trip will include walking for a couple of hours with some hills and possibly muddy or uneven ground. Please be prepared to pay a $7.00 entry fee. For more information on Earth Sanctuary or directions to the site, see www.earthsanctuary.org. Trip leaders are Joy Johnson, Linda Bainbridge (360-682-8008), and Anna Swartz.

Thursday, June 11: Meeting
Recognition/Award Pot Luck
Coupeville Recreation Hall (901 NW Alexander St, Coupeville -- map). Doors open at 7 pm, meeting at 7:15, program at 7:30. Please bring a mug for coffee. Carpool

September 4,5,6,7 2015, Labor Day Weekend: Special Field Trip
Whitman and Adams Counties
On this three-night trip, we will concentrate on migrating shorebirds, and southbound migrants in the desert oases of Washtucna and Hooper. We plan to camp all nights at the famous Bassett Park in beautiful Washtucna, Washington. If that location is hopping, we might just stay there! It has achieved fame for the number of eastern vagrants that show up there every year, along with large numbers of western migrants. On the way we will definitely stop at County Line Ponds and the fragrant Hatton Coulee sewage ponds. If there is interest, we may drive to Pullman, 67 miles away from Washtucna, to do a little birding and stop at the WSU Creamery for killer ice cream, sausage and Cougar Gold Cheese. Maybe stop and take a hike in Kamiak Butte County Park with its good birding. Another possible destination is Palouse Falls State Park. Beginning birders are most welcome! We will all learn a lot. This trip involves a lot of driving - about 600-700 miles, so carpooling is essential. Come for all or part. For those who choose to hike, there may be some somewhat strenuous walks on uneven surfaces. We will depart on a very early ferry on Friday morning. Trip Leader: Dave Parent (email)

Whidbey Audubon Society
PO Box 1012
Oak Harbor,Washington 98277

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