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Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: White pelicans. Earlier today about 3 dozen birds joined the 2 that were already there. They congregated on a couple small islands on the fresh water side of the west dike. Most of the morning the two birds that had already been there remained separate (one with breeding protuberance, the other not). About 11:00 am they joined the new arrivals. They all were a distance away - difficult to see details, but I think more than half of them were breeding age birds.

Location: Deer Lagoon, fresh water side of the west dike

Date and time: 5/24/17; 2:50 pm (could not report earlier because electricity was off until a few minutes ago)

Above comment submitted May 24, 2017




Reporter's name: Gergis Maximus

Sighting Description: A beaver hanging out on the beach just north of the Bush Point boatlaunch.

Location: Bush Point boat launch

Date and time: may 23, 2017 ~2pm

Above comment submitted May 24, 2017



Reporter's name: Darwin wile

Sighting Description: Cathy's 2 pelicans still there (on fresh water side of) west dike, Deer Lagoon

Location: deer Lagon

Date and time: 5/22/17, 2:45 pm

Above comment submitted May 22, 2017



Reporter's name: Cathy Donckers

Sighting Description: Just saw 2 Great White Pelicans land on Deer Lagoon at about 12:40 pm today, Monday, May 22, 2017. Was wondering if they would be back this year, guess they are returning. Last year, the flock was so large, we lost count around 40+! Also, spotted a very large Golden Eagle (not a juvenile bald) on Shore Avenue, down near Double Bluff Park about 3 weeks ago. Have been on vacation for 2 weeks, so have not seen him since. Just anted to let you know.

Location: end of Shore Avenue east of Double Bluff Park

Confirmation: Great White Pelicans on west end of Deer Lagoon. I notified Frances Wood as well.

Date and time: White Pelicans, Monday May 22, 2017. Golden Eagle, approx. May 1, 2017

Above comment submitted May 22, 2017



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: Today is the fourth in a row that I have been unable to find a single shorebird in Deer Lagoon, although another birder put me onto a greater yellowlegs and a spotted sandpiper next to the path leading up to the west dike. Also a pair of blue-winged teal.

A question: there is a female purple finch singing constantly and robustly this morning at and around my feeder. I know female carpodacus finches sing. But this one is acting like a male in female clothing. I'm wondering if this could be a first year male singing???

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 5/21/17, 10:00 am

Above comment submitted May 21, 2017



Reporter's name: Linda McFarlane photo pic1495376023re_zpscuxdwweq.jpg

Sighting Description: Spotted a male Red Crossbill with three fledglings. They were feeding off of the new pine cone buds at the Pacific Rim Institute on the outer walkway from the farm to the woods where the pine trees are located. The fledglings were waiting to be fed. Crossbills have not been known to nest on Whidbey Islabnd but the birds were young, unafraid and it was easy to get close to the four of them. I did not see a female. I ran into Joe Sheldon and he took a photo.
[Editor's note: Red Crossbills ARE known to nest on Whidbey, but what a neat behavior, seeing them feeding on the new pine cone buds! Red Crossbills are unusual in that they may breed any time of year. AllAboutBirds.org says, "The Red Crossbill is so dependent upon conifer seeds it even feeds them to its young. Consequently, it can breed any time it finds a sufficiently large cone crop, even in the depths of winter."]
Location: Pacific Rim Institute

Date and time: 5/20/2017 10:30 am

Above comment submitted May 20, 2017



Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Three Bank Swallows flying together. Nesting here or just passing through?

Location: Bluff at end of Greenbrier Ln

Date and time: 5/19/17 7pm

Above comment submitted May 19, 2017



Reporter's name: Doug Brand

Sighting Description: Western Tanager sited sitting on tip of a tree on the bluff just north of the Clinton Ferry. Sat there for about 5 minutes before flying into the evergreen trees

Location: North of Clinton Ferry dock

Date and time: 5/18/2017 Approximately 3 PM

Above comment submitted May 19, 2017



Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Flyby of a male and female Bullock's Oriole

Location: Bluff off Greenbrier Ln, Langley

Date and time: 5/18/17 7pm

Above comment submitted May 19, 2017



Reporter's name: Brooks Allen

Sighting Description: Blue-winged Teal male

Location: Hastie Lake, going west from Hwy 20, pond on right after third 90 degree turn.

Date and time: 5/17 5:45 PM

Above comment submitted May 18, 2017



Reporter's name: Carlos Andersen

Sighting Description: Sora. Calling out from wetlands near road.

Location: Freeland, east side of Double Bluff Road before Newman in Wetland area.

Date and time: 5/15/2017, 1100

Above comment submitted May 15, 2017



Reporter's name: Sarah Schmidt

Sighting Description: Great Egret at Lone Lake, from the Apollo Road cul-de-sac. We didn't find the Yellow-headed blackbird we hoped for, but along with the mallards, shovelers and green-winged teal in the neighboring field was the great egret. It flew away to the north.

Location: Langley

Date and time: Saturday, May 13, 5:30 pm.


Above comment submitted May 14, 2017



Reporter's name: Ruth Scrivner

Sighting Description: Western Tanager, both male and female in a tree close to my house. Male chasing female for a good five minutes.

Location: Dugualla Bay

Date and time: 5-15-17 in the late morning

Above comment submitted May 14, 2017



Reporter's name: Charlie Childs

Sighting Description: White Pelicans

Location: Useless Bay (Sunlight Beach)

Date and time: 5/11/17 @ 5:15 am

Above comment submitted May 12, 2017



Reporter's name: Gideon Seraphine

Sighting Description: I was at the Apollo Rd. cul-de-sac of Lone Lake when I heard and saw a male Yellow-headed Blackbird sitting on top of a tree, singing away (see photo). Although it's not "Rare", it is listed as "Occasional", and this is my first sighting of one.

Location: Apollo Rd. cul-de-sac looking out over Lone Lake (between Langley and Bayview).

Date and time: Friday, 5/12/17, at about 9:45 AM.

Above comment submitted May 12, 2017



Reporter's name: Patty Blouin

Sighting Description: Chipping Sparrows nesting in birdhouse

Location: Whales Run, Coupeville

Date and time: May 11, past week

Above comment submitted May 11, 2017



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: 2nd count totals 17 white pelicans, all of them breeding adults. They are congregated on the flats beneath the bluffs along Soundview Drive; visible easily from both dikes.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 5/17/17; 9:30 am

Above comment submitted May 11, 2017



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: 18 white pelicans

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 5/11/17, 9:10 am

Above comment submitted May 11, 2017



The trip leader is unavailable for reasons beyond her control so the May 13 trip to Earth Sanctuary is cancelled.



Reporter's name: George and Lynne Jensen

Sighting Description: Black headed grosbeak pair arrived at our feeders on Sunday, May 7th;
A western tanager male arrived at our feeders on Monday, May 8th.

Location: Log Cabin Road near Cultus Bay Road in Clinton

Date and time: May 7th, 8am and May 8th 12:15pm

Above comment submitted May 9, 2017



Reporter's name: Louie Shellenberger

Sighting Description: Male Western Tanager, at the edge of the woods with some warblers.

Location: At my home near Goodell Road, Freeland.

Date and time: May 5, mid-afternoon

Above comment submitted May 8, 2017



Reporter's name: Joe Sheldon photo pic1494219933chip_zps3d3vnp0t.jpg

Sighting Description: Two Chipping Sparrows

Location: Main parking lot area at Pacific Rim Institute

Date and time: 7 May 2017 about 5:30 PM

Above comment submitted May 8, 2017



Reporter's name: Sarah Schmidt

Sighting Description: American Golden-Plover seen at Crockett Lake along with a flock of Western Sandpipers and some Killdeer. Seen by Janet Hall, Dyanne Sheldon, Maribeth Crandell and Sarah Schmidt, and identified with scope with the help of Matt Bartells.

Location: Toward east end of Crockett Lake south shore, across from the no hunting sign.

Date and time: May 7, 2017. About 2:30 PM.

Above comment submitted May 8, 2017



Reporter's name: George Heleker

Sighting Description: At around 8:30, I saw and photographed 5 American White Pelicans as they flew around the marsh side of the Deer Lagoon area for a few minutes before circling high and flying off into the distance straight north.
At around 10:30, I saw 4 more flying in from the bay and once again, straight over the marsh, flying high in the area for about 10 minutes before landing in the marsh behind some vegetation, their most favorite spot last year. Later, I saw the four swimming near the southwest corner of the marsh, but I was not able to find them an hour later when I returned.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: May 7th- 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Above comment submitted May 7, 2017



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: three white pelicans on beach in Useless Bay (Sunrise Beach Road).

Location: Sunrise Beach

Date and time: 5/7/17; 9:30 am

Above comment submitted May 7, 2017



Reporter's name: Betty Branson

Sighting Description: Five white pelicans circling Deer Lagoon this morning!

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 5/7/17 at 8:30 am

Above comment submitted May 7, 2017



Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: We watched a Short-eared Owl come up out of the driftwood logs and tall grass at Long Point. The bird flew a foot or 2 above the water as it crossed the mouth of Penn Cove despite a strong crosswind! It didn't seem to be laboring, just advancing steadily.

Location: Long Point

Date and time: 5/06/2017 6:30pm

Above comment submitted May 6, 2017



Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: A Red Knot in full breeding plumage was on an islet in Swan Lake along with some Black-bellied Plovers, Dunlin and a Long-billed Dowitcher. Photos were taken

Location: Northwest portion of Swan Lake

Date and time: 5/06/2017 4:00pm

Above comment submitted May 6, 2017



Reporter's name: Leckey Harrison

Sighting Description: The male Black Headed Grosbeak!

Location: Fifth and Luhn

Date and time: 5/6/17 ~10 AM

Above comment submitted May 6, 2017



Reporter's name: Leckey Harrison

Sighting Description: Female Black Headed Grosbeak

Location: %th and Luhn, Langley, WA

Date and time: 5/6/17 ~7:08 AM

Above comment submitted May 6, 2017



Reporter's name: Joe Sheldon photo pic1494044250marb_zpsajxywrmr.jpg, Dave and Travis Parent, and Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Two Marbled Godwit, two Long-billed Curlew, and nine Whimbrel

Location: East Dike, Deer Lagoon. The Long-billed Curlews were seen from the West looking east.

Confirmation: The birds were seen by five experienced birders

Date and time: 5 May 2017 approximately 6:30 PM

Above comment submitted May 6, 2017



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: with profound apologies to my 2 marvelous teammates, I feel compelled to report (unfortunately after we have completed our own "big day") 2 marbled godwits (in sparkling breeding plumage) which are listed as rare in the fall and non-existent otherwise on the Audubon bird list.

Location: off west dike, Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 5/5/16; 3:10 pm

Above comment submitted May 5, 2017



Reporter's name: Linda Bainbridge

Sighting Description: Got home from the Owyhee River last night and woke up to the sounds of robins and an Olive-sided Flycatcher. It's good to be home!

Location: In Greenbank off Towhee Lane.

Date and time: May 5, 2017, around 5:45 am

Above comment submitted May 5, 2017



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: a juvenile golden eagle made a brief appearance flying over the west dike this afternoon

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 5-2-17, 2:00 pm

Above comment submitted May 2, 2017



Reporter's name: Ruth Scrivner

Sighting Description: Turkey Vulture

Location: Flying over Deception Pass

Date and time: April 29 approx. 3 pm

Above comment submitted May 1, 2017



Reporter's name: Steve ellis

Sighting Description: Male Yellow-headed Blackbird visited a feeder (photo sent to me).

Location: Crockett's Lake Area

Date and time: 4/21 10:00am

Above comment submitted Apr 28, 2017



Reporter's name: Sarah Schmidt

Sighting Description: Townsend's Solitaire perched on a fence in our front yard. We watched for 15 minutes and captured photos. S/he flew off to the west. A rare treat in the neighborhood, and our first yard sighting.

Location: Rhodena Drive, Coupeville

Date and time: April 27, 2017, 5:30 pm

Above comment submitted Apr 27, 2017



Reporter's name: Mary Hollen photo pic1493259187hero_zpsfiljndei.jpg

Sighting Description: While tending Purple Martin gourds I found a giant blue egg. My neighbor Alan Ginn identified it as a Great Blue Heron egg. I thought someone was teasing me for discarding (blue) starling eggs from the nearby piling cavity to help out with reintroduction of the Western Purple Martin who would otherwise nest there. Happy to have found the egg before the crows did.

Location: Salmon Street and Steelhead Drive

Date and time: 4/26/17 5:15pm

Above comment submitted Apr 26, 2017



Reporter's name: Russ Schulz

Sighting Description: Sharp-Shinned Hawk dive bombing my Hummingbird feeders twice that I noticed today. Feeders are extremely active with both Anna's and Rufous Hummingbirds.

Location: My back yard on Winterhawk in Coupeville

Date and time: 4/24/17 6:30 p.m.

Above comment submitted Apr 24, 2017

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