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and their habitat on Whidbey Island and surrounding waters.  Visitors are welcome to participate in our events.
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Unusual Bird Sightings and Special Points of Interest
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Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: Glaucous Gull at Oak Harbor City Beach. Big and white, it really stands out against all the usual hybrid Glaucous-winged/Western Gulls. Sorry for the lateness in posting this sighting from yesterday.

Location: Oak Harbor City Beach

Date and time: 3/29 9:30am

Above comment submitted Mar 30, 2015

Reporter's name: Kathy stetz

Sighting Description: 3 gold finch, one at feeder and two flying

Location: Bush point

Date and time: 3/27 at 1pm

Above comment submitted Mar 29, 2015

Reporter's name: Sarah Schmidt

Sighting Description: FOY (first of the year) Black-headed Grosbeak in our back yard south of Coupeville, giving his distinctive sharp "chink" calls, and then his melodic warbling song.

Location: Rhodena Drive, Coupeville

Date and time: March 29, 1 PM

Above comment submitted Mar 29, 2015

Reporter's name: Susan Bennett

Sighting Description: 4 Long-tailed Ducks fairly close in, diving and coming up fairly close together.

Location: Agate Beach (the foot of Ebey's Bluff).

Date and time: March 28, 2015, about 4:15 pm

Above comment submitted Mar 29, 2015

Reporter's name: Bill Bradkin

Sighting Description: Golden eagle perched on a pole next to the road. Completely tolerant of traffic.

Location: Keystone Spit, about one-quarter of a mile east of ferry.

Date and time: Today, Friday March 27, around noon.

Above comment submitted Mar 28, 2015

Reporter's name: Craig Johnson

Sighting Description: I watched an Orange-crowned Warbler forage in our yard today.

A White-throated Sparrow has occurred in the yard nearly every day since late September. This bird takes/eats unsalted, raw peanuts I toss it's way. Neat to see the White-crowned Sparrows next to the White-throated Sparrow.

Craig & Joy Johnson

Location: Freeland

Date and time: March 27, 2015 11:00 am

Above comment submitted Mar 27, 2015

Reporter's name: Joe Sheldon

Sighting Description: Two Osprey flying north

Location: Over Pacific Rim Institute, Coupeville; seen by Robert Pelant, CEO of Pacific Rim.

Date and time: 21 March 2015 approximately 1:30 PM

Above comment submitted Mar 21, 2015

Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: First of the year singing Yellow-rumped Warblers started yesterday and continue today. First Violet-green Swallow (lone bird) over Coupeville High School retention ponds.

Location: Parker Road Coupeville

Date and time: 3/18 8:00am

Above comment submitted Mar 19, 2015

Reporter's name: Jay Adams (with Ruth Richards and Sarah Schmidt)

Sighting Description: A Common (Eurasian) Green-winged Teal was seen among a group of "American" Green-winged Teal at Crockett Lake this morning (Monday, March 17) at about 10 a.m.

Location: Crockett Lake, Coupeville

Date and time: 10 a.m.

Above comment submitted Mar 17, 2015

Reporter's name: Barbara Tunes

Sighting Description: We have a flock of red crossbills at our feeder, the first time in 11 years that they have come this early. Normally they do not arrive until April.

Location: Highland Meadows off Holst Road - Clinton

Date and time: March 14, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

Above comment submitted Mar 14, 2015

Sighting Description: A White-throated sparrow couple have been hanging out at our feeder for the past several weeks. Being from New England, I am very familiar with the White-throat and its song. On a few occasions I have thought I heard a fragment of the song but never the full Sam Peobody. Nonetheless, it is very clearly distinguished from the similar White-crowned by the clearly marked white throat and especially the yellow lores--very distinct on the male at this time of the year.

Location: Upper end of Hinman Dr. in Clinton

Date and time: Have seen it over several weeks but most recently today: 3/11 @ 1:23 PM

Above comment submitted Mar 11, 2015

Sighting Description: Western Scrub jay has been at my backyard feeders for the past three mornings.

Location: Seventh and Leach in Coupeville

Confirmation: Western Scrub Jay photo was sent in in January of it in this same location

Date and time: 3/5,6,7/2015 about 7:00 AM

Above comment submitted Mar 7, 2015

Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: 3 or 4 Tree Swallows were flying over Swan Lake yesterday(3/1) morning.

Location: Swan Lake

Date and time: 3/01 10:00am

Above comment submitted Mar 2, 2015

Reporter's name: Marie Shaw

Sighting Description: I'm thinking I saw a Merlin perched on a telephone pole. It was small-ish, dark back, tail had 3 stripes that I could see.

Location: On Highway 20 going toward Keystone Spit and PT ferry.

Date and time: 2/24 around 7:00 am

Above comment submitted Feb 26, 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).

Tuesday, March 31: Field Trip
Spend a morning birding along the trails amid blooming rhododendrons and azaleas. This is a wonderful, quiet spot to see and hear forest birds. Admission to the garden is $5 per person. Meet in the parking lot at 9:30 a.m. for a two-hour (or so) stroll. The address is 3531 Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank. The trip leader is Kim Shepard (email) call 360-720-1711.

Thursday, April 9: Meeting
Dennis Paulson will present. 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

April 18, 2015: Field Trip
Central Whidbey Hotspots
Look for raptors, swallows and early spring wildflowers at the Pacific Rim Institute. Rare bird species such as Western Bluebird are a possibility this time of year. After our prairie visit we will carpool to points along Penn Cove to view seabirds. All vehicles driving to Penn Cove will need the state Discover Pass. Meet at Pacific Rim Institute at 8:00am for this half day trip. Some walking. Steve Ellis (email) 360-678-2264

Saturday, April 25, 2015: Special Field Trip
Come enjoy a cruise of the Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge hosted by the Port Townsend Marine Science Center. Did you know that the largest colony of nesting Rhinoceros Auklets in the world nest on Protection Island? Join me for a three-hour Spring Bird Migration Cruise of this local treasure. Plan to meet at the Coupeville Ferry Dock at 11:30 a.m. and we will walk on the 11: 45 a.m. ferry. We can spend a little time in Port Townsend prior to arriving at the Point Hudson Marina at 12:45 p.m. The cruise is from 1 to 4 p.m. I am planning to return to Coupeville on the 5:15 ferry. Space on the cruise boat is limited, so please make your own reservations soon by calling 360-385-5582 Ext: 104 or 1-800-566-3932 or book on line, Puget Sound Express: click on Tour information and scroll down to "Protection Island Bird Migration cruises", Go to book now and if you are an Audubon member select PTMSC Members. It is easy sailing from there on. Cost of the cruise is $50 plus tax, per person for Audubon members, or $55 for nonmembers. Plan to bring a sack lunch that you can enjoy onboard while we listen and learn about Protection Island from a trained naturalist. If you need more information or are planning to join us please select call Ruth Scrivner 360-679-0397 (email). Remember you will need a Discover Pass if you park your car in the Coupeville Ferry Dock parking lot.
Important note: Limited space available -- sign up soon!

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

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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