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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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Four Western Grebe drifted by the beach at Lagoon Point about 7 AM on 18 September. The first of the season for me. Reported by Joe Sheldon

Above comment submitted Sep 18, 2014




This morning 2 Vaux's Swifts were flying circles over the Coupeville High School retention pond. A Violet-green Swallow joined them for couple of turns.
---Steve Ellis
9/15

Above comment submitted Sep 15, 2014



Thought I heard a Golden-crowned Sparrow on Thursday, thought I saw one yesterday, but today I definitely saw one perched at the top of a bush. And heard one singing today, too.
They look a lot like all the first year White-crowned Sparrows that are hanging around here, so I wanted to get a good look.

Welcome back.
Linda Bainbridge
Greenbank

Above comment submitted Sep 13, 2014



American Avocet at Crockett Lake, 09:38. Short way west of Milepost 14, wading and feeding. Sarah Schmidt with Joe.Sheldon, Dave Parent & Ruth Richards. Fuzzy photo on Facebook page.

Above comment submitted Sep 12, 2014



Here's a tip for those of us who might not have heard it before, but red crossbills really like birdbaths when it gets hot like this. We have a pretty bold flock of about seven who are frequenting our two old fashioned baths; they are bold at least until I pull out my cell phone to get a picture.
Good Birding!
Paula F
Greenbank, WA

Above comment submitted Sep 7, 2014



This morning I heard my first Varied Thrush of the late summer. The last time I heard one from our property was April 14th.
Linda Bainbridge
Greenbank

Above comment submitted Sep 7, 2014



At 3:00 this morning we were awakened by a loud caterwauling as of two injured dogs or coyotes. I said "owls" and Steve checked the backyard for dogs, fruitlessly. This morning I looked up "Barred Owl" and heard that sound again. Great Horned Owls used to frequent our yard, but it seems they have been replaced by Barred Owls over the years.
Steve and Susan Bennett, Freeland

Above comment submitted Sep 7, 2014



Tomorrow September 6, 2014 is World Shorebirds Day. Visit the events webpage and get more information about how you can submit sightings of shorebirds this weekend (Sept. 6-7) via eBird or explore the website and learn more about the importance of shorebird population monitoring and its role in bird and habitat protection.

https://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com/

-Emma Ruggiero

Above comment submitted Sep 6, 2014



Yes, there is a September Meeting!

Thursday, September 11: Meeting
The Douglas Fir and Its Squirrel
Steve and Martha Ellis 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.

Above comment submitted Sep 3, 2014



Purple Martins with some showing down were observed on top of a sailboat mast off Oceanside Drive in Lagoon Point on Saturday.
Mary Hollen
Lagoon Point

Above comment submitted Aug 31, 2014



Craig and Joy Johnson will make a special presentation at South Whidbey State Park at 8 pm on Sunday. For more information, go to the Upcoming Events feature.

Above comment submitted Aug 29, 2014



Here's the first Purple Martin nestling to emerge from nest cavity. An adult sits atop the piling while a second nestling looks at the first one from inside the cavity.
Mary Hollen
Lagoon Point

Above comment submitted Aug 26, 2014



This evening (7:30 pm) we watched 2 dozen Mew Gulls successfully hawking (flycatching) flying termites at Long Point. In the past I've seen Heerman's Gulls doing this but this is the 1st time I've witnessed Mews taking part in the feast. It's a huge year for termites and many bird species are reaping the benefits.
---Steve Ellis
Coupeville

Above comment submitted Aug 20, 2014



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

 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 Jenny Brown (email).

Saturday, September 27: Field Trip
Del Fairfax Preserve
Explore the DEL FAIRFAX PRESERVE on Zylstra Road, another jewel of the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. This is a beautiful place to stroll in the woods, listen for forest birds and walk around an open field with a small wetland. This 1.2 mile loop trail is level and takes about an hour to walk -- longer if we see lots of birds. We will then go back down Zylstra Road to Grasser's Lagoon (intersection of State Route (SR) 20 and Zylstra) to look for ducks, shorebirds and raptors. Carpools meet at 8:45 a.m. from Coupeville Prairie Station Transit Park, off South Main Street (behind Dermatology Building), or meet us at 9 a.m. at the parking lot at the Del Fairfax Preserve on Zylstra Road.

Follow these directions to Del Fairfax Preserve: from SR 20 turn north onto Zylstra Road; head north on Zylstra Road for approximately three miles until you see the Zylstra Road Fire Station on your left; turn left onto a wide gravel road in front of the fire station and park on the right next to the fence. The Del Fairfax sign will be in front of you. Please do not block the gravel road or the Zylstra Road Fire Station bay doors. The trip leader is Kim Shepard, (email) 360-720-1711.

Thursday, October 9: Meeting
The Great Bear Rainforest: Exploring the Richness of Forest Life
The Great Bear Rainforest holds the largest tracts of ancient temperate rainforest in the world within its 15 million acres of fjords, mountains and valleys. It is home to Grizzlies, rainforest wolves, five species of salmon, convocations of bald eagles, humpback whales, towering trees and to the unique white-coated Spirit bear. This presentation will explore the richness of forest life in this region of coastal British Columbia and the successes of efforts to conserve it. Presenter Valerie Langer is a co-founder of ForestEthics and is the Director of BC Forest Campaigns for ForestEthics Solutions in Canada. 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, Oct 11, 2014: Field Trip
West Beach & Penn Cove
We'll search several points along West Beach for alcids and other seabirds. Rarities such as Cassin's Auklet are a possibility on this 1/2 day trip. Carpools form at Partridge Point at the end of Libbey Road at 9:00am. Field trip leader is Steve Ellis 678-2264.

Saturday, Oct 25, 2014: Field Trip
Birding Central Whidbey
This morning adventure will visit several locations. Depending on weather and bird distributions this may include Crockett Lake, West Beach Drive, Penn Cove, Fort Ebey State Park, and Fort Casey State Park. Meet at 9 AM at Pacific Rim Institute (180 Parker Road, Coupeville) to carpool. A Discover Pass will be needed for each car that is in the caravan. This trip is suited for all fitness levels, as most of our birding will be near the cars. Possible walks of up to a quarter mile. Leader: Joe Sheldon 360-678-9060 (email).

Thursday, November 13: Meeting
Woodpeckers in the Forest
Paul Bannick will present. Unitarian Universalist Church, 20103 State Route 525, Freeland. 100 yards north of Island Recycling. Doors open at 7 pm, meeting at 7:15, program at 7:30. Please bring a mug for coffee. Carpool

Thursday, January 8: Meeting
Ducks in Trees
Ann Casey will present. Unitarian Universalist Church, 20103 State Route 525, Freeland. 100 yards north of Island Recycling. Doors open at 7 pm, meeting at 7:15, program at 7:30. Please bring a mug for coffee. Carpool

Thursday, February 12: Meeting
Please check back for details. Unitarian Universalist Church, 20103 State Route 525, Freeland. 100 yards north of Island Recycling. Doors open at 7 pm, meeting at 7:15, program at 7:30. Please bring a mug for coffee. Carpool

Thursday, March 12: Meeting
Forest Niches For Small Birds
Rob Sandelin will present. Unitarian Universalist Church, 20103 State Route 525, Freeland. 100 yards north of Island Recycling. Doors open at 7 pm, meeting at 7:15, program at 7:30. Please bring a mug for coffee. Carpool

Thursday, April 9: Meeting
Herons
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

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

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