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Unusual Bird Sightings and Special Points of Interest
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Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: American Golden Plover

Location: A juvenile bird feeding with a juvenile Black-bellied Plover on the extensive mudflats well across from and to the northeast of the viewing platform at Crockett Lake

Confirmation: Compared to the Black-bellied Plover, the AMGP was smaller with a dark cap that set off a bold white supercillium. The golden plover also had a smaller, somewhat stubbier bill, a darker mantle and underparts, and primary tips that extended well beyond the tail.

Date and time: September 15, 2019 at approximately 2:45 p.m.

Comment submitted Sep 15, 2019

Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: We found a Hermit Thrush along a path in Trillium Community Forest. While not rare, this is the 1st of the season and earlier than normal.

Location: Dragonfly Glade Trail, Trillium Community Forest

Date and time: 9/02/2019

Comment submitted Sep 2, 2019

Reporter's name: Linda Griesbach

Sighting Description: Great egret seen with great blue heron.

Location: Deer Lagoon, east of the eastern dike, south end.

Date and time: September 1; 8:45 a.m.

Photo Title: Great egret and great blue heron

Comment submitted Sep 1, 2019

Reporter's name: Linda Griesbach

Sighting Description: Great egret and great blue heron (sending with Photo #2)

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: September 1 at 8:45 a.m.

Photo Title: Solo great egret

Comment submitted Sep 1, 2019

Reporter's name: darwin wile

Sighting Description: great egret; foraging near the flock of pelicans

Location: fresh water side of west dike of Deer Lagoon

Date and time: August 31, 2019, 3:00 pm

Comment submitted Aug 31, 2019

Reporter's name: Nancy Van Wormer

Sighting Description: A lone Great Egret was feeding in Deer Lagoon with gulls and Pelicans

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 8/31/19 7:30 A.M.

Comment submitted Aug 31, 2019

Reporter's name: Frances Wood

Sighting Description: Green Heron (juvenile or !st Summer) We clearly saw the bird in good lighting. It was standing at the water's edge at low tide. After watching it for several minutes it flew to the south along the shore.

Location: Langley Marina near boat launch

Confirmation: I am very familiar with this species. Bill Graves was with me and he confirmed the identification.

Date and time: 8/29/19 10:30am

Comment submitted Aug 29, 2019

Reporter's name: Mary Jo Adams

Sighting Description: I saw a black-throated gray warbler at our birdbath this morning.

Location: Near intersection of Hwy 20 and Fakkema Road.

Date and time: 8/28/19 10 am

Photo Title: Black-throated gray warbler

Comment submitted Aug 28, 2019

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Marbled Godwit. Identified by its very long bi-colored bill, overall buffy upper parts and cinnamon-toned wing linings.

Location: Seen with six Whimbrel on the south shore of Crockett Lake in the area between the viewing platform and the long line of pilings. The birds flew east and out of sight as we watched.

Confirmation: According to eBird this is probably the sixth Marbled Godwit at Crockett Lake since 2009. The species is considered to be rare on both the Whidbey Audubon and the Washington Birder checklists.

Date and time: August 22, 2019 at approximately 9:30 a.m.

Comment submitted Aug 22, 2019

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Yellow-headed Blackbird

Location: In and around the cattails at the eastern end of Crockett Lake.

Confirmation: Washington Birder lists this species as being rare in Island County. The WAS checklist lists the bird as occasional in spring, summer and fall. To my knowledge YHBL has been seen at various locations (Deer Lagoon, Lone Lake, Crockett Lake) during each of the last three years.

Date and time: August 18, 2019 at approximately 9:30. Note:the bird was seen but not reported by another birder on August 17.

Comment submitted Aug 19, 2019

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Red Knot, feeding with two Western Sandpipers in shallow water.

Location: Southeast end of Crockett Lake, just west of the viewing platform.

Confirmation: Red Knot is listed as 'accidental" in the fall on the WAS checklist and as "rare" on the Washington Birder checklist for Island County. The bird was not relocated this morning.

Date and time: August 18, 2019 at approximately 10:00 a.m.

Comment submitted Aug 19, 2019

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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 Cathi Bower (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) .

Monday, Sept. 23: Field Trip
Jay Adams will lead a field trip to sites on Fir Island including Wiley Sough, Hayton Preserve and Channel Drive. The area is a shorebird haven with many shorebirds and other fall migrants. Leave Coupeville at 7:30 a.m. from the parking lot behind the Coupeville Library and pick up north Islanders at the north end of the Home Depot Store in Oak Harbor about 8:00 a.m. Bring a bag lunch. We will be home late in the afternoon. The trip is limited to 10 participants. Register by emailing Jay. Registration is first come, first served. No special footwear is required. Spotting scopes are recommended.

Tuesday, Oct. 15: Field Trip
Darwin Wile will lead a field trip to Deer Lagoon, meeting at the Bayview Park & Ride at 9:00 a.m. While Deer Lagoon hosts multitudes of birds all year long, it doesn't get much better than October. There will be a profusion of ducks, shorebirds, terns, and gulls. Not a bad time for raptors either -- eagles, ospreys, harriers, and perhaps a falcon or two and maybe even a short-eared owl. Swallows and waxwings should still be present as well as sparrows and finches. Also, we should see numbers of loons, grebes, and scoters and probably brants and geese in Useless Bay, not to mention a pelican or two still hanging around. But the big numbers are likely to be shorebirds -- yellowlegs, western and least sandpipers, dunlins, dowitchers, and possibly a phalarope or two. All in all, October is a splendid time for birding! (email)

Saturday, October 19: Field Trip
Jay Adams and Danielle Bishop from the Whidbey Camano Land Trust will lead a field trip to the Land Trust’s Strawberry Point Preserve. The preserve is not open to the public yet! This tour will traverse through forest, wetlands, and a scenic meadow. Earning a local reputation for being the area in which Bruiser the elk resides, you will more likely see fall migrants and local common songbirds on this approximately 1.5 mile long hike! Whidbey Audubon funded a $10,000 conservation grant that allowed the Land Trust to protect the first 127 acres of the preserve and spearheaded current efforts to protect 120 more acres of adjoining habitat. See how this grant has been put to work! The trip will start at 9:00 a.m. and will be about 2 hours long. The trip is limited to 15 participants and registration is first come, first served. For more information and to register, email Danielle. Directions will be provided upon registration. Sturdy hiking footwear is recommended; trails have some terrain and slight elevation climbs, please bring hiking poles if needed.

Saturday, October 26: Field Trip
Frances Wood and Patty Cheek will lead a field trip to Marymoor Park in Redmond. Come explore an area we don't usually visit. Some previous October bird sightings include Cackling Geese, Trumpeter Swan, Ring-necked Ducks, Virginia Rail, Mew Gulls, Northern Harrier, Great Horned Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owls, Pileated Woodpeckers, Cedar Waxwing, American Pipit, Pine Siskin, White-throated Sparrows, Varied Thrush, Northern Shrike, Killdeer, Snow Geese, Wood Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Sharp-shinned Hawk, and on and on. It's an exciting area to explore. We will meet at the Clinton Park and Ride at 7:30 am, carpool and catch the 8 am ferry. Please pack a lunch and we'll plan to return to Whidbey mid-afternoon. Please contact Frances Wood (email) or Patty Cheek (email). As always, bring adequate footwear and layered clothing, binoculars, scopes, etc.

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Great egret and great blue heron

-- Linda Griesbach

Solo great egret

-- Linda Griesbach

Black-throated gray warbler

-- Mary Jo Adams

Song sparrow fledgling?

-- Mary Hollen

Green Heron

-- Jay Adams

Bushtits at feeder

-- Patrick Kline

Michael Sheldon Photo/Green Heron

-- Jay Adams

Virginia Rail

-- Albert Rose

Hudsonian Godwit

-- Jay Adams

Just hanging out

-- Lori Riter

Female Immature Red Crossbill

-- Patrick Kline

Baby spotted sandpiper with parent

-- Mary Jo Adams

PGs horsing around at Coupeville Ferry Terminal

-- Michael Sheldon

Olive-sided Flycatcher

-- Michael Sheldon

Evening Grosbeak

-- Patricia Duarte- Pocock

Shorebird rendezvous at Crockett Lake

- - Michael Sheldon