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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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Fifty Black Turnstones occupying a long log boom at the Oak Harbor Marina on November 26th in the early afternoon.

Above comment submitted Nov 28, 2014




One female Ring-necked Duck in a mixed flock of ducks on the western of the two ponds near the Rake Station on Keystone Spit. ~9:30am 11/24/2014 ~Emma Ruggiero

Above comment submitted Nov 24, 2014



There was a short-eared owl hunting at Crockett Lake this morning, and was also harassing a Northern Harrier.
Jill Hein 11/23

Above comment submitted Nov 23, 2014



Rough-legged Hawk at Pacific Rim Institute -- seen flying over the prairie and perched on tall elderberry. Visible from Morris Road. 12:15 PM, Sunday 23 November 2014. Light-colored bird with obvious white tail band. Joe Sheldon.

Above comment submitted Nov 23, 2014



At Pacific Rim Institute 9 to 11:30 AM, 11/18/2014: I recorded 27 species including Northern Shrike, a pair of Red-breasted Sapsuckers, three flocks of Red Crossbills, and several Pine Siskin flying with one of the crossbill flocks.

In the afternoon along Rt. 20, Skagit Flats area were numerous swan (species not checked). Later (3:30 PM) at the west 90 in the Samish Flats I saw three Rough-legged Hawks and three Short-eared Owls. Joe Sheldon, jksheldon43@gmail.com

Above comment submitted Nov 18, 2014



A Hermit Thrush has returned to our yard and a White-throated Sparrow has occurred in our yard consistently since late September. I will post two photos soon. Hermit Thrush in yard photo pic14161838041_zps523f1bbb.jpg  photo pic14161838451_zpsa1c944d8.jpg

Craig & Joy
Freeland

Above comment submitted Nov 16, 2014



4 Trumpeter Swans at Deer Lagoon, mid-afternoon.
Nancy & David Harbison


Above comment submitted Nov 15, 2014



Had 7 Anna's hummingbirds fighting over 4 holes in our feeder around 4 PM. Didn't know there were that many in our area. Just see one every once in awhile. Wed 11/12/14
Freeland
John

Above comment submitted Nov 12, 2014



Sora heard at the Greenbank Farm marsh 5:10pm 11/12/2014. ~Emma Ruggiero

Above comment submitted Nov 12, 2014



Male Townsend Warbler has been hanging around all day, feeding at my suet feeder.

Valerie
Cllinton

Above comment submitted Nov 12, 2014



Not entirely unusual, but haven't seen such a large group for several years - approximately 500 surf scoters off Race Lagoon (Coupeville) for the past few days. Jill Hein

Above comment submitted Nov 10, 2014



Clark's Grebe still at Keystone ferry dock. ~11am 11/6/2014 -Emma Ruggiero

Above comment submitted Nov 7, 2014



The wind blew down a big chunk of one of my snags to block my driveway and also blew in a dapper, tan-striped White-throated Sparrow that stopped to get some seeds under my feeder.

Linda Bainbridge
Greenbank



Above comment submitted Nov 6, 2014



Clark's Grebe hanging out by Keystone ferry landing on the afternoon of 11-5.

George Heleker

Above comment submitted Nov 5, 2014



Gray-crowned Rosy finch reported at Keystone by the picnic tables on Nov. 4th at ~1pm. report from eBird Rare Bird Alert.

Above comment submitted Nov 5, 2014



The two Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches are still at Keystone as of 12:30 Sunday afternoon. They were by the boat-launch when I found them. Beautiful!
-Ruth Richards

Above comment submitted Nov 2, 2014



Peregrine Falcon eating a duck on one of the pilings in the middle of Crockett Lake at ~9:30am on Nov. 2, 2014. -Emma Ruggiero

Above comment submitted Nov 2, 2014



Thanks to Steve for the tip, Bill and I found two immature Gray-crowned Rosy Finches exactly where described, on the water side of picnic tables next to Keystone Jetty, and watched them in lovely sunset light. Documented with digiscoped photos and videos. By far the best views we've ever had of these birds. One video posted to Whidbey Audubon Facebook page.

Sarah Schmidt, Coupeville


Above comment submitted Nov 2, 2014



Today (3:00pm Saturday)we saw at least 2 possibly 3 immature Gray-crowned Rosy Finches at the picnic tables near the Keystone Spit Ferry Landing. the birds were between the tables and the drop off to the beach. 2 were within 20 feet of us.
As far as I know there have only been a handful of these finches ever seen on the island. Pictures to follow.
Steve Ellis
Coupeville
11/01/14

Above comment submitted Nov 1, 2014



Adult White-throated Sparrow at our place 2 miles southwest of Clinton on October 19th.

George Heleker

Above comment submitted Oct 20, 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, December 20 (North) and Saturday, January 3(South): AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Check the November Shorelines for more information.

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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