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Reporter's name: George Heleker

Sighting Description: Saw one Barn Swallow fly by mid-afternoon at the northeast parking area for Deer Lagoon on 1/10.
George Heleker

Location: Northeast parking area for Deer Lagoon

Date and time: January 10th-2:18 pm

Above comment submitted Jan 11, 2015




Reporter's name: Laurie Sirotkin

Sighting Description:  photo pic1420925455_zpse7686fc9.jpgRe-Naped Sapsucker on suet in Teronda West this morning, eye lines and red nape were very distinct.

Location: Mitchell Dr.

Date and time: 1-10-2015 11:30-11:45 AM

Above comment submitted Jan 10, 2015



1 Northern Saw-whet Owl heard at South Whidbey State Park at the main entrance. 8:52pm `1/8/15 -Emma Ruggiero

Above comment submitted Jan 9, 2015



We sighted  photo pic1420489692_zps14b54689.jpg a large raptor at about 11:30 am today, 1/5/15, perched on a blackberry bramble next to our field in Clinton... it had a distinctive white patch on the top of its head. Very hard hard to distinguish other features in the fog, but we did get a marginal photo before it flew off. Hard to key out, but we think it was a juvenile Swainson's Hawk. Any other ideas?
--George and Lynne Jensen
Clinton, WA

Above comment submitted Jan 5, 2015



I have had a Orange-crowned warbler at my suet feeder all week. It spends quite a while feeding at it.
Toni Piazzon
Coupeville

Above comment submitted Jan 3, 2015



Western Scrub Jay continues at the corner of 7th and Lindsey St. in Coupeville 12 noon. In brushy area across from the houses. January 1, 2015. ~Emma Ruggiero

Above comment submitted Jan 1, 2015



A Steller's Jay and a Western Scrub Jay were seen at about 2:15 today (December 31) in the tangle across from 706 NE Lindsay Street.

 photo pic1420077744_zps05b524d5.jpg- Ruth Richards/Jay Adams

Above comment submitted Dec 31, 2014



Two 'Occasional' birds that were very fun to see - one on 12/28 - a Red-breasted Sapsucker on Lindsay St, and and one on 12/29 - a Northern Shrike at Pacific Rim.
Also 12/28 - 5 Rough-legged Hawks, around 3 pm, at the northern end of the OLF

-Ruth Richards / Jay Adams

Above comment submitted Dec 29, 2014



Western Scrub Jay near Parker/Ninth change and Leach in Coupeville about 9:15 AM
Sharon G

Above comment submitted Dec 26, 2014



2 Canvasback and some Tundra Swans at Dugualla Bay ~9:45am 12/14/2014 and a Short-eared Owl hunting at Crockett Lake ~4:45pm 12/12/2014. -Emma and Frank Ruggiero

Above comment submitted Dec 13, 2014



Seven Western Meadowlarks are in my field near Crockett Lake. Beautiful on a gray day! Kim Shepard, dec 10, 10.30am


Above comment submitted Dec 10, 2014



This morning, December 9, we had a bright male Purple Finch at the Useless Bay Animal Clinic feeders. This is the first one I've seen at this location in winter.

Dave Parent, Freeland

Above comment submitted Dec 9, 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 Marcia Lazoff (email).

Tuesday, January 27: Field Trip
Loons at Deception Pass.
Leaders: Sarah Schmidt and Joe Sheldon. In the winter, Red-throated Loons gather in great numbers to feed in Deception Pass at the turn of the tide. Dress for the weather, and bring binoculars and scopes if you have them. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the north end of West Beach parking lot, Deception Pass State Park. Carpools leave from Prairie Center Park and Ride, Coupeville at 8 am, and City Beach Park, Oak Harbor at 8:30am. All drivers must have a Discover Pass. Email trip leader Sarah Schmidt or call her at 360-678-8396.

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 8 to 4
Sound Waters
63 classes (41 new this year) split into 3 sessions. $45. Some classes fill early so get information and register soon.

Thursday, February 12: Meeting
Winter Birds of the Salish Sea
Joe Meche 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

Saturday, Feb 14, 2015: Field Trip
Winter birds of Skagit Flats, Fir Island, and Samish Flats
Typically there are great concentrations of waterfowl and raptors. The area is considered one of the top winter raptor viewing sites in the U.S. Some walking will be involved; be prepared for some mud. Meet at 9 AM to carpool at Windjammer Park at the end of S Beeksma Drive in Oak Harbor. A Discover Pass will be needed for each car. Due to narrow road shoulders and limited parking, carpools are particularly important for this trip. Bring a lunch for this all-day field trip. Return about 4 PM. Leader: Joe Sheldon 360-678-9060 (email). Snow or ice cancels the trip.

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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