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Unusual Bird Sightings and Special Points of Interest
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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

Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Lincoln's Sparrow, seen with four Song Sparrows and a single Fox Sparrow in tall bushes at the Southwest corner of the property.

Location: Freund Marsh, Oak Harbor

Date and time: February 23 at 11:00 a.m.

Above comment submitted Feb 23, 2015

Reporter's name: Martha Hollis

Sighting Description: Eurasian Widgeon.

Location: Freeland Park, Holmes Harbor near the boat ramp. photo pic1424560891_zps12e821bf.jpg

Date and time: 02/20/15 at 12:30.

Above comment submitted Feb 21, 2015

Reporter's name: Linda Bainbridge

Sighting Description: Yes, the Rufous are back. Saw my first gorgeous (cognate with gorget!) male today.

Location: Greenbank

Date and time: February 19, 2015, 5:15pm

Above comment submitted Feb 19, 2015

Reporter's name: John Schuster

Sighting Description: Rufus hummingbird at our feeder. The first for us this season

Location: Goss Ridge Rd Freeland

Date and time: Feb 18

Above comment submitted Feb 19, 2015

Reporter's name: Emma Ruggiero

Sighting Description: The mallard mentioned below is definitely a domestic mallard cross. The described plumage type is generally produced by crossing a mallard with a blue swedish or a khaki cambell with a blue swedish.

Location: Ewing Marsh

Date and time: February

Above comment submitted Feb 17, 2015

Reporter's name: George Heleker

Sighting Description: Saw an unusual male mallard late this afternoon at Ewing Rd. Marsh. It was hanging out with some other mallards. It looked similar to this bird, but was a little lighter on the back, looking redish with the sun low in the sky, but clearly much darker than the usual mallard on the back.

Location: Ewing Rd. Marsh

Date and time: 4:55 pm

Above comment submitted Feb 14, 2015

Reporter's name: Susan Bennett

Sighting Description: Over 150 swans (sp.) in the field next to the fruit stand. We have never seen that many before on Whidbey Island.

Location: Dugualla Bay, fruit stand side

Date and time: February 10, 2015, 11:00 am and again at 2:00 pm

Above comment submitted Feb 11, 2015

Reporter's name: Emma and Frank Ruggiero

Sighting Description: 1 Short-eared Owl

Location: Keystone Spit

Date and time: 2/7/2015 ~3pm

Above comment submitted Feb 8, 2015

Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: I just received a reliable report of a very early (or late) Turkey Vulture feeding on a duck. There is a photo but it will not be available for a week or two as the photographer is on vacation. I have not seen the photo.

Location: Field at the corner of Scenic Heights and Balda Roads, Oak Harbor

Date and time: ~January 24

Above comment submitted Feb 3, 2015

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

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

 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).

Thursday, February 12: Meeting
Winter Birds of the Salish Sea
Joe Meche will present a sampler of the birds that can be found in our local waters throughout the winter and in migration. 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.

Saturday, February 28: Field Trip
Sunnyside Cemetery, Ebey's Landing and Crockett Lake.
Explore one of the most scenic areas on Whidbey Island. Meet in Coupeville at the Sunnyside Overlook parking area on Sherman Road at 9 a.m. We will walk the paths in the old cemetery looking for little birds, then head down the trail past the Jacob Ebey house (built in 1854) to Ebey's Bluff. Trip leader is Kim Shepard, 360- 720-1711 (email).

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

Wednesday, March 18: Field Trip
Ann Casey will lead us across the border to Delta, British Columbia for a day of great birding.
There is a small entrance fee ($5.00 adult, $3.00 senior) to the refuge, and carpool riders should expect to chip in for gas. Participants must have a valid passport or enhanced drivers license. Bring a lunch (note: some things can't cross the border!) Meet at Trinity Lutheran at 8 a.m.; in the new Coupeville Park & Ride lot at 201 South Main Street (behind Whidbey dermatology) at 8:30; and at Windjammer Park (City Park) Oak Harbor at the end of South Beeksma Drive at 8:50 to form carpools. Contact Ann Casey for details (email) 360-331-4679.

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

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

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Oak Harbor,Washington 98277

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