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

Sighting Description: Yellow-billed Loon in the surf yesterday (December 4)off Libby Beach.

Location: Seen while scouting for the OHWA Christmas Bird Count. The bird was not present this afternoon (December 5), although the other three species of loons were present.

Date and time: December 4, 2016 at about 10:45 a.m.

Above comment submitted Dec 5, 2016




Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Two Eared Grebes

Location: Seen from the Coupeville Wharf looking toward the mussel rafts.

Date and time: December 3 at about 10:30 a.m.azg

Above comment submitted Dec 3, 2016



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: Short-eared owl harassing and in turn being harassed by a juvenile and an adult female northern harrier. Also juvenile Cooper's hawk, on ground, allowing me to approach within 5 feet, as it performed wounded wing trick and lured me away from a kill.

Location: Deer Lagoon, south end of west dike

Date and time: 12/1/16; 3:15 pm

Above comment submitted Dec 1, 2016



Reporter's name: Ruth Richards/Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Two Red Phalaropes

Location: Seen in Coupeville waters from the Port Townsend Ferry.

Date and time: November 29 at about 3:00 p.m.

Above comment submitted Nov 30, 2016



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: 5 tundra swans flew to the east over Deer Lagoon this morning calling "kloo, kloo, kloo".

Location: west to east over Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 11/29/16; 8:00am

Above comment submitted Nov 29, 2016



Special Call for Dead Birds
Whidbey Audubon is in immediate need of dead birds for our bird specimen collection. The Smithsonian Institution is going to be here 12/2-12/11 to prep birds for their collection and will have time to help us with our collection so if you have any birds in your freezer or find one please contact Robin Llewellyn, 360 678 5403, (email) or Sharon Gauthier, 360 682 5149, (email).



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: solitary male canvasback among hundreds of wigeons

Location: west dike of Deer Lagoon, fresh water side, far south end

Date and time: 11/14/16; 4:00 pm

Above comment submitted Nov 14, 2016



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: trumpeter swan, about 120 yards from lower trail of dike. Also at least 2 Eurasian wigeons among the multitudes of ducks

Location: Deer Lagoon, fresh water side of west dike

Date and time: 11/11/16; noon

Above comment submitted Nov 11, 2016



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: short-eared owl foraging with 2 harriers; also northern shrike

Location: west dike of Deer Lagoon; shrike found near south end of lower trail, owl was working along the higher trail on the dike

Date and time: 11/10/16; 3:00 pm (shrike); 3:30 pm (owl)

Above comment submitted Nov 10, 2016



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: Among the multitudes of ducks in Deer Lagoon, east of the west dike, there were at least 4 breeding plumaged male Eurasian wigeons this afternoon.

Location: Dear Lagoon, seen from the west dike looking East

Date and time: 11/8/16; 3:00 pm

Above comment submitted Nov 8, 2016



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: Among the multitudes of ducks in Deer Lagoon, east of the west dike, there were at least 4 breeding plumaged male Eurasian wigeons this afternoon.

Location: Deer Lagoon, seen from the west dike looking East

Date and time: 11/8/16; 3:00 pm

Above comment submitted Nov 8, 2016

 Upcoming Events 

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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 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).

Saturday Dec. 17, 2016
Annual Christmas Bird Count North end
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Saturday Dec. 31, 2016
Annual Christmas Bird Count South end
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Thursday, January 12: Meeting
Steve and Martha Ellis will present a program titled "Wings of Change: An Overview of Whidbey's Bird Life." Unitarian Universalist Congregation, near Freeland. 7:00 doors open,7:15 membership meeting, 7:30 program.

Friday, January 13, 2017: Field Trip
Pratt Loop Trail
Let's explore the brand new Pratt Loop Trail in the Ebey's National Historical Reserve in Coupeville. We will walk along field and farmland edges and through a beautiful forest on a mostly flat path. We should see raptors, little birds in the hedgerows, and, if time and weather allow, we can walk out to the bluff above Ebey's Landing to look for sea and shorebirds. Meet at the parking lot at Sunnyside Cemetery on Sherman Road at 9 a.m. Plan on about two hours. Snow or ice will cancel this trip. For more information contact trip leader Kim Shepard at 360-720-1711.

Thursday, February 9: Meeting
Popular presenters Steve and Martha Ellis will provide an overview of the wide variety of birds that call Whidbey Island home. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, near Freeland. 7:00 doors open,7:15 membership meeting, 7:30 program.

Thursday, March 9: Meeting
Dennis Paulson. Last spring White Pelicans arrived on Whidbey Island. Since their arrival large numbers of birders have made them the focus of their fascination and awe. Why did they come here and who are these rare visitors? Dennis has been asked to provide us with some information about these wonderful birds. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, near Freeland. 7:00 doors open,7:15 membership meeting, 7:30 program.

Thursday, April 13: Meeting
Dr Richard Gammon comes recommended to the Whidbey Audubon Society as someone who can provide us with important information we need to understand "Climate Change in the Salish Sea." Coupeville Rec Hall. 7:00 doors open,7:15 membership meeting, 7:30 program.

Thursday, May 11: Meeting
Steve and Martha Ellis will present a program titled "Fur Chase: A Year's Pursuit of Vagrant Shrews, Creeping Voles and Long-Tailed Weasels." Coupeville Rec Hall. 7:00 doors open,7:15 membership meeting, 7:30 program.

Thursday, June 8: Meeting
A birthday dinner and program celebrating 35 years of the Whidbey Audubon Society making a difference in the Salish Sea. Coupeville Rec Hall. 7:00 doors open,7:15 membership meeting, 7:30 program.

Whidbey Audubon Society
PO Box 1012
Oak Harbor,Washington 98277

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