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Reporter's name: Gabe Harpe

Sighting Description: Two female or juvenile purple martins soaring around the bowman bay dock with the barn swallows.

Location: Bowman Bay Dock

Date and time: June, 27 2015 at around 3:45PM

Above comment submitted Jun 28, 2015

Reporter's name: gary Piazzon

Sighting Description: Green heron as a fly by. It landed high in a Doug fir above the lake. We'd seen one several years ago at Ft Ebey fishing at Lake Pondilla. Quite a sight. A nice D-Day gift.

Location: North end of Goss Lake mid afternoon.

Confirmation: I have a lot of birding experience and with Green herons having lived in Michigan for most of my life. The bird flew up from the lake over our heads through the trees and alit in a fir approximately 60' above the ground. Profile, dimensions and coloration were unmistakable.

Date and time: 6/21/14 2PM

Above comment submitted Jun 22, 2015

Reporter's name: Mary Hollen

Sighting Description: Purple Martins have laid eggs in the piling cavity and one of the gourds.

Location: Lagoon Point,near Greenbank

Date and time: 6/21/15 8;30 pm

Above comment submitted Jun 22, 2015

Reporter's name: Gabe Harpe

Sighting Description: There was a bright male yellow headed blackbird on the ground with brewers blackbirds eating some millet I put on the ground. These are rare birds. I see them only two times a year, and I live in a little grassland/farmland area.

Location: Dugualla Bay Oak Harbor WA

Date and time: June 17, 2015 at 11:00am

Above comment submitted Jun 17, 2015

Reporter's name: George Heleker

Sighting Description: Osprey/Bullock's Oriole tree: The Bullock's Orioles that I reported on 5/23 are still there and have a nest in the same Douglas Fir as the Ospreys. I can not clearly make out any part of the nest, but I counted 17 visits to the nest area by the male and female combined over the hour I was there. The nest is located about 10 feet below the Osprey nest on the north side of the tree in a branch that hangs down about 60 degrees below horizontal. The apparent nest area is about 1 1/2- to two feet from the end of the branch. I know it's unusual to have an oriole nest in a Doug. Fir, but that is where it is. The tree stands at the south end of a grove of Douglas Firs with some deciduous trees near the road at the south end of the marsh.

Location: Ewing Road Marsh

Date and time: 2:45 pm

Above comment submitted Jun 16, 2015

Reporter's name: Sara Gray

Sighting Description: A pair of Cedar Waxwings are "feathering" their nest by systematically removing the cocoa fiber from one of my hanging baskets on our balcony. I don't know if they are unusual for Whidbey Island or not but I didn't know they nested here. The male and female are both gathering material. How did they locate this source? We have a (blurry again) photo of the male.

Location: Near the Big Rock in Coupeville off Main Street

Date and time: 6/16/15 at 9:15 am

Above comment submitted Jun 16, 2015

Reporter's name: Gabe Harpe

Sighting Description: A bright orange male black headed grosbeak singing in my tree. They are fun to see. I see them only like two times a year.

Location: Frostad RD Oak harbor, WA

Date and time: June, 9 at exactly 7:00am

Above comment submitted Jun 9, 2015

Reporter's name: Paula Flores

Sighting Description: Black throated gray warbler in Greenbank. It was singing all afternoon deep in the alders so I couldn't be 100% sure it wasn't a similar sounding Townsend's, but it finally showed itself around 2:30 p.m. for some good close looks.

Location: Christiansen Rd.

Date and time: June 6th 2:30 p.m.

Above comment submitted Jun 6, 2015

Reporter's name: Ginger Wold

Sighting Description: I have an Evening Grosbeak at my feeder. It has been hanging out for at least 10 minutes

Location: Wellington Dr in Oak Harbor

Date and time: 10:30 am on June 6, 2015

Above comment submitted Jun 6, 2015

Reporter's name: Mary Hollen

Sighting Description: First, a fully mature (ASY) female Purple Martin showed up yesterday sporting Canadian and US bands from Blackie Spit in White Rock (Boundary Bay, just north of the Can/US border) where she was banded as a baby too young to fly on July 27, 2013. Her blue Canadian band is visible in photo. Second, I got in touch with director, Georgia Basin Ecological Assessment and Restoration Society who is leading the Western Purple Martin study. He took the easily visible Canadian(blue) band number and gave me the U.S. band number that I couldn't see, for reporting to US bird banding at Patuxent. Third, the Purple Martins are actually exhibiting nesting behavior.

Location: Lagoon Point, Greenbank WA

Date and time: 6/4/15 7:00 am

Above comment submitted Jun 4, 2015

Reporter's name: Sara and George Gray

Sighting Description: Mostly white eagle sitting in the tree with the dead top next to the pottery shop (Penn Cove.) We are used to seeing eagles in this tree but this bird was white! There was some color (pale) on the lower feathers. Took a couple of pictures with the cell phone but they are not very good.

Location: Coupeville, Penn Cove. Tree next to the Pottery shop on right going north on Rt. 20 just past Grasser's Lagoon.

Date and time: 6/3/15 at 9:15 am

Above comment submitted Jun 4, 2015

Reporter's name: Joe Sheldon

Sighting Description: First of the year Swainson's Thrush at my bird bath.

Location: At my home near Pacific Rim Institute

Date and time: 28 May 2015 at 4:15 PM

Above comment submitted May 28, 2015

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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).

September 4,5,6,7 2015, Labor Day Weekend: Special Field Trip
Whitman and Adams Counties
On this three-night trip, we will concentrate on migrating shorebirds, and southbound migrants in the desert oases of Washtucna and Hooper. We plan to camp all nights at the famous Bassett Park in beautiful Washtucna, Washington. If that location is hopping, we might just stay there! It has achieved fame for the number of eastern vagrants that show up there every year, along with large numbers of western migrants. On the way we will definitely stop at County Line Ponds and the fragrant Hatton Coulee sewage ponds. If there is interest, we may drive to Pullman, 67 miles away from Washtucna, to do a little birding and stop at the WSU Creamery for killer ice cream, sausage and Cougar Gold Cheese. Maybe stop and take a hike in Kamiak Butte County Park with its good birding. Another possible destination is Palouse Falls State Park. Beginning birders are most welcome! We will all learn a lot. This trip involves a lot of driving - about 600-700 miles, so carpooling is essential. Come for all or part. For those who choose to hike, there may be some somewhat strenuous walks on uneven surfaces. We will depart on a very early ferry on Friday morning. Trip Leader: Dave Parent (email)

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