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Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Horned Lark

Location: A single bird seen on the road running east from the Audubon viewing platform. Extremely pale all over. Pale gray-brown above. White face. White below. Just a hint of partial black mask. Faint pale gray streaks in place of the often-present black breastband.

Date and time: September 23, 2017 at 7:45 a.m.

Above comment submitted Sep 23, 2017




Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: American Golden Plover

Location: One juvenile with three juvenile Black-bellied Plovers in the flats across the road from the Audubon viewing platform, Crockett Lake, Coupeville

Date and time: September 23, 2017 at about 11:00 a.m.

Above comment submitted Sep 23, 2017



Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Pectoral Sandpiper

Location: Four birds seen on the flats slightly north and west of the Audubon viewing platform at Crockett Lake, Coupeville.

Date and time: September 23, 2017 at about 11:15 a.m.

Above comment submitted Sep 23, 2017



Reporter's name: George Heleker

Sighting Description: Two Lapland Larkspur flew onto the dike and started feeding. They were on the west dike about 2/3 of the way down, about where Darwin Wile and his son found one around this time last year, if I recall correctly.
I took a few mediocre photos, (see eBird for photos) then approached closer as they seemed fairly "tame", but then a Harrier suddenly appeared and the longspurs flew.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 9/22/17- 2:17 pm

Above comment submitted Sep 22, 2017



Reporter's name: Traci York

Sighting Description: First, first winter Golden-Crowned Sparrows x2 in the yard and cedars! Their one of the few birds I can hear calling inside the house with their beautiful songs early in the morning. I'm on the lookout for adults, but haven't seen any yet.

Location: NW Broadway St. Coupeville

Date and time: Sept 20, 7 am

Above comment submitted Sep 21, 2017



Reporter's name: Robin Gardner

Sighting Description: For the past week I have seen small flocks of Band-Tailed Pigeons at my feeding station in my back yard. I didn't think anything of it but the Birds of Whidbey checklist shows it as "uncommon". Picture in photobucket.

Location: Race Lagoon - Coupeville

Date and time: 9/17/17 and 9/19/17 at 4 pm

Above comment submitted Sep 19, 2017



Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: 1st Golden-crowned Sparrow and Varied Thrush of the season.

Location: Sparrow- Coupeville H/S, thrush our yard in Coupeville

Date and time: sparrow- 9/14; thrush- 9/16 about 7:00am

Above comment submitted Sep 17, 2017



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: Possible African collared-dove. Came to my feeder with Eurasian collared-doves; noticeably smaller, white undertail coverts, has collar, very pale, very light primaries. Will try to get photo if bird returns.

Location: back yard on bluff above Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 9/17/17; 3:30pm

Above comment submitted Sep 17, 2017



Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Horned Lark

Location: Two or three yesterday, one today on the dry flats at the east end of Crockett Lake, essentially across from the viewing platform.

Date and time: September 14 and 15, 2017, at about 9:30 each day.

Above comment submitted Sep 15, 2017



Reporter's name: David & Louise Kankel

Sighting Description: Two dozen Caspian Terns mixed in with the gulls at the end of the boat ramp at Nichols Brothers boat yard in Freeland. 2:00pm on Wednesday the 13th.

Location: Nichols bros. boat yard.

Date and time: 9/13/17 2 pm

Above comment submitted Sep 13, 2017



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: Swainson's thrush - early this morning the bird flew into our window. He was stunned, so I put him into a cardboard box to warm him up. Ten minutes later I could hear the bird rustling inside the box, a good sign that he was ready to be released.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 9/13/17; 6:00am

Above comment submitted Sep 13, 2017



Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Vaux's Swift

Location: Five birds flying over the Cafe and parking lot at the Coupeville Ferry terminal.

Date and time: September 11, 2017 at 10:45.

Above comment submitted Sep 11, 2017



Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Lincoln's Sparrow

Location: Towards the far end of the West Dike path at Deer Lagoon.

Date and time: About 9:30 on September 10, 2017

Above comment submitted Sep 10, 2017



Reporter's name: rich shaughnessy

Sighting Description: Barred owl perched on milepost sign. I had just passed a birding field trip at Crockett Lake, turned up the hill back to the highway.

Location: Road from Coupeville Ferry to highway, just before park and ride.

Date and time: 9/9/2017 1:20 P.M.

Above comment submitted Sep 9, 2017



Reporter's name: Gideon Seraphine

Sighting Description: I was walking back to the house (in Langley) from the cemetery, when three large birds were on the approach, flying over the cow field on Al Anderson Ave. just up from 6th St.; they made no calls.

They were grey, and as they flew directly over me, I could see reddish "caps" on their heads, long necks, long dark bills, and blackish legs trailing behind them, rather than being tucked in; they had wide wingspans of maybe 5-6 feet, and the wings were deep, and not thin.

I know that Sandhills are rare here, but I've seen them before, and nothing else looks like that!



Location: Al Anderson Ave., near 6th St. in Langley

Date and time: 9/3, about 11:30 AM

Above comment submitted Sep 4, 2017



Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Juvenile American Redstart flycatching

Location: Off Saratoga Road near Langley

Date and time: 9/1/2017 7:30am

Above comment submitted Sep 1, 2017



Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: A dark morph Parasitic Jaeger chasing Bonaparte's Gulls.

Location: Saratoga Passage near Langley

Date and time: 8/30/17 6:30pm

Above comment submitted Aug 31, 2017



Notice to All Whidbey Audubon Society Members

The WAS Board of directors has reviewed the Bylaws of the Whidbey Audubon Society and is proposing to amend them. Copies of the proposed revised bylaws are at http://www.whidbeyaudubon.org/bylaws.htm and will be available at the September, October and November general meetings. Voting on this revision will take place at the November 9, 2017 meeting.



Reporter's name: Ted henderson

Sighting Description: About 20 large white and black birds. About a mile high. Approached in a "V" from the east then became a large group that moved without using their wings. They were soaring as I had seen eagles do when it is windy. There was no discernable wind

Location: NW of Davis Landing

Confirmation: I have been a waterfowl hunter for 73 years and majored in Biology in college.
They were larger than Canada geese. If I had to guess I would say probably white pelicans. I have lived here for 14 years but never seen pelicans.

Date and time: 29 August 1350 to 1405

Above comment submitted Aug 29, 2017



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: 1.pectoral sandpiper 2. 2 Baird's sandpipers. Note: Baird's is not on the Whidbey list in summer. In addition to the individuals seen today, Jay led several trips to Crockett Lake in the past few weeks on which Baird's sandpipers were seen. Perhaps the checklist should list them as "Occasional" in the summer???

Location: 1. Deer Lagoon, next to the trail leading to the west dike. 2. salt water flats east of the west dike.

Date and time: 8-28-17, 10:00am

Above comment submitted Aug 28, 2017



Reporter's name: mic kisinger and ann fruechte

Sighting Description: PG survey at Platt's Bluff 8/24 about 8am. Two Red Phalaropes along the beach area, wading, swimming and flying. Narrrowed it to Phalarope, small wader and swimmer, black ear spot, orange legs, dark bill. Then researched in bird books, on line and with Ann Casey,


Location: Pratt's Bluff


Confirmation: discussed this sighting with Ann Casey to narrow down possibilities, had seen a single bird the week before

Date and time: August 24, 2017

Above comment submitted Aug 24, 2017



Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: 2 Wilson's Phalaropes swimming on Crockett's Lake near the eastern edge.
We were also fortunate to witness 4 Merlin attacks ( 2 different falcons) on the hundreds of peeps that are using the mud flats. One female Merlin snared a Least Sandpiper.
Also at the lake: 20 or so White Pelicans; hundreds of California Gulls, many dowitchers and yellowlegs and at least one Baird's Sandpiper.

Location: Crockett's Lake; west of the view from the platform.

Date and time: 8/20 6:45-8:45am

Above comment submitted Aug 20, 2017

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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 Cathi Bowers (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).

Wednesday, September 20: Field Trip
PORT TOWNSEND, MARROWSTONE ISLAND AND POINTS IN BETWEEN
Join us for a one-day trip to Port Townsend and Marrowstone Island and other birding locations in between. We will meet at the Coupeville Ferry parking lot at 7:45 a.m., organize carpools and head across the inlet. Don't forget your Discover Pass! Bring a sack lunch and be prepared for any weather conditions. We will catch the 8:45 a.m. ferry and plan on returning on the 3:30 p.m. ferry. Please contact Ann Casey (email) to register. There is no limit to participants for this trip.

Tuesday, October 17: Field Trip
BIRDING AT WHATCOM FALLS PARK IN BELLINGHAM
Join us for a trip to Whatcom Falls Park, #58 on the North Cascade Bird Trail map. To carpool, meet at Trinity Lutheran Church Park and Ride in Free-land at 7:30 a.m. or at 8:15 a.m. at Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor. Bring a lunch. Whatcom Falls Park in Bellingham has easy trails with some steps between trails. We will see forest birds, hopefully Dippers, Waders, ducks, and waterfalls. No dogs, please. Call Susan Bennett at 360-331-4779 to register. There is no limit to participants for this trip.

Saturday, October 28: Field Trip
EXPLORE DEER LAGOON
Let's welcome back our winter migrants to Deer Lagoon and enjoy a morning of local birding. Meet at the Bayview Park & Ride at 8:30 a.m. to carpool. Bring your binocs and scopes and lets see who has returned. Contact Ann Casey (email).

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