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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: George Heleker

Sighting Description: Please change my posting of the male Cooper's Hawk to read "Ed Deal" instead of Ed Swan! I don't know why I entered his name incorrectly! Thanks!

Location: Two miles southwest of Clinton ferry

Date and time: 1:46 pm

Comment submitted Jan 21, 2020




Reporter's name: George Heleker

Sighting Description: "Purple 1S", a banded male, hunting in our yard this morning. He is one of "Ed Swan's birds" (for those of you that were at the recent Audubon meeting). This bird was banded in Seattle in September, 2014, and has been visiting our yard since 2015.

Location: At our home, two miles southwest of the Clinton ferry.

Date and time: 1/21/20-9:38 a.m.

Photo Title: Male Cooper's Hawk

Comment submitted Jan 21, 2020



Reporter's name: Nancy Oyler

Sighting Description: Townsend's Warbler at our feeder

Location: Galbreath and Elsica

Confirmation: Frances Wood confirmed the photo

Date and time: Jan 13, 2020 12:30pm

Comment submitted Jan 15, 2020



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: A significant percentage of the world brant population is hanging out at Deer Lagoon today. Also both goldeneyes and all three scoters.

Location: Useless Bay, just outside Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 1/6/20; 2:15 pm

Comment submitted Jan 6, 2020



Reporter's name: Patrick Kline

Sighting Description: Large rafts of waterfowl at Crockett Lake (150-200). Mainly comprised of Pintails and American Wigeons. Notable species include 11 Hooded Mergansers and 11 Common Mergansers.

Location: Crockett Lake

Date and time: 1520, 26Dec19

Comment submitted Dec 26, 2019



Reporter's name: RUTH SCRIVNER

Sighting Description: counting 154 trumpeter swans floating by on the open water of Dugualla bay

Location: Jones Road

Date and time: Dec. 25 2019

Comment submitted Dec 25, 2019



Reporter's name: Patrick Kline

Sighting Description: Update to include photo of Bewicks Wren.

Location: Pennington Loop, Coupeville

Date and time: 1320, 20Dec19

Photo Title: Bewicks Wren

Comment submitted Dec 20, 2019



Reporter's name: Patrick Kline

Sighting Description: Update to include photo of Orange Crowned Warbler.

Location: Pennington Loop, Coupeville

Date and time: 1300, 20Dec19

Photo Title: Orange Crowned Warbler

Comment submitted Dec 20, 2019



Reporter's name: Patrick Kline

Sighting Description: About 10 minutes after the Bewicks Wren left the suet feeder, an adult orange crowned warbler showed up and stayed at the suet feeder for about 4 minutes. Warbler was noted to actively be eating suet. A feeder first for me!

Location: Pennington Loop, Coupeville

Date and time: 1230, 20Dec19

Comment submitted Dec 20, 2019



Reporter's name: Patrick Kline

Sighting Description: Bewicks Wren visiting suet tree feeder on 3 occasions today. Easy ID with bold white supercillium and gray belly. Seems to favor "Super Suet" (contains insects)

Location: Pennington Loop, Coupeville

Date and time: 1220, 20Dec19

Comment submitted Dec 20, 2019



Reporter's name: Patrick Kline

Sighting Description: 13 adult and 2 juvenile trumpeter swans foraging in old corn maze field at Dugualla Farms.

Location: Dugualla Farms

Date and time: 14 December 2019, 1530

Photo Title: Trumpeter Swans

Comment submitted Dec 14, 2019



Reporter's name: Darwin C Wile

Sighting Description: trumpeter swan foraging among the multitude of ducks on the salt water side of the west dike

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 12/9/19; 3:10pm

Comment submitted Dec 9, 2019

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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 Bower .

North Whidbey
The trips are on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. If you wish to be notified of the events, contact Marcia Lazoff .

- Wednesday, January 22: Field Trip
Winter Birding Adventure at Deer Lagoon
Come join Carlos Andersen to search out the many birds present this time of year. Let's meet at 8:30 at the Bayview Park and Ride where we can carpool to the lagoon. There are no bathrooms at the lagoon so please plan appropriately. Spotting scopes are very handy as many of the birds can be at a good distance. So, if you have a scope, please bring it and we can all share. Limited to 15 participants. To reserve a spot, send an email to Carlos at .

Thursday, February 13: Meeting
PREVENTING WINDOW STRIKES BY BIRDS
Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20103 State Route 525, two miles north of Freeland The public is welcome to this free program. Doors open at 7 p.m. for socializing before a short business meeting at 7:15 and the program begins at 7:30.

Saturday, February 15: Field Trip
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 a.m. at Pacific Rim Institute (PRI) 180 Parker Rd, Coupeville, WA 98239. At 9:30, second meeting at Windjammer Park at the end of South 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 p.m. Snow or icy conditions cancels the trip. The trip leaders are Joe Sheldon and Dave Parent. Contact Joe Sheldon, 360- 678-9060 .

Thursday, March 12: Meeting
WESTPORT SEABIRDS
Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20103 State Route 525, two miles north of Freeland

Thursday, April 9: Meeting
USA NATIONAL PHENOLOGICAL NETWORK
Erin Posthumus
Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 NW Alexander St.

Thursday, May 14: Meeting
PIGEON GUILLEMOT RESEARCH GROUP
Supported by the University of Washington
Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 NW Alexander St.
Board elections will be held during the business meeting.

Thursday, June 11: Meeting
DRAGONFLIES
Jim Walker
Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 NW Alexander St.

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Male Cooper's Hawk

-- George Heleker

Bushtit luncheon

-- Tony Zoars

Anna's at Peace

-- Nancy Van Wormer

Northern Flicker Red Shafted

-- Tony Zoars

Taking off in Oak Harbor

-- Michael Sheldon

Bewicks Wren

-- Patrick Kline

Orange Crowned Warbler

-- Patrick Kline

Trumpeter Swans

-- Patrick Kline


-- Michael Sheldon

Bald Eagles over Ebey's Bluff

-- Duncan Kelso

Northern Harrier

-- Duncan Kelso

The Bushtits' Thanksgiving

-- Michael Sheldon

Great Egret

-- Jann Ledbetter

Coyote--Deer Lagoon

-- Michael Sheldon

Deer Lagoon Leucistic Dark-eyed Junco

- - George Heleker

Savannah vs white-throated sparrow

-- Patricia Duarte-Pocock

Northern flicker

-- Patricia Duarte- Pocock

Partially leucistic Dark-eyed Junco

-- George Heleker

Willet

-- Albert Rose

Western Meadowlark

-- Jann Ledbetter