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Bird Sightings for September 2017

PamPritzl By Pam Pritzl

This column reports submitted sightings. Any rare sightings should be accompanied by detailed written documentation and if possible a photograph. A second person to verify rare sightings is extremely helpful. Do not hesitate to call any observer to help document unusual sightings. Also do not hesitate to call if you need clarification on locations.

Please submit your sightings to Pam Pritzl birdsightings@skagitaudubon.org or 360-387-7024.

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WATERFOWL

Greater White-fronted Goose 2 at Hayton Reserve on 8-20 (RM); 15 at Hayton Reserve on 9-3 (GB)

Cinnamon Teal 2 at Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) on 8-17 (JB)

Northern Shoveler 1 at the Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) on 9-4 (NOH)

Greater Scaup 3 at March Point on 9-9 (GB)

 

GALLINACEOUS BIRDS

Sooty Grouse 1 female on Forest Road 12, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Forest on 9-13 (PP)

 

GREBES

Pied-billed Grebe 3 at the Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) on 9-4 (NOH)

 

PIGEONS and DOVES

Mourning Dove 1 at Sauk Prairie on 9-9 (RM)

 

SWIFTS

Black Swift 5 at Martin Road on 9-10 (GB)

 

HUMMINGBIRDS

Anna's Hummingbird 2 at Sauk Prairie on 9-9 (RM); 1 on Bryson Road, Sauk Valley on 9-9 (RM)

 

RAILS and COOTS

Virginia Rail 1 heard at the Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) on 9-4 (NOH)

American Coot 1 at the Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) on 9-4 (NOH)

 

PLOVERS

Pacific Golden-Plover 1 at Hayton Reserve on 8-20 (RM)

 

SANDPIPERS. PHALAROPES and ALLIES

Red Knot 3 at Hayton Reserve on 8-20 (RM); 1 at the Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) on 8-25 (GB)

Stilt Sandpiper 4 at the Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) on 8-17 (JB); 5 at the Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) on 8-20 (RM)

Dunlin 1 juvenile at the Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) on 8-26—rare to see juvenile of this species south of breeding range (GB)

Short-billed Dowitcher 55 at the Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) on 8-20 (RM)

Wilson's Snipe 2 at the Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) on 9-4 (NOH)

Spotted Sandpiper 1 at Cockreham Island on 9-12 (GB)

Greater Yellowlegs 1 in Darrington on 8-26 (RM)

 

ALCIDS

Common Murre 1 at Rosario Beach on 8-21 (NOH)

Tufted Puffin 2 off Smith Island in Strait of Juan de Fuca (on whale watching boat) on 9-4 (MS)

 

GULLS and TERNS

Franklin's Gull 1 at Hayton Reserve on 8-20 (RM); 1 at Hayton Reserve on 8-26 (GB)

Heermann's Gull 6 at Rosario Beach on 8-29 (NOH)

 

PELICANS

American White Pelican 17 at March Point on 9-9, incursion continues (GB)

 

HERONS and ALLIES

Great Egret 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) on 8-20 (RM)

 

HAWKS, EAGLES and ALLIES

Bald Eagle 2 feeding on tide flats at Anacortes home on 8-22 (NOH)

 

WOODPECKERS

Red-breasted Sapsucker 1 in Mount Vernon yard on 9-9 (JA)

Downy Woodpecker 1 in Mount Vernon yard on 9-9 (JA)

American Three-toed Woodpecker 1 between Rainy Pass and Cutthraot Pass on 8-24 (GB)

 

FALCONS

Peregrine Falcon 2 juveniles at the Skagit Wildlife Area 0n 9-4 (NOH)

 

CORVIDS

California Scrub-Jay 1 at the Skagit Game Range (Wylie Slough) on 8-24 (GB)

 

CHICKADEES

Mountain Chickadee 5 between Rainy Pass and Cutthroat Pass on 8-24 (GB)

 

BUSHTITS

Bushtit 15 in Mount Vernon yard on 9-9 (JA)

 

CREEPERS

Brown Creeper 2 at Rosario Beach on 8-21 (NOH)

 

WRENS

House Wren 1 below Cutthroat Pass on 8-24 (GB); 1 at Sauk Prairie on 9-9 (RM)

 

SPARROWS and ALLIES

Vesper Sparrow 1 at Corkindale on 9-4 (GB); 1 on Bryson Road, Sauk Valley on 9-9 (RM)

Lincoln's Sparrow 35 at Sauk Prairie on 9-9 (RM)

Golden-crowned Sparrow 1 on Snee-Oosh Beach, Swinomish Reservation on 9-15 (TM)

 

BLACKBIRDS and ORIOLES

Yellow-headed Blackbird 6 on Fir Island on 9-3 (GB)

 

WARBLERS

Orange-crowned Warbler 1 at Rosario Beach on 8-29 (NOH); 1 on Lincoln Hill, Mount Vernon on 8-31 (TM); 1 in Mount Vernon yard on 9-9 (JA); 1 on Lincoln Hill, Mount Vernon on 9-9 (TM)

Nashville Warbler 1 at Darrington on 8-26 (RM)

American Redstart 1 female in Cap Sante, Anacortes yard on 9-5 and 9-6 (JH)

Yellow Warbler 1 on Lincoln Hill, Mount Vernon on 9-9 (TM)

Yellow-rumped Warbler 3 at Rosario Beach on 8-29 (NOH)

Black-throated Gray Warbler 1 on Lincoln Hill, Mount Vernon on 8-31 (TM); 1 in east Stanwood yard on 9-2 (MS); 1 in Cap Sante, Anacortes yard on 9-6 (JH); 3 in Mount Vernon yard on 9-9 (JA)

Townsend's Warbler 1 in Mount Vernon yard on 9-9 (JA)

 

MAMMALS:

Harbor Porpoise 4 in Burrows Bay on 9-11 (NOH)

Harbor Seal 2 in Burrows Bay on 9-11 (NOH)

Raccon 5 running across Anacortes lawn on 8-22 (NOH)

 

(JA) Jean Ashby; (GB) Gary Bletsch;  (JB) Joan Bird; (JH) Joe Halton; (NOH) Neil O’Hara; (RM) Ryan Merrill; (TM) Tim Manns: (MS) Mary Sinker; (PP) Pam Pritzl

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