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Bird Sightings for May 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

Snow Goose 1 late bird on Samish Flats on 5-13 (GB)

Blue-winged Teal 1 at the Skagit Wildlife Area on 5-13 and 1 on Minkler Flats on 5-17 (GB)

Cinnamon Teal 3 on Minkler Flats on 5-10 (GB)

Bufflehead 1 late bird along Highway 20, Lyman on 4-22 (TM)

 

GREBES

Red-necked Grebe 1 hanging around in Burrows Bay, Anacortes week of May 14 (NOH)

 

PELICANS

American White Pelican 22 on E. March Point Road on 5-10 (CS); 16 at March Point on 5-13 (GB)

 

HERONS and ALLIES

American Bittern 2 at Northern State Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley on 4-21 (TM)

Green Heron 1 at Northern State Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley on 4-30 (SAS)

 

VULTURES

Turkey Vulture 4 perched in dead maple at east Fidalgo Island home on 4-23 (birds returned each morning for a few days)(RW); 1 at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve upland trail on 5-13 (NOH)

 

HAWKS, EAGLES, and ALLIES

Northern Harrier 1 male on Peterson Road on 5-14 (AW)

Rough-legged Hawk 1 “wing tagged 5H”, east 90 Bayview/Edison Road on 5-2 (AW); 2 late individuals on Samish Flats (wing tagged) on 5-13 (GB); 1 “wing-tagged 5H” on Bent Needle Road (off Bayview/Edison Road) on 5-14 (AW); 1 “Vancouver Airport wing tagged OH” on Bayview/Edison Road on 5-16 (AW); 1 “Vancouver Airport wing tagged 5H” on Bayview /Edison Road, North 90 on 5-16 (AW)

 

RAILS and COOTS

Virginia Rail 3 heard at Northern State Recreation Area on 4-30 (SAS)

Sora 1 at Port Susan Bay, The Nature Conservancy (restricted area) on 4-28 and 5-15 (JO); 2 heard at Northern State Recreation Area on 4-30 (SAS)

 

STILTS and AVOCETS

American Avocet 1 at Leque Island, Stanwood on 5-15 and 5-16 (JE)

 

PLOVERS

Semipalmated Plover 1 from home on Alice Bay, Samish Island on 4-21 (HA)

 

SANDPIPERS, PHALAROPES, and ALLIES

Whimbrel 4 off Green Point on 4-22 (GB); 1 from home on Alice Bay, Samish Island on 4-23 and 4-29 (HA,TA)

Marbled Godwit 4 at March Point on 4-19 and 2 on 4-22 (GB); 1 at March Point on 4-22 (JO)

Wilson's Snipe 1 at Northern State Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley on 4-21(TM); 1 at Northern State Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley on 4-30 (SAS)

 

GULLS and TERNS

Bonaparte's Gull 16 at Ship Harbor, Anacortes on 4-22 (GB)

 

OWLS

Great Horned Owl 1 female at east Fidalgo Island home on 5-11 (silenced the earlier calling Barred Owls) (RW)

Barred Owl pair calling at east Fidalgo Island home on 5-11 (RW)

 

SWIFTS

Black Swift 20 over Concrete on 5-14 (GB)

 

WOODPECKERS

Red-breasted Sapsucker pair at Little Mountain Park, Mount Vernon on 4-19 (TM)

 

FALCONS

American Kestrel 1 male and 1 female on Peterson Road on 5-14 (AW)

 

FLYCATCHERS

Olive-sided Flycatcher 1 at east Fidalgo Island home on 5-6 (RW); 1 at Camano Island home on 5-10 (PP); 1 at Washington Park, Anacortes on 5-12 (JH)

Hammond's Flycatcher 2 at Barnaby Slough on 4-23 (GB)

Pacific-slope Flycatcher 2 at Little Mountain Park, Mount Vernon on 4-19 (TM); 1 at Barnaby Slough on 4-23 (GB)

Western Kingbird 12 on Cochreham Island on 5-14 (GB)

 

VIREOS

Cassin's Vireo 1 at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve upland trail on 5-13 (NOH)

Warbling Vireo 1 at Ship Harbor near Anacortes ferry terminal on 5-14 (NOH); 1 in Cap Sante yard, Anacortes on 5-17 (JH)

 

CORVIDS

California Scrub-Jay 1 in Mount Vernon on 5-13 (GB)

 

SWALLOWS

Purple Martin 1 at Port Susan Bay, The Nature Conservancy (restricted area) on 5-15 (JO)

 

BUSHTITS

Bushtit 2 at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve upland trail on 5-13 (NOH); 1 at Ship Harbor near Anacortes ferry terminal on 5-14 (NOH)

 

WRENS

House Wren 2 on Pass Lake Loop Trail, Deception Pass State Park on 4-23 (TM)

 

THRUSHES

Swainson's Thrush 1 at birdbath at east Fidalgo Island home on 4-24 (RW) 1 at Camano Island home on 5-13 (PP)

 

WARBLERS

Orange-crowned Warbler 9 on Pass Lake Loop Trail, Deception Pass State Park on 4-23 (TM)

Nashville Warbler 2 at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, Rockport on 4-22 (TM); 1 male in birdbath at east Fidalgo Island home on 4-23 (RW); 1 at Ted Reep Trail on 4-30 (GB)

Townsend's Warbler 7 on Pass Lake Loop Trail, Deception Pass State Park on 4-23 (TM)

Wilson's Warbler 1 on Pass Lake Loop Trail, Deception Pass State Park on 4-23 (TM); 1 at east Fidlago Island home on 5-4 (RW)

 

TANAGERS and ALLIES

Western Tanager 1 at Hillcrest Park, Mt. Vernon on 4-24 (TM); 1 at suet at east Fidalgo Island home on 5-5 (RW); 1 at Padilla Bay, National Estuarine Research Reserve upland trail on 5-13 (NOH); 1 at Ship Harbor near Anacortes ferry terminal on 5-14 (NOH)

Black-headed Grosbeak 5 males at east Fidalgo Island home on 4-24 (RW); 4 at Padilla Bay, National Estuarine Research Reserve upland trail on 5-13 (NOH)

Lazuli Bunting 1 at Northern State Recreation Area on 5-9 (PP); 1 at home east of Sedro-Woolley on 5-14 (DW)

 

SPARROWS and ALLIES

Chipping Sparrow 1 at Anacortes home on 4-7 (KH)

Brewer's Sparrow 1 at Sutter Creek on 4-23 (GB)

Vesper Sparrow 1 at Sutter Creek on 4-23 (GB)

Savannah Sparrow 1 at Anacortes home on 4-7 (KH)

Fox Sparrow 1 at Little Mountain Park, Mount Vernon on 4-19 (TM)

Lincoln's Sparrow 1 at Lincoln Hill home, Mt. Vernon on 4-19 and 4-20 (TM)

White-throated Sparrow 1 in Cap Sante yard, Anacortes on 5-10 (JH)

Harris's Sparrow 1 near Cockreham Island on 5-14, 15 &16 (GB)

 

BLACKBIRDS and ORIOLES

Yellow-headed Blackbird 1 on Minkler Flats on 4-22 (GB); 1 female at Skagit Wildlife Area on 4-30 (NOH)

 

FINCHES and ALLIES

Evening Grosbeak 2 at Northern State Recreation Area on 4-30 (SAS)

 

MAMMALS

River Otter 1 at Burrows Bay, Anacortes on 5-12 (NOH)

Harbor Seal 7, drawn to gull feeding frenzy at Burrows Bay, Anacortes on 5-12 (NOH)

 

(HA) Howard Armstrong; (TA) Thais Armstrong; (GB) Gary Bletsch; (JE) John Engels; (JH) Joe Halton; (KH) Kristi Hein; (TM) Tim Manns; (NOH) Neil O’Hara; (JO) Jeff Osmundson; (PP) Pam Pritzl; (CS) Cathy Scott; (SAS) Skagit Audubon Society Field Trip; (AW) Andrea Warner; (RW) Regan Weeks; (DW) Daria Wheatley

 

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