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Bird Sightings for May to August 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 60 late lingering birds, Jensen Access on 5-21 (GB)

Wood Duck 3 at Wylie Slough on 6-23 (NOH)

Blue-winged Teal 2 at Lindgren Road on 6-11 (GB)

Greater Scaup 4 late lingering birds at March Point on 6-26 and 5 on 8-4 (GB)

 

GALLINACEOUS BIRDS

Sooty Grouse 1 female with 2 young at Easy Pass trailhead on 7-16 (PP, JE)

 

SWIFTS

Black Swift 3 at Big 4 Meadows on 6-22 (SAS)

 

RAILS

Virginia Rail 1 at Wylie Slough on 7-23 (NOH)

 

PLOVERS

Black-bellied Plover 48 at Hayton Reserve on 7-23 (NOH); 50 on Alice Bay, Samish Island on 7-30 (HA, TA)

Semipalmated Plover 13 at Hayton Reserve on 7-23 (NOH); 20 at English Boom, Camano Island on 7-28 (PP); 8 on Alice Bay, Samish Island on 7-30 (HA, TA)

 

SANDPIPERS. PHALAROPES and ALLIES

Red-necked Stint 1 at Crockett Lake, Whidbey Island on 7-10 (JB, PP, JW); 1 at Crockett Lake, Whidbey Island on 7-11 (HA, TA, M&LD) RARE

Stilt Sandpiper 2 at Wylie Slough on 8-9 (GB)

Baird's Sandpiper 5 at Channel Drive on 8-9 (GB)

Least Sandpiper 12 at Hayton Reserve on 7-23 (NOH)

Semipalmated Sandpiper 1 at Hayton Reserve on 8-3 and 8-6 (GB)

Western Sandpiper 4 at Wylie Slough on 7-23 (NOH); 10 at Hayton Reserve on 7-23 (NOH)

Short-billed Dowitcher 22 at Wylie Slough on 7-23 (NOH); 4 at Hayton Reserve on 7-13 (NOH)

Solitary Sandpiper 1 at Wylie Slough on 8-3 (GB)

Greater Yellowlegs 1 at Wylie Slough on 7-23 (NOH)

Wilson's Phalarope 1 on Samish Flats on 5-21 (GB)

Red-necked Phalarope 2 at Wylie Slough on 8-3 and 8-7 (GB); 4 at Wylie Slough on 8-5 (SRP)

 

GULLS and TERNS

Heermann's Gull 8 off Green Point, WA Park, Anacortes on 8-4 (GB)

 

 

PELICANS

American White Pelican incursion continued throughout period, with many observations by various people, 150 at March Point on 6-26 (GB)

 

HERONS and ALLIES

Green Heron 1 flying into Gages Slough week of July 4 (LE); 1 at Wylie Slough on 7-23 (NOH); 1 at Wylie Slough on 8-3 (GB)

 

OWLS

Great Horned Owl 1 at Camano Island home on 7-10 (PP)

Barred Owl 1 at east Stanwood home on 7-11 and 8-7 (MS); 1 at
Camano Island home on 7-13 and 14 (PP); 1 in Cap Sante neighborhood, Anacortes on 8-9 (JH)

 

WOODPECKERS

Red-naped Sapsucker 1 at Swamp Creek on 6-18 (GB)

American Three-toed Woodpecker 1 at Hardy Burn on 5-27 (GB)

 

FALCONS

Merlin 1 at Wylie Slough on 7-23 (NOH)

Peregrine Falcon 1 at Wylie Slough on 7-23 (NOH)

 

FLYCATCHERS

Olive-sided Flycatcher 1 calling at Camano Island home from July 15 to present (PP)

Western Wood-Pewee 2 at Big 4 Meadows on 6-22 (SAS)

Willow Flycatcher 5 at Big 4 Meadows on 6-22 (SAS)

Pacific-slope Flycatcher 4 at Big 4 Meadows on 6-22 (SAS)

Eastern Kingbird 1 at DeBay Slough on 6-11 (GB)

 

CORVIDS

Gray Jay 4 at Rainy Lake parking lot on 7-16 (PP, JE)

Clark's Nutcracker 1 at WA Pass on 7-16 (PP, JE)

 

DIPPERS

American Dipper 1 at Big 4 Meadows on 5-31 (PP, JE)

 

THRUSHES

Hermit Thrush 1 at Rainy Lake trail on 7-16 (PP, JE)

 

FINCHES and ALLIES

American Goldfinch 1 leucistic in Cap Sante neighborhood, Anacortes in early August (JH)

 

CHATS

Yellow-breasted Chat 1 at Alice Bay, Samish Island on 6-4 (HA, TA, GB) and 6-5 (HA,TA)—found by HA, TA

 

BLACKBIRDS and ORIOLES

Yellow-headed Blackbird 1 on Minkler Flats on 5-28 and 6-1 (GB)

 

WARBLERS

Nashville Warbler 1 at Bacon Creek on 6-3 (GB)

MacGillivray's Warbler 1 heard at Big 4 Meadows on 6-22 (SAS)

Common Yellowthroat 14 at Wylie Slough on 7-23 (NOH); 1 at Hayton Reserve on 7-23 (NOH)

American Redstart 2 at County Line Ponds on 6-3 and 1 on 6-18 (GB)

Black-throated Gray Warbler 1 at Camano Island home on 8-4 and 8-6 (SRP)

Townsend's Warbler 1 at Rainy Lake trail on 7-16 (PP, JE)

 

TANAGERS and ALLIES

Western Tanager 2 at Camano Island home on 7-22 (SRP)

Lazuli Bunting 1at east Fidalgo home on 8-9 (RW)

 

MAMMALS

Pine Marten 1 at Easy Pass trailhead on 6-17 (GB)

River Otter 1 in Burrows Bay on 6-16 and 6-19 (NOH)

Harbor Porpoise 2 in Burrows Bay on 6-16 (NOH)

Harbor Seal 1 in Guemes Channel on 6-16 (NOH)

(HA) Howard Armstrong; (TA) Thais Armstrong;  (JB) Joan Bird; (GB) Gary Bletsch; (M&LD) Mary and Lee Dallas; (JE) John Edison; (LE) Larry Edwards; (JH) Joe Halton; (NOH) Neil O’Hara; (SRP) Sheila and Ron Pera; (PP) Pam Pritzl; (MS) Mary Sinker; (SAS) Skagit Audubon Society Field Trip; (JW) Joanne Weldon; (RW) Regan Weeks

 

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