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Bird Sightings for December 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

Wood Duck 4 east of Lyman on 12-3 (GB)

Redhead 4 off Bay View State Park on 11-25 (GB)

 

GALLINACEOUS BIRDS

Wild Turkey 15 near Samish River bridge on Bow-Edison Road on 11-23 (NOH)

 

RAILS and COOTS

American Coot 3 at Barnaby Slough on 12-3 (GB)

 

ALCIDS

Ancient Murrelet 12 at Samish Island Public Beach on 12-10 (GB)

 

LOONS

Red-throated Loon about 300 seen off West Beach, Deception Pass State Park on 12-8 (PP)

 

HERONS and ALLIES

Green Heron 1 flying over Blanchard wetlands off Chuckanut on 12-2 (KR)

 

HAWKS, EAGLES and ALLIES

Bald Eagle 37 in the Samish Flats on 11-23 (NOH)

Northern Harrier 7 in the Samish Flats on 11-23 (NOH)

Northern Goshawk 1 at east Stanwood home on 12-3 and 12-16 (MS); 1 at home on Swinomish Reservation on 11/8 (R&WJ) UNUSUAL

Rough-legged Hawk 2 on Samish Island Rd on 11-1 (R&WJ); 1 on La Conner-Whitney Rd on 11-4 (R&WJ); 3 in the Samish Flats on 11-23 (NOH); 5 on the Samish Flats on 12-8 (PP)

 

OWLS

Barred Owl 1 on Colony Road on 12-12 (KR)

Short-eared Owl 5 in the Samish Flats on 11-23 (NOH)

 

WOODPECKERS

Hairy Woodpecker 1 on Fragrance Lake trail on 12-7 (KR)

Northern Flicker 1”intergrade” at home on the Swinomish Reservation throughout siting period (R&WJ)

 

FALCONS

American Kestrel 1 in the Samish Flats on 11-23 (NOH)

Peregrine Falcon 1in the Samish Flats on 11-23 (NOH)

Prairie Falcon 1 at Hayton Reserve on 11-18 (GB)

 

CORVIDS

Blue Jay 1 at feeder in Bow throughout sighting period (BC); 1 at feeder in Bow on 12-2 (GB); 1 at feeder in Bow on 12-12 (R&WJ); 1 at feeder in Bow on 12-13 (RH)

 

FINCHES and ALLIES

Common Redpoll 4 at DeBay’s Slough on 12-10 (GB)

 

BUNTINGS

Painted Bunting 1 at feeder in La Conner on 11-19 (GB); 1 at feeder in La Conner on 11-20 (R&WJ)

 

(GB) Gary Bletsch; (BC) Barry Christiansen; (RH) Ron Holmes; (NOH) Neil O’Hara; (R&WJ) Rosi & Wes Jansen; (PP) Pam Pritzl; (KR) Kerry Rye; (MS) Mary Sinker

 

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