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Bird Sightings for February 2018

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

Eurasian Wigeon 1 on Sullivan Rd on 1-15 (AW)

Canvasback 5 on Big Lake on 1-27 (GB)

Redhead 1 on Big Lake on 1-27 (GB); 2 on Cranberry Lake, Deception Pass SP on 2-12 (PP)

 

GREBES

Eared Grebe 1 off Similk Beach on 2-3 (GB)

 

PIGEONS and DOVES

Band-tailed Pigeon 1 in nearby trees at east Fidalgo home on 1-19 (RW)

 

SANDPIPERS and ALLIES

Black Turnstone 5 at Rosario Head on 2-12 (PP)

Surfbird 2 at Rosario Head on 2-3 (GB); 5 at Rosario Head on 2-10 (GB); 3 at Rosario Head on 2-12 (PP)

Dunlin 1500 at Fir Island Farms (Hayton) on 2-13 (PP)

Spotted Sandpiper 1 at Rosario Head on 2-10 (GB)

 

ALCIDS

Ancient Murrelet 6 at Samish Island Public Beach on 2-3 (GB)

 

GULLS and TERNS

Western Gull 1 in Burlington on 2-3 (GB)

Herring Gull 1 on Samish Flats on 1-24 and 1-28 (GB)

Iceland Gull 1 “Thayer’s” in Burlington on 2-3 (GB)

 

LOONS

Red-throated Loon 600 at West Beach, Deception Pass SP on 2-13 (PP)

 

HAWKS, EAGLES and ALLIES

Bald Eagle 6 at east Stanwood home on 2-10 (MS)

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 adult at east Fidalgo home on 1-22 (RW); 1 at east Stanwood home on 1-29 (MS); 1 juvenile at east Fidalgo home on 2-16 (RW)

Cooper's Hawk 1 juvenile at east Fidalgo home on 2-8 (RW); 1 adult female at east Fidalgo home on 2-9 (RW); 1 adult male at east Fidalgo home on 2-15 (RW)

Rough-legged Hawk 1 dark morph on Sullivan Rd on 1-13 (AW)

Golden Eagle 1 near Snow Goose Produce on Fir Island on 2-11 (LM); 1 on entrance road to Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) on 2-12 (SAS); 1 at Fir Island Farms (Hayton), eating a rabbit on 2-13 (MDBP)

 

OWLS

Great Horned Owl duet at east Fidalgo home on 1-22 (RW); hooting in late evening at east Stanwood home on 2-15 (MS); hooting at Camano Island home on 2-16 and 2-17 (PP)

Short-eared Owl 1 at Port Susan Bay Nature Conservancy (restricted) on 2-3 (SAS--Arlington Eagle Fest)

 

WOODPECKERS

Red-breasted Sapsucker 1 at Anacortes home on 1-22 (JB); 1 at east Fidalgo home on 2-11 (RW); 2 at east Fidalgo home on 2-16 (RW)

 

FALCONS

Merlin 1 in Edison on 1-24 (AW); 1 in Edison on 1-31 (AW); 1 in Edison on 2-11 (AW);  1 in Edison on 2-14 (AW)

Gyrfalcon 1 on Best Rd on 1-16 (PP); 1 on Best Rd on 1-24 (AW); 1 on McClean Rd on 1-31 (AW); 1 on Young Rd on 2-9 (AW); 1 on Young Rd on 2-14 (AW)

Peregrine Falcon 1 on Young Rd on 2-14 (AW)

Prairie Falcon 1 on Sunset Rd on 1-24 (AW); 1 on Sunset Rd on 1-31 (AW); 1 at West 90 on 1-31 (AW)

 

FLYCATCHERS

Black Phoebe 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area on 2-12 (SAS)

 

VIREOS

Hutton's Vireo 1 in Hamilton on 2-4 (GB); 1 heard at east Fidalgo home on 2-11 (RW)

 

SWALLOWS

Tree Swallow 4 at Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) on 2-13 (PP)

Barn Swallow 4 at Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) on 1-21 (GB); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) on 2-12 (SAS); 8 at Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) on 2-13 (PP)

 

CREEPERS

Brown Creeper 2 at east Stanwood home on 2-10 (MS)

 

DIPPERS

American Dipper 2 at upper Pilchuck River on 2-8 (JS)

 

THRUSHES

Varied Thrush 2 at east Stanwood home on 2-10 (MS)

 

FINCHES and ALLIES

Evening Grosbeak I at Camano Island home on 2-10 (SRP)

Purple Finch 1 calling at east Fidalgo home on 1-16 (RW)

Common Redpoll numerous reports as irruption continues, including 40 at Howard Miller Steelhead Park on 2-11 (GB); a flock of 20 on the Guemes Trail in Anacortes on 2-15 (JB)

 

SPARROWS and ALLIES

Lincoln's Sparrow 1 at west end of Rawlins Rd on 2-14 (RW)

 

WARBLERS

Orange-crowned Warbler 1 visiting Burlington yard the past week (LE)

Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 “Audubon’s” at Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) on 1-28 (GB); 1 female on Guemes Trail, Anacortes on 1-29 (JB)

 

(GB) Gary Bletsch; (MDBP) Mary & Don Brady-Power; (JB) Jane Brandt; (LE) Larry Edwards; (LM) Libby Mills; (SRP) Sheila and Ron Pera; (PP) Pam Pritzl; (JS) Jeff Sinker; (MS) Mary Sinker; (SAS) Skagit Audubon Society Field Trip; (AW) Andrea Warner; (RW)

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