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Bird Sightings for November

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  ppritzl@frontier.com or 360-387-7024

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WATERFOWL
Greater White-fronted Goose 200 at the Skagit Game Range on 9-28 (GB)
Snow Goose 6 near Cockreham Island on 10-12 (GB)
Cackling Goose large flock on Field Road on 11-2 (AW); 600 over Sedro-Woolley on 11-11 (GB)
Canada Goose 20 in Gages Slough, Burlington on 11-8 (PLE)
Trumpeter Swan heard and saw first of season week of Halloween, Burlington area (PLE)
Tundra Swan 4 at Bryson Road, Sauk Valley on 10-27 (RM)
Eurasian Wigeon 1 at Judy Reservoir on 10-12 (GB)
American Wigeon 18 at Gages Slough, Burlington on 11-8 (PLE)
Cinnamon Teal 1 late bird at the Skagit Game Range on 10-26 (GB)
Canvasback 28 (high count) on Lake Erie on 11-8 (GB)
Redhead 5 (high count) on Lake Erie on 11-8 (GB)
Greater Scaup 1 at Colonial Creek Campground, 4 at Thunder Lake on 10-27 (RM)

LOONS
Red-throated Loon 2 in east bay Cap Sante, Fidalgo Island on 11-19 (JB, while rowing)
Pacific Loon many seen on sail north of Orcas Island on 10/6-7 (RW)
Yellow-billed Loon 1 in east bay Cap Sante, Fidalgo Island on 11-19 (JB, while rowing) Uncommon

Loon Common Winter Land JH1Common Loon: Winter Plumage -  Photo by Joe Halton

OSPREYS
Osprey 1 at Marblemount on 10-27 (RM)

HAWKS, EAGLES and ALLIES
Cooper's Hawk 1 at Bayview-Edison Road on 11-1 (AW)
Rough-legged Hawk 1 at Farm to Market Road on 11-1 (AW)
Golden Eagle 1 at Sauk Mountain on 9-27 (GB)

FALCONS
American Kestrel 1at Estes Road on 11-1 (AW)
Peregrine Falcon 1 at Samish Island Road on 11-1 (AW)

CRANES
Sandhill Crane 22-24 flying above Skagit River near Conway on 11-8 (KS); 1 reported on Tweeters, Josh Wilson Road, on 11-11 (GB)

PLOVERS
Pacific Golden-Plover 1 on Samish Flats on 10-26 (GB)

SANDPIPERS. PHALAROPES and ALLIES
Solitary Sandpiper 1 late bird at DeBay’s Slough on 9-21 (GB)
Marbled Godwit 14 (high count) at Jensen Access on 10-25 (GB); 1 at Jensen Access on 10-27 (RM)

JAEGERS
Parasitic Jaeger 1 at Rosario Head on 10-24 (RM)

GULLS and TERNS
Bonaparte's Gull many seen on sail in the San Juan Islands week of 10- 6 (RW)
Franklin's Gull 1 on Samish Flats 10-18 & 10-19 (GB); 2 at Mann Road, Fir Island on 10-24 (RM)
Little Gull 1 at Jensen Access on 10-24 (RM)  Unusual for area
Heermann's Gull many seen on sail through San Juan Islands week of 10-6 (RW); 2 seen at Ship Harbor, Anacortes on 10-10 (JB)
Mew Gull many seen on sail in the San Juan Islands week of 10-6 (RW)
Ring-billed Gull 2680 at Mann Road, Fir Island, on 10-24 (RM)
Herring Gull 1 off Green Point, Washington Park, Anacortes, on 10-19 (GB)
Thayer's Gull 1 off Rosario Head on 11-8 (GB)
Glaucous Gull 1 off Rosario Head on 11-8 (GB)

ALCIDS
Common Murre 80-100 south end of Lopez, San Juan Island and Haro Strait (sailing trip) 10-5 & 6 (RW)
Marbled Murrelet many seen on sail through the San Juan Islands week of 10-6 (RW)
Ancient Murrelet 5 off Rosario on 11-8 (GB)
Cassin's Auklet 1 seen on sail through the San Juan Islands week of 10-6 (RW)

PIGEONS and DOVES
Band-tailed Pigeon 5 on Sauk Mountain on 9-27 (GB); 1 at Diablo on10-27 (RM)

CORVIDS
Western Scrub-Jay 1 near Cockreham Island on 9-22 & 9-23 (GB)

DIPPERS
American Dipper 1 at Ship Harbor (salt water) on 11-18 (SAS)

PIPITS
American Pipit 17 migrating south over Rosario Head 10-24 (RM)

WOOD WARBLERS
Orange-crowned Warbler 1 at Telegraph Slough on 11-11 (GB)
MacGillivray's Warbler 1 at Marblemount boat launch on 9-27 (GB)
Common Yellowthroat 1 at Green Road pond on 10-5 (GB)
Hermit Thrush 1 near Weaverling Spit, Anacortes on 11-13 (TM)
Wilson's Warbler 1 near Cockreham Island on 10-2 (GB); 1 male at Darrington on 10-27 (RM)

SPARROWS and ALLIES
Lincoln's Sparrow 1 at the West-90 on 11-1 (AW)
White-throated Sparrow 1 at Marblemount boat launch on 9-27 (GB)
Harris's Sparrow 1 at Marblemount boat launch on 9-27 (GB)
Golden-crowned Sparrow in Burlington yard on 11-8 (PLE)

BLACKBIRDS and ORIOLES
Western Meadowlark 10 along Fidalgo side of the Swinomish Channel on 11-16 (SS)
Yellow-headed Blackbird 3 on Fir Island on 9-28 (GB)

FINCHES and ALLIES
Pine Grosbeak 1 at Colonial Campground on 10-27 (RM)
Cassin's Finch 1 at Diablo on 10-27 (RM); 1 at Burlington home on 11-8 (PLE)
Pine Siskin 30 on Weaverling Spit on 11-13 (TM)

MAMMALS
Albino Mink 1 on Cap Sante’s east shore, Fidalgo Island on 11-19 (JB, while rowing)  

(GB) Gary Bletsch; (JB) Jackie Boss; (JBr) Jane Brandt; (PLE) Pat & Larry Edwards; (TM) Tim Manns; (RM) Ryan Merrill; (KS) Kathie Schmidt; (SAS) Skagit Audubon Field Trip; (SS) Steven Sutton; (AW) Andrea Warner; (RW) Regan Weeks

 

 

 

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