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Bird Sightings for December 2016

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 8 near Cockreham Island on 12-4 (GB)

Cinnamon Teal 1 on Lindgren Road, Mount Vernon on 12-4 (GB)

Long-tailed Duck 1 at March Point on 12-1 (RK); 2 at March Point on 12-3 (RK)

 

GALLINACEOUS BIRDS

California Quail 1 along Ship Harbor Trail on 11-27 (NO)

Ruffed Grouse pair on the Cascade Trail ¼ mile west of Coal Creek on 12-4 (DW)

 

GREBES

Western Grebe 1 at Clear Lake on 11-25 (RK); 2 at Rosario Head on 12-3 (RK)

 

SANDPIPERS and ALLIES

Black Turnstone 1 at Rosario Head on 12-5 (RK)

Surfbird 4 at Rosario Head on 12-5 (RK)

Long-billed Dowitcher 3 on Alice Bay on 12-9 (HA)

 

ALCIDS

Marbled Murrelet 6 off Green Point, Washington Park, Anacortes on 12-1 (RK); 3 at Rosario Head on 12-3 (RK)

Ancient Murrelet 11 off Green Point on 11-26 (GB); 3 off Green Point, Washington Park, Anacortes on 12-1 (RK)

 

OWLS

Great Horned Owl pair frequenting Glasgow Way area, Anacortes during sighting period (NO)

Barred Owl hooting while hiking on north end Mount Erie trails on 12-4 (NO)

 

HUMMINGBIRDS

Anna's Hummingbird at least 12 at east Fidalgo Island home on 12-14 (RW)

 

WOODPECKERS

Red-breasted Sapsucker 1 at Cap Sante, Anacortes on 12-10 (JH); 1 at east Fidalgo Island home since 12-10 (RW)

 

FALCONS

American Kestrel 5 in Samish Flats on 12-3 (SAS)

Merlin 1 on Bayview/Edison Road by Samish River Bridge on 12-5 (AW)

 

SHRIKES

Northern Shrike 1 at end of Rawlins Road on 12-10 (NO)

 

THRUSHES

Varied Thrush 4 while hiking on north end Mount Erie trails on 12-4 (NO)

 

WAXWINGS 

Bohemian Waxwing 15 at Skagit WMA (Wylie Slough) on 12-10 (RK); 101 at Skagit WMA (Wylie Slough) on 12-10 (GB, JO)

Cedar Waxwing 1 at Burlington home on 11-24 (LE); 8 at Skagit WMA (Wylie Slough) on 12-10 (GB, JO)

 

WARBLERS

Orange-crowned Warbler 1 at Roger’s #1 Access (Samish River at Old Highway 99) on 12-4 (GB); 1 on Lincoln Hill, Mount Vernon on 12-15 (TM)

Yellow-rumped Warbler 12 along Ship Harbor Trail on 11-27 (NO)

 

SPARROWS and ALLIES

American Tree Sparrow 1 at Lindgren Rd, Mt. Vernon on 12-4 (GB); 1 at Lindgren Rd, Mt. Vernon on 12-6 (RK)

Swamp Sparrow 1 at SR 20 Milepost 76 fields on 12-11 (GB)

White-throated Sparrow 1 at Burlington home on 11-24 (LE); 1 “tan-striped” at Camano Island home on 12-5 (PP)

 

TANAGERS and ALLIES

SUMMER TANAGER 1 at west Mount Vernon residence on 12-3 (JA, RK, GB) RARE in WA (2nd time in Skagit County and 10th time in State)

 

BLACKBIRDS

Yellow-headed Blackbird 4 at Anacortes feeder on 12-1 and 12-2 (NJH)

Rusty Blackbird 1 on Francis Road on 12-4 (GB)

 

FINCHES and ALLIES

American Goldfinch 20 at SR 20 milepost 76 fields on 12-13 (GB)

 

MAMMALS

Steller’s Sea Lion 1 off Rosario Head on 12-10 (GB)

(HA) Howard Armstrong; (JA) Jean Ashby;  (GB) Gary Bletsch; (LE) Larry Edwards; (JH) Joe Halton; (NJH) Nancy & Jerry Husred; (RK) Robert Kuntz; (TM) Tim Manns; (NO) Neil O’Hara; (JO) Jeff Osmundson; (PP) Pam Pritzl; (SAS) Skagit Audubon Society Field Trip; (AW) Andrea Warner; (RW) Regan Weeks; (DW) Daria Wheatly

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