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Bird Sightings for Summer 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

Greater White-fronted Goose 2 at Cumberland Creek area on 5-29 (NO)

Blue-winged Teal 1 at K-Mart Pond in Burlington on 5-22 (GB) Gary reports that some observers this summer have been reporting BWTE that are actually Green-winged Teal at Skagit Wildlife Area.

Common Goldeneye 1 at March Point on 5-22 (GB)

Common Merganser 450 at Jensen Access on 8-12 (GB)

 

GALLINACEOUS BIRDS

California Quail 2 adults with 10 tiny babies at March Point on 8-10 (GB)

 

LOONS

Pacific Loon 2 at Samish Island on 5-22 (GB)

 

GREBES

Western Grebe 1 at Rosario Head on 7-31 (GB)

 

PELICANS

American White Pelican 11 on Padilla Bay on 6-1 (SE, MK); 42 on Padilla Bay on 6-7 (VKB via Kirk Patterson); 30 on Padilla Bay on 6-9 (DR); flock circling over orange bridge in La Conner on 6-10 (RJ); 28 at Bay View on 6-11 (GB)

 

HERONS and ALLIES

American Bittern 2 at Northern State Recreation Area on 8-10 (GB)

Great Egret 3 at Channel Drive on 8-16 (ATe)

Green Heron 1 at Northern State Recreation Area on 8-10 (GB)

 

HAWKS, EAGLES and ALLIES

Cooper's Hawk 1 juvenile at the Skagit Wildlife Area on 8-13 (AW)

Red-tailed Hawk Red-tail parents fledged 1 chick at east Fidalgo Island home on 6-20 (RW)

 

OYSTERCATCHERS

Black Oystercatcher 21 at Washington Park, Anacortes on 6-13 (NO)

PLOVERS

Black-bellied Plover 88 at West-90 on 8-7 (GB)

Semipalmated Plover 17 at West-90 on 8-7 (GB)

 

SANDPIPERS, PHALAROPES, and ALLIES

Solitary Sandpiper 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area on 8-12 (GB)

Greater Yellowlegs several at Skagit Wildlife Area on 8-13 (AW)

Lesser Yellowlegs several at Skagit Wildlife Area on 8-13 (AW)

Long-billed Curlew 1 at March Point on 8-12 (RM)

Black Turnstone 1 at West-90 on 8-7 (GB)

Stilt Sandpiper 1 adult at Skagit Wildlife Area on 7-16 (RM); 1 at Channel Drive on 8-2 (GB); 2 juveniles at Skagit Wildlife Area on 8-12 (RM); 1 at Skagit Wild-life Area on 8-13 (AW)

Baird’s Sandpiper 1 at West-90 on 8-7 (GB); 12 at Jensen Access on 8-12 (RM)

Least Sandpiper 2 at Rockport on 8-5; 2 at Thunder Arm on 8-6 (RM)

Pectoral Sandpiper 1 at Channel Drive on 8-2 (GB)

Semipalmated Sandpiper 4 at Channel Drive on 8-2 (GB)

Wilson's Phalarope 2 at Skagit Wildlife Area on 8-7 (GB)

Red-necked Phalarope 1 at Channel Drive on 8-2 and 8-14 (GB)

 

GULLS and TERNS

Ring-billed Gull 1 at Thunder Arm on 8-6 (RM)

DOVES and PIGEONS

Band-tailed Pigeon 12+ with young at Camano Island home throughout July (SRP)

OWLS

Northern Pygmy-Owl 1 on Sauk Mountain on 6-12 (GB)

Barred Owl 1 on Camano Island on 8-6 (AT)

 

NIGHTHAWKS

Common Nighthawk 1 at NP213 Road on 6-4 (GB)

 

SWIFTS

Black Swift 4 at Big Four Meadows on 6-30 (SAS)

 

WOODPECKERS

Red-breasted Sapsucker 1 at east Fidalgo Island home on 8-14 (RW)

American Three-toed Woodpecker 1 between Rainy and Cutthroat Passes on 8-9 (GB)

Pileated Woodpecker 2 “pink headed” juvenile with parents at east Fidalgo Island home on 7-11 (RW)

 

FLYCATCHERS

Gray Flycatcher 1 at Barnaby Slough on 5-28 (GB) Unusual on west side

Dusky Flycatcher 1 at Porcupine Mt. Slide on 8-6 (GB)

Western Kingbird 1 at Bryson Road on 8-11 (GB)

Eastern Kingbird 1 at Grandy Lake on 6-12; 5 in Hamilton on 8-14 (GB); 3 at the Skagit Wildlife Area on 7-2 (KC, MC)

 

VIREOS

Cassin's Vireo 1 at Porcupine Mountain on 8-6 (RM)

 

CORVIDS

Common Raven 2 fledglings at east Fidlago Island home on 6-12 (RW)

 

SWALLOWS

Purple Martin 7 at Rosario Head on 8-12 (RM)

Bank Swallow 105 at Sauk Prairie on 7-8 (RM)

 

CHICKADEES

Mountain Chickadee 2 between Rainy and Cutthroat Passes on 8-9 (GB)

 

BUSHTITS

Bushtit 10, including some juveniles at east Fidalgo home since 7-26 (RW)

 

WRENS

House Wren 4 at Sauk Prairie on 7-17; 7 on Bryson Road on 7-17, 4 at Corkindale Creek on 7-17; 2 at Newhalem on 7-17 (RM); 1 at Marblemount Boat Launch on 8-3 (GB); 3 at Rosario Head on 8-5 (RM)

 

THRUSHES

Mountain Bluebird 1 on Salk Mountain on 7-24 (GB)

 

THRASHERS

Brown Thrasher 1 at Healy Road on 6-13 RARE (GB)

 

WAXWINGS 

Cedar Waxwing family of 5 with juveniles at east Fidalgo Island home on 8-10 (RW)

 

WARBLERS

Nashville Warbler 5 at Porcupine Mt. on 8-6 (RM)

American Redstart 1 in Sauk Valley on 6-4 (GB); 1 at Darrington on 8-15 (RM)

Yellow Warbler 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area on 8-13 (AW)

Black-throated Gray Warbler 1 at Camano Island on 6-7 (SRP)

Yellow-breasted Chat 1 on Martin Road on 5-28 (GB); 1 at Burlington home on 6-9 (JKW)

 

SPARROWS and ALLIES

Lark Sparrow 1 at Newhalem Ag Ponds on 6-15 (RM)

Lincoln Sparrow 1 at Darrington on 8-5 (RM)

 

TANAGERS and ALLIES

Western Tanager male and female at Camano Island home first couple weeks of August (SRP)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 on Healy Road on 5-21 (GB) UNUSUAL

Black-headed Grosbeak 10 with young at Camano Island home throughout July (SRP)

 

BLACKBIRDS and ORIOLES

Yellow-headed Blackbird 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area on 7-16 (NO); 2 at Skagit Wildlife Area on 8-5 (RM); 3 or 4 at West-90 on 8-7 (GB)

 

FINCHES and ALLIES

Pine Grosbeak 2 at Swamp Creek on 8-6 (RM) 1 between Rainy and Cutthroat Passes on 8-9 (GB)

American Goldfinch 20+ with young at Camano Island home throughout July (SRP); White-winged Crossbill 1 at Hardy Burn parking lot on 8-6 (RM)

 

MAMMALS:

Orca 4 at Rosario Head on 7-31 (GB)

 

(GB) Gary Bletsch; (KC) Kathryn Cavil; (MC) Morty Cohen; (SE) Sue Ehler; (RJ) Rosie Jansen; (MK) Matt Kerschbaum; (VBK) Von & Betty Kuehn; (RM) Ryan Merrill; (NO) Neil O’Hara; (SRP) Sheila and Ron Pera; (DR) Diane Rise; (SAS) Skagit Audubon Society Field Trip; (ATe) Alice Textor; (AT) Alice Turner; (AW) Andrea Warner; (RW) Regan Weeks; (JKW) Jan & Keith Wiggers

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