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Bird Sightings for October 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 13 on Samish Flats on 9-1 (GB)

American Wigeon 3 at Channel Drive on 9-4 (GB)

 

LOONS

Red-throated Loon 1 off Rosario Head on 8-25 (GB)

 

GREBES

Horned Grebe 2 at March Point on 9-10 (GB)

Red-necked Grebe 20 at mouth of Oyster Creek on 8-27 (GB)

 

HERONS and ALLIES

Green Heron 1 at pond along Blodgett Rd, Mount Vernon on 8-28, 8-29 and 9-9 (RK); 1 at Skagit WMA (Wylie Slough) on 9-8 (JA)

 

RAILS

Sora 1 at Skagit WMA (Wylie Slough) on 8-27 (GB)

 

SANDPIPERS

Solitary Sandpiper 2 at Skagit WMA (Wylie Slough) on 9-2 (GB,RK); 1 at Skagit WMA (Wylie Slough) on 9-8 (JA)

Long-billed Curlew1 at March Point on 8-25 and 8-26 (GB)

Marbled Godwit 1 at March point on 8-25 and 8-28; 2 at March Point on 9-10 (GB)

Ruff 1 at Skagit WMA (Wylie Slough) on 9-9 (RK); 1 at Skagit WMA (Wylie Slough) on 9-10 (RW); 1 at Skagit WMA (Wylie Slough) on 9-10 and 9-11 (GB)

Stilt Sandpiper1 at Skagit WMA (Wylie Slough) on 9-2 (RK); 1-2 present at Skagit WMA (Wylie Slough) almost daily 8-14 to 9-4 (GB)

Sanderling 3 at the West 90 on 8-21 (GB)

Baird's Sandpiper 30 at the West 90 on 8-28 (GB)

Pectoral Sandpiper 7 at Skagit WMA (Wylie Slough) on 9-9 (RK)

Wilson's Snipe 12 at Skagit WMA (Wylie Slough) on 9-9 (RK)

 

JAEGERS 

Pomarine Jaeger 1 off March Point on 8-28 (GB)

Parasitic Jaeger 1 off Bay View on 8-28 (GB)

 

GULLS

Franklin's Gull 1 at Rosario Head on 8-25 (GB)

Heermann's Gull 22 at Rosario Head on 9-15 (RK)

 

DOVES and PIGEONS

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

 

OWLS

Great Horned Owl pair on Little Mountain on 9-14 (RK)

Barred Owl 1 at Marblemount Boat Launch on 8- 22 (GB)

 

NIGHTHAWKS

Common Nighthawk 2 at home near Eaglemont area, Mount Vernon on 9-8 (JA)

 

SWIFTS

Vaux's Swift few at Padilla Bay Headquarters on 9-9 (AW, RW); 44 went into “Vic’s 66” chimney at sunset, Sedro-Woolley on 9-10 (SAS)

 

WOODPECKERS

Red-breasted Sapsucker 1 at Padilla Bay Headquarters on 9-9 (RW)

 

FALCONS 

Merlin 1 at Skagit WMA (Wylie Slough) on 9-8 (JA); 1 at Skagit WMA (Wylie Slough) on 9-10 (RW)

Peregrine Falcon 1 at Skagit WMA (Wylie Slough) on 9-10 (RW)

 

FLYCATCHERS

Willow Flycatcher 1 at Camano Island home on 9-16 (PP)

Grey Flycatcher 1 at Corkindale on 9-4 (GB) UNUSUAL

Dusky Flycatcher 1 at Marblemount Boat Launch on 8-22 (GB)

Pacific-slope Flycatcher 1 at Padilla Bay Headquarters on 9-9 (AW)

Eastern Kingbird 1 near Cockreham Island on 8-21 (GB)

 

CORVIDS

Western Scrub-Jay 1 at home near Hamilton on 9-16 (WC)

 

SWALLOWS

Purple Martin few at Padilla Bay Headquarters on 9-9 (AW, RW); last group fledged at English Boom, Camano Island on 9-15 (SK) LATE

 

WRENS

House Wren 1 at Corkindale on 9-4 (GB)

 

KINGLETS 

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 at Corkindale on 9-4 (GB)

 

THRUSHES

Townsend's Solitaire 1 at Cap Sante, Anacortes yard on 9-13 (JH)

Varied Thrush several arrived at east Fidalgo Island home on 9-12 (RW)

 

LONGSPURS 

Lapland Longspur 1 at the West 90 pm 9-3 (GB)

 

WARBLERS

Northern Waterthrush 1 at Skagit Game Range (Wylie Slough) on 9-3 (GB)

Orange-crowned Warbler 1 at Cap Sante, Anacortes yard on 9-5 (JH)

Common Yellowthroat juvenile at Skagit WMA (Wylie Slough) on 9-8 (JA)

American Redstart 1 at Marblemount Boat Launch on 9-4 (GB)

Yellow Warbler 1 male and 1 female at CapSante, Anacortes yard on 9-5 (JH)

Townsend's Warbler 1 female at Cap Sante, Anacortes yard on 9-5 (JH)

Wilson's Warbler 1 male at Cap Sante, Anacortes yard on 9-5 (JH); 1 at Washington Park, Anacortes on 9-15 (RK)

 

SPARROWS and ALLIES

Chipping Sparrow 2 on Butler Flats on 9-3 (GB)

Lincoln's Sparrow 2 at Marblemount Boat Launch on 8-22 (GB); 1 on Leque Island on 9-15 (PP)

Golden-crowned Sparrow 1 at Channel Drive on 9-4 (GB); first of season arrived at east Fidalgo Island home on 9-5 (RW)

 

BLACKBIRDS

Yellow-headed Blackbird pair at Skagit WMA (Wylie Slough) on 9-8 (JA)

 

FINCHES and ALLIES

Purple Finch 3 at Skagit WMA (Wylie Slough) on 9-8 (JA)

 

(JA) Jean Ashby; (GB) Gary Bletsch; (WC) Wade Clark; (JH) Joe Halton; (RK) Robert Kuntz; (SK) Stan Kostka; (SRP) Sheila & Ron Pera (PP) Pam Pritzl; (SAS) Skagit Audubon Society Field Trip; (AW) Andrea Warner; (RW) Regan Weeks

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