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Bird Sightings for May 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 1 at the Skagit Game Range on 5-8 (GB)

Cackling Goose 23 at the Skagit Game Range on 5-8 (GB)

Canada Goose pair nesting in hole in horizontal beam on top of pilings at Anacortes Ship Harbor on 5-5 (DJ)

Trumpeter Swan 1 near Cook Road interchange on 4-23 (GB); 6 along I-5 at Burlington on 4-24 (TM)

Tundra Swan 4 near Cook Road interchange on 4-23 (GB)

Mute Swan 1 near Cook Road interchange on 4-15 (GB)

Mallard 7 older chicks with female at Anacortes Ship Harbor marsh on 5-5 (DJ)

Blue-winged Teal 2 at the Skagit Game Range on 4-23 (GB)

Barrow's Goldeneye pair at Grandy Lake on 5-12 (AW)

Red-breasted Merganser 1 at Skagit-Baker River confluence on 5-15 (rare upriver) (GB)

 

PELCANS

American White Pelican 11 at Jensen Access on 5-8 (GB)

 

HERONS and ALLIES

American Bittern 1 at Lyman on 5-5 and 5-14 (GB)

 

RAILS and COOTS

Virginia Rail adult with 3 chicks at Anacortes Ship Harbor Marsh on 5-5 (DJ)

Sora 2 at Barney Lake, Mount Vernon on 5-13 (TM)

 

SANDPIPERS, PHALAROPES, and ALLIES

Spotted Sandpiper 1 at the Skagit Game Range on 5-8 (GB)

Solitary Sandpiper 1 on Minkler Flats on 5-7 & 5-8 (GB)

Marbled Godwit 1 at Jensen Access on 5-1 (GB)

Least Sandpiper1 at Anacortes Ship Harbor marsh on 5-5 (DJ)

Pectoral Sandpiper 5 at the Skagit Game Range on 5-14 (GB)

Semipalmated Sandpiper 1 at the Skagit Game Range on 5-8 (rare in spring) (GB)

Short-billed Dowitcher 1 at the Skagit Game Range on 4-28 (GB)

 

GULLS and TERNS

Bonaparte's Gull 30 off Samish Island on 4-17 (GB)

 

DOVES and PIGEONS

Band-tailed Pigeon 4 at Van Horn Ponds on 4-16 (GB)

 

HUMMINGBIRDS

Calliope Hummingbird 1 at feeder near Cockreham Island on 5-13 (GB)

 

WOODPECKERS

Red-breasted Sapsucker 1 at Grandy Lake on 5-12 (AW)

 

FLYCATCHERS

Olive-sided Flycatcher 1 at east Fidalgo home on 5-13 (RW); 2 at Secret Harbor, Cypress Island, on 5-19 (TM)

Hammond's Flycatcher 1 at South Cascade Road on 4-24 (GB)

Pacific-slope Flycatcher 1 at Illabot Creek on 4-16 (GB); several in woods at east Fidalgo home on 5-7 (RW)

Black Phoebe 1 (found originally by Ryan Merrill) at the Skagit Game Range on 4-28 (GB)

 

VIREOS

Cassin's Vireo 1 at Corkindale on 5-8 (GB)

Warbling Vireo 1 in Hamilton on 4-24 (GB); 1 at Hansen Creek, Northern State Recreation Area, Sedro Woolley on 4-26 (TM)

 

CORVIDS

Clark's Nutcracker 1 at the Hardy Burn on 5-15 (GB)

 

SWALLOWS

Purple Martin “lots” nesting at Anacortes Ship Harbor marsh on 5-5 (DJ)

 

WRENS

House Wren 6 at Secret Harbor, Cypress Island, on 4-21 (TM)

 

KINGLETS

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 at the Hardy Burn on 5-15 (GB)

 

THRUSHES

Swainson's Thrush heard first song of the year at east Fidalgo home on 5-13 (RW)

 

PIPITS

American Pipit 13 at North Fork Access on 4-19 (GB); large flock on Butler Flats on 4-30 (AW)

 

WARBLERS

Nashville Warbler 1 in Hamilton on 4-30 (GB)

Yellow Warbler 1 at DeBay’s Slough on 5-1 (GB)

Black-throated Gray Warbler 1 at South Cascade Road on 4-16 (GB)

 

TANAGERS and ALLIES

Western Tanager 1 at suet at east Fidalgo home on 5-10 (RW)

Black-headed Grosbeak first of year on suet in east Fidalgo Island on 5-6 (RW);1 at Grandy Lake on 5-12 (AW); 2 pair at Camano Island home on 5-13 (SRP)

Lazuli Bunting 1 near Cockreham Island on 5-9 (GB); 3 at Northern State Recreation Area on 5-16 (JB)

 

SPARROWS and ALLIES

Chipping Sparrow 1 near Cockreham Island on 5-9 (GB)

 

BLACKBIRDS and ORIOLES

Yellow-headed Blackbird 1 on Minkler Flats on 4-8 (GB)

Bullock's Oriole 1 at Milltown on 5-14 (GB)

 

FINCHES and ALLIES

Red Crossbill 18 at Bacon Creek on 5-15 (GB)

Evening Grosbeak 20+ at Lincoln Hill, Mt. Vernon 4-8 to 4-22 (TM)

 

(JB) Joan Bird; (GB) Gary Bletsch; (DJ) Don Jonasson; (TM) Tim Manns; (SRP) Sheila and Ron Pera; (AW) Andrea Warner; (RW) Regan Weeks

 

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