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Bird Sightings for May 2015

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
Cackling Goose 48 at Hayton Reserve on 4-19 (GB)
Wood Duck 4 at Green Road Marsh on 5-5 (RK); 45 at Gages Slough on 5-11 (RK, KK)
Eurasian Wigeon 2 at Jensen Access on 4-19 (GB)
Blue-winged Teal 4 at the Skagit Game Range on 5-15 (RK)
Cinnamon Teal 3 on Minkler Flats on 4-19 (GB); 2 on Burmaster Road on 4-28 (RK)
Long-tailed Duck 1 off Ship Harbor on 5-2 (GB)

PELCANS
American White Pelican 20-25 flying over Anacortes on 5-12 (MF)

HERONS
American Bittern 1 at Skagit Game Range on 4-18 (SAS); 1 in Lyman on 4-24 (GB); 2 at Northern State Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley on 4-30 (TM); 1 at Northern State Recreation Area on 5-9 (SAS)  
Green Heron 1 has returned to Gages Slough in inner city Burlington (LE); 1 at Gages Slough on 5-11 (RK, KK)

OSPREYS
Osprey 2 on nest at Corkindale Creek on 5-9 (SAS)

RAILS
Virginia Rail 1 at Ship Harbor wetlands on 4-28 (EE)
Sora 3 on Minkler Flats on 4-19 (GB); 2 at Northern State Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley on 4-30 (TM)  

OYSTERCATCHERS
Black Oystercatcher 1 at March Point on 4-24 (RK) PLOVERS
Semipalmated Plover 4 at March Point on 4-25 (GB); 11 at March Point on 4-26 (RK)

SANDPIPERS, PHALAROPES, and ALLIES
Solitary Sandpiper 1 at Gear Road on 5-10 (GB); 1 at Burlington Industrial Park on 5-11 (RK, KK); 3 at Estes Road on Samish Flats on 5-15 (RK, KK)
Whimbrel 100-200 on Rekdal Road, Camano Island 5-4 to 5-13 (SRP, PP); 24 along Chuckanut Drive on Samish Flats on 5-5 (RK); 210 at west end of Colony Road on 5-8 (GB); 60 along Chuckanut Drive and Samish Flats on 5-15 (RK, KK)
Long-billed Curlew 1 at March Point on 4-24, 4-26, 5-11 (RK); 1 seen (originally found by Wayne Weber) off
March point on 4-25 (GB)
Marbled Godwit 1 off March Point on 4-25 (GB); 2 at March Point on 4-26 (RK)
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1 at the West 90 on 5-15 (RK, KK)
Western Sandpiper 4 at Jensen Access on 4-19 (GB); 200 at English Boom, Camano Island on 5-4 (PP)
Least Sandpiper 1 at Van Horn Ponds on 4-22 (GB); 20 at Burlington Industrial Park on 4-26 (RK)
Wilson's Snipe 5 at Burlington Industrial Park on 4-26 (RK)
Wilson's Phalarope 3 on Minkler Flats on 5-8 (GB); 3 in Estes Road wetland (intersection of Estes and Chuckanut Drive) on 5-14 (JB)

GULLS and TERNS
Franklin's Gull 1 off March Point on 4-25 (GB)
Bonaparte's Gull 10 off March Point on 4-25 (GB); 4 at March Point on 4-26 (RK)
Caspian Tern 38 at March Point on 4-26 (RK)

DOVES and PIGEONS
Band-tailed Pigeon 3 at Concrete on 5-9 (SAS)

OWLS
Great Horned Owl 2 at Green Road Marsh on 5-5 (RK)

SWIFTS
Vaux's Swift 1 at Minkler Flats on 4-22 (GB); 5200 at Old Northern State Hospital, Sedro-Woolley on 4-30 (TM)

FLYCATCHERS
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1 in Bay View yard on 5-8 (LM); 1 at Bay View Cemetery on 5-11 (RK, KK); 1 in Camano Island yard on 5-11 (PP)
Hammond's Flycatcher 1 in Hamilton on 4-26 (GB)
Dusky Flycatcher 1 near Cockreham Island on 5-8 (GB)
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 1 in Hamilton on 5-2 (GB)
Western Kingbird 1 on Hemlock Road, Sedro-Woolley, by Northern State Recreation Area on 4-30 (TM); 1 along SR 20 near Alder Drive on 5-9 (SAS); 1 in field south of Sauk Mountain on 5-9 (GB)
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1 in Bay View yard on 5-8 (LM); 1 at Bay View Cemetery on 5-11 (RK, KK); 1 in Camano Island yard on 5-11 (PP)
Hammond's Flycatcher 1 in Hamilton on 4-26 (GB)
Dusky Flycatcher 1 near Cockreham Island on 5-8 (GB)
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 1 in Hamilton on 5-2 (GB)
Western Kingbird 1 on Helmick Road, Sedro-Woolley, by Northern State Recreation Area on 4-30 (TM); 1 along SR 20 near Alder Drive on 5-9 (SAS); 1 in field south of Sauk Mountain on 5-9 (GB)

VIREOS
Cassin's Vireo 1 at Hillcrest Park, Mount Vernon on 5- 6 (TM); 1 at Howard Miller Steelhead Park on 5-9 (SAS);
Hutton's Vireo 2 at Hillcrest Park, Mount Vernon on 5-6 (TM)  
Warbling Vireo 2 in Hamilton on 5-2 (GB); 2 at Hillcrest Park, Mount Vernon on 5-6 (TM)  

SWALLOWS
Purple Martin 1 at Ship Harbor on 5-2 (GB); 4 at Ship Harbor on 5-12 (RK, KK)WRENS
House Wren 1 at Bay View cemetery on 5-11 (RK, KK); 1 at Rosario Head on 5-12 (RK, KK)

THRUSHES
Swainson's Thrush 1 in Bay View yard on 5-7 (LM); 1 on Butler Hill on 5-7 (RK, KK); 3 at Nichol’s Bar on 5-10 (GB); 1 at Camano Island home on 5-11 (PP)
Hermit Thrush 1 in Anacortes yard on 5-14 (JBo)

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

WARBLERS
Orange-crowned Warbler 10 at Northern State Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley on 4-30 (TM)  
Nashville Warbler 1 at Rockport Quarry on 5-9 (SAS);
Yellow Warbler 1 male on Suet in Burlington yard on 3-18 (LE)
Yellow-rumped Warbler 20-40 “Audubon’s” at home at south end of Bay View Edison Road from 4-21 to 25 (BW); 20 (1 Myrtle) at Northern State Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley on 4-30 (TM)  
Black-throated Gray Warbler 1 in Hamilton on 4-26 (GB); 1 at Marblemount Fish Hatchery on 5-9 (SAS)
Townsend's Warbler 1near Cockreham Island on 5-4 (GB)
MacGillivray's Warbler 1 in Camano Island yard on 5-4 (PP); 1 at Martin Road on 5-9 (GB)
Common Yellowthroat 24 at Northern State Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley on 4-30 (TM)   
Wilson's Warbler pair in Camano Island yard on 5-1(PP); 1 in Hamilton on 5-2 (GB)

TANAGERS and ALLIES
Western Tanager 10 at Hillcrest Park, Mount Vernon on 5-6 (TM); 1 in Camano Island yard on 5-9 (PP)
Black-headed Grosbeak arrived in Camano Island yard on 4-28 (PP); 1 in Burlington yard on suet on 5-15 (LE)
Lazuli Bunting 1 near Cockreham Island on 5-3 (GB)  

SPARROWS
Chipping Sparrow 1 near Cockreham Island on 4-25 (GB); 1 at Howard Miller Steelhead Park on 5-9 (SAS)
Vesper Sparrow 2 at Corkindale Creek on 5-9 (SAS);
Savannah Sparrow 17 at Northern State Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley on 4-30 (TM)  
Song Sparrow 18 at Northern State Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley on 4-30 (TM)  
Lincoln's Sparrow 3 at Northern State Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley on 4-30 (TM)  
White-throated Sparrow 1 at Green Road Marsh on 4-26 (RK); 1 wintered near Cockreham Island through 4-26 (GB)

BLACKBIRDS and ORIOLES
Yellow-headed Blackbird 1 on Minkler Flats on 5-10 (GB)
Bullock's Oriole 4 at Green Road Marsh on 5-5 (RK); 1 in Bay View yard on 5-7 (LM); 2 at Howard Miller Steelhead Park on 5-9 (SAS)

FINCHES
Red Crossbill 5 at Lake McMurray boat launch on 4-30 (AW)

MAMMALS
Bobcat   1 on Martin Road near Rockport on 4-26 (GB)

 

(JB) Joan Bird; (JBo) Jackie Boss; (GB) Gary Bletsch; (LE) Larry Edwards; (EE) Eileen Eimermann; (MF) Marilyn Foster; (KK) Kraig Kemper; (RK) Robert Kuntz; (TM) Tim Manns; (LM) Libby Mills; (SRP) Sheila and Ron Pera; (PP) Pam Pritzl; (SAS) Skagit Audubon Society Field Trip; (AW) Andrea Warner; (BW) Ben Welcome

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