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Bird Sightings for October 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 30 at the Skagit Game Range on 10-11 (BK); 110 with 1250 snow geese along Dry Slough Road on Fir Island on 10-12 (BK)

Trumpeter Swan 1 on Butler Flats on 10-10 (GB)

American Wigeon x Eurasian Wigeon hybrid 1 at March Point on 10-11 (GB)

Cinnamon Teal 2 at the Skagit Game Range on 10-3 (GB)

Canvasback 1 on Lake Erie on 10-10 (GB)

Redhead 1 on Lake Erie on 10-10 (GB)

Surf Scoter 3 on Judy Reservoir on 10-9 (GB) unusual on fresh water here

Long-tailed Duck 2 in Fidalgo Bay, outside the marina on 10-14 (VBK)

 

LOONS

Pacific Loon 1 at Green Point, WA Park, Anacortes on 10-11 (GB)

 

GREBES

Western Grebe 3 off Green Point, WA Park, Anacortes on 10-10 (VBK)

 

HERONS and ALLIES

American Bittern 1 at North Fork Access on 10-10 (GB); 1 at Hayton Reserve on 10-10 (GB)

Great Egret 1 at Channel Drive on 9-20 (GB); 1 at Channel Drive on 10-3 (RM); 1 at Port Susan Bay on 10-6 (PP); 1 at March Point on 10-8 (PP); 1 at March Point on 10-11 (GB)

Green Heron 1 at pond on Blodgett Road, Mount Vernon on 9-21 (BK); 1 at the Skagit Game Range on 9-26 (GB); 1 at the Skagit Game Range on 10-3 (SAS)

 

HAWKS, EAGLES and ALLIES

Northern Goshawk 1 at Corkindale Creek on 9-21 (RM)

BROAD-WINGED HAWK 1 at Corkindale on 9-27 (GB) UNUSUAL

Golden Eagle 2 at the Hardy Burn on 9-27 (GB)

 

PLOVERS

American Golden-Plover 2 on the Samish Flats on 9-20 (GB); 1 at Samish Island on 9-21 (RM); 1 at Jensen Access on 9-21 (RM); 5 in field on road to Jensen Access on 10-7 (JA)

Pacific Golden-Plover 1 at Samish Island on 9-21 and 10-3 (RM)

 

SANDPIPERS, PHALAROPES, and ALLIES

Greater Yellowlegs 109 at Jensen Access on 9-30 (RM)

Whimbrel 1 at Jensen Access on 9-21 (RM)

Long-billed Curlew 1 at March Point on 9-21 (RM); 1 at March Point on 9-26 (GB); 1 at March Point on 10-13 (RM)

Red Knot 1 at Jensen Access on 9-21 (RM); 2 on Samish Island on 10-3 (RM)

Sanderling 15 at March Point on 9-20 (GB); 5 at March Point on 9-26 (GB)

Dunlin 1 at March Point on 10-10 (GB)

 

JAEGERS

Pomarine Jaeger 2 at Rosario Head on 9-30 (RM); 1 at Rosario Head on 10-13 (RM)

Parasitic Jaeger 7 at Rosario Head on 9-30 (RM); 8 at Rosario Head on 10-13 (RM)

 

ALCIDS

Ancient Murrelet 1 at Rosario Head on 9-30 (RM)

 

GULLS and TERNS

Heermann's Gull 800 at Rosario Head on 10-13 (RM)

Common Tern 4 at March Point on 9-25 (BK)

 

OWLS

Short-eared Owl 1 at Jensen Access on 10-7 (JA)

 

WOODPECKERS

Red-breasted Sapsucker 2 in Anacortes yard on 9-28 (JB)

Northern Flicker 1 “yellow shafted” with 3 “red shafted” in Anacortes yard on 10-16 (CJR)

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Sapsucker Red breasted RH4

Photo by Ron Holmes

SHRIKES

Northern Shrike 1 near Cockreham Island on 10-4 (GB); 1 at Port Susan Bay on 10-6 (PP)

 

VIREOS

Hutton's Vireo 1 at Barnaby Slough on 10-4 (GB)

 

CORVIDS

Western Scrub-Jay 1 at Burlington home on 9-24 and 10-6 (LE)

Clark's Nutcracker 7 at Corkindale Creek on 9-21 (RM); 3 at the Hardy Burn on 9-27 (GB)

 

SWALLOWS

Barn Swallow 12 at the Skagit Game Range on 10-10 (GB)

 

PIPITS

American Pipit 20 near the end of March Point on 10-11 (VBK)

 

LONGSPURS and  SNOW BUNTINGS

Lapland Longspur 2 at Corkindale Creek on 9-21 (RM)

 

WARBLERS

Northern Waterthrush 1 at the Skagit Game Range on 10-3 (SAS); 1 at the Skagit Game Range on 10-3 (GB)

Yellow Warbler female in Burlington yard on 9-24 (LE); 1 near Cockreham Island on 10-4 (GB) 

 

SPARROWS and ALLIES

American Tree Sparrow 1 in bushes near the Guemes Ferry Terminal, Anacortes on 10-1 (JO)

Chipping Sparrow 1 at Rosario Head on 10-13 (RM)

White-throated Sparrow 1 at the Skagit Airport Ponds on 10-11 (GB)

 

TANAGERS and ALLIES

ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK 1 hatch year male Camano Island home from 10-2 to 10-4 (PP) UNUSUAL

Black-headed Grosbeak 1 pair in Burlington yard on 9-24 (LE)

 

BLACKBIRDS and ORIOLES

Western Meadowlark 1 in Concrete on 9-19 (GB); 25 on Dahlstad Road on 10-12 (KJW)

Yellow-headed Blackbird 1 on the Samish Flats on 9-20 (GB); 2 at Hayton reserve on 9-26 (GB)

Rusty Blackbird 1 on Fir Island on 10-10 (GB)

 

(JA) Jean Ashby; (GB) Gary Bletsch; (JB) Jane Brandt; (LE) Larry Edwards; (VBK) Von & Betty Kuehn; (BK) Bob Kuntz; (RM) Ryan Merrill; (PP) Pam Pritzl; (JO) John O’Connell; (CJR) Cynthia & Jack Richardson; (SAS) Skagit Audubon Field Trip; (KJW) Keith & Jan Wiggers

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