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Bird Sightings for November 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

Snow Goose 17 “blue morph” among the Snow Geese on Fir Island on 11-11 (RM)

Cackling Goose 80+ on Fir Island on 11-11 (RM)

Black Scoter 8 at Birch Bay State Park on 11-7 (SAS)

GALLINACEOUS BIRDS

Ruffed Grouse 1 near Sedro Woolley on 10-29 (DW)

GREBES

Western Grebe 2 on Skagit River by the playfields at Skagit River Park, Burlington on 11-1 (LE)

SHEARWATERS

Northern Fulmar 1 light morph off Rosario Head, Deception Pass State Park on 11-11 (RM) RARE

Pink-footed Shearwater 1 off Rosario Head, Deception Pass State Park on 11-11 (RM) RARE

HERONS and ALLIES

Great Egret 1 at Indian Slough off Bayview-Edison Road (RJ); 1 at southeast corner of March Point on 11-11 (RM);1 at Whitmarsh Junction on 11-13 (TM); 1 at south end Padilla Bay on 11-14 (CS); 1 at Bingo Hall Lagoon on 11-14 (GB)

HAWKS, EAGLES and ALLIES

Red-tailed Hawk 1 light morph Harlan’s Hawk on Josh Wilson Road on 11-14 (AW)

Rough-legged Hawk 1 near Padilla Bay on 10-24 (LM)

OYSTERCATCHERS

Black Oystercatcher 115 at West Beach, Deception Pass State Park on 11-14 (SAS)

 

SANDPIPERS, PHALAROPES, and ALLIES

Long-billed Curlew 1 by Swinomish Casino on 10-31 (GB)

Black Turnstone 150 at Penn Cove, Whidbey Island on 11-14 (SAS)

Surfbird 6 at Penn Cove, Whidbey Island on 11-14 (SAS)

Long-billed Dowitcher 17 at Hayton Reserve on 11-14 (GB)

Red Phalarope 1 off Rosario Head, Deception Pass State Park on 11-11 (RM) RAREeHead

 

ALCIDS

Cassin's Auklet 1 at Rosario Beach, Deception Pass State Park on 10-23 (RM) RARE

 

GULLS and TERNS

Herring Gull 1 at Rosario Head on 10-25 (GB)

PIGEONS and DOVES

Band-tailed Pigeon 1 in Sedro-Woolley on 11-15 (GB)

 

OWLS

Short-eared Owl 1 on Padilla Bay Dike at Little Indian Slough on 11-18 (RJ)

 

FALCONS

Merlin 1 at Skagit River Park in Burlington on 11-1 (LE)

 

SHRIKES

Northern Shrike 1 in Bayview on 10-24 (LM); 1 hovering over the fields near the Padilla Bay Shore Trail on 10-28 (LM)

VIREOS

Hutton's Vireo 1 at Vogler Lake on 10-17 (GB)

WARBLERS

Northern Waterthrush 1 at Skagit Game Range on 10-23 (RM)

Common Yellowthroat 1 at the West 90 on 11-15 (GB)

Yellow Warbler 1 very late individual near Cochreham Island on 10-31(GB)

SPARROWS and ALLIES

White-throated Sparrow 3 at Burlington home on 10-28 (KJW); 1 at Burlington home on 11-20 (LE)

BLACKBIRDS and ORIOLES

Yellow-headed Blackbird 1 with a blackbird flock on Mann Rd. on 11-11 (RM)

Rusty Blackbird 1 female at Skagit Wild Bird Store on 10-14; 1 male at Kiwanis Waterfront Park, Anacortes on 10-23 (IP)

Brown-headed Cowbird 200 on Butler Flats on 11-17 (GB)

FINCHES and ALLIES

Pine Siskin 30+ on feeders in Burlington yard on 11-1 (LE)

American Goldfinch 1 leucistic at Skagit Wild Bird Store on 10-19 (JH)

 

 

(GB) Gary Bletsch; (LE) Larry Edwards; (JH) Joe Halton; (RJ) Rosie Jensen; (TM) Tim Manns; (RM) Ryan Merrill; (LM) Libby Mills; (IP) Irene Perry; (CS) Cathy Scott; (SAS) Skagit Audubon Field Trip; (AW) Andrea Warner; (DW) Daria Wheatley; (KJW) Keith & Jan Wiggers

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