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Bird Sightings for December 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

Greater White-fronted Goose 2 at Barnaby Slough on 11-29 (GB)

Tundra Swan 1 “Bewick’s” in Dodge Valley on 11-27 (RM)

Canvasback 31 on Challenge Lake on 12-6 (GB)

Ruddy Duck 24 at pond on Kelleher Road Butler Flats on 12-16 (RH)

 

GALLINACEOUS BIRDS

Ring-necked Pheasant 1 female was in Anacortes yard at B Ave and 31st St on 12-2 (KH)

 

GREBES

Eared Grebe 1 at March Point on 11-28 (GB)

 

OSPREY

Osprey 1 at Marblemount Boat Launch on 11-25 (RM) LATE

 

HAWKS, EAGLES, and ALLIES

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 immature came to bird feeders at Burlington home on 11-23 (LE)

Golden Eagle 1 at Butler Flats on 12-10 (KJW)

 

SANDPIPERS. PHALAROPES. and ALLIES

Spotted Sandpiper 1 at SR 20 Milepost 100 on 11-29 (GB); 1 at Clayton Beach, Larrabee State Park on 12-4 (TM)

Long-billed Curlew 1 at March Point on 11-27 (RM)

Wilson's Snipe 1 at Northern State Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley on 12-2 (TM)

 

ALCIDS

Marbled Murrelet 1 at Green Point, Washington Park, Anacortes on 12-6 (GB)

 

GULLS and TERNS

Black-legged Kittiwake 1 at Rosario Head on 12-5 (GB) UNUSUAL

Franklin's Gull 1 on Minkler Flats on 11-25 (GB); 2 at Green Point, Washington Park, Anacortes on 12-6 (GB) UNUSUAL

Herring Gull 1 at Rosario Head on 12-5 (GB)

Thayer's Gull 1 in Burlington on 11-25 (GB)

 

OWLS

Northern Pygmy-Owl 1 at Martin Road on 11-29 (GB)

Great Horned Owl 1 on Butler Hill, Sedro-Woolley in backyard on 12-11 (RH)

 

WOODPECKERS

Downy Woodpecker 1 on suet at Burlington home on 12-3 (LE); pair on suet feeder at Mount Vernon home throughout sighting period (JA)

Hairy Woodpecker pair on suet feeder at Mount Vernon home throughout sighting period (JA)

Pileated Woodpecker 2 near home in Mount Vernon on 12-18 (JA)

 

SHRIKES

Northern Shrike 1 at Northern State Recreation Area on 12-2 (TM)

 

BUSHTITS

Bushtit 1 at Burlington home from 12-9 to 12-12 (KJW)

 

KINGLETS

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 flitting around the bushes at a Burlington home on 12-2 (LE)

 

THRUSHES

Hermit Thrush 1 at Bay View Cemetery on 11-21 (GB)

Varied Thrush “first of fall” arrived at Burlington home on 11-27 (LE)

 

WARBLERS

Orange-crowned Warbler 1 on suet at Burlington home on 12-4 (LE)

Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 “Audubon’s” at home in north Mount Vernon on 11-29 (DW); 1 at Burlington home from 12-9 to 12-13 (KJW)

 

SPARROWS and ALLIES

Vesper Sparrow 1 at Francis Rd./Thillberg Rd. on 11-27 (RM)

Lincoln's Sparrow 1 at Burlington home from 12-9 to 12-14 (KJW)

White-throated Sparrow 1 at Burlington home from 12-2 to 12-17 (KJW)

Harris's Sparrow 1 at Butler Flats from 12-9 to 12-17 (KJW); 1 at Burlington home on 12-12 (GB)

 

FINCHES and ALLIES

Purple Finch 3 at home in Mount Vernon on 12-4 (JA)

Pine Siskin over 100 at thistle feeder at Camano Island home throughout count period (SRP)

Evening Grosbeak 8 at Camano Island home throughout count period (SRP)

 

MAMMALS

Porcupine 1 road-kill at SR 20 by Similk Golf Course on 12-6 (GB)

Bobcat 1 in Mount Vernon on 12-1 (JA)

 

(JA) Jean Ashby; (GB) Gary Bletsch; (LE) Larry Edwards; (KH) Kristi Hein; (RH) Ron Holmes; (TM) Tim Manns;  (RM) Ryan Merrill; (SRP) Sheila &  Ron Pera; (KJW) Keith & Jan Wiggers; (DW) Dee Ann Wolfe

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