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Bird Sightings for February 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 on Cockreham Island on 1-23 (GB)

Cackling Goose 1 at Bingo Hall Lagoon on 2-12 (GB)

Mute Swan 1 at Britt Slough on 12-21 (GB)

Swan sp.  650 at Johnson-Debay Swan Reserve on 2-13 (TM)

Canvasback 2 on Beaver Lake on 1-30 (GB)

King Eider 1 in Anacortes on 1-3 (GB) UNUSUAL

Long-tailed Duck 30+at Samish Island Public Beach on 2-16 (PP); 8+ on Fidalgo Bay, seen by OARS boats on 2-17 (JB, BK)

Barrow's Goldeneye 20 off Clayton Beach, Larrabee State Pak on 1-3 (TM)

Ruddy Duck 140 on Big Lake on 1-30 (GB)

 

GALLINACEOUS BIRDS

Ruffed Grouse 1 at Barnaby Slough on 2-7 (GB)

 

LOONS

Red-throated Loon 300 at West Beach, Deception Pass State Park on 2-20 (SAS)

 

GREBES

Eared Grebe 1 at March Point on 1-31 & 2-6 (GB)

Western Grebe 56 in Skagit Bay (from boat) on 2-18 (ID)

 

HERONS and ALLIES

American Bittern 2 at Northern State Recreation Area on 1-31 (GB)

 

HAWKS, EAGLS, & ALLIES

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 immature observed regularly throughout sighting period at Burlington home (LE)

 

FALCONS

Gyrfalcon 1 on Samish Flats on 2-6 (GB)

 

SANDPIPERS, PHALAROPES, &ALLIES

Spotted Sandpiper 1 in Anacortes on 1-3 (GB); 1 at Coronet Bay, Deception Pass State Park on 2-20 (SAS)

Long-billed Curlew 1 at March Point on 1-1 (GB)

Marbled Godwit 1 at Tosi Point on 1-2 (GB)

Long-billed Dowitcher 5 along Swinomish Channel on 1-2 (GB)

Wilson's Snipe 2 at North Burlington Industrial Park wetland on 2-2 (RH) 
Snipe Wilsons JH1 Photo By Joe Halton

 

ALCIDS

Ancient Murrelet 3 at Samish Island Public Beach on 1-25 (GB)

 

GULLS & TERNS

Western Gull 3 at Jensen Access on 2-14 (GB)

California Gull 1 in Burlington on 2-14 (GB)

Thayer's Gull 1 in Burlington on 2-14 & 2-15 (GB)

 

OWLS

Barred Owl 1 at Sauk Boat Launch on 2-13 (GB)

Short-eared Owl 1 flying over Padilla Bay Trail on 1-19 (LE)

Northern Saw-whet Owl 1 at Bay View home on 12-31 & 2-3 (CS); 1 on Swinomish Reservation on 1-2 (GB)

 

HUMMINGBIRDS

Rufous Hummingbird 1 male at home on east Fidalgo Island home on 2-18 (RW) EARLY

 

WOODPECKERS

Red-breasted Sapsucker 1 at home on east Fidalgo Island throughout sighting period (RW); 1 at Lake Erie on 2-20 (SAS)

Pileated Woodpecker 1 on Cascade Trail just south of Highway 20 at Helmick Road on 12-29 (DW)

 

VIREOS

Hutton's Vireo 1 at Camano Island home on 2-10 (PP), 1 (heard) at home on east Fidalgo Island home on 2-9 (RW)

 

CORVIDS

American Crow 500 near Cockreham Island on 12-26 (GB)

Common Raven 83 on Sauk Prairie on 2-13 (GB)

 

KINGLETS

Golden-crowned Kinglet several small flocks on ground on Interurban Trail near Larrabee State Park on 1-6 (LE)

  Kinglet Golden crowned JH4 Photo By Joe Halton

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 observed regularly 12-20 to 2-4 at an Anacortes home (JB)

 

THRUSHES 

Mountain Bluebird 1 on Martin Road on 1-18 (GB)

Townsend's Solitaire 1 in Concrete on 12-22 (GB)

 

WAXWINGS

Cedar Waxwing 10 on Lincoln Hill, Mount Vernon on 1-20 (SB)

 

WARBLERS

Orange-crowned Warbler 2 on suet at Burlington home last week of January (LE); 1 occasionally at suet 12-28 to 2-4 at Anacortes home (JB)

Yellow-rumped Warbler 3 on suet at Burlington home on 1-17 (LE)

Townsend's Warbler 1 at Mount Vernon home on 12-26 (BE)

 

SPARROWS & ALLIES

Swamp Sparrow 1 at North Fork Access on 1-1 (GB)

 

FINCHES  & ALLIES

Common Redpoll 80 at Corkindale Creek on 1-18 (GB)

 

(GB) Gary Bletsch; (JB) Jackie Boss; (SB) Susan Butler; (ID) Ivar Dolph; (BE) Beth Edwards; (LE) Larry Edwards; (RH) Ron Holmes; (BK) Betty Kuehn; (TM) Tim Manns; (PP) Pam Pritzl; (CS) Cathy Scott; (SAS) Skagit Audubon Society; (RW) Regan Weeks; (DW) Daria Wheatley

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