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Bird Sightings for April 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 11 at Skagit Wildlife Management Area on 4-20 (RK)

Wood Duck pair on Northern State Recreation Area wetland on 4-7 (RH); 5 male and 2 female on Johnson-Debay slough on 4-13 (RH); 16 at Skagit Wildlife Management Area on 4-20 (RK)

Blue-winged Teal 1 at Skagit Wildlife Management Area on 4-20 (RK)

Cinnamon Teal 4 at Skagit Wildlife Management Area on 4-7 (JB); 2 at Skagit Wildlife Management Area on 4-20 (RK)

Long-tailed Duck a pair on Fidalgo Bay on 4-21 (BB)

 

PELICANS

American White Pelican 21 in Padilla Bay, north of Bayview on 4-13 (RK, LM); 21 at Padilla Bay on 4-15 (GB) UNUSUAL in Skagit County

 

HERONS & ALLIES

American Bittern 4 on Northern State Recreation Area wetland on 4-7 (RH)

 

OSPREYS

Osprey pair fishing and nest building at Ship Harbor on 4-14 (DJ)

 

HAWKS, EAGLES, & ALLIES

Red-tailed Hawk 1 Harlan’s at Corkindale Creek on 3-28 (RM)

Golden Eagle 1 at Jackson Creek Road on 4-3 (GB); 1 at Martin Road on 4-3 (GB)

 

OYSTERCATCHERS

Black Oystercatcher 4 at Washington Park, Anacortes on 4-6 (LE)

 

PLOVERS

Semipalmated Plover 9 at March Point on 4-15 (RK)

Killdeer 5 on Burlington Industrial wetland on 4-7 (RH)

 

SANDPIPERS, PHALAROPES, &ALLIES

Whimbrel 1 at Padilla Bay boat launch on 4-15 (LM); 50 at Rekdal farm field, Camano Island on 4-20 (PP)

Long-billed Curlew 1 at March Point on 3-27 and 4-2 (GB)

Marbled Godwit 1 at March Point on 3-27 and 4-2 (GB)

 

ALCIDS

Pigeon Guillemot 6 on Coupeville dock on 3-31 (RH)

 

GULLS & TERNS

Caspian Tern many at Padilla Bay on 4-15 (LM); 4 on Leque Island on 4-20 (SRP)

 

PIGEONS & DOVES

Band-tailed Pigeon 2 at Mount Vernon home on 4-17 (JA)

 

OWLS

Great Horned Owl 2 downy young sitting in nest at Skagit Wildlife Management Area on 4-20 (RK)

Burrowing Owl 1 at Port Susan Bay on 4-5 (JO) RARE in western WA

 

WOODPECKERS

Red-breasted Sapsucker 1 at Clear Lake boat launch on 4-18 (RH)

 

FLYCATCHERS

Pacific-slope Flycatcher 1 at Illabot Creek on 4-16 (GB); 12 on Padilla Bay uplands on 4-20 (LM)

Say's Phoebe 2 at Hurn Field, Concrete on 3-20 (GB); 1 at Marblemount northern fields on 3-20 (GB); 1 at Healy Road on 3-21 (GB); 1 at Martin Ranch on 3-28 (RM); 1 at Marblemount on 3-28 and 4-1 (RM); 2 at Sauk Prairie on 3-28 (RM)

 

SWALLOWS

Purple Martin 1 adult male at Padilla Bay on 4-17 (SK, MIP); 3 at Anacortes Ferry Terminal on 4-17 (GB); 3 pair at English Boom, Camano Island on 4-18 (PP)

Tree Swallow 5 on Lake Campbell on 3-31 (RH)

Barn Swallow 4 at Padilla Bay on 4-20 (LM)

 

THRUSHES

Western Bluebird 2 at Darrington on 3-28 (RM)

Mountain Bluebird 3 at Bryson Road on 3-28 (RM); 4 at Martin Ranch on 3-28 (RM); 2 at Marblemount on 4-1 (RM)

 

PIPITS

American Pipit 1 at Samish-West 90 on 4-17 (RK)

 

WARBLERS

Nashville Warbler 1 at Skagit Wildlife Management Area on 4-20 (RK)

Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 “Myrtle” and 2 “Audubon’s” at Skagit Wildlife Management Area on 4-20 (RK)

Wilson’s Warbler 1 at Mt. Vernon home on 4-16 (JA)

 

SPARROWS & ALLIES

American Tree Sparrow 1 at Martin Road on 3-20 and 3-26 (GB); 1 at Martin Road on 3-28 (RM)

Vesper Sparrow 1 at Marblemount boat launch on 4-16 (GB)

White-throated Sparrow 1 at Burlington home throughout sighting period (LE); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Management Area on 4-20 (RK)

 

BLACKBIRDS and ORIOLES

Red-winged Blackbird 10 pair on Northern State Recreation wetland on 4-7 (RH)

Brown-headed Cowbird 2 at Camano Island home on 4-18 (SRP); 2 at Padilla Bay on 4-20 (LM)

 

FINCHES  & ALLIES

American Goldfinch 2 at Camano Island home on 4-18 (SRP)

Evening Grosbeak 6 males on Butler Hill on 4-1 (RH); 15 at Mount Vernon home on 4-22 (JA)

 

 

(JA) Jean Ashby; (BB) Bob Barry; (JB) Joan Bird; (GB) Gary Bletsch; (LE) Larry Edwards; (RH) Ron Holmes; (DJ) Don Jonasson; (RK) Robert Kuntz; (SK) Stan Kostka; (LM) Libby Mills; (RM) Ryan Merrill; (JO) Jeff Osmundson; (MIP) Mark & Irene Perry; (PP) Pam Pritzl; (RSP) Ron & Sheila Pera

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