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Bird Sightings for January 2021 through February 2021

PamPritzlby 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

Tundra Swan 7 at SWAWS on 1-15 (NOH)

Canvasback 30 at Dugualla Bay on 2-7 (NOH)

Redhead 2 at Bingo Hall Lagoon on 2-9 (GB)

Harlequin Duck 8 at Rosario Head on 2-8 (NOH)

Black Scoter 1 at Clayton Beach, Larrabee State Park on 2-3 (TM)

Long-tailed Duck 5 at SHIP on 1-28 (NOH)

GALLINACEOUS BIRDS

Ring-necked Pheasant 1 on Samish Flats on 2-3 (YH)

GREBES

Eared Grebe 1 at Cap Sante Marina on 1-29 (GB)

OYSTERCATCHERS

Black Oystercatcher 1at WA Park, Anacortes on 1-25 & 3 at Rosario Head on 2-8 (NOH)

PLOVERS 

Black-bellied Plover 70 on Samish Flats on 2-1 (NOH)

SANDPIPERS and ALLIES

Black Turnstone 15 at Rocky Point, Camano Island on 1-28 (PP)

Surfbird 1 at Rosario Head on 1-18 (GB)

Dunlin 1000 on Samish Flats on 2-1 (NOH); 2000 at Leque Island (Eide Rd) on 2-12 (PP)

Spotted Sandpiper 1 at Rosario Head on 2-8 (NOH)

Greater Yellowlegs 5 at Penn Cove & 3 at Dugualla Bay on 2-7 (NOH)

ALCIDS

Marbled Murrelet 4 on Burrows Bay on 1-17 & 7 at Rosario Head on 2-8 (NOH)

Ancient Murrelet 2 at Green Point, WA Park, Anacortes on 1-25 (GB)

GULLS and TERNS

Herring Gull 1 at the West 90, Samish Flats on 1-27 & 2-7 (GB)

Iceland Gull 1 “Thayer’s” on Butler Flats on 2-9 (GB)

LOONS 

Red-throated Loon hundreds at Deception Pass SP on 1-22 (YH); 500 at Rosario Head on 2-8 (NOH)

Common Loon 1 on Burrows Bay on 2-8 (NOH)

HERONS and ALLIES

Great Egret 1 on Skagit Flats on 1-16 (YH); 1 on Fir Island on 2-9 (SRP)

HAWKS, EAGLES and ALLIES

Bald Eagle 14 on Fir Island & 5 at SWAWS on 1-15, 48 on Samish Flats on 1-17, 12 at SWAWS on 1-21, 7 at SWAWS on 1-23, 1 at Cranberry Lake, ACFL, 68 on Samish Flats on 2-1, 2 at Penn Cove on 2-7 & 2 at Rosario Head on 2-8 (NOH)

Northern Harrier 11 on Samish Flats on 1-17, 1 at SWAWS on 1-23, 8 on Samish Flats on 2-1 & 1 at Penn Cove on 2-7 (NOH)

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 at Burrows Bay home on 2-5 (NOH); juvenile at east Fidalgo home on 2-5 & 2-13 (RW)

Cooper's Hawk 1 at SWAWS on 1-21 & 1-23 (NOH); adult at east Fidalgo home on 2-1 (RW); 1 on Samish Flats on 2-7 (YH)

Red-tailed Hawk 2 on Fir Island & 2 at SWAWS on 1-15, 13 on Samish Flats on 1-17, 1 at SWAWS on 1-21 & 1-23, 3 on Samish Flats on 2-1 & 1 at Penn Cove on 2-7 (NOH)

Rough-legged Hawk 4 on Samish Flats on 1-17 & 3 on Samish Flats on 2-1 (NOH); 1 at Iverson Spit, Camano Island on 2-12 (JS/MS)

OWLS

Great Horned Owl 3 at east Fidalgo home on 1-15 (RW); 2 at SWAWS on 1-15 & 1 at SWAWS on 1-23, 1 at Cranberry Lake, ACFL on 1-27 & 2 at Burrows Bay home on 2-5 (NOH); 2 at east Stanwood home throughout sighting period (JS/MS)

Barred Owl 1 at Cranberry Lake, ACFL on 1-27 (NOH)

Short-eared Owl 10 on Samish Flats on 1-17 & 5 on Samish Flats on 2-1 (NOH); 2 on Samish Flats on 2-3 (YH)

WOODPECKERS

Red-breasted Sapsucker 1 at east Fidalgo home on 2-6 & 2 on 2-14 (RW)

Hairy Woodpecker 2 at east Fidalgo home on 1-15 (RW)

Pileated Woodpecker 1 at WA Park, Anacortes on 1-25 & 1 at Cranberry Lake, ACFL on 1-27 (NOH)

FALCONS

American Kestrel 1 on Fir Island on 1-15 & 1 on Samish Flats on 2-1 (NOH)

Merlin 1 at Barnum Park, Camano Island on 1-28 (PP); 1 at Leque Island (Eide Rd) on 2-12 (MS)

Peregrine Falcon 1 on Fir Island on 1-15, 1 on Samish Flats on 1-21 & 1 at SWAWS on 1-23 (NOH); 1 at NSRA on 1-19 (TM)

Prairie Falcon 1 on Bay View-Edison Rd on 1-19 (PP); 1 at the West 90, Samish Flats on 1-29 (PP)

FLYCATCHERS

Black Phoebe 2 at SWAWS on 1-21 & 3 at SWAWS on 1-23 (NOH)

SHRIKES

Northern Shrike 1 at NSRA on 1-19 (TM)

VIREOS

Hutton's Vireo 1 at Illabot Creek Alluvial Fan on 1-20 (GB)

SWALLOWS 

Barn Swallow 2 at Green Road Pond on 2-7 (GB)

WRENS

Pacific Wren 5 throughout sighting period at east Stanwood home (JS/MS)

THRUSHES

Townsend's Solitaire 1 in Oak Harbor on 2-3 (JH)

Varied Thrush 4 at east Fidalgo home on 1-17 (RW); 25 at Hillcrest Park, Mount Vernon on 1-19 (TM); 12 at east Stanwood home on 2-13 & 2-14 (JS/MS); 1 in Anacortes yard on 2-13 & 14 & 3 on 2-15 (YH)

SPARROWS and ALLIES

Fox Sparrow 2 at east Fidalgo home on 1-15 (RW); 1 at east Stanwood home 2-13 to 2-15 (JS/MS)

Harris's Sparrow 1 on Fir Island on 1-21 (GB)

BLACKBIRDS and ORIOLES

Western Meadowlark 1 on Samish Flats on 1-17 (NOH)

Red-winged Blackbird 235 at east Stanwood home on 2-14 (JS/MS)

WARBLERS

Townsend's Warbler 1 at Lincoln Hill home, Mount Vernon on 2-10 (TM)

MAMMALS

Coyote 1 on Samish Flats on 2-3 (YH)

Chipmunk 1 at east Fidalgo home on 1-31 (RW) early


(ACFL) Anacortes Community Forest Lands; (GB) Gary Bletsch; (JH) Joe Halton;  (NOH); Neil O’Hara; (YH) Yvonne Houppermans; (NSRA) Northern State Recreation Area; (SHIP) Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve; (TM) Tim Manns; (SRP) Sheila and Ron Pera; (PP) Pam Pritzl; (JS) Jeff Sinker; (MS) Mary Sinker; (SWAWS) Skagit Wildlife Area Wylie Slough; (RW) Regan Weeks

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