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Bird Sightings for February 2021 through March 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

Wood Duck 3 at SWAWS on 3-10 (NOH)

Eurasian Wigeon 40 at Samish Flats on 3-4 (NOH) unusually high number

Canvasback 2 on Dugualla Bay on 3-8 (YH)

Harlequin Duck pair at Rosario Beach (DPSP) on  3-13 (AW)

Barrow's Goldeneye 22 at Rasar State Park on 3-4 (GB) 

Ruddy Duck 16 at Swantown on 3-12 (YH)

 

GALLINACEOUS BIRDS

Ruffed Grouse 1 at Pressentin Park on 3-10 (GB)

 

HUMMINGBIRDS

Rufous Hummingbird 1 male at Cap Sante, Anacortes home on 3-2 (JH); 1 female on 3-4 and a male on 3-9 at east Fidalgo home (RW)

 

RAILS and COOTS

Virginia Rail 3 at SHIP on 3-1 (NOH)

 

OYSTERCATCHERS

Black Oystercatcher 2 at Rosario Head (DPSP) on 2-20 & 2-28; 2 at West Beach (DPSP) on 2-23 & 10 on 2-28; 2 at WA Park, Anacortes on 3-1 (NOH)

 

SANDPIPERS and ALLIES

Wilson's Snipe 1 at SHIP on 2-14 (NOH)

Greater Yellowlegs 14 at SWAWS on 3-10 (NOH)

 

ALCIDS

Marbled Murrelet 1 at West Beach (DPSP) on 2-28 (NOH)

 

LOONS 

Red-throated Loon 300 at West Beach (DPSP) on  2-20, 150 on 2-21, 2 on 2-23 & 61 on 2-28 (NOH)

Pacific Loon 1 at West Beach (DPSP) on 2-21 (NOH)

Common Loon 4 at West Beach (DPSP) on 2-28; 1 at SHIP on 3-9 (NOH)

 

CORMORANTS

Brandt's Cormorant 3 at West Beach (DPSP) on   2-28 (NOH) 

 

HERONS and ALLIES

Great Egret 1 near La Conner Whitney Rd on 2-20 (LS)

 

HAWKS, EAGLES and ALLIES

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 juvenile at east Fidalgo home on 3-5 (RW) 

Cooper's Hawk 1 juvenile at east Fidalgo home on 3-16 & 3-18 (RW)

Red-tailed Hawk 1 dark morph on Samish Flats on 2-16 (YH)

 

OWLS

Great Horned Owl 2 at Rosario Head (DPSP) on   2-28 (NOH)

 

WOODPECKERS

Red-breasted Sapsucker 1 at east Stanwood home throughout sighting period (JS/MS); 2 at east Fidalgo home on 3-16 (RW) 

Downy Woodpecker 2 pair at east Fidalgo home throughout sighting period (RW); 2 at SWAWS on  3-9 (YH)

Hairy Woodpecker 2 at ACFL on 2-17 (YH)

Pileated Woodpecker 1 at WA Park, Anacortes on 3-1; 2 at Cranberry Lake (ACFL) on 3-6 (NOH); pair at east Fidalgo home on 3-1 (RW)

 

FALCONS

Merlin 1 at SWAWS on 3-9 (YH)

Peregrine Falcon 1 on Samish Flats on 2-24 (YH); 1 at SWAWS on 3-10 (NOH)

Prairie Falcon 1 at the West 90, Samish Flats on 3-2 (GB)

 

FLYCATCHERS

Black Phoebe 2 at SWAWS on 3-10 (NOH)

 

CORVIDS

Common Raven 9 flying over east Fidalgo home on 3-16 (RW)

 

SWALLOWS

Barn Swallow 1 at NSRA on 3-5 (GB)

 

THRUSHES

Mountain Bluebird 3 at Bryson Rd on 3-8 (GB)

Townsend's Solitaire 1 at Howard Miller Steelhead Park on 3-8 (GB)

 

FINCHES and ALLIES

Purple Finch 4 pair at east Fidalgo home on 3-13 (RW)

Red Crossbill 7 at Marblemount Boat Launch on    3-14 (GB)

 

SPARROWS and ALLIES

White-crowned Sparrow 1 (first of season) at east Fidalgo home on 3-18 (RW)

 

WARBLERS

Northern Waterthrush 1 at SWAWS on 2-27 (NOH)

Orange-crowned Warbler 1 at Cranberry Lake (ACFL) on 3-6 (NOH)

Yellow-rumped Warbler 4 at SHIP on 3-9 (NOH) 

 

MAMMALS

Coyote 1 on Fidalgo Island on 3-13 (YH)

Harbor Porpoise group off Rosario Beach (DPSP) on 3-13 (AW)

Mink 1 at Tope-Ryan Conservation Area 3-5 (GB)

 

(ACFL) Anacortes Community Forest Lands; (GB) Gary Bletsch; (DPSP) Deception Pass State Park; (JH) Joe Halton;  (NOH); Neil O’Hara; (YH) Yvonne Houppermans; (NSRA) Northern State Recreation Area; (SHIP) Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve; (SWAWS) Skagit Wildlife Area Wylie Slough; (JS) Jeff Sinker; (MS) Mary Sinker; (LS) Leslie Smith;  (AW) Allison Warner; (RW) Regan Weeks

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