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Bird Sightings for March 2021 through April 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

Greater White-fronted Goose 7 in farm field on Rekdal Road, Camano Island on 4-11 (PP)

Wood Duck 10 at Cranberry Lake, ACFL on 3-27 & 2 at SWAWS on 3-31 (NOH); 2 at SWAWS on 4-10 & 4-11 (MS/JS)

Cinnamon Teal 1 in Stanwood neighborhood pond on 4-1 (JO)

Canvasback 1 at FIFR on 4-5 (GB)

Ring-necked Duck 4 at SWAWS on 4-10 & 4-11 (MS/JS) 

GREBES

Western Grebe 4 in Burrows Bay, Anacortes on     3-31 (NOH)

PIGEONS and DOVES

Band-tailed Pigeon 4 at east Stanwood home throughout sighting period (MS)

HUMMINGBIRDS

Rufous Hummingbird 1 on 3-17, 1 on 3-31 & 3 on 4-11 at SWAWS (NOH); 1 on 4-1 & 1 on 4-4 at Channel Drive (NOH); 1 at SHIP on 4-3 (NOH); 1 at Deer Lagoon, Whidbey Island on 4-5 (NOH)

RAILS and COOTS

Virginia Rail 1 at SHIP on 3-15, 1 on 3-25 & 1 on  4-3 (NOH); 1 at Cranberry Lake, ACFL on 3-27 (NOH)

PLOVERS 

Black-bellied Plover 20 at FIFR on 4-1 & 5 on Deer Lagoon, Whidbey Island on 4-5 (NOH)

Semipalmated Plover 2 at Leque Island/Eide Road on 4-2 (JO)

SANDPIPERS and ALLIES

Whimbrel 1 at SHIP on 4-3 (NOH); 20 at Barnum Point, Camano Island on 4-11 (JO)

Marbled Godwit 4 at March Point on 4-9 (GB)

Ruff 1 at SWAWS on 3-31 & 4-11 (NOH); 1 at SWAWS on 3-31, 4-1 & 4-7 (GB); 1 at SWAWS on 4-11 (MS/JS); 1 at SWAWS on 4-13 (JO) RARE (found by NOH)            

Dunlin 10 at SWAWS on 4-10 &  4-11 (MS/JS)

Western Sandpiper 5 at SWAWS on 4-11 (NOH)

Long-billed Dowitcher  22 on 3-22, 11 on 3-31 & 9 on 3-31 at SWAWS (NOH); 3 at SWAWS on 4-10 & 4-11 (MS/JS)

Wilson's Snipe 1 on Iverson Beach Road (flew out of ditch) on 4-8 (PP); 8 at Padilla Bay Shore Trail on 4-15 (JS)

Lesser Yellowlegs 1 at SWAWS on 3-31 (NOH)

Greater Yellowlegs 28 at SWAWS on 4-10 & 4-11 (MS/JS) 

ALCIDS

Marbled Murrelet 2 at WA Park, Anacortes on 3-15 & 2 on Burrows Bay, Anacortes on 3-30 (NOH)

HERONS and ALLIES

Great Egret 1 at Burmaster Road, Sedro Woolley on 3-23 (DW); 1 on Minkler
Flats on 3-24 (GB)

VULTURES

Turkey Vulture 2 at SHIP on 3-20 (NOH); 1 at SWAWS on 4-11 (NOH);1 flying near Oak Harbor on 4-12 (RH)

OSPREYS

Osprey 1 flying over Bay View Ridge on 4-5 (JB); 1 at SHIP on 4-7 (NOH)

HAWKS, EAGLES and ALLIES

Bald Eagle 1 dilute plumage (Frosty) on Samish Flats on 4-3 (AW)

Cooper's Hawk 2 at Hillcrest Park throughout sighting period (may nest) (TM)

Rough-legged Hawk 1 at Channel Drive on 4-1 (NOH); 1 dark morph at the East 90, Samish Flats on 4-6 (AW); 1 soaring over Chuckanut (near Colony Road) on 4-15 (AW)

Golden Eagle1 on Samish Flats on 3-31 (GB)

OWLS

Great Horned Owl 1 on 3-17 & 2 on 4-11 at SWAWS (NOH); 2 adults & 2 young at SWAWS on 4-10 & 4-11 (MS/JS)

Barred Owl 1 at Cranberry Lake, ACFL on 3-27 (NOH)

Short-eared Owl 3 at the East 90, Samish Flats on  4-6 (AW); 1 at Port Susan Bay TNC (restricted) on  4-13 (JO); 2 at Padilla Bay Shore Trail on 4-15 (JS); 1 at the East 90, Samish Flats on 4-15 (AW)

WOODPECKERS

Red-breasted Sapsucker 2 at east Stanwood home throughout sighting period (MS/JS)

FALCONS

Merlin 1 on Lincoln Hill, Mount Vernon throughout sighting period (may nest) (TM); 1 at FIFR on 4-1 & 1 at SWAWS on 4-11 (NOH)

Prairie Falcon 1 on Samish Flats on 4-3 (AW); 1 at the West 90, Samish Flats on 4-6 (AW)

FLYCATCHERS

Say's Phoebe 1 at Marblemount Boat Launch on 4-6 (GB)

WRENS

Bewick's Wren 2 at east Stanwood home throughout sighting period (MS)

PIPITS

American Pipit 25 at Port Susan TNC (restricted) (JO)

SPARROWS and ALLIES 

Swamp Sparrow 2 at NSRA on 4-9 (GB)

WARBLERS

Yellow-rumped Warbler several seen throughout sighting period at SHIP (NOH); 1 at Cap Sante home on 4-3 (JH)

MAMMALS

Bobcat 1 at east Stanwood home on 3-25 (MS/JS)

River Otter 1 at SWAWS on 3-25 (MS/JS)

(ACFL) Anacortes Community Forest Lands; (GB) Gary Bletsch; (JB) Jane Brandt; (FIFR) Fir Island Farm Reserve aka Hayton Reserve; (JH) Joe Halton;  (NOH); Neil O’Hara; (RH) Ramona Hammerly; (NSRA) Northern State Recreation Area); (JO) Jeff Osmundson; (SHIP) Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve; (TM) Tim Manns; (PP) Pam Pritzl; (JS) Jeff Sinker; (MS) Mary Sinker; (SWAWS) Skagit Wildlife Area Wylie Slough; (TNC) The Nature Conservancy; (AW) Andrea Warner; (DW) Daria Wheatley

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