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Skagit Audubon Field Notes

by Ann Skinner
This column reports a summary of selected sightings. Rare sightings should be submitted with detailed written documentation and if possible, a photograph. A second person to verify rare sightings is encouraged. Do not hesitate to contact any observer to help document unusual sightings.
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Cackling Goose (100’s) W of McCorquedale Rd. 10/25, 11-5 (JH), FIFR & Wylie, 10/7,10/8, 10/ 23 (NOH)
Harlequin duck (5) Rosario, 10/22 (NOH), (1) Cap Sante, 11/2 (JH)
Cinnamon Teal (2+) Wylie 10/12, 10/18, 10/20, FIFR, 10/20 (NOH)
Northern Shoveler (up to 8) Wylie, 10/7, 10/8, 10/12, 10/18 (NOH)
Snow Geese –(First of Season) E. Fid. Isl. 10/25 (RW)
American Avocet (2) FIFR, 10/7 (NOH)
Black-bellied Plover (9), FIFR, 10/18 (NOH)
Semipalmated Plover (4) FIFR, 10/14 (NOH)
Pectoral Sandpiper (7) Wylie 10/12 (NOH)
Wilson’s Snipe (up to 7) Wylie, 10/8, 10/20, 10/23 (NOH)
Cooper’s Hawk (1) Wylie, 10/8, 10/12 (NOH)
Turkey Vulture (1) Wylie, 10/12 (NOH)
Rough-legged Hawk (1) Wylie, 10/14, (RW)
Red-breasted Sapsucker (1) W Anacortes, 10/25, (JB)
Hairy Woodpecker (1) Cranb. Lk, 10/29 (NOH)
Pileated Woodpecker (1) Stanwd., 10/30, (MS)
Northern Shrike (1) Stanwd., 10/25, (MS/JS)
Western Scrub Jay (1) Anacortes, 10/25 (JB), (2) Linc. Hill, MV, daily (TM)
Ruby-crowned Kinglets SHIP, 10/15, Rosario, 10/22 (NOH) Bushtit (10) Stanwd., 11/2 (MS), (2) Wylie, 10/8 (NOH)
Brown Creeper (1) Stanwd., 10/31, (MS)
Red Breasted Nuthatch (1) Stanwd., (daily) (MS/JS)
Pacific Wren, (3) Stanwd., (daily), (MS/JS)
Bewick’s Wren (1) 10/7,10/20 Wylie, 10/22 FIFR (NOH)
Townsend’s Solitaire (2), W Anacortes, 10/29, (JB) Varied Thrush (1) Cranb. Lk., 10/29 (NOH)
Snow Bunting (1) Rosario Head, 10/28 (JAHA) (photo verified)
Golden crowned Sparrows W. Anacortes,, 10/22 (JB)
White-throated Sparrow (1) SHIP, 10/15 (NOH), 10/19 Mt. Vern. (LH)
Red Crossbills (2+) E. Fid. Isl., 10/26 (RW)
Yellow-rumped Warblers (2+) Wylie 10/7, 10/8, 10/12, 10/20 (NOH)
Northern Waterthrush (1) Wylie 10/7, 10/20 (NOH)
Townsend’s Warbler (1) Linc. Hill MV, 11/11 (TM)
(FIFR) Fir Island Farm Reserve aka Hayton Reserve; (LH) Lisa Hopkins; (JS) Jeff Sinker; (MS) Mary Sinker; (NOH) Neil O’hara; (JAHA) Jack Hartt (JB) Jane Brandt; (JH) Joe Halton (TM) Tim Manns (RW) Regan Weeks


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