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Skagit Audubon Field Notes

Compiled 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.

Please submit your sightings to birdsightings@skagitaudubon.org

For recent updates on bird sightings, check out ABA Tweeters and Skagit County Ebird List on the SAS website (Birding menu, Bird Sightings submenu).

 

WATERFOWL

Bewick’s Swan (1) FIFR, 12/13 (PA)
Trumpeter Swan (2) Cranberry Lk, 1/25 (NOH)
Harlequin duck (2-5) WA Park, 12/29 (NOH)
Redhead (1) DPBL, 1/20, (PA) photo verified

Northern Shoveler (1) Wylie, 12/29 & 30, (NOH)
Red-breasted Merganser (4) WA Park, 12/30, (NOH)  

GREBES

Horned Grebe (4) WA Park, 12/30, (NOH)
Red-necked Grebe (23) WA Park, 12/30, (NOH)

SHOREBIRDS
Greater Yellowlegs (1) Samish Flats, 1/8, (NOH)
Spotted Sandpiper (2) Eaden’s Rd. Guemes Is. 1/7, (CS)
Wilson’s Snipe (4) Wylie, 12/22 (NOH)

ALCIDS

Common Murre (2) WA Park, 12/30 (NOH)
Marbeled Murrelet (17) WA Park, 12/30 (NOH)

LOONS

Red-throated Loon (1) WA Park, 12/30 (NOH)

HAWKS, EAGLES and ALLIES

Harlan’s Hawk (1) Samish Flats, 1/5, (PA)
Northern Harrier (2) Samish Flats, 1/8 (NOH)

OWLS

Great Horned Owl pair, Stanwood area, daily, (MS/JS)

WOODPECKERS

Red-breasted Sapsucker (1) Cranberry Lk. 1/25, (NOH)
Hairy Woodpecker (1) Cranberry Lk. 1/25, (NOH)  

WRENS

Pacific Wren,(3) Stanwood area, daily, (MS/JS)
Bewick’s Wren (2) Stanwood area, daily, (MS/JS)

THRUSHES

Varied Thrush (1) Stanwood area, 1/3, (MS/JS), (2) Cranberry Lk. 1/25, (NOH)  

BUNTING

Snow Bunting (1) MCS, 12/23 (LL)

FINCHES & SPARROWS

Golden crowned Sparrow (2) Stanwood area, daily, (MS/JS)
White-crowned Sparrow (4) Stanwood area, daily, (MS/JS)
Fox Sparrow (2) Stanwood area, daily, (MS/JS), (4) Wylie, 12/22 (NOH)
House Sparrow (1) Stanwood area, daily, (MS/JS)
American Goldfinch (4) Stanwood area, 1/5-1/8, (MS/JS)
Purple Finch (2) Wylie, 12/22, (NOH)

BLACKBIRDS

Red-winged Blackbirds (7), Stanwood area, 1/8, (MS/JS)

WARBLERS

Yellow-rumped Warblers(6) Stanwood area, 1/8, (MS/JS)

(FIFR) Fir Island Farm Reserve aka Hayton Reserve; (MCS) McElroy Slough, Blanchard, (DPBL) Detention Pond NE of Blackburn & LaVenture in Mount Vernon (CS) Colleen Shannon; (JS) Jeff Sinker; (MS) Mary Sinker; (NOH) Neil O’hara; (PA) Paul Anderson (LL) Lynn Lennox (JH) Joe Halton (TM) Tim Manns (RW) Regan Weeks

 

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