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Skagit Audubon Field Notes

Compiled by Ann Skinner

4/10/23 – 5/14/23

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

Eurasian wigeon (2) CL, 4/30 (NOH)
Wood duck (11) CL, 4/30, (2) DS, 5/2 (NOH)
Ring-necked duck (2), CL. 4/30 (NOH) (15) GV, 5/2 (TM)
Hooded merganser (3) 4/21, FIFR, (6) 4/22 SHIP (NOH)

GALINACEOUS BIRDS

California quail (1) SHIP, 4/14, 4/28, 5/1 (NOH)

PIGEONS, DOVES

Band-tailed pigeon (2) EFI, 4/28 (AS)

CRANES & RAILS

Sora (8) GV, 4/17 (TM)

SWIFTS, NIGHTHAWKS

Vox’s swift (1) SBL, 5/3 (JOS)

SHOREBIRDS

Black oystercatcher (2) SHIP, 4/14 (NOH)
Black-bellied plover (1) FIFR, 4/21 (NOH)
Long-billed dowitcher (12) FIFR, 4/21 (NOH)
Wilson’s snipe (19) GV, 4/17 (TM)

GULLS, TERNS

Caspian terns (in flight), EFI (RW)

HUMMINGBIRDS

Rufous hummingbird (many) EFI, daily (AS/RK)

RAPTORS/VULTURES

Osprey (2-3) SHIP  4/22 & 28, 5/1 & 5/6, (NOH)
White-tailed kite (1) E-90, 5/6 &7 (AW) & (PDA) Photo Verified
Turkey vulture (1) EFI, 4/16 (RW)

WOODPECKERS

Hairy woodpecker (1-3) CL, 4/30 & 5/7 (NOH)
Lewis’s woodpecker (1) Bryson Rd, 5/3 (JOS)

FLYCATCHERS

Pacific-slope flycatcher (2) CL, 5/7 (NOH); (6) LM 4/27 (TM)
Olive-sided flycatchers EFI, 5/12 (RW)

VIREOS, SHRIKES

Warbling vireo (1) LM, 4/29 (TM)
Cassin’s Vireo (3) SP, 5/3 (JOS)

CORVIDS

California scrub-jay (1) 4/27 & 5/5, MVLH (TM)

LARKS, SWALLOWS

Cliff swallow (30) GV, 5/2 (TM)

Violet-green swallow (multiple) since 4/1 (RW)

BUSHTITS/KINGLETS

Bushtit (1-3) SHIP 5/1 & 5/3

NUTHATCHES

Red-breasted nuthatch (2) EFI., daily (AS)

WRENS
Marsh wren (10) GV, 5/2 (TM)

THRUSHES

Western bluebird (1) BLCA, 4/27 (TM)

PIPITS

American pipit (45+) Fisher Slough, 5/2 (JOS)

FINCHES, SPARROWS

White-crowned sparrows (nesting pair) EFI, 4/14 (RW)
Black-headed grosbeak (1) EFI, 4/30 (RW)
Evening grosbeak (2) EFI, 4/28 (AS/RK)

WARBLERS
Yellow-rumped warbler (12) DS, 5/2 (NOH

Orange-crowned warbler (1-3) 5/1 &5/6, SHIP (NOH); (3) LM, 4/29 (TM)
Townsend’s warbler (1) CL. 5/7 (NOH); (6) LM, 4/29 (TM)
Wilson’s warbler (1) CL, 5/7 (NOH); (8) LM, 4/29 (TM)
Audubon’s warbler (2) EFI, 5/1 (RW)

TANAGERS/GROSBEAKS/BUNTINGS
Western Tanager (1) EFI, 5/1 (RW); CS, 5/10 (JH)

(SHIP) Ship Harbor; (SF) Samish Flats; (CL) Cranberry Lake; (EFI) East Fidalgo Island; (CISP) Camano Island State Park; (CS) Cap Sante; (SP) Sauk Prarie; (SBL) Sauk boat launch (MVLH) Mount Vernon Lincoln Hill; (DS) Debay Slough; (GV); Guemes Valley; (BUR) Burlington; (BLCA) Barney Lake Conservation Area  (LM) Little Mountain; (JS) Jeff Sinker; (MS) Mary Sinker; (JOS) Jeff Osmundson; (BH/JH) Bob and Judy Higgins; (TM) Tim Manns; (AW) Andrea Warner; (PDA) Paul & Diane Anderson; (JH) Joe Halton; (RW) Regan Weeks

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