Skagit Audubon

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Skagit Audubon Field Notes

Compiled by Ann Skinner

8/20/23 – 9/19/23

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.

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Stilt sandpiper (2) Channel Dr., 9/4 (MS/JS)
Wandering tattler (1) RS, 8/24 (DH)
Spotted sandpiper (2) CI Secret Harbor, 8/25 (TM)

Osprey (4) EFI- in flight, 8/20 (RW)
Cooper’s hawk (1) EFI, 9/7 (RW)

Great-horned owl (2) EFI, 8/25 (RW)
Northern pygmy owl (1) SA, 9/5 (MS)
Barred owl, (2) PTF, 8/27 (MS/JS)

Red-breasted nuthatch (2) EFI, daily (AS)
White-breasted nuthatch (1) Cap Sante, 9/19 (JH)

Red-breasted sapsucker (3) SA, 9/9 (MS)
Pileated woodpecker (3) EFI, 8/29 (RW)

Olive-sided flycatcher (1) EFI, 9/4 (RW)

California scrub-jay (1) 9/10, MV (DH), daily (TM)
Steller’s jay (2) 8/26, EFI (RW)

Chestnut-backed chickadee (2) EFI, daily (AS)
Black-capped chickadee (3-4) EFI, daily (AS)

Purple martins (6) EFI- in flight, 9/3 (RW)

Varied thrush (song) EFI, 9/5 (RW)

Spotted towhee (2) EFI, daily (AS)
Black-headed grosbeak (2) EFI, 8/26 (RW)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (3) CI Secret Harbor, 8/25 (TM)

Yellow-rumped warbler (1) CI, 9/8 (AS)
Orange-crowned warbler (1) EFI, 8/26 (RW)
Wilson’s warbler (2) EFI, 8/25 (RW)
Black-throated grey warbler (1) EFI, 9/12 (RW)
Yellow warbler (2) EFI, 8/20 (RW)
Townsend’s warbler (1) EFI, 8/25 (RW)

Western Tanager (2) EFI, 9/12 (RW)

(SHIP) Ship Harbor; (SF) Samish Flats; (CL) Cranberry Lake; (EFI) East Fidalgo Island; (CISP) Camano Island State Park; (CS) Cap Sante; (PB) Padilla Bay; (RS) Rosario Strait (MV) Mount Vernon; (PTF) Pilchuck Tree Farm, Stanwood; (GV) Guemes Valley; (BUR) Burlington; (BLCA) Barney Lake Conservation Area (CI) Cypress Island ; (SA) Stanwood Area; (JS) Jeff Sinker; (MS) Mary Sinker; (AS) Ann Skinner; (RW) Regan Weeks (DH) Diana Hoffman (JH) Joe Halton


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