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Bird Sightings for Octorber 2017

PamPritzl By 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

Snow Goose 1000’s at Port Susan Bay TNC (restricted) on 10-21 (SAS)

Cackling Goose 2 at Port Susan Bay TNC (restricted) on 10-21 (SAS)

Trumpeter Swan 2 at Port Susan Bay TNC (restricted) on 10-21 (SAS)

Eurasian Wigeon  1 at Jensen Access on 9-30 (GB)

Canvasback 1 at Lake Erie on 10-14 (GB)

Redhead 1 at Stanwood Water Treatment Plant on 10-3 (PP); 1 at Lake Erie on 10-14 (GB); 1 at Stanwood Water Treatment plant on 10-22 (JO)

 

GALLINACEOUS BIRDS

Ruffed Grouse 1 at Vogler Lake on 9-18 (GB)

 

PIGEONS and DOVES

Band-tailed Pigeon 1 at east Fidalgo yard on 9-16 (CG)

 

HUMMINGBIRDS

Anna's Hummingbird 10-12 throughout sighting period at east Fidalgo home (RW)

 

SANDPIPERS. PHALAROPES and ALLIES

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper 1 at Channel Drive on 9-17 (GB); 1 at Hayton Reserve on 10-1 (GB)

Sanderling 1 at Hayton Reserve on10-1 (GB)

Wilson’s Snipe 1 at Port Susan Bay TNC (restricted) on 10-21 (SAS)

 

JAEGERS

Parasitic Jaeger 1 at Bay View State Park on 10-14 (GB)

 

ALCIDS

Ancient Murrelet 1 at Rosario Head on 10-14 (GB)

 

GULLS and TERNS

Common Tern 5 at March Point on 9-30 (GB)

 

VULTURES

Turkey Vulture 1 “sunning itself” on ground east of Big Lake on 10-8 (JS)

 

HAWKS, EAGLES and ALLIES

Cooper's Hawk 1 adult regular yard visitor throughout sighting period at east Fidalgo home (RW); 1 regular yard visitor throughout sighting period at Camano Island home (AT)

Golden Eagle 1 at Sauk Mountain on 9-24 (GB)

 

OWLS

Great Horned Owl heard duet at 6:30 am on 10-12 (RW)

Northern Pygmy-Owl 1 at east Stanwood home on 10-7 (MS); 1 at Judy Reservoir on 10-7 (GB)

Barred Owl 1 in Lyman on 10-19 (GB)

 

 WOODPECKERS

Northern Flicker 1 “yellow-shafted” female (weekly visits throughout sighting period) at east Fidalgo home (RW)

 

FALCONS

Merlin 2 at Port Susan Bay TNC (restricted) on 10-21 (SAS)

 

SHRIKES

Northern Shrike 1 juvenile at Port Susan Bay TNC (restricted) on 10-21 (SAS)

 

CORVIDS

California Scrub-Jay 1 in east Sedro-Woolley yard on 9-17 (DW); 1 at Alger area home on 10-16 (SM)

Clark's Nutcracker 2 at Sauk Mountain on 9-24 (GB)

 

THRUSHES

Hermit Thrush 1 in Cap Sante, Anacortes area on 10-3 (JH); 1 at water bath at east Fidalgo home on 10-4 (RW)

Varied Thrush 1 (first of season) at east Fidalgo home on 9-20 (RW)

 

LONGSPURS and BUNTINGS

Lapland Longspur 2 at Hayton Reserve on 10-1 (GB)

 

SPARROWS and ALLIES

Vesper Sparrow 1 at Martin Road on 9-24 (GB)

Sagebrush Sparrow 1 at Hayton Reserve on 10-1 (GB) RARE west of Cascades

White-throated Sparrow 1 at home on Camano Island home from 9-30 to 10-5 (PP)

 

BLACKBIRDS and ORIOLES

Yellow-headed Blackbird 1 at Hayton Reserve on 10-10 (JO)

Western Meadowlark 1 at Port Susan Bay TNC (restricted) on 10-21 (SAS)

 

WARBLERS

Northern Waterthrush 1 at the Skagit Game Range (Wylie Slough) on 9-23 (GB)

 

 CRITTERS

Garter Snake 1 sunning itself in Marblemount at Pressentin Park on 10-15 (GB)

(GB) Gary Bletsch; (CG) Carolyn Gastellum; (JH) Joe Halton; (SM) Selena McCulloch;  (JO) Jeff Osmundson; (PP) Pam Pritzl; (JS) Jeff Sinker; (MS) Mary Sinker; (SAS) Skagit Audubon Society Field Trip; (AT) Alice Turner; (DW) Daria Wheatley; (RW) Regan Weeks

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