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Bird Sightings for January 2018

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

Greater White-fronted Goose 1 in Burlington on 12-23 (GB)

Cackling Goose 120 on Cockreham Island on 12-29 (GB)

Northern Shoveler 1 on flooded field south of Field Road on 12-20 (NOH)

Eurasian Wigeon I on flooded field south of Field Road on 12-20 (NOH)

Northern Pintail 200 along Padilla Bay shore at Bay View on 12-25 (R&WJ)

Black Scoter 1 near Woodstock Farm, Chuckanut Drive on 1-3 (KR)

Long-tailed Duck 12 at Semiahmoo on 1-1 (MC, KC)

 

SANDPIPERS and ALLIES

Black Turnstone 25 at Sandy Point, Ferndale on 12-25 (R&WJ)

 

GULLS and TERNS

Herring Gull 1 near Cedardale on 1-6 (GB)

 

HERONS and ALLIES

American Bittern 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area (North Fork Access) on 1-15 (GB)

Great Blue Heron 45 on pilings at Ship Harbor, Anacortes on 1-9 (JB)

Great Egret 1 in Dodge Valley on 12-28 GB); 1 on Padilla Bay CBC on 12-30

 

VULTURES

Turkey Vulture 1 on Best Road on 1-14 (NB)

 

HAWKS, EAGLES and ALLIES

Rough-legged Hawk 5 scattered throughout the Samish Flats on 12-20 (NOH); 1 on Highway 20 near Mt. Vernon exit on 12-30 (R&WJ)

 

OWLS

Short-eared Owl 3 at the East 90, Samish Flats on 12-20 (NOH)

 

WOODPECKERS

Red-breasted Sapsucker 1 in yard off Ray Paul Lane, La Conner on 1-1 (DG); 1 in Camano Island yard week of 1-14 (PP)

 

FALCONS

American Kestrel 1 on Field Road near Church Street on 12-20 (NOH); 1 on Highway 20 near Mt. Vernon exit on 12-30 (R&WJ)

Merlin 1 at the East 90, Samish Flats on 12-20 (NOH); 1 on Edison Slough on 12-20 (CS)

Gyrfalcon 1 at Downey Road on 1-15 (GB)

Peregrine Falcon 1 on Field Road near Church Street on 12-20 (NOH); 1 near the East 90 on 12-20 (NOH)

 

FLYCATCHERS

Black Phoebe 1 present at the Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) throughout sighting period (GB); 1 at the Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) on 1-6 (JO); 1 at the Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) on 1-18 (JO) RARE

Say's Phoebe 1 on Padilla Bay CBC on 12-30 RARE

 

CORVIDS

Blue Jay 1 in Bow Hill yard throughout sighting period (GB); 1 in Bow Hill yard on 1-18 (JO) RARE

California Scrub-Jay 1 north of Stanwood on Cedarhome Road on 1-1—Skagit Bay CBC (JO); 1 in Mount Vernon on 1-6 (GB)

 

SWALLOWS

Barn Swallow 4 in Edison on 1-18 (JO); 2 at the Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) on 1-18 (JO)

 

WRENS

Pacific Wren 1 on north Chuckanut Trail on1-3 (KR)

Rock Wren 1 at south end Birch Bay State Park on 1-2 (PP)

 

DIPPERS

American Dipper 5 at Marblemount Fish Hatchery on 1-1 (MS)

 

KINGLETS

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 in Bow yard on12-28 (KR)

 

FINCHES and ALLIES

House Finch 1 “orange” phase seen throughout sighting period (LE)

Common Redpoll impressive invasion continues throughout sighting period, 365 at the Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) on 12-31 (GB); large flock at the Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) on 1-6 (JO)

Red Crossbill 12 at east Fidalgo home on 12-30 (RW)

 

SPARROWS and ALLIES

Lincoln's Sparrow 1 in Anacortes yard 12-8 to 1-10 (KH)

Swamp Sparrow 1 at the Skagit Wildlife Area (North Fork Access) on 12-24 and 1-15 (GB)

White-throated Sparrow 1 at Fisher Slough (restricted area) on 1-1—Skagit Bay CBC (JO)

Harris's Sparrow 1 on Padilla Bay CBC on 12-30

 

WARBLERS

Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 visiting suet feeder daily at Mount Vernon home since 12-24 (JM)

 

MAMMALS

River Otter 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area (Wylie Slough) on12-26 (MS)

 

(GB) Gary Bletsch; (JB) Jane Brandt; (NB) Nelson Briefer; (KC) Kathryn Cavil; (MC) Morty Cohen; (LE) Larry Edwards; (DG) Dana Greeley; (KH) Kristi Hein; (NOH) Neil O’Hara; (R&WJ) Rosi & Wes Jansen; (JM) Janet Morgan; (JO) Jeff Osmundson; (PP) Pam Pritzl; (KR) Kerry Rye; (CS) Cathy Scott; (MS) Mary Sinker; (RW) Regan Weeks

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