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Bird Sightings for December

PamPritzl By Pam Pritzl

WATERFOWL
Greater White-fronted Goose 1 at Hayton Reserve on 11-28 (GB)
White-winged Scoter 2 off Clayton Beach, Larrabee State Park on 12-5 (TM)
Black Scoter 1 male on Fidalgo Bay east from Waverling Spit on 12-13 (SAS)
Ruddy Duck 2 on Mud Lake on 11-23 (GB)

GREBES
Pied-billed Grebe 2 on Fidalgo Bay, Anacortes on 12-13 (SAS)  

Grebe Pied-billed RH1 Pied-billed Grebe Photo by Ron Holmes             

GALLINACEOUS BIRDS
California Quail 6 near Guemes Ferry on 12-6 (JO)

PELICANS
Brown Pelican 1 seen from West Point at Deception Pass State Park on 12-13 (AT)

HERONS and ALLIES
American Bittern 1 at the Skagit Game Range on 11-23 (GB)

HAWKS, EAGLES and ALLIES
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 at home in Anacortes on 12-8 (JO)

SANDPIPERS. PHALAROPES and ALLIES
Greater Yellowlegs 11 at Jensen Access on 11-29 (GB)
SPOTTED REDSHANK 1 at Jensen Access on 12-1 (Tweeters) RARE
Spotted Sandpiper, 1 at Secret Harbor, Cypress Island, on 12-18 (TM)

ALCIDS
Ancient Murrelet 2 at Samish Island Public Beach on 12-7(GB)

GULLS and TERNS
Bonaparte's Gull 4 on Fir Island on 11-23 (GB)
Western Gull 1 on Butler Flats on 11-26 (GB)

OWLS
Snowy Owl 1 on Samish Island on 11-23 (KW)
Northern Pygmy-Owl 1 at Rasar State Park on 12-13 (GB)

WOODPECKERS
Red-breasted Sapsucker 1 on Lincoln Hill, Mount Vernon on 12-7 and 12-8 (TM)

FALCONS
Merlin 1 at 9th and K, Anacortes on 11-28 (JO); 1 on Lincoln Hill, Mt. Vernon on 12-3 and 12-5 (TM)
Prairie Falcon 1 on Fir Island on 11-23 (GB)

CORVIDS
Gray Jay 3 at Thunder Lake on 11-22 (GB)
Clark's Nutcracker 1 at Swamp Creek on 11-22 (GB)

BUSHTITS
Bushtit 20 on suet at Camano Island home on 12-16 (SRP)

WAXWINGS  
Bohemian Waxwing 15 at Grassmere and 9 at Martin Road on 11-30 (GB)

WOOD WARBLERS
Northern Waterthrush 1 at the Skagit Game Range on 11-30 (AWa)
Orange-crowned Warbler 1 at home in Anacortes from 12-5 to 12-15 (JO)
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 near Guemes Ferry on 12-15 (JO)

SPARROWS and ALLIES
Savannah Sparrow 8 at the West 90 on 12-6 (AW)

FINCHES and ALLIES
Evening Grosbeak, 1 in yard on Camano Island on 11-23 (PP); 3 on Lincoln Hill, Mount Vernon, on 12-15 (TM)
Pine Grosbeak small flock on the Padilla Bay trail on 12-13 (LM)
Red Crossbill 9 in yard on Camano Island on 12-16 (SRP)
Common Redpoll 1 near Cockreham Island on 11-7 (GB)
Pine Siskin, 60 in yard on Camano Island on 12-12 (PP); 60 in yard on Camano Island on 12-16 (SRP)

 

(GB) Gary Bletsch; (TM) Tim Manns; (LM) Libby Mills; (JO) John O’Connell; (SRP) Sheila & Ron Pera; (PP) Pam Pritzl; (SAS) Skagit Audubon Field Trip; (AT) Anna Theobold; (AWa) Allison Warner; (AW) Andrea Warner; (KW) Kamriell Welty

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Skagit Audubon Society holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month except for the months of July and August. We meet at 7:00 pm at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center(Google map), 10441 Bayview-Edison Rd. Mount Vernon. Meetings are open to all.

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