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Bird Sightings for September through October 2020

PamPritzlby 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 2 at Eide Road on 9-21 (JE/PP); 3 at SWAWS on 9-25 (GB); 12 on Fir Island on 10-3 (JH); heard flying over east Fidalgo home on 10-7 (RW)

Cackling Goose 150 at FIFR on 10-4 & 190 on 9-30 (NOH)

Cinnamon Teal 1 at SWAWS on 9-17 (NOH)

Eurasian Wigeon 1 at FIFR on 9-30 (NOH)

Redhead 1 at Jensen Access, Fir Island on 10-12 (GB)

Surf Scoter 200 at Barnum Park, Camano Island on 10-13 (JE/PP)

 

GALLINACEOUS BIRDS

California Quail 8 at Anacortes home on 10-14 (TK)

 

PIGEONS and DOVES

Eurasian Collared-Dove 1 at Anacortes home on 9-20 (TK)

 

NIGHTHAWKS

Common Nighthawk 2 at Mount Vernon home on 9-4 (CH)

 

RAILS and COOTS

Virginia Rail 3 at SWAWS on 9-15 & 9-17, 6 on 9-27, 1 on 9-30 & 4 on 10-4 (NOH); 2 at McGinn Island, La Conner on 9-21 (CH); 1 at SWAWS on 10-10 and 10-15 (MS/JS)

 

CRANES

Sandhill Crane 3 at DeBay Slough on 10-3 (GB); 4 flying over Alice Bay home, Samish Island on 10-12 (HA/TA)

 

PLOVERS

Black-bellied Plover 8 at FIFR on 9-19 & 30 on 9-30 (NOH)

Pacific Golden-Plover 1 at FIFR on 9-22 (GB)

 

SANDPIPERS and ALLIES

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper 1 at SWAWS on 9-29 (JB)

Least Sandpiper 2 at FIFR on 9-19, 20 on 9-30 & 75 on 10-4 (NOH)

Pectoral Sandpiper 1 at SWAWS on 9-17 & 1 on 9-27 (NOH)

Western Sandpiper 25 at FIFR on 9-19 & 1 on 9-30 & 1 on 10-4 (NOH)

Wilson's Snipe 1 at SWAWS on 9-15, 3 on 9-17 & 3 on 9-30 (NOH)

Spotted Sandpiper 1 at Nichols Bar on 10-9 (GB)

Solitary Sandpiper 1 at Channel Drive on 9-16 (GB)

 

JAEGERS

Parasitic Jaeger 1 at Washington Park on 10-1 and 10-8 (GB)

 

ALCIDS

Ancient Murrelet 9 at Washington Park on 10-8 (GB)

 

VULTURES

Turkey Vulture 3 at SWAWS on 9-15 (NOH)

 

OSPREYS

Osprey 3 at SHIP on 9-20 (NOH)

 

HAWKS, EAGLES and ALLIES

Bald Eagle 1 at SWAWS on 9-27 & 1 on 9-30; 1 at FIFR on 9-30 & 2 on 10-4 (NOH)

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 juvenile at east Fidalgo home on 10-6 (RW)

Cooper's Hawk 1 juvenile at east Fidalgo home on 9-23 (RW)

Ferruginous Hawk 1 on Hidden Lake Trail on 9-28 (NOH) RARE

 

OWLS

Great Horned Owl 2 at SWAWS on 10-4 (NOH); 2 at east Stanwood home on 10-9 (MS/JS); 1 hooting at Camano Island home on 10-14 (JE)

Barred Owl 2 at Cranberry Lake, Anacortes on 9-18 (NOH); 1 near east Stanwood home on 10-9 (MS/JS)

 

WOODPECKERS

Northern Flicker 1 male at Anacortes home on 9-19 (TK)

 

FALCONS

Merlin 1 at SWAWS on 9-15 & 1 on 9-17; 1 at FIFR on 10-4 (NOH); 1 at Iverson Spit on 9-30 (PP)

Peregrine Falcon 1 at SWAWS on 9-17 & 1 on 9-30; 1 at FIFR on 9-30 & 1 on 10-4 (NOH)

 

FLYCATCHERS

Willow Flycatcher 1 at SHIP on 9-20 (NOH)

Grey Flycatcher 1 at Rasar State Park on 9-26 (GB)

Black Phoebe 1 at SWAWS on 9-15 & 1 on 9-30 (NOH)

 

VIREOS

Hutton's Vireo 1 at Camano Island home on 10-1 (PP)

 

CORVIDS

California Scrub-Jay 3 in Lyman on 9-22 (MSW); 1 at Lyman home on 10-1 & 10-15 (GB)

Black-billed Magpie 1 in Skyline on 10-1 (GB)

 

CHICKADEES

Black-capped Chickadee 1 at Anacortes home on 10-9 (TK)

 

BUSHTITS

Bushtit 2 at SHIP on 10-7 (NOH)

 

NUTHATCHES

Red-breasted Nuthatch 2 at east Stanwood home on 10-10 (MS/JS)

 

CREEPERS

Brown Creeper 1 at east Stanwood home on 10-10 (MS/JS)

 

WRENS

Pacific Wren 2 at east Stanwood home on 10-11 (MS/JS)

 

KINGLETS

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 at SWAWS on 9-17 & 1 at SHIP on 10-7 (NOH)

 

THRUSHES

Hermit Thrush 1 at Cama Beach State Park on 10-4 (JE/PP); 2 at east Fidalgo home on10-12 (RW)

Varied Thrush first of season singing at east Fidalgo home on 9-21 (RW)

 

PIPITS

American Pipit 1 at FIFR on 9-30 (NOH); 12 at Eide Road on 10-1 (JE/PP)

 

FINCHES and ALLIES

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch 12 at Sibley Pass on 10-5 (GB)

Red Crossbill 6 at Camano Island home on 9-27, 1 on 10-10 & 6 on 10-13 (PP)

Pine Siskin 1 at Anacortes home on 9-15 (TK)

 

LONGSPURS and BUNTINGS

Lapland Longspur 1 at the West 90, Samish Island on 10-1 (GB)

Lark Bunting 1 at SWAWS on 9-25 RARE (GB)

 

SPARROWS and ALLIES

Spotted Towhee 1 at Anacortes home on 10-1 (TK)

Fox Sparrow 2 at east Fidalgo home on 9-23 (RW); 2 at SHIP on 10-7 (NOH)

Song Sparrow 1 at Anacortes home on 9-4 (TK)

 

WARBLERS

Orange-crowned Warbler 2 at SHIP on 9-20 (NOH)

Yellow Warbler 1 at SHIP on 9-20 (NOH)

Yellow-rumped Warbler 7 at SWAWS on 9-17 (NOH)

Townsend's Warbler 1 at Cap Sante, Anacortes on 10-8 (JH)

 

TANAGERS and ALLIES

Lazuli Bunting 1 in Concrete on 9-26 (GB) late

 

MAMMALS

Beaver 1 at Barnum Park, Camano Island on 10-13 (JE/PP)

River Otter 4 on Guemes Channel on 10-11 & 2 on Tommy Thompson causeway on 10-12 (NOH)

 

(HA/TA) Howard & Thais Armstrong; (GB) Gary Bletsch; (JB) Joan Bird; (JE) John Edison; (FIFR) Fir Island Farm Reserve aka Hayton Reserve;; (JH) Joe Halton; (CH) Carla Helm; (NOH); Neil O’Hara; (TK) Trevor Kyle; (PP) Pam Pritzl; (MS/JS) Mary & Jeff Sinker; (MSW) M. Swanson; (SHIP) Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve; (SWAWS) Skagit Wildlife Area Wylie Slough; (RW) Regan Weeks

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