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Bird Sightings for Summer 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

Canada Goose 1 partially leucistic at Dugualla Bay on 7-7 (NOH)

Blue-winged Teal 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 7-9 (GB)

American Wigeon 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 6-29 (NOH)

Harlequin Duck 1 at Big Four in Stillaguamish River on 6-21 (SAS)

Hooded Merganser 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 8-9 (NOH)

 

GALLINACEOUS BIRDS

California Quail 1 leucistic at Rosario on 7-31 (KC)

 

NIGHTHAWKS

Common Nighthawk 1 in Anacortes evening of 1-23 (JOC)

 

SWIFTS

Black Swift 6 at Big Four Ice Caves (SAS)

 

HUMMINGBIRDS

Black-chinned Hummingbird 1 near Cockreham Island on 6-3 (GB)

 

RAILS and COOTS

Virginia Rail 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 6-29 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 7-3 NOH); 1 at Dugualla Bay on 7-7 (NOH)

1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 7-10 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 7-10 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 8-12 (NOH)

 

PLOVERS

Black-bellied Plover 16 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 6-29 (NOH); 19 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 8-9 (NOH); 50 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 8-12 (NOH)

Semipalmated Plover 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 6-29 (NOH); 14 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 8-12 (NOH)

 

SANDPIPERS and ALLIES

Bar-tailed Godwit 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 7-16 and 7-18 (GB)

Least Sandpiper 2 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 7-3 (NOH); 40 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 7-10 (NOH); 30 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 7-22 (NOH); 12 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 8-9 (NOH)

Pectoral Sandpiper 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 8-12 (NOH)

Western Sandpiper 6 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 6-29 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 7-10 (NOH) 

Spotted Sandpiper 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 7-3 NOH); 1 at Dugualla Bay on 7-7 (NOH)

Wilson's Phalarope 1 juvenile at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 7-24 (PP); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 8-12 (NOH)

 

ALCIDS

Marbled Murrelet 1 on Duck Lake, Cypress Island on7-24 (JW)

 

GULLS and TERNS

Heermann's Gull 1 at Washington Park, Anacortes on 7-5 (GB); 2 at Rosario on 7-19 (NOH)

Caspian Tern 40 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 6-29 (NOH)

Common Tern 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 6-10 (GB) UNUSUAL

Forster’s Tern 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 6-10 (GB) RARE

 

LOONS

Common Loon 2 at March Point on 6-20 (GB)

 

PELICANS

American White Pelican 60 on Padilla Bay on 5-21 (RWJ); 75 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 7-22 (NOH)

 

HERONS and ALLIES

American Bittern 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 7-3 NOH)

Green Heron 1 in Burlington on 6-16 (GB); 1 juvenile flying near Burlington home on 7-3 (LE)

 

VULTURES

Turkey Vulture 1 at Rosario on 7-19 (NOH)

 

OSPREYS

Osprey 1 at Dugualla Bay on 7-7 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 7-10 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 7-22 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 8-12 (NOH)

 

HAWKS, EAGLES and ALLIES

Cooper's Hawk 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 8-12 (NOH)

 

OWLS

Long-eared Owl 1at Northern State Recreation Area on 6-9 and 10 (GB)

 

WOODPECKERS

Williamson’s Sapsucker 1 heard by several birders on 5-25 and 27 (GB)

Red-breasted Sapsucker 1 young at east Fidalgo home on 7-15 (RW)

American Three-toed Woodpecker 1 on trail between Rainy and Cutthroat passes on 6-24 (GB)

Pileated Woodpecker 1 working snag at Bow home on 5-22 (KR)

 

FALCONS

Peregrine Falcon 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 7-14 (NOH); 2 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 8-9 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 8-12 (NOH)

 

FLYCATCHERS

Willow Flycatcher 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 7-3 NOH)

Alder Flycatcher or “Trails” Flycatcher (experts still debating) at Bacon Creek from 6-24 to at least 7-7 (GB)

Eastern Kingbird 4 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 8-12 (NOH)

 

VIREOS

Hutton's Vireo 1 at Camano Island home on 8-11 (PP)

Warbling Vireo 1 at Cap Sante, Anacortes home on 8-14 (JH)

 

CORVIDS

California Scrub-Jay 1 at Burlington home on 7-31 and 8-11 (LE)

Common Grackle 1 at feeder near Cockreham Island on 6-8 (GB) UNUSUAL

 

LARKS

Horned Lark 2 at March Point on 7-24 (PP)

 

WRENS

Bewick's Wren fledged 4 young in early August at east Stanwood home (MS); 1 feeding young at La Conner home on 8-6 (RWJ)

 

THRUSHES

Western Bluebird 1 near Lake Cavanaugh on 5-20 (GB)

 

CATBIRDS

Gray Catbird 1 on Oso Loop Road on 6-7 (JO)

 

FINCHES and ALLIES

Evening Grosbeak 1 pair at Camano Island home on 7-11 (PP)

Red Crossbill pair at La Conner home week of 5-15 (RWJ)

Pine Siskin 2 at Rosario on 7-19 (NOH)

 

SPARROWS and ALLIES

Chipping Sparrow several at Whitehorse Park, Darrington on 7-12 (JO)

Brewer's Sparrow 1 at Corkindale on 5-25 (GB)

 

BLACKBIRDS and ORIOLES

Bullock's Oriole 1 on Oso Loop Road on 6-7 (JO)

 

WARBLERS

Common Yellowthroat 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 6-29 (NOH); 3 at

 

Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 7-3 NOH);

1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 7-10 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 7-10 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 7-14 (NOH)

American Redstart 2 at County Line Ponds on 5-25 (GB); 1 on Oso Loop Road on 6-7 (JO); 3 at County Line Ponds on 7-3 (GB)

Yellow Warbler 4 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 7-3 NOH);

3 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 7-10 (NOH); 1 female at Camano Island home on 8-15 (PP); 1 male at Cap Sante, Anacortes home on 8-16 (JH)

Black-throated Gray Warbler 1 at east Fidalgo home on 8-11 (RW); 1 female at Cap Sante, Anacortes home on 8-13 (JH)

Townsend’s Warbler 1 female at Cap Sante, Anacortes home on 8-18 (JH)

 

TANAGERS and ALLIES

Black-headed Grosbeak 2 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 7-3 NOH)

Lazuli Bunting 1 at Bryson Road near Darrington on 7-12 (JO)

 

(GB) Gary Bletsch; (KC) Kathryn Cavil; (LE) Larry Edwards; (JH) Joe Halton; (RWJ) Rosi & Wes Jansen; (JOC) John O’Connell; (NOH) Neil O’Hara; (JO) Jeff Osmundson;  (PP) Pam Pritzl; (KR) Kerry Rye; (MS) Mary Sinker; (SAS) Skagit Audubon Society Field Trip; (RW) Regan Weeks; (JW) James Whitcomb

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