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Bird Sightings for October 2019

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

Greater White-fronted Goose 25 flying over Samish Island on 9-3 (PP); 1 near Cockreham Island on 8-30 (GB)

Wood Duck 2 at SWAWS on 8-18 and 1 at SWAWS on 8-22 (NOH)

Cinnamon Teal 6 at Channel Drive on 8-18 and 6 at SWAWS on 8-22 (NOH)

Northern Shoveler 1 at SWAWS on 8-18, 5 at SWAWS on 8-22 and 2 at Channel Drive on 8-18 (NOH)

American Wigeon 1 at SWAHR on 8-24 (NOH)

Hooded Merganser 6 at SWAHR on 8-16, 4 at SWAWS on 8-18 and 5 at SWAHR on 8-24 (NOH)

 

GREBES

Pied-billed Grebe 1 at SWAWS on 8-22 (NOH)

Red-necked Grebe 1 in Burrows Bay, Anacortes on 9-10 (NOH)

Eared Grebe 2 at Samish Island Public Beach on 9-3 (GB)

 

PIGEONS and DOVES

Band-tailed Pigeon 10 at SWAWS on 9-8 (SAS)

 

SWIFTS

Black Swift 8 at Illabot Creek Alluvial Fan on 9-11 (GB)

 

HUMMINGBIRDS

Rufous Hummingbird 1 immature at Cap Sante, Anacortes yard on 9-3 (JH)

 

RAILS

Virginia Rail 1 at SWAWS on 8-22 (NOH)

 

PLOVERS

Black-bellied Plover 29 at SWAHR on    8-16 and 56 at SWAHR on 8-18 (NOH); 10 at SWAHR on 9-8 (SAS)

Pacific Golden-Plover 1 at SWAHR on 8-16 (NOH)

Semipalmated Plover 45 at SWAHR on   8-16, 30 at SWAHR on 8-18 and 12 at SWAHR on 8-24 (NOH)

 

SANDPIPERS and ALLIES

Hudsonian Godwit 2 at SWAHR on 8-10 (GB) RARE

Ruddy Turnstone 1 at the West 90, Samish Island on 8-7 (GB) RARE

Red Knot 18 at SWAHR on 8-31 (GB) high count; 3 at SWAHR on 9-8 (SAS)

Stilt Sandpiper 1 at Channel Drive on 8-15 (GB); 1 at SWAWS on 8-27 (PP)

Sanderling 1 on Alice Bay, Samish Island on 8-26 (GB)

Baird's Sandpiper 2 at the West 90, Samish Island on 8-7 (GB)

Least Sandpiper 12 at SWAWS on 8-18, 7 at Channel Drive on 8-18 and 2 at SWAWS on 8-22 (NOH); 2 at SWAHR on 9-8 (SAS)

Pectoral Sandpiper 8 at SWAWS on 9-8 (SAS)

Western Sandpiper 100 at SWAHR on 9-8 (SAS)

Short-billed Dowitcher 18 at SWAWS on 9-8 (SAS)

Wilson's Snipe 9 at SWAWS on 9-8 (SAS)

Spotted Sandpiper 1 at SWAHR on 8-24 (NOH); 1 at SWAHR on 9-8 (SAS)

Solitary Sandpiper 1 at Nichol’s Bar on  8-5 (GB)

Lesser Yellowlegs 1 at SWAHR on 9-8 and 35 at SWAWS on 9-8 (SAS)

Willet 1 at SWAHR on 8-10 (GB) RARE

Greater Yellowlegs  2 at SWAHR and 5 at SWAWS on 9-8 (SAS)

Red-necked Phalarope 1 at SWAHR on   8-10 (GB)

 

JAEGERS

Parasitic Jaeger 2 at Samish Island Public Beach on 9-11 (GB)

 

GULLS and TERNS

Franklin's Gull 3 at SWAHR on 8-11 (GB); 1 at SWAHR on 8-18 (NOH)

Caspian Tern 30 observed from the Tommy Thompson Trail, Anacortes on 8-14 (MC); 40 at SWAHR on 9-8 (SAS)

 

PELICANS

American White Pelican 30 at Deer Lagoon, Whidbey Island  and 14 at Crockett Lake, Whidbey Island on 8-11 (RWJ)

 

VULTURES

Turkey Vulture 1 at SWAWS on 8-18 (NOH)

 

HAWKS, EAGLES and ALLIES

Northern Harrier 1 at SWAHR on 8-16, 1 at SWAHR on 8-18 and 1 at SWAHR on 8-22 (NOH)

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 at SWAWS on     8-22 (NOH)

Cooper's Hawk hanging around first half of August at east Fidalgo, Anacortes yard (RW)

 

OWLS

Great Horned Owl heard young owls begging at east Fidalgo yard on 8-16 (RW); 2 juveniles at La Conner yard on 8-31 (RWJ)

 

WOODPECKERS

Hairy Woodpecker 1 at Anacortes yard on 9-9 (TK)

Northern Flicker 1 “red-shafted” at Anacortes yard on 9-10 (TK)

 

FALCONS

Peregrine Falcon 2 at SWAHR on 8-18 and 1 at Channel Drive on 8-18 (NOH); 1 at SWAWS on 9-8 (SAS)

 

FLYCATCHERS

Olive-sided Flycatcher 1 at SWAWS on  8-22 (NOH)

Willow Flycatcher 1 at SWAWS on 8-18 and 2 at Channel Drive on 8-18 (NOH)

Black Phoebe 3 at SWAWS and 1 at SWAWS on 8-22 (NOH)

 

VIREOS

Warbling Vireo 1 at Cap Sante, Anacortes yard on 9-4 (JH)

 

CORVIDS

Clark's Nutcracker 2 at Easy Pass on 8-12 (GB)

 

SWALLOWS

Purple Martin several flying around east Fidalgo, Anacortes yard week of 8-18 (RW)

 

CHICKADEES

Mountain Chickadee 4 at Easy Pass on    8-12 (GB)

 

CREEPERS

Brown Creeper 2 at La Conner yard on    8-11 (RWJ)

 

DIPPERS

American Dipper 1 at Bagley Creek, Mt. Baker on 9-4 (YH)

 

KINGLETS

Golden-crowned Kinglet first of season at east Fidalgo, Anacortes home on 9-7 (RW)

 

FINCHES and ALLIES

Pine Siskin 12 at Anacortes yard on 9-9 (TK)

 

SPARROWS and ALLIES

Clay-colored Sparrow 1 near Cockreham Island on 9-6 (GB) RARE

Vesper Sparrow 1 at Illabot Creek Alluvial Fan on 9-2 (GB)

Fox Sparrow first of season on 9-4 at east Fidalgo, Anacortes yard on 9-4 (RW)

Golden-crowned Sparrow 1 at the West 90 on 9-3 (GB) early; first of season at east Fidalgo yard on 9-5 (RW) early

 

BLACKBIRDS and ORIOLES

Yellow-headed Blackbird 17 at SWAHR on 8-19 (GB) high count

 

WARBLERS

Orange-crowned Warbler 3 at east Fidalgo, Anacortes yard on 8-16 (RW)

MacGillivray's Warbler 1 at east Fidalgo, Anacortes yard on 8-16 (RW)

Common Yellowthroat 1 at SWAWS on  8-22 (NOH)

Yellow Warbler 1 at Channel Drive on    8-18 (NOH); 1 at east Fidalgo, Anacortes yard on 8-18 (RW); 2 at La Conner yard on 8-19 (RWJ); 1 at Cap Sante, Anacortes yard on 8-22 (JH)

 

BLACKPOLL WARBLER 1 at Burlington home on 8-25 (JKW) RARE

Yellow-rumped Warbler juvenile “Myrtle” at Cap Sante, Anacortes yard on 8-23 (JH)

Black-throated Gray Warbler 1 at east Fidalgo, Anacortes yard on 8-1 (RW); 1 at east Stanwood yard on 9-10 (MS); 1 female at Cap Sante yard, Anacortes on 9-11 (JH)

Townsend's Warbler 1 male at Camano Island yard on 8-24 (PP); 1 at east Fidalgo, Anacortes yard on 8-27 (RW)

Wilson's Warbler 1 at east Fidalgo, Anacortes yard on 8-29 (RW); 1 at La Conner yard on 9-5 (RWJ)

 

MAMMALS

River Otter 3 observed from the Tommy Thompson Trail, Anacortes on 8-14 (MC)

 

(GB) Gary Bletsch; (MC) Morty Cohen; (JH) Joe Halton; (YH) Yvonne Houppermans; (RWJ) Rosi & Wes Jansen;  (TK) Trevor Kyle;  (NOH); Neil O’Hara; (PP) Pam Pritzl; (MS) Mary Sinker; (SAS) Skagit Audubon Society Field Trip; (SWAHR) Skagit Wildlife Area Hayton Reserve; (SWAWS) Skagit Wildlife Area Wylie Slough; (RW) Regan Weeks; (JKW) Jan & Keith Wiggers

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