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Bird Sightings for October 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

Snow Goose About 60 at Hayton Reserve on 10-19 (AW)

Cackling Goose 30 at Hayton Reserve on 10-19 (AW)

Eurasian Wigeon 1 at Jensen Access on 9-30 (GB)

Greater Scaup 14 off Bay View State Park on 9-16 (GB)

Lesser Scaup 12 on Lake Erie on 10-21 (GB)

Ring-necked Duck 4 at Dugualla Bay on 9-16 (NOH)

Harlequin Duck 4 at Libbey Beach on 9-9 (NOH)

Long-tailed Duck 8 at Swantown/Bos Lake on 9-16 (NOH)

Bufflehead  4 (first of season) in Burrows Bay on 10-15 (NOH)

Hooded Merganser 4 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 9-14 (NOH); 1 at Dugualla Bay on 9-16 (NOH)

Red-breasted Merganser 1 at March Point on 10-20 (GB)

 

GREBES

Pied-billed Grebe 1 at Dugualla Bay on 9-9 (NOH); 3 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 9-11 (NOH); 4 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 9-14 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 9-15 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 10-15 (NOH)

Horned Grebe 3 in Burrows Bay on 11-1 (NOH); 4 at Ship Harbor Interpretive

Center on 9-15 (NOH); 2 at Swantown/Bos Lake on 9-16 (NOH)

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

Western Grebe 40 in Burrows Bay on 10-17 (NOH)

 

RAILS and COOTS

Virginia Rail 1 at Dugualla Bay on 9-9 (NOH); 1 at Libbey Beach on 9-9 (NOH); 2 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 9-11 (NOH); 2 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 9-14 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 9-15 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 10-15 (NOH)

American Coot 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 10-15 (NOH)

 

CRANES

Sandhill Crane 2 at Hayton Reserve on 9-21 and 9-22 (GB)

 

PLOVERS

Black-bellied Plover 2 at Swantown/Bos Lake on 9-16 (NOH)

 

SANDPIPERS and ALLIES

Red Knot 1 at Swantown/Bos Lake on 9-9 (NOH); 1 at Swantown/Bos Lake on 9-16 (NOH)

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 9-23 (GB)

Stilt Sandpiper 3 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 9-11 (NOH)

Baird's Sandpiper 2 at the West 90, Samish Island on 9-29 (GB)

Least Sandpiper 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 9-14 (NOH)

Wilson's Snipe 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 9-11 (NOH); 11 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 9-11 (NOH); 3 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie

Slough on 9-15 (NOH); 3 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 10-15 (NOH)

Spotted Sandpiper 1 at Dugualla Bay on 9-9 (NOH)

 

JAEGERS

Parasitic Jaeger 1 off Jensen Access on 9-15 (GB)

 

ALCIDS

Marbled Murrelet 1 in Burrows Bay on 10-1 (NOH)

 

LOONS

Red-throated Loon 1 at Swantown/Bos Lake on 9-9 (NOH); 3 at Swantown/Bos Lake on 9-16 (NOH)

Common Loon 2 in Burrows Bay on 11-1 (NOH); 4 at Swantown/Bos Lake on 9-16 (NOH)

 

HERONS and ALLIES

Great Egret 1 at West Edison on 9-16 (GB); 1 in Padilla Bay near Sharpe’s Corner on 9-18 (BR); 1 in Padilla Bay near Sharpe’s Corner on 9-19 (KH); 1 at March Point on 9-20 (JH)

 

OSPREYS

Osprey 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 9-11 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 9-14 (NOH)

 

HAWKS, EAGLES and ALLIES

Northern Harrier 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 9-11 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 9-14 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 9-15 (NOH); 2 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 10-15 (NOH)

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 at east Stanwood home on 10-18 (MS)

Cooper's Hawk 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 9-11 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 9-14 (NOH)

Red-tailed Hawk 3 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 10-15 (NOH)

Rough-legged Hawk 1 dark morph hunting on MacLean Road on 10-14 (AW); 2 at Sibley Pass on 10-14 (GB)

Golden Eagle 4 at Sibley Pass on 10-14 (GB)

 

OWLS

Short-eared Owl 1 hunting at Hayton Reserve on 10-19 (AW)

 

WOODPECKERS

Pileated Woodpecker 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 9-15 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 10-15 (NOH)

 

FALCONS

American Kestrel 1 in Bow on 9-25 (KR); 1 perched on Bay View/Edison Road on 10-17 (AW)

Merlin 1 at east Fidalgo home on 9-30 (RW)

Peregrine Falcon 1 adult flying on Sullivan Road on 10-17 (AW); 2 adults perched in “eagle nest tree” at Hayton Reserve on 10-19 (AW); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 9-11 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 9-15 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 10-15 (NOH)

 

FLYCATCHERS

Black Phoebe 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 10-19 (AW)

 

SHRIKES

Northern Shrike 1 at Dugualla Bay on 9-16 (NOH

 

BUSHTITS

Bushtit  25 in Anacortes yard on 9-29 (JB)

 

WRENS

Pacific Wren 1 at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center on 9-25 (KR)

Bewick's Wren 1 at Bryson Road on 10-6 (RM)

 

THRUSHES

Varied Thrush 1 in Anacortes yard on 9-29 (JB)

 

FINCHES and ALLIES

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch 35 at Sibley Pass on 10-14 (GB)

 

LONGSPURS and BUNTINGS

Lapland Longspur 4 at the West 90, Samish Island on 9-29 (GB); 2 at Jensen Access on 9-30 (GB)

 

SPARROWS and ALLIES

Fox Sparrow 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 9-15 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 10-15 (NOH)

Lincoln's Sparrow 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 9-14 (NOH)

Swamp Sparrow 1 at Sauk Prairie on 10-6 (RM)

White-throated Sparrow 1 at Rasar State Park on 10-10 (GB)

Golden-crowned Sparrow 1 in Anacortes yard on 9-29 (JB)

 

WARBLERS

Wilson's Warbler 1 at Sauk Prairie on 10-6 (RM)

 

MAMMALS

Harbor Porpoise 3 in Burrows Bay on 10-1 (NOH)

River Otter 3 at creek at east Stanwood property on 9-29 (MS); 7 in Guemes Channel on 10-1 (NOH)

 

(GB) Gary Bletsch;  (JB) Jane Brandt; (JH) Joe Halton; (KH) Kristi Hein; (RM) Ryan Merrill; (NOH) Neil O’Hara; (BR) Bob Ross; (KR) Kerry Rye; (MS) Mary Sinker; (AW) Andrea Warner; (RW) Regan Weeks

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