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Bird Sightings for March 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 7 at Milltown on 2-23 (GB)

Cackling Goose 2 on Cockreham Island on 2-17 (GB)

Northern Shoveler 2 at SWAWS on 2-18 (NOH); 6 at Samish Flats on 2-23 (NOH); 3 at SWAWS on 2-23 (NOH); 7 at Samish Flats on 3-2; 1 at SWAWS on 3-10 (NOH)

Eurasian Wigeon 1 at SWAWS on 2-18 (NOH); 17 at Samish Flats on 2-23 (NOH); 1 at SWAWS on 2-27 (NOH); 2 at Samish Flats on 3-2 (NOH); 1 at SWAWS on 3-10 (NOH)

Greater Scaup 1 at SWAWS on 3-10 (NOH)

Lesser Scaup 1 at SWAWS on 2-27 (NOH); 1 at SWAWS on 3-10 (NOH)

Black Scoter 1 off Samish Island Public Beach on 2-2 and 2-9 (GB)

 

GALLINACEOUS BIRDS

California Quail 6 (including 1 leucistic individual at Rosario Beach on 2-24 (GB)

 

HUMMINGBIRDS

Rufous Hummingbird 1 male at Cap Sante, Anacortes home on 3-11 (JH)

 

SANDPIPERS and ALLIES

Black Turnstone 2 off Rosario Head on 2-16 (GB); 1 off Rosario Head on 3-8 (PP)

Surfbird 6 off Rosario Head on 2-16 (GB)

 

GULLS and TERNS

California Gull 1 at March Point on 2-13 (GB)

Iceland Gull 3 “Thayer’s” in Burlington on     2-24 (GB)

 

HERONS and ALLIES

American Bittern 2 at SWANFA on 2-18 (MS); 1 at SWANFA on 3-7 (PP)

 

HAWKS, EAGLES and ALLIES

Bald Eagle 1 partial leucistic on Samish Flats on 2-16 (LK); eagle nest on Sullivan Road had 3 eagles in the nest on 3-15 (AW)

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 at SWAWS on 2-18 (NOH)

Cooper's Hawk 1 at SWAWS on 2-18 (NOH)

Red-tailed Hawk 1 dark “Harlan’s” on Samish Flats on 2-16 (BCAR); 1 light “Harlan’s” on Samish Flats on 2-16 (BCAR);  1 partial leucistic near Grandview Road, Whatcom County on 3-5 (SAS); 1 (dark morph) on Samish Flats on 3-10 (AW)

Rough-legged Hawk 1 on Samish Flats on 2-23 (NOH); 2 at Eide Road, Stanwood on 3-7 (PP); 1 at Samish Flats on 3-2 (NOH); 1 at East 90, Samish Flats on 3-10 (AW)

Golden Eagle 1 juvenile on Bow Hill Road near Bow Hill Blueberries on 3-15 (AW)

 

OWLS

Barn Owl 1 at Minkler Lake on 3-9 (GB)

Short-eared Owl 1 on Samish Flats on 3-2 (NOH); 1 on fencepost on Rawlins Road, Fir Island on 3-7 (PP)

 

WOODPECKERS

Hairy Woodpecker 1 at SWAWS on 2-18 (NOH); 1 at SWAWS on 2-27 (NOH)

 

FALCONS

American Kestrel 1 on Samish Flats on 2-23 (NOH); 1 on Persons Road, Bay View Ridge on 2-23 (AW); 1 on Samish Flats on 3-2 (NOH)

Merlin 1 in Edison on 3-1 (AW)

Gyrfalcon 1 juvenile on Fir Island on 2-16 (BCAR)

Peregrine Falcon 1 at SWAWS on 2-18 (NOH); 1 juvenile on Wylie Road, Fir Island on 2-23 (AW); 1 on Persons Road, Bay View Ridge on 2-23 (AW); 1 at SWAWS on 2-27 (NOH); 1 at SWAWS on 3-10 (NOH); 1 adult on Sullivan Road, Samish Flats on 3-10 (AW)

 

FLYCATCHERS

Black Phoebe 1 at SWAWS on 2-18 (NOH); 1 at SWAWS on 2-27 (NOH); 1 at SWAWS on  3-10 (NOH); 1 or 2 at SWAWS throughout sighting period (GB)

 

SHRIKES

Northern Shrike 1 at SWAWS on 3-10 (NOH)

 

SWALLOWS

Tree Swallow 1 at SWAWS on 3-7 (PP); 1 at SWAHR on 3-9 (GB)

 

WRENS

Bewick's Wren 1 at SWAWS on 2-18 (NOH)

 

KINGLETS

Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 at SWAWS on 2-18 (NOH)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 at La Conner home between 1-15 & 2-18 (RJ); 1 at SWAWS on     2-27 (NOH)

 

THRUSHES

Varied Thrush as many as 8 week of 2-18 (RJ)

 

CATBIRDS & MOCKINGBIRDS

Northern Mockingbird 1 in Anacortes continuing since 2-26, observed by many (GB) RARE IN SKAGIT COUNTY

 

FINCHES and ALLIES

House Finch 1 “yellow phase” in Anacortes yard 2-1 to 2-14 (YH)

Cassin's Finch one near Cockreham Island on 2-16 (GB) RARE

Red Crossbill birds heard at Rasar State Park on 2-17 (GB)

 

SPARROWS and ALLIES

Swamp Sparrow 1 or more at Thilberg Road on 3-9 (GB)

White-throated Sparrow 2 at Camano Island home throughout sighting period (PP); 1 at Edgewater Park, Mount Vernon on 2-24 (GB)

 

BLACKBIRDS and ORIOLES

Western Meadowlark 10 on Samish Flats on 3-2 (NOH)

Bullock's Oriole 1 male on Guemes Island in January and February (SK)

 

WARBLERS

Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 at SWAWS on 2-27 (NOH); 2 at SWAWS on 3-10 (NOH)

 

(GB) Gary Bletsch; (BCAR) Bill Clark Advanced Raptor Class; (JH) Joe Halton; (YH) Yvonne Houppermans; (NOH) Neil O’Hara; (RJ) Rosi Jansen; (LK) Larry Kellems; (SK) Stephanie Kavanaugh; (PP) Pam Pritzl; (MS) Mary Sinker; (SAS) Skagit Audubon Society Field Trip; (AW) Andrea Warner; (SWAWS) Skagit Wildlife Area Wylie Slough; (SWANFA) Skagit Wildlife Area North Fork Access; (SWAHR) Skagit Wildlife Area Hayton Reserve

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