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Bird Sightings for September & 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

Snow Goose 100 on Fir Island on 9-24 (JB); flock at SWAHR on 9-30 (YH)

Greater White-fronted Goose 3 on Fir Island on 9-24 (JB); 50 at SWAHR on 10-12 (NOH)

Cackling Goose 35 at SWAWS on 9-21 (NOH); 50 on Fir Island on 9-24 (JB); 100 at SWAHR on 9-28 (NOH); 200 at SWAHR on 10-12 (NOH)

Tundra Swan 2 at SWAHR on 10-15 (GB)

Wood Duck 3 at SWAWS on 9-19 (NOH)

Cinnamon Teal 2 at SWAWS on 9-19 (NOH); 3 at SWAWS on 9-21 (NOH)

Redhead 1 at SWAJA on 10-7 (GB)

Barrow's Goldeneye 1 at Barnaby Slough on 10-7 (GB)

 

GALLINACEOUS BIRDS

California Quail 10 at east Fidalgo home on 9-30 (RW)

 

PIGEONS and DOVES

Mourning Dove 2 at Anacortes home on 9-26 (TK)

 

HUMMINGBIRDS

Rufous Hummingbird 1 at Cap Sante, Anacortes yard on 9-3 (JH); 1 at Anacortes home on 10-8 (TK)

 

CRANES

Sandhill Crane 4 on Fir Island on 10-9 (GB)

 

PLOVERS

Black-bellied Plover 4 at SWAHR on 9-19 (NOH)

Pacific Golden-Plover 1 at SWAHR on 10-15 (GB)

Semipalmated Plover 20 at SWAHR on 9-19 (NOH); 3 at SWAHR on 10-12 (NOH); 1 at SWAWS on 10-13 (NOH)

 

SANDPIPERS and ALLIES

Whimbrel 5 at SWAJA on 10-1 (GB); 1 on Padilla Bay Shore Trail tide flats on 10-2 (LM)

Marbled Godwit 1 at SWAJA on 10-5 (GB); 2 at SWAJA on 10-6 (MS)

Red Knot 10 at SWAHR on 9-13 (GB)

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper 1 at SWAWS on 10-9 (GB); 1 at SWAWS on 10-13 (NOH)

Dunlin 1 at SWAHR on 9-17 (GB)

Pectoral Sandpiper 2 at SWAWS on 10-6 (MS); 4 at SWAWS on 10-13 (NOH)

Wilson's Snipe 4 at SWAWS on 9-21 (NOH)

Lesser Yellowlegs 2 at SWAWS on 10-15 (GB)

 

JAEGERS

Parasitic Jaeger 1 at SWAJA on 9-13 (GB)

 

GULLS and TERNS

Franklin's Gull 1 at SWAHR on 9-17 (GB); 1 at SWAHR on 9-19 (NOH)

Caspian Tern 1 at SWAHR on 10-6 (MS)

 

PELICANS

American White Pelican 1 at SWAHR on 10-9 & 10-10 (GB)

 

HERONS and ALLIES

Great Egret 1 on Fidalgo Bay on 9-19 & 20 (YH)

 

IBIS

White-faced Ibis 6 at SWAHR on 10-12 (NOH) RARE

 

HAWKS, EAGLES and ALLIES

Bald Eagle 3 at Sauk Mountain on 9-25 (SAS)

Northern Harrier 1 at Sauk Mountain on 9-25 (SAS)

Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 at Sauk Mountain on 9-25 (SAS)   

Cooper's Hawk 1 at Sauk Mountain on 9-25 (SAS); 1 on Persons Rd on 10-15 (AW); 1 in Anacortes on 10-16 (YH)

Red-shouldered Hawk 1 juvenile in Sauk Valley on 9-16 (RM); 1 at SWAJA on 10-5 (GB) RARE

Red-tailed Hawk 1 at Sauk Mountain on 9-25 (SAS); juvenile at Padilla Center (blue wing tag E3) on 10-8 (AW)

Rough-legged Hawk 1 at east 90 on 10-8 (AW)

Golden Eagle 1 at Sauk Mountain on 9-25 (SAS)

 

OWLS

Great Horned Owl heard 3 hooting at east Fidalgo home morning of 9-15 (RW)

Northern Pygmy-Owl 1 at Sauk Mountain on 9-25 (SAS)

Barred Owl 1 at Blanchard Mountain on 9-18 (NOH)

Northern Saw-whet Owl 1 at Bayview Ridge home on 9-28 (LM)

 

WOODPECKERS

Northern Flicker 1 “intergrade” in hedgerow near Anacortes home 1st week of October (KH); pair “yellow-shafted” at Anacortes home on 10-7 (TK)

 

FALCONS

American Kestrel pair perched on snag on Bayview-Edison Rd on 10-15 (AW)

Merlin 1 at SWAWS on 9-19 (NOH)

Peregrine Falcon 1 at SWAHR on 9-30 (YH); 1 at Iverson Spit, Camano Island on 10-1 (YH); 2 at SWAHR on 10-6 (MS); juvenile on Bayview-Edison Rd (near Samish River bridge) on 10-15 (AW); adult perched in tree observed from Young Rd on 10-15 (AW)

 

FLYCATCHERS

Black Phoebe 2 at SWAWS on 9-19 (NOH)

 

VIREOS

Hutton's Vireo heard at east Fidalgo home on 9-29 (RW);

 

SWALLOWS

Bank Swallow 1 at March Point on 9-22 (GB) late

 

BUSHTITS

Bushtit 12 at SWAWS on 9-19 (NOH); flock at Burlington home week of 10-7 (LE)

 

DIPPERS

American Dipper 1 at Donovan Park, Friday Creek on 9-28 (YH); 1 at upper Pilchuck River on 10-5 (JS)

 

KINGLETS

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 at east Fidalgo home on 9-23 (RW)

 

THRUSHES

Townsend's Solitaire 2 at Sauk Mountain on 9-25 (SAS)

Hermit Thrush 1 at east Fidalgo home on 9-29 (RW); 1 on Guemes Mountain Trail on 10-6 (YH)

Varied Thrush 2 at east Fidalgo, Anacortes home on 9-17 (RW); 1 at Sauk Mountain on 9-25 (SAS); pair in Cap Sante, Anacortes yard on 9-27 (JH); 1 on Guemes Mountain Trail on 10-6 (YH); 1 at Burlington home since 10-7 (LE)

 

FINCHES and ALLIES

Evening Grosbeak flock on Guemes Mountain Trail on 10-6 (YH); flock on Bayview Ridge on 10-14 (LM)

Pine Siskin 10 at Anacortes home on 10-14 (TK)

 

LONGSPURS and BUNTINGS

Lapland Longspur 30 at SWAJA on 9-29 (GB)

 

SPARROWS and ALLIES

Vesper Sparrow 1 at Sauk Prairie on 9-16 (RM); 1 at Corkindale on 9-16 (RM)

Lincoln's Sparrow 1 at SWAHR on 10-12 (NOH)

White-throated Sparrow 1 in hedgerow near Anacortes home on 10-4 (KH); 2 at Camano Island home since 10-14 (PP)

White-crowned Sparrow 1 at Anacortes home on 9-26 (TK)

 

BLACKBIRDS and ORIOLES

Western Meadowlark 2 at SWAHR on 9-21 (NOH)

Rusty Blackbird 1 at Thilberg Rd on 10-15 (GB)

 

WARBLERS

Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 at Marblemount boat launch on 9-16 (RM) RARE

Townsend's Warbler 1 at east Fidalgo home on 9-17 (RW); 3 in Cap Sante, Anacortes yard on 9-27 (JH)

 

TANAGERS and ALLIES

Lazuli Bunting 1 at Sauk Prairie on 9-16 (RM)

 

(GB) Gary Bletsch; (JB) Joan Bird; (LE) Larry Edwards; (JH) Joe Halton; (KH) Kristi Hein; (YH) Yvonne Houppermans; (TK) Trevor Kyle; (RM) Ryan Merrill; (LM) Libby Mills; (NOH); Neil O’Hara; (PP) Pam Pritzl; (JS) Jeff Sinker; (MS) Mary Sinker; (SAS) Skagit Audubon Society Field Trip; (SWAHR) Skagit Wildlife Area Hayton Reserve; (SWAJA) Skagit Wildlife Area Jensen Access; (SWAWS) Skagit Wildlife Area Wylie Slough; (AW) Andrea Warner; (RW) Regan Weeks

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