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Bird Sightings for January 2019

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

Cackling Goose 4 on Thunder Arm, Ross Lake Recreation Area on 12-15 (SA, TM North Cascades CBC)

Eurasian Wigeon 1 at March Point on 1-15 (JH)

Eurasian x American Wigeon (hybrid) 1 at Ship Harbor Interp. Pres. on 1-1 (NOH)

Lesser Scaup 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 1-4 (NOH)

Black Scoter 1 at Samish Island Public Beach on 1-13 (GB)

Common Goldeneye 2 in Burrows Bay on, Anacortes 1-13 (NOH)

Barrow's Goldeneye 3 in Burrows Bay, Anacortes on 1-12 (NOH)

Common x Barrow’s Goldeneye (hybrid) 1 male at Samish Island on 12-29 (RM)

Hooded Merganser 2 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 1-11 (NOH)

 

GREBES

Pied-billed Grebe 2 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 12-24 (NOH); 2 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 1-4 (NOH); 3 at SWA Wylie Slough on 1-11 (NOH)

Eared Grebe 1 at Samish Island on 12-25 (GB)

 

HUMMINGBIRDS

Anna's Hummingbird 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 12-24 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 1-11 (NOH)

 

RAILS

Virginia Rail 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 1-4 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 1-13 (MS)

 

PLOVERS

Black-bellied Plover 23 on Samish Flats on 1-7 (NOH)

 

SANDPIPERS and ALLIES

Least Sandpiper 5 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 1-13 (MS)

 

ALCIDS

Marbled Murrelet 16 in Guemes Channel from Kelly’s Point, Guemes Island (PSSS) (SP, BC, TM)

Ancient Murrelet 1 at Green Point, Washington Park, Anacortes on 12-16 (GB); 104 off Young’s Park, Guemes Island on 1-5 (PSSS) (SP, BC, TM)

 

GULLS and TERNS

Western Gull 2 in Burlington on 1-3 (GB)

Herring Gull 1 on Samish Flats on 1-13 (GB)

Iceland “Thayer’s” Gull 1 on Skagit Flats on 1-13 (GB)

 

LOONS

Yellow-billed Loon 1 at Green Point, Washington Park, Anacortes on 12-23 (GB)

HERONS and ALLIES

American Bittern 1 in Hamilton on 1-6 (GB)

Great Egret 1 on Skagit Flats on 1-2 (GB)

 

HAWKS, EAGLES and ALLIES

Rough-legged Hawk 4 in Samish Flats on 12-15 (NOH); 3 in Samish Flats on 12-31 (NOH); 3 in Samish Flats on 1-7 (NOH)

 

OWLS

Western Screech-Owl 1 heard at east Fidalgo home on 12-22 (RW)

Great Horned Owl 1 at Burrow Bay home on 1-12 (NOH); 3 at Ship Harbor Interp. Ctr. on 1-12 (NOH)

Short-eared Owl 6 at Skagit Wildlife Area, North Fork Access on 1-1 (MS); 4 in Samish Flats on 1-7 (NOH); 2 at Skagit Wildlife Area, North Fork Access on 1-13 (MS)

 

WOODPECKERS

Red-breasted Sapsucker 1at east Fidalgo home on 12-31 and 1-12 to 1-14 (RW)

Northern Flicker 1 “red-shafted” on suet feeder in Burlington yard on 12-17 (LE)

Pileated Woodpecker 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 1-11 (NOH)

 

FALCONS

American Kestrel 2 in Samish Flats on 12-15 (NOH); 2 in Samish Flats on 12-31 (NOH); 1 in Samish Flats on 1-7 (NOH)

Gyrfalcon 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 12-31 (GB); 1 (same bird) on Skagit Flats on 1-2 (GB)

Peregrine Falcon 1 in Samish Flats on 12-31 (NOH); 2 in Samish Flats on 1-7 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 1-11 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Hayton Reserve on 1-13 (MS)

 

FLYCATCHERS

Black Phoebe 2 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 1-13 (VBK)

 

SHRIKES

Northern Shrike 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 12-14 (AT); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 12-24 (NOH); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 1-11 (NOH)

 

VIREOS

Hutton's Vireo 1 at Hillcrest Park, Mount Vernon on 1-14 (TM)

 

CORVIDS

California Scrub-Jay 1 regularly seen in Burlington yard during sighting period (LE)

 

SWALLOWS

Barn Swallow 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 1-1 (RM); 1 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 1-2 (GB)

 

BUSHTITS

Bushtit 12 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 12-24 (NOH); 12 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 1-11 (NOH)

 

KINGLETS

Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 in Bow yard on 12-29 (KR)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 1-11 (NOH)

 

THRUSHES

Varied Thrush 6-east Fidalgo home; 1-12 RW

 

FINCHES and ALLIES

Purple Finch 6 at east Fidalgo home; 1-5 (RW)

Common Redpoll 1 pair at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 12-14 (AT)

 

SPARROWS and ALLIES

Fox Sparrow 2 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 1-11 (NOH)

Swamp Sparrow 1 at Barnaby Slough on 12-24 (GB); 1 at Samish Island on 12-29 (RM)

White-throated Sparrow 2 throughout sighting period at Camano Island home (PP)

Dark-eyed Junco 1 “slate-colored” at east Fidalgo home on 12-31 to present (RW)

 

BLACKBIRDS and ORIOLES

Western Meadowlark 1 in Samish Flats on 12-15 (NOH); 1 in Samish Flats on 12-31 (NOH); 1 in Samish Flats on 1-7 (NOH)

 

WARBLERS

Northern Waterthrush 2 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 1-1 (RM); 1 or more at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough throughout sighting period (GB)

Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 12-24 (NOH); 1 at Padilla Bay NERR on 1-5 (SAS); 5 at Skagit Wildlife Area, Wylie Slough on 1-11 (NOH)

Townsend’s Warbler 1 at Hillcrest Park, Mount Vernon on 1-14 (TM)

 

MAMMALS

Black Bear 1 seen across Skagit River on North Cascades CBC on 12-15 (MSD)

River Otter 1 in Burrows Bay on 1-12 (NOH)

 

(SA) Steve Aslanian; (GB) Gary Bletsch; (CBC) Christmas Bird Count; (BC) Brenda Cunningham; (MSD) Mary Sue Dallas; (LE) Larry Edwards; (JH) Joe Halton; (VBK) Von & Betty Koehn; (TM) Tim Manns; (NOH) Neil O’Hara; (RM) Ryan Merrill; (SP) Sarah Peden; (PP) Pam Pritzl; (PSSS) Puget Sound  Seabird Survey; (KR) Kerry Rye; (MS) Mary Sinker; (SAS) Skagit Audubon Society Field Trip; (AT) Alice Turner; (RW) Regan Weeks

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