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Bird Sightings for December & January 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

Brant 12 on Samish Island (Alice Bay) on 1-11 (SAS); 255 at SIPB on 1-11 (SAS)

Cackling Goose 24 on Samish Flats on 1-17 (AW)

Wood Duck 3 at NSRA on 12-2 (GB)

Eurasian Wigeon 2 at SWAHR on 12-15 (NOH); 1 on Samish Flats and 1 on Samish Island (Alice Bay) on 1-11 (SAS)

White-winged Scoter 3 at SIPB on 12-11 (NOH); 10 at SIPB on 1-11 (SAS)

Long-tailed Duck 1 at SIPB on 12-11 (NOH); 6 at SIPB on 1-11 (SAS)

Common Goldeneye 2 at SIPB on 12-11 (NOH); 2 at SIPB on 1-11 (SAS)

Hooded Merganser 8 at Anacortes Marina on 1-9 (RW)

Common Merganser 2 at SIPB on 1-11 (SAS)

Red-breasted Merganser 160 at SIPB on 12-11 (NOH); 12 at SIPB on 1-11 (SAS)

 

GALLINACEOUS BIRDS

California Quail 4 12-20 to 1-16 at east Fidalgo yard (RW)

 

GREBES

Pied-billed Grebe 1 at SWAHR on 12-15 (NOH); 2 at SWAHR on 12-29 (NOH)

Western Grebe 1 at SIPB on 1-11 (SAS)

 

HUMMINGBIRDS

Anna's Hummingbird 2 in Anacortes yard on 12-2 (TK); up to 15 at feeders at east Fidalgo yard 12-20 to 1-17 (RW); 1 on Samish Island

(Alice Bay); 1 at SIPB on 1-11 (SAS)

 

PLOVERS

Black-bellied Plover 19 at SWAHR on 12-29 (NOH)

 

ALCIDS

Pigeon Guillemot 5 at SIPB on 1-11 (SAS)

 

LOONS

Pacific Loon 1 at SIPB on 1-11 (SAS); 1 at Burrows Bay, Anacortes on 1-6 (NOH)

Common Loon 6 at SIPB on 1-11 (SAS)

 

HAWKS, EAGLES and ALLIES

Bald Eagle 13 on Samish Flats on 12-11 (NOH); 5 at SWAHR on 12-15 (NOH); 6 at SWAHR on 12-29 (NOH); 2 adults perched in fir tree at east Fidalgo property on 1-8 (RW); 14 on Samish Flats and 7 on Samish Island (Alice Bay) on 1-11 (SAS); 26 on Samish Flats on 1-11 (SAS); 1 “dilute” near Sunset Rd, Samish Flats on 1-17 (AW)

Northern Harrier 2 on Samish Flats on 12-11 (NOH); 1 at SWAHR on 12-15 (NOH); 5 at SWAHR on 12-29 (NOH); 6 on Samish Flats on 1-11 (SAS)

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 juvenile at east Fidalgo yard on 1-12 (RW)

Cooper's Hawk 1 at W. Bow Hill Rd on 12-22 (YH); 1 in Anacortes yard on 12-20 (YH); 1 adult at east Fidalgo yard on 1-8 (RW)

Red-tailed Hawk 3 on Samish Flats on 12-11 (NOH); 6 at SWAHR on 12-15 (NOH); 2 at SWAHR on 12-29 (NOH); 3 on Samish Flats and 2 on Samish Island (Alice Bay) on 1-11 (SAS); 1 juvenile “Harlan’s” on Samish Flats on 1-17 (AW)

Rough-legged Hawk 1 on Samish Flats on 1-11 (SAS)

Golden Eagle 1 2.5 miles east of Sedro Woolley on 12-25 (DW); 1 at Telegraph Slough on 1-10 (GB)

 

OWLS

Great Horned Owl heard 3 (and saw 2) on east Fidalgo property on 1-16 (RW)

Short-eared Owl 2 at East/West 90, Samish Flats on 12-13 (YH); 1 on Samish Flats on 1-11 (SAS)

 

WOODPECKERS

Red-breasted Sapsucker 1 at east Fidalgo yard 12-20 to 1-16 (RW); 1 in Anacortes yard on 12-29 (YH); 1 near Cockreham Island on 1-9 (GB)

Downy Woodpecker 1 in Anacortes yard on 11-25 and 12-6 (TK); 1 male at east Fidalgo yard on 12-20 (RW)

Hairy Woodpecker 1 in Anacortes yard on 12-7 (TK); 1 male at east Fidalgo yard on 12-20 (RW)

Northern Flicker pair in Anacortes yard on 11-24 (TK)

 

FALCONS

American Kestrel 1 on Samish Flats on 12-11 (NOH); 2 on Samish flats on 1-11 (SAS)

Merlin 1 at SWAHR on 12-29 (NOH)

Peregrine Falcon 1 at SWAHR on 12-29 (NOH); 3 on Sullivan Rd, Samish Flats on 1-17 (AW); 1 at West 90, Samish Flats on 1-17 (AW)

 

SHRIKES

Northern Shrike 1 on Samish Flats on 1-11 (SAS); 1 on Samish Flats on 1-17 (AW)

 

CHICKADEES

Black-capped Chickadee 4 in Anacortes yard on 12-28 (TK)

Chestnut-backed Chickadee 2 in Anacortes yard on 12-28 (TK)

 

BUSHTITS

Bushtit 13 at east Fidalgo yard 1-12 to 1-16 (RW)

 

CREEPERS

Brown Creeper 3 in Hillcrest Park, Mount Vernon on 1-12 (TM)

 

KINGLETS

Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 in Anacortes yard on 12-29 (YH); 1 in Hillcrest Park, Mount Vernon on 1-12 (TM)

 

THRUSHES

Varied Thrush 3 in east Stanwood yard on 1-14 (MS)

 

FINCHES and ALLIES

House Finch 6 in Anacortes yard on 12-28 (TK)

Pine Siskin 8 in Anacortes yard on 11-23 (TK); 11 in Anacortes yard on 12-2 (TK); 1 in Anacortes yard on 1-15 (YH); 1 in Sedro-Woolley yard on 1-15 (DW)

 

SPARROWS and ALLIES

Spotted Towhee 1 in Anacortes yard on 12-4 (TK)

Fox Sparrow 1 on Samish Island (Alice Bay) on 1-11 (SAS)

White-crowned Sparrow 4 on Samish Island (Alice Bay) on 1-11 (SAS)

Golden-crowned Sparrow 14 on Samish Island (Alice Bay) on 1-11 (SAS)

Dark-eyed Junco 2 in Anacortes yard on 12-29 (TK)

 

BLACKBIRDS and ORIOLES

Western Meadowlark 24 on Samish Flats on 1-11 (SAS); 8 on Samish Flats on 1-17 (AW)

 

 WARBLERS

Northern Waterthrush 1 at SWAWS on 1-10 (GB)

Yellow-rumped Warbler 15 at Cap Sante Marina on 1-13 (JH)

Townsend's Warbler 1 in Cap Sante yard 12-31 to 1-1 (JBS); 1 in Hillcrest Park, Mount Vernon on 1-12 (TM)

 

MAMMALS

Raccoon 2 in east Stanwood yard on 1-14 (MS)

River Otter 7 on Anacortes Marina pier grooming on 1-9 (RW)

 

(GB) Gary Bletsch; (JH) Joe Halton; (YH) Yvonne Houppermans; (TK) Trevor Kyle; (NSRA) Northern State Recreation Area); (TM) Tim Manns; (NOH); Neil O’Hara; (MS) Mary Sinker; (SAS) Skagit Audubon Society Field Trip; (SIPB) Samish Island Public Beach; (SWAHR) Skagit Wildlife Area Hayton Reserve; (SWAWS) Skagit Wildlife Area Wylie Slough;  (JBS) J. B. Smith; (DW) Daria Wheatley; (AW) Andrea Warner; (RW) Regan Weeks

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