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Skagit Audubon Field Notes

by Ann Skinner

This column reports a summary of selected sightings. Rare sightings should be submitted with detailed written documentation and if possible, a photograph.  A second person to verify rare sightings is encouraged. Do not hesitate to contact any observer to help document unusual sightings.

Please submit your sightings to birdsightings@skagitaudubon.org

For recent updates on bird sightings, check out ABA Tweeters and Skagit County Ebird List on the SAS website (Birding menu, Bird Sightings submenu).

WATERFOWL
Cinnamon Teal (8) 7/30, (4) 8/9, Fir Island (NOH)
Blue-winged Teal (3) 6/19, Wylie Slough; (1) 6/26, Fir Island (NOH)
Northern Shoveler (6) 7/30, Fir Island (NOH)
Common Merganser (1) 7/25, Fir Island (NOH)
Hooded Merganser (3) 7/23, (6) 7/28, SHIP (NOH)

PIGEONS and DOVES
Band-tailed Pigeon (20) 6/19, Wylie (NOH)

NIGHTHAWKS
Common Nighthawk (2) 6/25, Healy Road (GB)

SWIFTS
Black Swift (7) 5/25, Healy Road (GB)

HUMMINGBIRDS
Rufous Hummingbird (1-2) 5/17, 5/20, 5/31, 7/10, SHIP (NOH)

RAILS and COOTS
Virginia Rail (2) 7/24, Wylie Slough (MS/JS) (1) 8/3, Fir Island (NOH)

SHOREBIRDS
Greater Yellowlegs (2) 7/31, Wylie Slough (MS/JS)
Lesser Yellowlegs (7) 7/31, Wylie Slough (MS/JS)

STILTS & AVOCETS
American Avocet (4) 5/22, Fir Island (GB)

PLOVERS
Black-bellied Plover (27) 6/26, Fir Island, (25) 7/15 Fir Island (NOH)
Semipalmated Plover (1) 7/10, (2) 7/15, (25) 8/3, (2) 8/9, Fir Island (NOH)

SANDPIPERS and ALLIES
Baird’s Sandpiper (1) 8/6, Fir Island (NOH)
Western Sandpiper; (23) 7/31, Wylie Slough (MS/JS)
Least Sandpiper; (2) 7/31, Wylie Slough (MS/JS)
Pectoral Sandpiper (1) 7/24, Wylie Slough (MS/JS)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (25) 8/3; (2) 8/9, Fir Island (NOH)
Whimbrel (2) 5/22, Fir Island (GB)
Long-billed Curlew (1) 5/22, Fir Island (GB)
Red Knot (1) 5/30, Fir Island (NOH)
Wilson's Phalarope (1) 8/9, Fir Island (NOH)

ALCIDS
Rhinoceros Auklet (1) 7/29, WA Park; (1) 8/8, Rosario (NOH)

SHEARWATERS & PETRELS
Manx Shearwater (1) 6/25, Rosario Head(GB)

GULLS and TERNS
Bonaparte’s Gull (50) 6/26, (100) 7/10, Fir Island (NOH)
Heermann’s Gull (3) 7/7, Green Point (GB); (15) 7/28, SHIP (NOH)

LOONS
Common Loon (1) 7/10, SHIP (NOH); call overhead 8/5, E Fidalgo Is. (RW)

CORMORANTS
Double-crested Cormorants (8) in flight 8/13, E.Fidalgo Is.  (RW)

PELICANS
American White Pelican (50) 8/9, Fir Island (NOH)
Brown Pelican (2) 7/7, Green Point (GB)

HERONS and ALLIES
Great Blue Heron; (2); 7/31; Wylie Slough (MS/JS)

VULTURES
Turkey Vulture (1) 5/31 & 8/31, Fir Island (NOH)

OSPREYS
Osprey (1) 7/10, (2) 7/15, SHIP; (1) 8/6, Fir Island (NOH)

HAWKS, EAGLES and ALLIES
Cooper's Hawk (1) 7/27, E. Fidalgo Is. (RW)
Red-tailed Hawk (2) 7/24, E. Fidalgo Is. (RW)
Northern Harrier (1) 7/30 & 8/9, Fir Island (NOH)

OWLS
Great Horned Owl (1) 6/26 Wylie (NOH), (1) 6/27 E. Fidalgo Is. (RW) Owl “duet” 7/30 (RW)
Barred Owl (1) 7/17 Heart Lk.; (1) 7/23 SHIP (NOH)
Screech Owl calls on 8/10, E. Fidalgo Is. (RW)

WOODPECKERS
Pileated Woodpecker (1) 7/5, Wylie (NOH)
Three-toed Woodpecker (1) 6/19, Swamp Creek (GB)
Hairy Woodpecker (3) 5/29, Cranberry Lk.; (1) 6/6 & 7/28 Cranberry Lk. (NOH)

FALCONS
Merlin (1) 7/5, Wylie (NOH)
Peregrine Falcon (1) 7/25, 8/6 & 8/9, Fir Island (NOH)

FLYCATCHERS
Western Wood Peewee (2) 8/7, Stanwood area home (MS/JS); (1) 8/13, E Fidalgo Is. (RW)
Willow Flycatcher (2) 7/21, Stanwood area home (MS/JS)
Olive-sided Flycatcher (5) 6/6, Cranberry Lk.; (2) 7/17 Heart Lk. (NOH)
Grey Flycatcher (1) 5/17, Corkindale (GB)
Dusky Flycatcher (1) 5/17, Bacon Creek (GB)

VIREOS
Cassin’s Vireo (1) 6/4, WA Park (NOH)
Warbling Vireo (1) 6/6 & 6/30, Cranberry Lk (NOH)

SWALLOWS
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (1) 5/20, SHIP; (1) 5/21, Hanson Ck (NOH)

NUTHATCHES
Brown Creeper (2) 8/3, Stanwood area home (MS/JS)

WRENS
Pacific Wren (5) 6/28, Stanwood area home (MS/JS)
Bewick’s Wren (1-3) 5/29, Cranb. Lk; 6/26, Wylie; 7/23, SHIP (NOH)

THRUSHES
Swainson’s Thrush (2-6) 5/27, 5/30, 6/19 & 6/26, Wylie (NOH)

FINCHES and ALLIES
Evening Grosbeak (1) 5/29, 6/6 Cranb. Lk. (NOH)
Black Headed Grosbeak (1-6) 5/20 & 7/15, SHIP; 5/27 & 6/19 Wylie (NOH)
Red Crossbill (2) 7/24, 7/28 Cranb. Lk. (NOH)

CHAT
Yellow Breasted Chat (1) 6/27 Martin Road (GB)

BLACKBIRDS and ORIOLES
Yellow-headed Blackbird (3) 5/30, Jensen Access (NOH)

WARBLERS
Common Yellowthroat; (2); 7/15; Wylie Slough (MS/JS)
Orange Crowned Warbler (1-2) 5/23, WA Pk., 5/29, 6/30 &7/28 Cranb Lk. (NOH)
Townsend's Warbler (2) 5/1, (1) 5/29 Cranberry Lk (NOH)
Wilson's Warbler (5) 7/17, Stanwood area home (MS/JS); (2) E Fidalgo Is. (RW)
Yellow Warbler (3) 7/31, Wylie Slough (MS/JS)
Yellow-rumped Warbler, (2) 7/15, Wylie Slough (MS/JS)
American Redstart (3) 6/19, County Line Ponds (GB)

TANAGERS and ALLIES
Western Tanager (1) 5/14, E. Fidalgo Island (RW); (2) 7/17, Stanwood area home (MS/JS)

MAMMALS
Mink (1) 7/26 Game Range (GB)

(ACFL) Anacortes Community Forest Lands; (GB) Gary Bletsch; (FIFR) Fir Island Farm Reserve aka Hayton Reserve;  (MS/JS)  Mary & Jeff Sinker  (NOH); Neil O’Hara; (SHIP) Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve; (SWANFA) Skagit Wildlife Area North Fork Access; (SWAWS) Skagit Wildlife Area Wylie Slough;  (RW) Regan Weeks

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