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Reporter's name: Carla Corin
Sighting Description: Chipping Sparrow at Pacific Rim Institute, moving between the parking area and the fenced orchard/garden plot. Listed as rare on Whidbey list, though there seem to be annualsightings at this location.
Location: Pacific Rim Institute, Coupeville
Date and time: Nov. 15, 1 p.m.
Comment submitted Nov 15, 2018
Reporter's name: Nancy Van Wormer
Sighting Description: A Wilson's Snipe appeared on my side lawn dipping his long bill repeatedly into the lawn obviously eating something delicious. Being from the midwest I immediately thought it was a Woodcock but got out the trusty bird books to discover it was a Wilsons or Common Snipe. I took a video.
Location: On the bluff of Deer Lagoon
Date and time: 7:45 in the morning of December 9.
Comment submitted Nov 14, 2018
Reporter's name: Jann Ledbetter
Sighting Description: This Yellow-shafted Flicker was seen with a flock of 7-8 Red-shafted Northern Flickers that have been coming to my yard regularly.
Location: Coupeville (not far from downtown)
Confirmation: While red-shafted Flickers are quite common, I'm learning that the yellow-shafted is somewhat rare. This one has the brown face, black malar and red nape crescent, as well as the yellow shafts that seem to indicate it is a pure yellow-shafted Flicker, and not an intergrade.
Date and time: 11/12/18 a.m.
Photo Title: Flicker, Yellow-shafted
Comment submitted Nov 13, 2018
Reporter's name: Darwin Wile
Sighting Description: Walking the west dike - 3 male + 2 female redheads (not canvasbacks) remarkable in that they are listed as rare on the Whidbey check list; at least 4 male Eurasian wigeons; a peregrine kept the ducks moving and the dunlins murmurating; didn't find George's snow bunting.
Location: Deer Lagoon, west dike
Date and time: 11/11/18; 2:30pm
Comment submitted Nov 11, 2018
Reporter's name: Marie Shaw
Sighting Description: Three trumpeter swans flying over northeast over Crockett Lake at 9:30 this morning.
Location: Crockett Lake
Date and time: 11/11/2018 9:30 am
Comment submitted Nov 11, 2018
Reporter's name: George Heleker
Sighting Description: Snow Bunting found at the lagoon area on the beach between the lagoon and
the bay, moving in and out of vegetation and driftwood and foraging on the sand. I saw one in
the same area on March 6, 2018.
An American White Pelican continues to hang out at the lagoon and the adjacent marsh.
A Northern Shrike is still hunting in the area, first reported on 10/12/2018.
A Sora continues. It called today for about 10 seconds. Likely the same bird that was first
reported on 10/4/2018 and by several other observers since.
Six Snow geese again for this observer on the marsh side of the lagoon area. There have been 1-
70 reported here this fall since 10/21/2018.
Location: Deer Lagoon
Date and time: 11/10/2018. During bird walk from 8:33-2:08
Photo Title: Deer Lagoon Snow Bunting
Comment submitted Nov 10, 2018
Reporter's name: Kellee Roberti
Sighting Description: Male ring neck pheasant seen on our property Tuesday afternoon and this
morning foraging in our horse pastures.
Location: Near the north end of pintail road
Date and time: 11/8/18 at 7:30 am
Comment submitted Nov 8, 2018
Reporter's name: David Parent
Sighting Description: Two Snow Geese one adult, one juvenile. The adult has a left leg
lameness. Both foraging normally.
Location: On the fairway near Dunlap Drive, Holmes Harbor Golf Course
Date and time: 11/5/18 1:45 pm
Comment submitted Nov 5, 2018
Reporter's name: Sue Minger
Sighting Description: A duck with a redhead and large black stripe running laterally over face
and eye area. It was by itself. Duck was mallard size. I'm an experienced birder and I could
not identify it.
Location: Deer Lagoon--one of the ponds.
Date and time: 11/02/18 1 pm
Comment submitted Nov 2, 2018
Reporter's name: Martha Hollis
Sighting Description: A flock of 35 Snow Geese on Ebey's Prairie Ebey's Landing Road across
from Willow Wood Farm.
First time I've ever seen them on our island.
Location: Ebey's Landing Road, about 1/4 miles from the beach
Date and time: 10-31-18 approximately 3:00 pm.
Comment submitted Oct 31, 2018
Reporter's name: Sego Jackson
Sighting Description: Northern Shrike perched on top of very long bamboo pole in garden (about
15 feet up.) First time I've seen on our property. I see there was a sighting in Maxwelton area
Location: Midvale Road
Date and time: Oct. 29, 2018. 10:45 am
Comment submitted Oct 29, 2018
Reporter's name: Joe K Sheldon
Sighting Description: Large numbers of waterfowl including five Greater White-fronted Geese,
one Snow Goose, 20 Cackling Geese, 100+ Canada Geese, 100+ of both Mallards and Northern
Pintail, and two Gadwall. The birds were foraging in the farm field.
Location: Immediately north of Cook Road on Ebey's Prairie, Coupeville.
Date and time: 28 October 2018, 4 PM.
Comment submitted Oct 28, 2018
Reporter's name: DAVID PARENT
Sighting Description: Flock of 23 Snow Geese flying south. One Juvenile.
Location: Over Saratoga Passage at the end of Greenbrier Ln, Langley.
Date and time: 10/21/2018 2pm
Comment submitted Oct 22, 2018
Reporter's name: Sarah Schmidt
Sighting Description: Yellow-billed Loon from the Port Townsend ferry. Seen by Bill Rick and
Sarah Schmidt. Boat-shaped, all yellow bill.
Date and time: October 21, 9:00 AM
Addendum: Bill and I again saw a(the?) Yellow-billed Loon from the Port Townsend to Coupeville
ferry this afternoon at 3:40 PM. I imagine likely the same individual as this morning. Both
sightings were of an adult mostly still in breeding plumage, with all-dark head. This second
sighting was at much greater distance, but the large yellow bill shone bright in the sunlight!
Location: Port Townsend ferry, about mid channel. Fog obscured land views for orientation.
Comment submitted Oct 21, 2018
Reporter's name: Cathi Bower and Kathy Obersinner
Sighting Description: Northern Shrike perched among robins and cedar waxwings in berried
shrubbery. It repeatedly flew to the ground and back up to the brush. At one point we thought
it had gone after a bird, but the smaller birds like chickadees were keeping their distance.
Not particularly unusual, but first of the season here, and seems a bit early.
Location: Maxwelton Valley across from Midvale
Date and time: October 15 5 p.m.
Comment submitted Oct 16, 2018