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Reporter's name: George and Lynne Jensen

Sighting Description: 2 pairs evening grosbeaks at our feeders today, the first of the season for us.

Location: Log Cabin Road near Cultus Bay Road

Date and time: April 22, 2017 around 1pm

Above comment submitted Apr 22, 2017




Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: There is a Say's phoebe hanging around Deer Lagoon; noteworthy because I do not see the bird on the Whidbey Island check list. Take west dike, upper trail to end.
Also large numbers of Bonaparte's gulls and Caspian terns.

Location: west dike, Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 4/21/17; 4:00 pm

Above comment submitted Apr 21, 2017



Reporter's name: Val Hillers

Sighting Description: Six whimbrels walking through a farm field foraging food from newly turned earth. Not a rare bird for Whidbey Island, but an unusual location for the whimbrels to be foraging. (Perhaps they learned from the gulls who always follow the farmers' equipment.)

Location: On Ebey Prairie, viewed from Cook Road

Date and time: 4/21, 9 am

Above comment submitted Apr 21, 2017



Reporter's name: George and Lynne Jensen

Sighting Description: 2 sightings today:
First sighting: 2 ospreys circling our neighbor's newly cleared field, gathering sticks, presumably flying to their nest on top of the cell tower on Cultus Bay Road.
Second sighting: 2 band tailed pigeons flew over our field. 1 later returned and perched on our bird seed feeder.

Location: Log Cabin Road and Cultus Bay Road in Clinton

Date and time: April 20th, approx. 9am

Above comment submitted Apr 20, 2017



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: numbers of Caspian terns have returned to Deer Lagoon

Location: Deer Lagon

Date and time: 4/20/17; non

Above comment submitted Apr 20, 2017



Reporter's name: Jay Adams

Sighting Description: Two male Myrtle-type with four male Audubon's-type Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Location: Around the fenced wetland area off Krueger Road in Coupeville.

Date and time: April 18 at about 3:30 p.m.

Above comment submitted Apr 18, 2017



Reporter's name: Wendy Wilson

Sighting Description: An Evening Grosbeak has been at my sunflower feeder the past three mornings. First sighted Thursday 4/14.

Location: North Whidbey near Silver Lake

Date and time: 4/14 8:00 a.m.

Above comment submitted Apr 16, 2017



Reporter's name: Mary Hollen

Sighting Description: First Lagoon Point purple martin of 2017

Location: Steelhead Drive and Salmon Street, Greenbank

Date and time: 4/16/17 3:30pm

Above comment submitted Apr 16, 2017



Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: I 1st heard an unusual raptor calling then observed crows diving on a bird perched in a tree. It was a Northern Goshawk that flew off with crows in pursuit.

Location: Parker Road, Coupeville

Date and time: 4/15 5:45 pm

Above comment submitted Apr 15, 2017



Reporter's name: BOB LECLERCQ

Sighting Description: 2 TURKEY VULTURES SETTING IN TREES. SOARED AWAY WHEN I GOT CLOSE.


Location: GOOSE ROCK PERIMETER TRAIL. DECEPTION PASS STATE PARK. ACROSS FROM CORNET BAY MARINA.

Date and time: 4/14/2017 10:15 AM

Above comment submitted Apr 14, 2017



Reporter's name: Laurie Wright

Sighting Description: Townsend's Solitaire photographed in bushes at the foot of a steep bank overlooking the beach. Could be connected to the Townsend's Solitaire seen at the Pacific Rim Institute on 9 April.

Location: Beach below Harrington Road, Coupeville

Date and time: Thurs 13 April 2017, around 10 a.m.

Above comment submitted Apr 14, 2017



Reporter's name: Linda McFarlane

Sighting Description: Red Necked Grebe. Diving, solo bird, very beautiful.

Location: Fishing just off the ferry as I landed at Mukilteo from Clinton, in front of Ivar's.

Date and time: 4/13/2017 - 4:30

Above comment submitted Apr 13, 2017



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: first whimbrel of the year

Location: west dike, Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 4/11/17; 1:15pm

Above comment submitted Apr 11, 2017



Reporter's name: Joseph K. Sheldon photo pic1491853315town_zps95wjzu3f.jpg

Sighting Description: Sighting by Aaron Morganstern of Townsend's Solitaire

Location: Pacific Rim Institute on Eastern edge of the prairie

Confirmation: This is listed as a rare bird for Whidbey Island.

Date and time: 9 April 2017 about noon.

Above comment submitted Apr 10, 2017



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: What a difference a day makes! Yesterday with the wind, we could hardly find a shorebird in Deer Lagoon. Today, relatively calm, there are large numbers of black-bellied plovers and dunlins. About a dozen greater and one lesser yellowlegs. Large numbers of brants. Several ospreys.

Location: Deer Lagoon

Date and time: 4-9-17; 3:00 pm

Above comment submitted Apr 9, 2017



Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: 1st Orange -crowned Warbler of the year singing in our yard today. Also 1st butterfly: Satyr Comma

Location: Parker Road, Coupeville

Date and time: 4/09 2:45pm

Above comment submitted Apr 9, 2017



Reporter's name: Ted King  photo pic1491695332p101_zpswbqksrao.jpg

Sighting Description: Red Crossbill spotted sitting on tip-top of cone-loaded conifer which was at about eye level and less that 50' away - lots of color - fabulous! My first Red Crossbill but hopefully the first of many.

Location: On the bank above Deer Lagoon.

Date and time: March 12, 2017 at 0750 local time.

Above comment submitted Apr 8, 2017



Reporter's name: Jodi DeLay

Sighting Description: Female Yellow shafted flicker seen several times at our suet feeder this week. Does not appear to be hybrid. Have video w yellow n red shafted as one leaves the feeder and the other comes in.

Location: Day Rd near Christianson

Date and time: April 5, 6, 7

Above comment submitted Apr 8, 2017



Reporter's name: Traci York

Sighting Description: First male American Goldfinch of the season snacking on hulled sunflower seeds.

Location: NW Broadway St. Coupeville

Date and time: April 8 @ 12:20 PM

Above comment submitted Apr 8, 2017



Reporter's name: Jill Hein

Sighting Description: TWO Osprey back on the nest by Race Road Firehall - yay for spring!

Location: Race Road, Coupeville

Date and time: April 6th; 3 pm

Above comment submitted Apr 6, 2017



Reporter's name: David Parent

Sighting Description: First cycle Glaucous Gull feeding with other large gulls in the large field between Highway 525, Cameron Road and Bush Point Road

Location: As Above

Date and time: 4/6/17 7:30am

Above comment submitted Apr 6, 2017



Reporter's name: Mary Hollen

Sighting Description: Hermit Thrush heard in forested bluff above Lagoon Point about noon today.

Location: Lagoon Point, Greenbank, WA

Date and time: 4/5/17 12:30pm

Above comment submitted Apr 5, 2017



Reporter's name: Joseph K. Sheldon  photo pic1491332092mobl_zpsnfj6ngne.jpg

Sighting Description: Mountain Bluebird seen and photographed at Pacific Rim Institute in and around the prairie remnant area.

Location: Pacific Rim Institute

Confirmation: Dr. Sheldon is a well-known experienced birder, very familiar with Mountain Bluebirds

Date and time: 4 April 2017 about 11 a.m.

Above comment submitted Apr 4, 2017



Reporter's name: Linda McFarlane

Sighting Description: First Osprey

Location: Sanctuary

Date and time: 4/3/17 4:30 pm

Above comment submitted Apr 3, 2017



Reporter's name: Joseph K. Sheldon photo pic1491275798greg_zpsj9mxiphy.jpg

Sighting Description: Great Egret first reported at Noon, still present at 6:45 PM

Location: Dugualla Bay, Whidbey Island, WA

Confirmation: Rare sighting

Date and time: April 3, 2017; 6:45 PM

Above comment submitted Apr 3, 2017



Reporter's name: Brooks Allen

Sighting Description: Great Egret - Dugualla Bay. First pond on right going north on Dike Rd. At noon.

Location: Dugualla Bay

Confirmation: I am an experienced birder.

Date and time: 4/03/2017

Above comment submitted Apr 3, 2017



Reporter's name: Carla Corin

Sighting Description: First Band-tailed Pigeon of the year!

Location: West Beach Road and Barque Road

Date and time: March 30, about 1:30 p.m.

Above comment submitted Mar 31, 2017



Reporter's name: Patty Blouin

Sighting Description: Yellow rumped warbler. First spotted him yesterday trying to eat from hummer feeder, he returned to day doing the same thing.

Location: Whales run, coupeville

Confirmation: Confirmed by Al Lunemann

Date and time: 03/25/17 around 7 pm

Above comment submitted Mar 28, 2017



Reporter's name: Joe Sheldon

Sighting Description: The Russian biologist, Vasilly Baranyuk, coordinating the Snow Geese research on Wrangel Island, Russia -- the geese that overwinter in our area -- will be speaking Saturday March 25, 2017 at 3 PM at the Padilla Bay Interpretive center, Bay View, WA. He previously spoke with his Washington State counterpart at a Whidbey Audubon membership meeting. This is an excellent opportunity to hear an update on the status of the population.

Location: Padilla Bay Interpretive Center

Date and time: 3 PM Saturday March 25

Above comment submitted Mar 24, 2017





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