Trip Reports 2010 January - March

North Everett and Maysville – Tuesday January 5, 2010

While the rain kind of dampened the birds popping up in the bushes we still saw 53 species. The highlight of the day was the Rough-legged Hawk at Beringer Farm. We also enjoyed the walk east of the Marysville sewage lagoons plus all the ducks at the lagoon. It is always a treat to watch Snow Geese flying over in their formation as we saw at Beringer.
Virginia, Sheila, Kathleen, Wilma, Margaret, Rick, John, Reg, Bill, Barry, Mike, Phil and Nancy
53 Species Id’d(Approx.Qty.)

CHECKLIST
Cormorants: Double-crested(8)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(22)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Snow Goose(200), Eurasian Wigeon(1), American Wigeon(60), Gadwall(1), Green-winged Teal(17), Mallard(52), Northern Pintail(40), Northern Shoveler(3), Canvasback(1), Ring-necked Duck(60), Greater Scaup(20), Lesser Scaup(60), Common Goldeneye(12), Bufflehead(28), Red-breasted Merganser(2), Ruddy Duck(50)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(16), Northern Harrier(5), Sharp-shinned Hawk(1), Cooper's Hawk(1), Red-tailed Hawk(5), Rough-legged Hawk(1)
Rails, Gallinules and Coots: American Coot(40)
Plovers and Lapwings: Killdeer(1)
Sandpipers: Dunlin(1)
Gulls: Mew(65), Ring-billed(3), Glaucous-winged(40), Western(2)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(15)
Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher(3)
Woodpeckers: Downy Woodpecker(1), Northern Flicker(4)
Kinglets: Golden-crowned(2), Ruby-crowned(1)
Wrens: Bewick's(2), Marsh(4)
Thrushes: American Robin(14), Varied Thrush(1)
Long-tailed Tits: Bushtit(1)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(4)
Crows and Jays: American Crow(40)
Starlings: European Starling(350)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(4), Fox Sparrow(3), Song Sparrow(7), Lincoln's Sparrow(1), Golden-crowned Sparrow(1), Dark-eyed Junco(8)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(1)
Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: House Finch(5)



SNOQUALMIE VALLEY TO CARNATION – TUESDAY JANUARY 12, 2010
It’s another very rainy day, but birding was again okay even with all the rain. We were happy not to have snow and ice or wind. We are seeing great views of duck-Gadwalls and Ring-necked are especially striking this time of the year. We are also starting to see more Common Goldeneyes. We enjoyed seeing the Lincoln’s sparrows with the Golden-crowned sparrows. We were surprised to see a Bonaparte’s Gull at the prison farm. All had a great view of the Brown Creeper.
Virginia, Sheila, Art, Reg, Bill, Margaret, Wilma, Nancy and Kathleen
54 Species Id’d (Approx. Qty.)

CHECKLIST
Grebes: Horned(1)
Cormorants: Double-crested(3)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(2)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Trumpeter Swan(55), Canada Goose(24 + 1 cackler), American Wigeon(4), Gadwall(8), Green-winged Teal(1), Mallard(22), Northern Pintail(15), Northern Shoveler(2), Ring-necked Duck(2), Lesser Scaup(2), Common Goldeneye(10), Bufflehead(3), Hooded Merganser(2), Common Merganser(1), Ruddy Duck(1)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(27), Northern Harrier(1), Sharp-shinned Hawk(1), Red-tailed Hawk(5)
Falcons: American Kestrel(1)
Rails, Gallinules and Coots: American Coot(100)
Plovers and Lapwings: Killdeer(1)
Gulls: Ring-billed(1), Glaucous-winged(23), Bonaparte's(1)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(50), Mourning Dove(3)
Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher(2)
Woodpeckers: Hairy Woodpecker(1), Northern Flicker(3)
Kinglets: Golden-crowned(1), Ruby-crowned(6)
Waxwings: Cedar(12)
Wrens: Winter(2)
Thrushes: American Robin(2)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(3)
Creepers: Brown Creeper(2)
Crows and Jays: Steller's Jay(1), American Crow(2),Common Raven(1)
Starlings: European Starling(520)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(4), Fox Sparrow(1), Song Sparrow(6), Lincoln's Sparrow(3), Golden-crowned Sparrow(6), Dark-eyed Junco(12)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(31), Western Meadowlark(20), Brewer's Blackbird(24)
Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(6)



Guemes Island – Tuesday January 19, 2010
John, Alannah, Reg, Bill, Rex, Rick, Kathleen, Margaret B, Margaret, Terry, Virginia, Sheila and Ed
53 Species ID’d(Approx. Qty)

CHECKLIST
Loons: Red-throated(5), Common(4)
Grebes: Red-necked(4), Horned(3), Western(6)
Cormorants: Double-crested(4), Pelagic(5)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(5)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Trumpeter Swan(300), Snow Goose(2,000), Canada Goose(10), Brant(300), American Wigeon(30), Mallard(82), Northern Pintail(10), Ring-necked Duck(8),
Surf Scoter(15),Common Goldeneye(19), Bufflehead(10), Red-breasted Merganser(26)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(10), Red-tailed Hawk(5)
Falcons: American Kestrel(2), Merlin(1)
Gulls: Mew(4), Glaucous-winged(12)
Auks, Murres and Puffins: Pigeon Guillemot(15)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(80)
Woodpeckers: Northern Flicker(11)
Kinglets: Golden-crowned(3)
Wrens: Bewick's(7)
Thrushes: American Robin(7), Varied Thrush(2)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(20), Chestnut-backed(17)
Nuthatches: Red-breasted(8)
Creepers: Brown Creeper(5)
Shrikes: Northern(1)
Crows and Jays: American Crow(13),Common Raven(3)
Starlings: European Starling(150)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(9), Fox Sparrow(5), Song Sparrow(14), White-crowned Sparrow(2), Golden-crowned Sparrow(7), Dark-eyed Junco(30)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(35), Brewer's Blackbird(53)
Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: Purple Finch(1), House Finch(12), Pine Siskin(30)
Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(11)
Wilma Bayes
1/29/10


CAMANO ISLAND – TUESDAY JANUARY 26, 2010
We saw many species today. The best birds were saved for the end of the day when we saw the Red Crossbills and the Cooper’s Hawk. The Red Crossbills were close views. Some members were able to get photos. The Cooper’s Hawk was in a tree with the sun shinning on him and his coloring was distinct and great. All of us noted his red eye looking at us.
Virginia, Rick, Ed, Reg, Rex, Phil, Art, Nancy, Barry, Margaret, Merilee, Joe, Kathleen, Bill, Sheila and Wilma
61 Species ID’d(Approx. Qty.)

CHECKLIST
Loons: Red-throated(3), Pacific(1), Common(2),
Grebes: Pied-billed(12), Red-necked(4), Horned(36), Western(50)
Cormorants: Double-crested(9)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(5)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Trumpeter Swan(144), Snow Goose(2,000), American Wigeon(6), Green-winged Teal(60), Mallard(124), Northern Pintail(59), Greater Scaup(6), Lesser Scaup(10), Surf Scoter(14), Common Goldeneye(30), Barrow's Goldeneye(6), Bufflehead(50), Red-breasted Merganser(14), Common Merganser(21)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(9), Northern Harrier(1), Cooper's Hawk(1), Red-tailed Hawk(8)
Rails, Gallinules and Coots: American Coot(150)
Plovers and Lapwings: Killdeer(1)
Gulls: Mew(6), Glaucous-winged(105)
Auks, Murres and Puffins: Pigeon Guillemot(4)
Pigeons and Doves: Mourning Dove(40)
Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher(4)
Woodpeckers: Downy Woodpecker(1), Northern Flicker(3)
Kinglets: Golden-crowned(6), Ruby-crowned(8)
Wrens: Bewick's(6), Winter(1)
Thrushes: American Robin(15)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(8), Chestnut-backed(4)
Nuthatches: Red-breasted(2)
Creepers: Brown Creeper(2)
Crows and Jays: Steller's Jay(1), American Crow(45),Common Raven(2)
Starlings: European Starling(100)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(15), Fox Sparrow(9), Song Sparrow(21), Lincoln's Sparrow(2), White-crowned Sparrow(2), Golden-crowned Sparrow(40), Dark-eyed Junco(16)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(21), Brewer's Blackbird(10)
Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: House Finch(10), Red Crossbill(4)
Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(24)
Wilma Bayes
1/26/10


Fir Island – Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The weather was so great, it was almost a warm spring day instead of the winter we expect in February. One surprise of the day was a pair of Wild Turkeys on the dikes of the Skagit River. The male was protecting his partner and put on quite a show. Moving down the road we saw a Ring-necked Pheasant. We saw one great horned owl at our usual spot at Wiley Slough. Due to the flooding the habitiat at Wiley Slough is changed and will be changing more as the trees will be dying in the salt water. We also saw our Short-eared Owl at the North Fork access. Pipits also flew over our heads at the North Fork access.
Sheila, Virginia, Wilma, Phil, Art, Rick, Phil, Jack, Bill, Ray, Rex, John, Reg, Barry, Margaret, Merilee, Joe and Kathleen
51 Species ID’d(Approx. Qty.)

CHECKLIST
Cormorants: Double-crested(2)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(5)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Trumpeter Swan(350), Tundra Swan(46), Snow Goose(3500), American Wigeon(217), Green-winged Teal(20), Mallard(153), Ring-necked Duck(3), Common Merganser(1)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(43), Northern Harrier(4), Sharp-shinned Hawk(1), Cooper's Hawk(1), Red-tailed Hawk(4)
Falcons: Merlin(1)
Turkeys: Wild Turkey(2)
Pheasants and Partridges: Ring-necked Pheasant(1)
Rails, Gallinules and Coots: American Coot(1)
Plovers and Lapwings: Killdeer(5)
Sandpipers: Dunlin(1000)
Gulls: Mew(6), Ring-billed(6), Glaucous-winged(6)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(50), Collared Dove(3), Mourning Dove(1)
Owls: Great Horned Owl(1), Short-eared Owl(2)
Woodpeckers: Downy Woodpecker(1)
Kinglets: Golden-crowned(2), Ruby-crowned(1)
Wrens: Bewick's(5)
Thrushes: American Robin(6)
Long-tailed Tits: Bushtit(6)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(13)
Crows and Jays: American Crow(10),Common Raven(4)
Starlings: European Starling(35)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(10), Fox Sparrow(7), Song Sparrow(46), White-crowned Sparrow(1), Golden-crowned Sparrow(29), Dark-eyed Junco(12)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(50), Brewer's Blackbird(8)
Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: House Finch(7), Pine Siskin(2)
Wilma Bayes
2/2/10


Port Townsend and Marrowstone Island – Tuesday, February 9, 1010

It was a spring day in February and the birds were out to greet us for the day. Some of us were excited to see our first Surf Birds. We also enjoys the numerous Plovers, Dunlin and Sanderlings at Fort Flagler, and enjoyed seeing both the Ruddy and Black Turnstones.

Art, Rick, Wilma, Virginia, Jack, Kathy, Bill, Margaret, John, Alannah, Rex, Phil, Mike, Reg, Kathleen and Ceil

65 Species Id’d (Approx.#)

CHECKLIST

Loons: Pacific(5), Common(6)
Grebes: Pied-billed(2), Red-necked(8), Horned(16)
Cormorants: Double-crested(23), Pelagic(6)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(7)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Trumpeter Swan(12), Canada Goose(51), Brant(30), American Wigeon(58), Gadwall(4), Green-winged Teal(28), Mallard(48), Northern Pintail(100), Lesser Scaup(1), Harlequin Duck(12), Long-tailed Duck(24), Surf Scoter(31), White-winged Scoter(10), Common Goldeneye(4), Barrow's Goldeneye(2), Bufflehead(68), Hooded Merganser(15), Red-breasted Merganser(46)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(12), Red-tailed Hawk(3)
Falcons: Peregrine Falcon(1)
Oystercatcher: Black Oystercatcher(2)
Plovers and Lapwings: Black-bellied Plover(150), Killdeer(10)
Sandpipers: Greater Yellowlegs(6), Lesser Yellowlegs(1), Ruddy Turnstone(12), Black Turnstone(87), Sanderling(25), Western Sandpiper(2), Dunlin(300)
Gulls: Mew(12), California(1), Glaucous-winged(40)
Auks, Murres and Puffins: Pigeon Guillemot(55), Marbled Murrelet(12), Rhinoceros Auklet(2)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(30)
Hummingbirds: Anna's(1)
Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher(5)
Woodpeckers: Northern Flicker(2)
Kinglets: Ruby-crowned(2)
Wrens: Winter(1)
Thrushes: American Robin(8)
Long-tailed Tits: Bushtit(17)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(1)
Crows and Jays: American Crow(32)
Starlings: European Starling(30)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(3), Fox Sparrow(2), Song Sparrow(4), Golden-crowned Sparrow(10), Dark-eyed Junco(6)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(6)
Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: House Finch(12)
Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(6)
Wilma Bayes
2/8/10


Blaine/Semiahmoo/Birch Bay – Tuesday February 16, 2010

Blaine Harbor was very quiet today. The tides were non-existent this day so that may be part of the reason. However Simiahmoo made up for the lack of birds as we saw Oystercatchers, Turnstones and Sanderlings there. We also went to Lake Terrell and saw the Canvasback and Redhead ducks.
Bill, Virginia, Mike, Ceil, Kathleen, John, John D., Alannah, Sheila, Margaret, Art, Amy, Jack, Phil, Wilma, Merilee and Joe
60 Species Id’d(approx. Qty.)

CHECKLIST
Loons: Pacific(200), Common(120),
Grebes: Red-necked(3), Horned(8), Western(500)
Cormorants: Double-crested(75), Pelagic(3)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(2)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Trumpeter Swan(220), Canada Goose(110), Brant(930), American Wigeon(19 + 1 Storm), Gadwall(4), Green-winged Teal(25), Mallard(4), Northern Pintail(1), Canvasback(12), Redhead(3), Greater Scaup(4), Lesser Scaup(62), Harlequin Duck(3), Long-tailed Duck(4), Black Scoter(2), Surf Scoter(42), White-winged Scoter(75), Common Goldeneye(10), Barrow's Goldeneye(10), Bufflehead(535), Red-breasted Merganser(20), Common Merganser(2), Ruddy Duck(6)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(19), Northern Harrier(1), Cooper's Hawk(1), Red-tailed Hawk(12)
Rails, Gallinules and Coots: American Coot(500)
Oystercatcher: Black Oystercatcher(2)
Plovers and Lapwings: Killdeer(3)
Sandpipers: Black Turnstone(13), Sanderling(12)
Gulls: Mew(206), Ring-billed(10), California(1), Glaucous-winged(20)
Auks, Murres and Puffins: Pigeon Guillemot(6)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(100)
Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher(1)
Woodpeckers: Northern Flicker(1)
Thrushes: American Robin(12)
Crows and Jays: American Crow(55),Common Raven(1)
Starlings: European Starling(100)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(3), Song Sparrow(4), White-crowned Sparrow(12), Dark-eyed Junco(5)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(3)
Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: House Finch(5), American Goldfinch(1)
Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(6)
Wilma Bayes
2/16/10


Samish flats – Tuesday, February 23, 2010
What a day. We had a 4 falcon day with seeing the Prairie Falcon and the Peregrine Falcon together. The Prairie Falcon was in the tree top and a young Peregrine landed in a tree close by so we had a great comparison. Of course they were close to the field of over 1000 Dunlin. We also saw 9 Rough-legged Hawks.
Virginia, Wilma, Phil, Reg, Mike, Bill, Rick, Kathleen, Art, Jack, Rex, Ed, Margaret, Joe and Merilee
62 Species Id’d (Approx. Qty.)


CHECKLIST
Loons: Red-throated(1), Common(15)
Grebes: Horned(11)
Cormorants: Double-crested(7)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(80)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Trumpeter Swan(110), Brant(50), Eurasian Wigeon(2), American Wigeon(2900), Green-winged Teal(95), Mallard(450), Northern Pintail(29), Northern Shoveler(6), Greater Scaup(12), Long-tailed Duck(6), Surf Scoter(12), Common Goldeneye(4), Bufflehead(15), Red-breasted Merganser(14)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(66), Northern Harrier(13), Cooper's Hawk(1), Red-tailed Hawk(16), Rough-legged Hawk(9)
Falcons: American Kestrel(1), Merlin(1), Prairie Falcon(1), Peregrine Falcon(4)
Rails, Gallinules and Coots: American Coot(2)
Plovers and Lapwings: Killdeer(3)
Sandpipers: Dunlin(6000)
Gulls: Ring-billed(1), Glaucous-winged(30)
Auks, Murres and Puffins: Pigeon Guillemot(2)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(32), Mourning Dove(2)
Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher(1)
Woodpeckers: Hairy Woodpecker(1), Northern Flicker(4)
Kinglets: Golden-crowned(6), Ruby-crowned(13)
Wrens: Marsh(1)
Thrushes: American Robin(53)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(8), Chestnut-backed(14)
Creepers: Brown Creeper(2)
Crows and Jays: Steller's Jay(2), American Crow(3),Common Raven(5)
Starlings: European Starling(10)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(13), Fox Sparrow(1), Song Sparrow(10), White-crowned Sparrow(1), Golden-crowned Sparrow(30), Dark-eyed Junco(16)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(562), Western Meadowlark(1), Brewer's Blackbird(10)
Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: House Finch(15), Pine Siskin(24)
Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(3)


 Silvana Roads – Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The best birding of the day was at Port Susan where we saw a Redhead, Dunlin and Black-bellied Plovers. Also there were a large number of Ruddy Ducks and Ring-necked Ducks in the ponds. Also the Swallows are back. We saw both Tree and Barn Swallows. Marsh Wrens were singing loudly. We heard way more of them than we saw, even though we looked really hard to find them in the bushes. The one Meadowlark that we saw was really great with lots of yellow coloring. 
Virginia, Kathleen, Sheila, John, Merilee, Joe, Reg, Jack, Rex, Phil, Art, Ed, Rick and Wilma
62 Species Id’d(Approx. Qty.)

CHECKLIST 
Cormorants: Double-crested(6)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(12)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Trumpeter Swan(114), American Wigeon(100), Gadwall(6), Green-winged Teal(126), Mallard(457), Northern Pintail(48), Northern Shoveler(10), Redhead(1), Ring-necked Duck(120), Greater Scaup(2), Bufflehead(11), Hooded Merganser(3), Common Merganser(3), Ruddy Duck(24)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(70), Northern Harrier(6), Cooper's Hawk(1), Red-tailed Hawk(12)
Falcons: American Kestrel(1)
Rails, Gallinules and Coots: American Coot(200)
Plovers and Lapwings: Black-bellied Plover(18), Killdeer(6)
Sandpipers: Dunlin(9,000)
Gulls: Mew(150), Ring-billed(50), Glaucous-winged(200)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(300), Mourning Dove(6)
Woodpeckers: Hairy Woodpecker(1), Northern Flicker(2)
Swallows: Tree Swallow(42), Barn Swallow(1)
Kinglets: Golden-crowned(1), Ruby-crowned(1)
Wrens: Bewick's(3), Winter(3), Marsh(30)
Thrushes: American Robin(135), Varied Thrush(1)
Long-tailed Tits: Bushtit(6)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(14), Chestnut-backed(10)
Nuthatches: Red-breasted(1)
Creepers: Brown Creeper(1)
Crows and Jays: Steller's Jay(5), American Crow(40),Common Raven(5)
Starlings: European Starling(500)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(12), Fox Sparrow(2), Song Sparrow(16), White-crowned Sparrow(2), Golden-crowned Sparrow(4), Dark-eyed Junco(7)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(31), Western Meadowlark(2), Brewer's Blackbird(30)
Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: House Finch(10), Pine Siskin(2)
Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(20)


North Whidbey – Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Today was our first winter day of bird watching since last December. Not that it was so cold, but all of January and February this year we have had weather in the 60’s and today we were in the low 40’s with a windchill coming off of the water causing all of us to shake and shiver in the cold air. We saw our Black Oystercatchers at Deception Pass and a Black-Bellied Plover at Swan Town. Lots of Red-throated Loons were at Deception Pass also. The Red-necked grebes were showing their red necks making them easy to ID.
Virginia, Wilma, Sheila, Alannah, John, Jack, Reg, Rick, Art, Ed, Margaret, Bill, Kathleen and Phil
61 Species Id’d(Approx. Qty.)


CHECKLIST 
Loons: Red-throated(2,000), Common(3)
Grebes: Pied-billed(5), Red-necked(5)
Cormorants: Double-crested(7), Pelagic(3)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(4)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Trumpeter Swan(50), Tundra Swan(2), Canada Goose(56), Eurasian Wigeon(1), American Wigeon(75), Gadwall(6), Green-winged Teal(6), Mallard(12), Northern Pintail(16), Northern Shoveler(6), Canvasback(6), Ring-necked Duck(1), Lesser Scaup(24), Harlequin Duck(6), Long-tailed Duck(2), Surf Scoter(42), White-winged Scoter(6), Common Goldeneye(6), Bufflehead(50), Hooded Merganser(5), Red-breasted Merganser(14)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(9), Northern Harrier(3), Red-tailed Hawk(8)
Oystercatcher: Black Oystercatcher(4)
Plovers and Lapwings: Black-bellied Plover(1), Killdeer(2)
Sandpipers: Dunlin(20)
Gulls: Mew(20), Ring-billed(2), Glaucous-winged(9)
Auks, Murres and Puffins: Pigeon Guillemot(10), Marbled Murrelet(2), Rhinoceros Auklet(6)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(32), Mourning Dove(1)
Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher(1)
Woodpeckers: Northern Flicker(2)
Kinglets: Ruby-crowned(2)
Wrens: Bewick's(1)
Thrushes: American Robin(73)
Long-tailed Tits: Bushtit(10)
Chickadees and Tits: Chestnut-backed(2)
Crows and Jays: Steller's Jay(2), American Crow(70),Common Raven(1)
Starlings: European Starling(12)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(2), Song Sparrow(4), Dark-eyed Junco(1)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(1), Brewer's Blackbird(6)
Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(1)


 

C-Post Road, Fortson Ponds – Tuesday March 16, 2010
While we only saw 43 species, we especially appreciated seeing three species this day. We do not often see dippers as they are not in areas that we often bird. To watch them dipping and diving in the streams is a special treat. We have not been seeing a large number of woodpeckers on previous trips and today we saw lots of sapsuckers and Hairy Woodpeckers. Hearing the sapsuckers tapping on the trees was a treat. Usually when we see Common Snipe it is to see one on the side of a pond, or sometimes more in a wetland. Today there were 12 snipe in a field by the fence at the fish hatchery. Everybody was able to see these with good views through the scope. 
Kathleen, Sheila, Virginia, Wilma, Mike, Rex, Reg, Jack, Ed, rick, Phil, Art, Bill, Margaret, Marilee and Joe
43 Species ID’d (Apprx. Qty.)


CHECKLIST
Grebes: Pied-billed(1)
Cormorants: Double-crested(5)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(2)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Canada Goose(2), Green-winged Teal(4), Mallard(33), Ring-necked Duck(20), Hooded Merganser(2), Common Merganser(8)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(2), Red-tailed Hawk(2)
Falcons: American Kestrel(2)
Sandpipers: Common Snipe(12)
Pigeons and Doves: Mourning Dove(2)
Woodpeckers: Red-breasted Sapsucker(4), Hairy Woodpecker(3), Northern Flicker(2)
Swallows: Tree Swallow(2)
Kinglets: Golden-crowned(3), Ruby-crowned(3)
Dippers: American Dipper(4)
Wrens: Winter(4), March Wren(2)
Thrushes: American Robin(91), Varied Thrush(1)
Long-tailed Tits: Bushtit(2)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(5), Chestnut-backed(6)
Nuthatches: Red-breasted(1)
Creepers: Brown Creeper(2)
Crows and Jays: Steller's Jay(14), American Crow(15),Common Raven(1)
Starlings: European Starling(60)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(4), Song Sparrow(11), Dark-eyed Junco(4)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(21)
Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: Purple Finch(2), House Finch(6), Pine Siskin(31), American Goldfinch(1) House Sparrows (22)

 


 Point No Point – Tuesday March 23, 2010

Spring was in the air with lots of sun, but sometimes with a cool breeze. We saw many species today. Some of the best included great close-up views of the Brant and the Bonaparte’s Gulls at Point No Point Light. Then at the end of the Twin spits Road looking over the sound we found some Black Scooters and the lighting was such that we had great views of the yellow knob on their beaks. We saw several species of Ducks at Buck Lake and a Pied Bill Grebe. We were all wishing it was later spring as we took the walk through the trails at Buck Lake as it was too early for the warblers or flycatchers, but we did see lots of Chickadee’s, a couple of nuthatches, hummingbirds and best of all was a great look at a Wood Duck. Our plans are to return this summer and spend more time on this walk. We also saw our first Turkey Vulture of the year on the trail off of Twin Spits Road.

Virginia, Wilma, Sheila, Kathleen, Art, Rick, Margaret, Margaret II, Bill, Reg, Mike, Rex and Phil 

70 Species ID’d (Approx. Qty.)

CHECKLIST 

Loons: Pacific(3), Common(4)
Grebes: Pied-billed(1), Red-necked(18), Horned(4), Western(22)
Cormorants: Double-crested(12), Pelagic(6)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(2)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Canada Goose(5), Brant(70), Wood Duck(1), American Wigeon(37), Green-winged Teal(3), Mallard(75), Northern Pintail(27), Ring-necked Duck(2), Lesser Scaup(3), Black Scoter(6), Surf Scoter(10), Common Goldeneye(1), Barrow's Goldeneye(2), Bufflehead(18), Red-breasted Merganser(10)
New World Vultures: Turkey Vulture(1)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(3), Cooper's Hawk(1), Red-tailed Hawk(3)
Pheasants and Partridges: Ring-necked Pheasant(1)
Plovers and Lapwings: Killdeer(4)
Sandpipers: Common Snipe(1)
Gulls: Mew(2), Glaucous-winged(12), Western(6), Bonaparte's(30)
Auks, Murres and Puffins: Pigeon Guillemot(3), Marbled Murrelet(1), Rhinoceros Auklet(26)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(12), Mourning Dove(2)
Hummingbirds: Rufous(1), Anna's(2)
Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher(2)
Woodpeckers: Northern Flicker(2)
Swallows: Violet-green Swallow(3)
Kinglets: Golden-crowned(2), Ruby-crowned(3)
Wrens: Bewick's(3), Winter(4), Marsh(4)
Thrushes: American Robin(30)
Long-tailed Tits: Bushtit(10)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(6), Chestnut-backed(9)
Nuthatches: Red-breasted(3)
Crows and Jays: Steller's Jay(12), American Crow(6),Common Raven(2)
Starlings: European Starling(10)
Vireos and Allies: Hutton's(3)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(9), Fox Sparrow(1), Song Sparrow(9), White-crowned Sparrow(6), Golden-crowned Sparrow(2), Dark-eyed Junco(4)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(8), Brewer's Blackbird(3)
Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: Purple Finch(1), House Finch(24), Pine Siskin(6)
Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(6)