Trip Reports 2011 - January through March

Snoqualmie Valley, Monroe to Carnation – Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Clear but cold skies made our trip a little challenging. There was snow on the ground but the birds were out in good numbers. We especially enjoyed spotting 2 ruddy ducks and 2 shrikes.
Merilee, John, Rex, Joe, Art, Margaret, Nancy, Kathleen
56 Species ID’d (Approx. Qty.)
CHECKLIST
Grebes: Pied-billed(4)
Cormorants: Double-crested(3)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(7)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Trumpeter Swan(45), Canada Goose(105), American Wigeon(103), Gadwall(12), Mallard(40), Northern Shoveler(6), Ring-necked Duck(4), Greater Scaup(1), Common Goldeneye(10), Barrow's Goldeneye(7), Bufflehead(25), Hooded Merganser(1), Common Merganser(25), Ruddy Duck(2)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(5), Northern Harrier(3), Red-tailed Hawk(5)
Falcons: American Kestrel(2)
Rails, Gallinules and Coots: American Coot(100)
Plovers and Lapwings: Killdeer(4)
Sandpipers: Common Snipe(1)
Gulls: Mew(5), Glaucous-winged(6), Western(1)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(60), Mourning Dove(1)
Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher(1)
Woodpeckers: Red-breasted Sapsucker(1), Downy Woodpecker(1), Northern Flicker(4)
Kinglets: Golden-crowned(4), Ruby-crowned(3)
Wrens: Bewick's(1)
Thrushes: American Robin(25), Varied Thrush(5)
Long-tailed Tits: Bushtit(8)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(6)
Creepers: Brown Creeper(2)
Shrikes: Northern(2)
Crows and Jays: Steller's Jay(3), American Crow(514), Common Raven(1)
Starlings: European Starling(1500)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(16), Fox Sparrow(3), Song Sparrow(15), Lincoln's Sparrow(3), Golden-crowned Sparrow(6), Dark-eyed Junco(30)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(302), Brewer's Blackbird(18)
Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: House Finch(1)
Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(9) 


Camano Island – Tuesday January 18, 2011
Highlight of the day was seeing the flock of Sanderlings at Maple Grove boat launch.
Virginia, Art, Margaret, Joe, Merilee, John II, Jack John, Alannah, Rex, Reg, Phil, Nancy, Margaret, Kathleen and Wilma
50 Species ID’d(Approx. Qty.)
CHECKLIST
Loons: Red-throated(10), Pacific(4)
Grebes: Red-necked(2), Horned(9), Western(51)
Cormorants: Double-crested(12)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(9)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Trumpeter Swan(50), Snow Goose(3), Brant(12), American Wigeon(12), Mallard(201), Northern Pintail(65), Surf Scoter(502), Common Goldeneye(30), Barrow's Goldeneye(50), Bufflehead(161), Hooded Merganser(1), Red-breasted Merganser(4)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(5), Red-tailed Hawk(5)
Falcons: Peregrine Falcon(1)
Sandpipers: Sanderling(12)
Gulls: Glaucous-winged(25), Thayer's(2)
Auks, Murres and Puffins: Pigeon Guillemot(13), Rhinoceros Auklet(2)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(30)
Woodpeckers: Downy Woodpecker(2), Hairy Woodpecker(2), Northern Flicker(2), Pileated Woodpecker(1)
Kinglets: Ruby-crowned(1)
Wrens: Bewick's(2)
Thrushes: American Robin(2)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(2), Chestnut-backed(2)
Shrikes: Northern(1)
Crows and Jays: Steller's Jay(2), American Crow(13)
Starlings: European Starling(50)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(8), Fox Sparrow(4), Song Sparrow(8), White-crowned Sparrow(6), Golden-crowned Sparrow(36), Dark-eyed Junco(30)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(1)
Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: House Finch(2), Pine Siskin(30)
Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(32)


Guemes Island – Tuesday January 25, 2011
Birds of the day included watching the three Brown Creepers moving among the trees and spotting the Long-Tailed ducks.
Virginia, Merilee, Wilma, Kathleen, Art, Ed, Joe, John, Jack, Phil and Reg
53 Species ID’d (Approx. Qty)
CHECKLIST
Loons: Red-throated(4), Pacific(4), Common(2)
Grebes: Red-necked(3), Horned(2), Western(1)
Cormorants: Double-crested(106), Pelagic(5)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(3)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Trumpeter Swan(300), Snow Goose(10), Brant(1), American Wigeon(6), Mallard(20), Long-tailed Duck(2), Surf Scoter(61), White-winged Scoter(15), Common Goldeneye(6), Barrow's Goldeneye(2), Bufflehead(28), Red-breasted Merganser(9)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(2), Red-tailed Hawk(7)
Falcons: Merlin(1)
Gulls: Glaucous-winged(4), Thayer's(43)
Auks, Murres and Puffins: Pigeon Guillemot(16)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(3)
Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher(3)
Woodpeckers: Northern Flicker(4), Pileated Woodpecker(1)
Kinglets: Ruby-crowned(1)
Wrens: Bewick's(7), Winter(3)
Thrushes: American Robin(6), Varied Thrush(3)
Long-tailed Tits: Bushtit(6)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(2), Chestnut-backed(6)
Nuthatches: Red-breasted(3)
Creepers: Brown Creeper(3)
Crows and Jays: American Crow(24),Common Raven(3)
Starlings: European Starling(130)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(8), Song Sparrow(13), Golden-crowned Sparrow(30), Dark-eyed Junco(20)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(12)
Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: House Finch(9), Red Crossbill(6), Pine Siskin(24)
Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(12)


Fir Island – Tuesday February 1, 2011

We finally had a pleasant cold, but sunny day for bird watching. We enjoyed the huge flock of Snow Geese at the North Fork Access and found a Blue Goose which was a lifer for several of us. Also at the North fork we saw the Northern shrike, Short-eared Owls and Meadowlarks. At Wylie Slew we saw one lonely Northern Rough-winged Swallow and on the way to the North fork saw 5 Barn Swallows. We also saw one lonely Yellow rump Warbler at Wylie Slew. There were huge flocks of dunlin at the Jensen Access. We all agreed that the bird of the day was the huge number of Song Sparrows-Everywhere we went we saw them. Spring is in the air.
Virginia, Margaret, Kathleen, John, Phil, Reg, Ed, Bob, Wilma, Rex, Art, Merilee and Joe
54 species ID’d(Approx. Qty.)
CHECKLIST
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(18)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Trumpeter Swan(300), Snow Goose(31,700), Canada Goose(54), Brant(1), American Wigeon(150), Green-winged Teal(12), Mallard(4), Northern Pintail (12), Ring-necked Duck(4), Common Goldeneye(1), Bufflehead(1), Common Merganser(2)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(18), Northern Harrier(6), Red-tailed Hawk(12), Rough-legged Hawk(3)
Falcons: American Kestrel(1)
New World Quail: California Quail(1)
Rails, Gallinules and Coots: American Coot(2)
Plovers and Lapwings: Killdeer(36)
Sandpipers: Dunlin(6,00)
Gulls: Glaucous-winged(6)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(49), Mourning Dove(1)
Owls: Short-eared Owl(2)
Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher(2)
Woodpeckers: Northern Flicker(11)
Swallows: Northern Rough-winged Swallow(1), Bank Swallow(5)
Wagtails and Pipits: American Pipit(75)
Kinglets: Golden-crowned(1), Ruby-crowned(1)
Wrens: Bewick's(3), Marsh(1)
Thrushes: American Robin(10)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(14), Chestnut-backed(1)
Shrikes: Northern(1)
Crows and Jays: American Crow(9)
 Starlings: European Starling(200)
Wood Warblers: Yellow-rumped(1)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(13), Song Sparrow(85), Lincoln's Sparrow(3), White-crowned Sparrow(3), Golden-crowned Sparrow(50), Dark-eyed Junco(48)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(3), Western Meadowlark(16), Brewer's Blackbird(30)
Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: House Finch(20), Pine Siskin(5)
Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(6)

Nisqually Refuge – Tuesday, February 8, 2011
We started out the day identifying the Cacklers flying over the road on the way to the Nisqually refuge. We totally enjoyed the new board walk and saw a lot of waterfowl on the walk. One of the best sightings of the day was watching the bittern. One of them especially stayed out in the open for us to see for a long time. We watched him eating small fish from the river and fluff up his feathers and then pretend to be part of the grass in an effort to hide from all of us watching him.
Virginia, Phil, Bill, Wilma, Art, Rex, Mike, Kathleen, Reg, Margaret and Merilee
57 Species ID’d(Approx. Qty)
CHECKLIST
Loons: Common(1)
Grebes: Red-necked(2), Horned(2)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(25), Great Egret(1), American Bittern(2)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Trumpeter Swan(1), Canada Goose(500 cacklers, 500 mix), Brant(75), Eurasian Wigeon(1), American Wigeon(300), Gadwall(2), Green-winged Teal(100), Mallard(150), Northern Pintail(200), Northern Shoveler(50), Ring-necked Duck(19), Greater Scaup(1), Surf Scoter(2), Common Goldeneye(8), Bufflehead(150), Hooded Merganser(2), Red-breasted Merganser(2), Common Merganser(6)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(24), Northern Harrier(4), Red-tailed Hawk(2)
Falcons: American Kestrel(1), Peregrine Falcon(3)
Rails, Gallinules and Coots: American Coot(4)
Plovers and Lapwings: Killdeer(2)
Sandpipers: Greater Yellowlegs(6), Least Sandpiper(43)
Gulls: Mew(40), Ring-billed(10), Glaucous-winged(2), Thayer's(1), Herring(2)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(25)
Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher(2)
Woodpeckers: Downy Woodpecker(1), Hairy Woodpecker(1), Northern Flicker(1)
Kinglets: Golden-crowned(2), Ruby-crowned(4)
Wrens: Winter(1), Marsh(1)
Thrushes: American Robin(15)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(4), Chestnut-backed(4)
Creepers: Brown Creeper(5)
Crows and Jays: American Crow(30)
Starlings: European Starling(200)
Wood Warblers: Yellow-rumped(30)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(2), Song Sparrow(56)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(12)
 

Port Townsend-Marrowstone Island – Tuesday, February 15, 2011
We saw all kinds of weather with the wind blowing so hard that the sand from the beaches at Fort Warden were blowing in our faces as we raced back to the car. The bay with the white caps and the rainbow in the rain were sights to behold and how we saw 65 species today was a miracle. Our best sighting - we found Black Turnstones and Surfbirds mixed together on our way to Marrowstone Island. At Marrowstone, we found our Plovers, Dunlin and Sandlerlings eating in the grass.
Margaret, Virginia, Wilma, Art, Bill and Rex
65 Species ID’s(Approx. Qty.)
CHECKLIST
Loons: Common(2)
Grebes: Pied-billed(1), Red-necked(8), Horned(6)
Cormorants: Double-crested(21), Pelagic(21)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(3)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Canada Goose(35), Brant(127), American Wigeon(120), Gadwall(2), Green-winged Teal(28), Eurasian Teal(1), Mallard(36), Northern Pintail(90), Lesser Scaup(2), Harlequin Duck(5), Long-tailed Duck(12), Surf Scoter(20), Common Goldeneye(15), Bufflehead(150), Hooded Merganser(8), Red-breasted Merganser(32), Ruddy Duck(20)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(4), Sharp-shinned Hawk(1), Cooper's Hawk(1), Red-tailed Hawk(1)
Falcons: Peregrine Falcon(1)
Rails, Gallinules and Coots: American Coot(3)
Oystercatcher: Black Oystercatcher(3)
Plovers and Lapwings: Black-bellied Plover(150), Killdeer(2)
Sandpipers: Greater Yellowlegs(3), Black Turnstone(10), Sanderling(25), Dunlin(75), Surfbird(10)
Gulls: Mew(220), Glaucous-winged(20), Western(1), Thayer's(1)
Auks, Murres and Puffins: Pigeon Guillemot(15)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(9), Mourning Dove(6)
Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher(4)
Woodpeckers: Downy Woodpecker(1), Northern Flicker(4)
Kinglets: Golden-crowned(3)
Wrens: Winter(1), Marsh(1)
Thrushes: American Robin(9), Varied Thrush(1)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(1), Chestnut-backed(6)
Crows and Jays: Steller's Jay(1), American Crow(89),Common Raven(3)
Starlings: European Starling(32)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(7), Fox Sparrow(3), Song Sparrow(14), Golden-crowned Sparrow(6), Dark-eyed Junco(27)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(9)

Blaine/Semiahmoo/Birch Bay – Tuesday, February 22, 2011
We started the day with snow on the ground and thunder and lightning flashing at our Walmart Parking lot, but called Bellingham and was told they did not have snow so we trudged on. Low and behold the sun was shining at Birch Bay and there was little wind. In fact it was one of our better birding days in Whatcom County. The raft of Pacific Loons was impressive. We found our Black scoters at Semiahmoo as well as Sanderlings, Dunlin and snipe. A Peregrine Falcon sat on the Water tower at Semiahmoo also.
Virginia, Wilma, Margaret, Bill, Ginger, David, Art, Rex, Mike and Dorie
66 Species ID’d(Approx. Qty.)
CHECKLIST
Loons: Red-throated(21), Pacific(150), Common(20)
Grebes: Pied-billed(2), Red-necked(30), Horned(7), Western(1)
Cormorants: Double-crested(20), Pelagic(10)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(3)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Trumpeter Swan(30), Canada Goose(8), Brant(225), American Wigeon(2), Green-winged Teal(75), Mallard(39), Northern Pintail(655), Canvasback(6), Ring-necked Duck(8), Greater Scaup(6), Lesser Scaup(14), Harlequin Duck(6), Long-tailed Duck(13), Black Scoter(4), Surf Scoter(25), White-winged Scoter(15), Common Goldeneye(17), Barrow's Goldeneye(14), Bufflehead(22), Red-breasted Merganser(50), Common Merganser(40), Ruddy Duck(4)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(20), Northern Harrier(11), Red-tailed Hawk(9)
Falcons: Peregrine Falcon(1)
Rails, Gallinules and Coots: American Coot(50)
Oystercatcher: Black Oystercatcher(2)
Plovers and Lapwings: Killdeer(8)
Sandpipers: Common Snipe(3), Greater Yellowlegs(4), Black Turnstone(12), Sanderling(25), Dunlin(2066)
Gulls: Mew(50), Glaucous-winged(25)
Auks, Murres and Puffins: Pigeon Guillemot(2)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(50)
Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher(1)
Woodpeckers: Northern Flicker(1)
Thrushes: American Robin(3)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(6)
Crows and Jays: American Crow(22),Common Raven(2)
Starlings: European Starling(45)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(2), Fox Sparrow(4), Song Sparrow(9), White-crowned Sparrow(4), Golden-crowned Sparrow(8), Dark-eyed Junco(1)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(20), Brewer's Blackbird(12)
Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: House Finch(15), Pine Siskin(20)
Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(12)

Silvana – Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Highlights of the day included seeing the snow geese flying into the sky from Port Susan. They were across the fields to the North of us, but they look like huge snow flakes as they fly up into the sky and then settle down again. We also enjoyed our walk with Jerry in his farm fields and saw the Sapsucker plus many Chickadees, sparrows and Juncos. We look forward to doing this walk in the summer and looking for the summer birds. The eagles were abundant today and often in pairs. In this cold weather can you believe that we saw 67 Tree Swallows and 4 Barn swallows. Virginia has seen the barn swallows the week-end before at the Snow Goose Festival bird trip and said that they were so cold in the snow that day that they had ice on there tails and wondered if they would survive. Thankfully they did.
Virginia, Wilma, Kathleen, Art, Rex and Carlos
58 Species ID’d(Approx. Qty.)
CHECKLIST
Cormorants: Double-crested(3)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(5)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Trumpeter Swan(517), Snow Goose(5,000), Canada Goose(15), Eurasian Wigeon(1), American Wigeon(1,017), Green-winged Teal(59), Mallard(370), Northern Pintail(52), Northern Shoveler(12), Canvasback(2), Ring-necked Duck(30), Common Goldeneye(2), Bufflehead(24), Hooded Merganser(3), Common Merganser(6), Ruddy Duck(24)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(72), Northern Harrier(6), Red-tailed Hawk(5)
Falcons: Peregrine Falcon(1)
Rails, Gallinules and Coots: American Coot(53)
Plovers and Lapwings: Black-bellied Plover(12)
Sandpipers: Dunlin(201)
Gulls: Mew(250), Ring-billed(60), Glaucous-winged(124), Thayer's(12)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(24), Mourning Dove(1), Collared Dove(8)
Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher(1)
Woodpeckers: Red-breasted Sapsucker(1), Downy Woodpecker(2), Hairy Woodpecker(1), Northern Flicker(4)
Swallows: Tree Swallow(67), Barn Swallow(4)
Kinglets: Ruby-crowned(1)
Wrens: Bewick's(1), Marsh(7)
Thrushes: American Robin(90)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(6)
Crows and Jays: Steller's Jay(1), American Crow(22),Common Raven(19)
Starlings: European Starling(2,500)
Wood Warblers: Yellow-rumped(2)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(2), Song Sparrow(20), White-crowned Sparrow(8), Golden-crowned Sparrow(6), Dark-eyed Junco(12)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(5), Brewer's Blackbird(300), Brown-headed Cowbird(1)
Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(12)

Samish Island – Tuesday March 8, 2011
This was our last trip of this winter to Samish and as always there were many great birds to see. We enjoyed the Rough-legged Hawks, Peregrine Falcons, and Pheasant. We saw long-billed Dowitchers for the first time in awhile. We saw many eagles, ravens and wigeon with at least 6 Eurasian Wigeons.
Virginia, Rex, Art, Carlos, Margaret, Phil, Kathleen and Wilma
60 Species ID’d (Approx. Qty.)
CHECKLIST
Loons: Red-throated(6), Pacific(1), Common(10)
Grebes: Red-necked(1), Western(1)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(11)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Trumpeter Swan(500), Canada Goose(3), Brant(50), Eurasian Wigeon(6), American Wigeon(1,400), Gadwall(2), Green-winged Teal(180), Eurasian Teal(1), Mallard(480), Northern Pintail(16), Northern Shoveler(10), Greater Scaup(4), Surf Scoter(10), Common Goldeneye(5), Bufflehead(50), Red-breasted Merganser(3)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(41), Northern Harrier(23), Red-tailed Hawk(13), Rough-legged Hawk(5)
Falcons: Peregrine Falcon(2)
Pheasants and Partridges: Ring-necked Pheasant(1)
Plovers and Lapwings: Killdeer(2)
Sandpipers: Long-billed Dowitcher(6), Dunlin(506)
Gulls: Glaucous-winged(2)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(30), Mourning Dove(1), Collard Dove(25)
Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher(1)
Woodpeckers: Northern Flicker(4)
Kinglets: Ruby-crowned(1)
Wrens: Bewick's(1), Marsh(2)
Thrushes: American Robin(39), Varied Thrush(3)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(3), Chestnut-backed(5)
Nuthatches: Red-breasted(6)
Crows and Jays: Steller's Jay(1), American Crow(22),Common Raven(29)
Starlings: European Starling(325)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(3), Fox Sparrow(6), Song Sparrow(23), Golden-crowned Sparrow(1), Dark-eyed Junco(6)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(56), Brewer's Blackbird(20)
Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: House Finch(7), Pine Siskin(10), Evening Grosbeak(3)
Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(24)


Serpentine & Blackie Spit – Tuesday March 15, 2011

This was another one of those days with a small group of birders as the weather looked so dismal but we did not get rained on all day except when we returned to the Snohomish County border in Washington. Birding highlights included seeing 14 yellowlegs and Long-billed Dowitchers on the same small island in the inlet. Again we saw lots of Wigeon with 10 Eurasions. We also saw 7 Hooded Mergansers and all were females.
Virginia, Kathleen, Wilma, Art, Ed and Carlos
50 Species ID’d (Approx. Qty.)
CHECKLIST
Loons: Common(19)
Grebes: Pied-billed(2), Red-necked(2), Horned(4)
Cormorants: Double-crested(4)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(2)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Canada Goose(234), Eurasian Wigeon(10), American Wigeon(1,300), Gadwall(21), Green-winged Teal(56), Eurasian Teal(1), Mallard(44), Northern Pintail(12), Northern Shoveler(12), Lesser Scaup(1), Common Goldeneye(2), Bufflehead(2), Hooded Merganser(7), Red-breasted Merganser(8), Common Merganser(2)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(14), Red-tailed Hawk(3)
Falcons: Peregrine Falcon(1)
Rails, Gallinules and Coots: American Coot(24)
Sandpipers: Long-billed Dowitcher(12), Greater Yellowlegs(14)
Gulls: Glaucous-winged(8)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(8)
Woodpeckers: Downy Woodpecker(2)
Swallows: Tree Swallow(40)
Kinglets: Golden-crowned(8), Ruby-crowned(6)
Wrens: Bewick's(2), Winter(1), Marsh(6)
Thrushes: American Robin(18)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(10), Chestnut-backed(2)
Creepers: Brown Creeper(2)
Crows and Jays: American Crow(200),
Starlings: European Starling(18)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(4), Fox Sparrow(2), Song Sparrow(7), Golden-crowned Sparrow(4), Dark-eyed Junco(25)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(10)
Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: House Finch(4)
Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(5)

South Whidbey – March 22, 2011
The sun was out but the wind was really blowing today and birds we should have seen were not to be found. We did see lots of birds anyway. The surprise of the day was viewing 4 wild turkeys at Lone Lake. We also found a leucistic Gold-crowned Sparrow at Fort Casey. There was also a Baird’s sandpiper at Crocket Lake.
Virginia, Phil, Mike, Wilma, Art, Carlos, Ed, Margaret, Kathleen and Margaret II.
70 species ID’d (approx. Qty.)
CHECKLIST
Loons: Red-throated(1), Common(4)
Grebes: Pied-billed(2), Red-necked(3), Horned(19), Western(200)
Cormorants: Double-crested(21), Pelagic(18)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(8)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Canada Goose(34), American Wigeon(10), Gadwall(10), Green-winged Teal(59), Mallard(22), Northern Pintail(26), Northern Shoveler(10), Ring-necked Duck(6), Greater Scaup(4), Lesser Scaup(30), Surf Scoter(16), White-winged Scoter(1), Common Goldeneye(10), Barrow's Goldeneye(26), Bufflehead(86), Hooded Merganser(2), Red-breasted Merganser(5)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(10), Northern Harrier(4), Red-tailed Hawk(5)
Turkeys: Wild Turkey(4)? Domesticated Heritage Turkey
Rails, Gallinules and Coots: Virginia Rail(1), American Coot(4)
Sandpipers: Western Sandpiper(25), Least Sandpiper(6), Baird’s(1)
Gulls: Mew(25), Glaucous-winged(20), Thayer's(1)
Auks, Murres and Puffins: Pigeon Guillemot(8), Rhinoceros Auklet(1)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(104)
Kingfishers: Belted Kingfisher(1)
Woodpeckers: Hairy Woodpecker(1), Northern Flicker(3), Pileated Woodpecker(2)
Swallows: Violet-green Swallow(12)
Kinglets: Golden-crowned(2), Ruby-crowned(2)
Wrens: Bewick's(2), Pacific(3), Marsh(2)
Thrushes: American Robin(78), Varied Thrush(8)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(6), Chestnut-backed(25)
Nuthatches: Red-breasted(3)
Crows and Jays: Steller's Jay(1), American Crow(13),Common Raven(2)
Starlings: European Starling(10
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(3), Fox Sparrow(1), Song Sparrow(5), White-crowned Sparrow(2), Golden-crowned Sparrow(4 & one Leucistic), Dark-eyed Junco(14)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(50), Brewer's Blackbird(10)
Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: House Finch(3), Pine Siskin(12)
Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(4)

Point-No-Point – Tuesday, March 29, 2011
We started the day at the Edmonds Wetlands listening to two Virginia Rails talking to each other. We enjoyed seeing 2 Ring-necked Pheasants and a pair of Scrub Jays. Both were seen at the Point-No-Point Light House. At Buck Lake we heard and then found Hutton’s Vireos. At the same time a Pileated woodpecker was calling and then flew above our heads. One Townsend’s Warbler was seen as we walked out of the woods at Buck Lake.
Virginia, Margaret, Kathleen, Art, Ed, Carlos, Tom, Joan, Phil, Mike and Wilma
75 Species ID’d (Approx. Qty.)
CHECKLIST
Loons: Pacific(3), Common(2)
Grebes: Red-necked(3), Horned(35), Western(134)
Cormorants: Double-crested(12), Brandt’s(15), Pelagic(4)
Herons, Egrets and Bitterns: Great Blue Heron(4)
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Canada Goose(4), Brant(64), Eurasian Wigeon(1), American Wigeon(12), Green-winged Teal(30), Mallard(10), Lesser Scaup(1), Harlequin Duck(3), Black Scoter(3), Surf Scoter(10), White-winged Scoter(30), Common Goldeneye(5), Bufflehead(15), Hooded Merganser(1), Red-breasted Merganser(10), Common Merganser(4)
Hawks, Eagles and Kites: Bald Eagle(4), Red-tailed Hawk(1)
Pheasants and Partridges: Ring-necked Pheasant(2)
Rails, Gallinules and Coots: Virginia Rail(3), American Coot(10)
Plovers and Lapwings: Black-bellied Plover(10), Killdeer(4)
Gulls: Mew(10), Glaucous-winged(7), Thayer's(3), Bonaparte's(200)
Auks, Murres and Puffins: Common Murre(1), Pigeon Guillemot(12), Rhinoceros Auklet(26)
Pigeons and Doves: Rock Dove(2), Mourning Dove(2), Collared Dove(4)
Hummingbirds: Anna's(1)
Woodpeckers: Downy Woodpecker(1), Northern Flicker(1), Pileated Woodpecker(1)
Swallows: Violet-green Swallow(3)
Kinglets: Golden-crowned(2)
Wrens: Bewick's(1), Winter(3), Marsh(5)
Thrushes: American Robin(12), Varied Thrush(1)
Long-tailed Tits: Bushtit(2)
Chickadees and Tits: Black-capped(6), Chestnut-backed(8)
Nuthatches: Red-breasted(1)
Crows and Jays: Steller's Jay(1), Western Scrub-Jay(2), American Crow(4),Common Raven(3)
Starlings: European Starling(108)
Vireos and Allies: Hutton's(3)
Wood Warblers: Yellow-rumped(7), Townsend's(1)
Sparrows, Towhees, Juncos: Spotted Towhee(10), Fox Sparrow(1), Song Sparrow(3), White-crowned Sparrow(1), Golden-crowned Sparrow(3), Dark-eyed Junco(12)
Blackbirds, Orioles, Grackles, etc.: Red-winged Blackbird(9)
Finches, Siskins, Crossbills: House Finch(14), Pine Siskin(14), Evening Grosbeak(10)
Old World Sparrows: House Sparrow(6)