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Birding Highlights
October 26, 2015 - November 25, 2015

Mara Price - Sightings Coordinator

I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. It’s hard to believe we are already in a new year. Many thanks to all our Bird Reporters for their continued support.

Larry and Carol Beason have been reporting for many years from their home on Lake Bosworth. They always report so many species. This month their report included 4 Anna’s Hummingbirds at the syrup feeder, 21 Bufflehead on the lake, 30+ Canada Goose, 10 Chestnut-Backed Chickadees, 24+ Evening Grosbeaks, 6 Golden-Crowned Sparrows, a Great-Blue Heron, a Great Horned Owl, 16 Common Mergansers, a Vireo, 30+ Pine Siskins, 2 Pileated Woodpeckers, a Red-Breasted Sapsucker and 2 Ring-Neck Ducks on the lake for a total species count of 41.

Hilkka Egtvedt still has her California Quail with 6 reported this month at her home in Mukilteo. Her total species count of 22 also included a Bald Eagle flying up the street, 3 Northern Flickers, 2 Hairy Woodpeckers, a Pileated Woodpecker, a Red-Breasted Nuthatch, a Bewick’s Wren, 4 American Robins, a Fox Sparrow, a White-Throated Sparrow, 3 Golden-Crowned Sparrows, White-Crowned Sparrows, 5 House Finch and 30 Pine Siskins.

Kriss Erickson’s report from Everett included 35 Cedar Waxwing. She is so lucky, have not seen any in my yard for some time. They love to eat blackberries. She also listed 7 American Robins, 54 Bushtit, 19 Western Gulls, 4 Song Sparrows, 2 Pacific Wrens, 34 Northwesten Crows, 26 Black-Capped Chickadees. 10 Chestnut-Backed Chickadees, a Red-Tailed Hawk, 6 House Finch, a Green-Winged Teal, 3 Mallard Ducks and a Cooper’s Hawk for a total species count of 24.

Pam Meyers lives fairly close to Jennings Park so she sees a lot of different bird species in her yard. Her report included 15 Dark-Eyed Juncos, 43 American Crows flying over, a Western Scrub Jay, 2 House Sparrows, a Brown Creeper,3 Red-Breasted Nuthatch, 3 Red-Winged Blackbirds, 4 Golden-Crowned Sparrows, 3 Eurasian-Collard Doves, 200+ Pine Siskins, 4 American Goldfinch, a Great-Blue Heron flying over, 1 Yellow Warbler, 2 Bald Eagles and a Varied Thrush for a total species count of 28.

My report from Marysville lists only 19 species. I was out of town part of the month. My count includes 10 American Crows, 2 Anna’s Hummingbirds, 7 Black-Capped Chickadees, 11 Dark-Eyed Junco, 40+ European Starlings in the fields, 10 Canada Goose, 60+ Glaucous-Winged Gulls in the flooded fields, also 40+ Mallard, 50+ Rock Doves on the wires, 5 Spotted Towhee. 2 Downey Woodpeckers, 7 Steller’s Jays, 3 Yellow Warblers and a Varied Thrush for a total species count of 19.

If you are interested in becoming one of our bird reporters please email me at pricemara1@gmail.com or call my cell at (425) 750-8125.


Birding Highlights
August 26, 2015 - September 25, 2015

Mara Price - Sightings Coordinator

There seems to be a large number of American Crows this time of year with 40 reported at Lake Bosworth, 50 in Everett and 46 in Marysville.

Carole and Larry Beason reporting from Lake Bosworth listed 40 American Crows flying over, 4 Ann’s Hummingbirds, a Belted Kingfisher, 14 Canada Goose on the lake, 18 Dark-Eyed Junco, 4 Evening Grosbeaks, 22 Mallard on the lake, an Osprey, 2 Pied-Billed Grebes on the lake, 10 Purple Finch at the feeders, 2 Red-Breasted Nuthatch, 40+ Red-Winged Blackbirds at the feeders and in the trees, a Turkey Vulture overhead, 16 Violet-Green Swallows and 2 Western Tanagers for a total species count of 43.

Hilkka Egtvedt’s report from Mukilteo included the 50 American Crows along with 7 California Quail, a Sharp-Shinned Hawk in a tree outside the kitchen window, 2 Hairy Woodpeckers, a Red-Tailed Hawk circling over the house harassed by 2 Common Ravens, a Bewick’s Wren, 15 American Robins, 3 Black-Headed Grosbeaks, a Fox Sparrow, 7 Golden-Crowned Sparrows, 3 White-Crowned Sparrows, 7 house Finch, 4 American Goldfinch and 2 Evening Grosbeaks for a total species count of 29.

Reporting from Everett, Kriss Erikson listed 32 Cedar Waxwings, 12 American Robins, 4 Anna’s Hummingbirds, 43 Bushtit, 15 Dark-Eyed Junco, 14 Western Gulls, 6 Mallard Ducks, 3 Northern Flickers, 24 Black-Capped Chickadees, 6 Band-Tailed Pigeons, 65 European Starlings, 2 Yellow Warblers, 13 Northwestern Crows and 5 Golden-Crowned Kinglets for a total species count of 28.

I am happy to welcome our new Bird Reporter from Marysville, Pam Meyers.  Her report included 500 + European Starlings in the trees around the yard, 8 House Finch, 3 Evening Grosbeaks, 7 Downey Woodpeckers, 5 Northern Flickers, 3 Eurasian-Collard Doves, 46 American Crows, 4 Red-Breasted Nuthatch, 4 House Sparrows, 6 White-Crowned Sparrows, 3 Western Scrub Jays, a Fox Sparrow, 2 Bewick’s Wrens and 14 American Robins for a total species count of 24.

My report from Marysville lists 9 American Robins, an Anna’s Hummingbird, 6 Black-Capped Chickadees, 5 Chestnut-Backed Chickadees, 4 Dark-Eyed Junco, a Cooper’s Hawk sitting on the feeders, a Great-Horned Owl in the wood, a Merlin, 6 Mourning Doves in the yard, a Pileated Woodpecker, 5 Spotted Towhee, 5 Steller’s Jays, a female Western Tanager, a Song Sparrow and 2 House Finch for a total species count of 22.

If you are interested in becoming one of our bird reporters please email me at Pricemar1@gmail.com for call my cell at (425) 750-8125.

Tree Swallow ~ Rex Guichard