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Birding Highlights
December 26, 2013 - January 25, 2014

Mara Price - Sightings Coordinator

The beginning of another year for Birding Highlights.  I don't really know when the reports began, but I do have one from March of 1994 in my file from Julie O'Donald. We don't have as many reporters now as some have moved away and some has passed away.  We certainly miss them and all the wonderful information they shared with us about the birds in their reports.
Carole and Larry Beason have been reporting for many years from their home at Lake Bosworth.  Their January report included 4 Anna's Hummingbirds, 2 Brown Creepers, 7 Bufflehead on the lake along with 32 Canada Goose, 11 Common Mergansers and  27 Mallards.  The also reported 22 Dark-Eyed Junco, 15 Evening Grosbeaks, 5 Golden-Crowned Sparrows, 3 Hutton's Vireo, 2 Purple Finch, 50+ Red-Winged Blackbirds in the trees and at the feeders, 3 Varied Thrush and a Sharp-Shinned Hawk for a total species count of 42.
Hilkka Egtvedt spotted 2 Bald Eagles playing in the wind above her home in Mukilteo.  Her report also included 6 Band-Tailed Pigeons, 2 Bewick's Wren, 8 Bushtit, 4 California Quail, 21 Dark-Eyed Junco, 2 Fox Sparrows, 9 House Finch, 1 Pileated Woodpecker,  2 Red-Breasted Nuthatch, a Sharp-Shinned Hawk, 5 Steller's Jays, 2 Townsend's Warblers, a White-Throated Sparrow and a Yellow-Rumped Warbler for a total species count of 28. The oldest report I have from Hilkka is April 1997.
Kriss Erickson has been reporting since February 2006 from her home in Everett.  Her total species count of 18 for January included 6 Golden-Crowned Kinglets, 13 Black-Capped Chickadees, 4 Song Sparrows, 15 Dark-Eyed Junco, 2 Northern Flickers, 19 Bushtit, 3 Spotted Towhees, 4 Mallards, 2 Anna's Hummingbirds, 2 Downey Woodpeckers, 6 Western Gulls, 9 Chestnut-Backed Chickadees and 2 Pacific Wren.
This will be Julie O'Donald's 20th year of reporting from her home in Brier.  Julie's January report included 1 Anna's Hummingbird, 150+ American Crows flying at dusk, a Barred Owl in the Greenbelt, 5 Band-Tailed Pigeons at the feeder, 5 Golden-Crowned Kinglets, 3 Golden-Crowned Sparrows, a Northern Flicker, a Pacific Wren, 2 Red-Breasted Nuthatch, 2 Spotted Towhee, a Townsend's Warbler, 2 Varied Thrush and 2 White-Crowned Sparrows for a total species count of 20.
My first report goes back to May of 2001.  That's a year or so after I moved up to Washington from California.  Joan Lucas started training me to do the reports in January of 2002 before she retired.  So if anyone is interested in writing the reports, please let me know and I can turn all the information over to you.

My report from Marysville includes 30+ American Crows flying over the fields along 100th Street, 5 Black-Capped Chickadees, a Cooper's Hawk that just will not go away, 7 Dark-Eyed Junco, a Great-Horned Owl, 2 Hairy Woodpeckers, 4 Mallard at the pond, a Pileated Woodpecker, 12 Rock Doves on the wires, 2 Spotted Towhees, a Steller's Jay, 2 Varied Thrush and 3 Western Gulls for a total species count of 19.
My thanks to all the reporters for their continuing support.  If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact me at pricemara@clearwire.net or call my cell at 425-750-8125.

 Birding Highlights
October 26 - December 25, 2013

Mara Price - Sightings Coordinator

Since we have missed a couple of Birding Reports, I am trying to catch up by including two months in this issue.

Carol and Larry Beason were excited to report 2 Red-Throated Loons at Lake Bosworth.  This is the first time they have seen them there.  Their reports also included a Belted Kingfisher, 6 Double Crested Cormorants, 15 Evening Grosbeaks, 2 Hutton's Vireo, 5 Lesser Scaup,  2 Red-Breasted Sapsuckers, 7 Mourning Doves and a Townsends Warbler for a total species count of 43 for November.  Their total species count of 39 for December included 16 Bufflehead, 26 Canada Goose over the lake, 20+ Dark-Eyed Junco, 3 Fox Sparrows, a Great Blue Heron, 36+ Mallard on the lake, 2 Purple Finch, 22 Spotted Towhees and a Trumpeter Swan.

Reporting from Mukilteo, Hilkka Egtvedt reported 4 Band-Tailed Pigeons, 200+ Canada Goose flying over in a V formation, 2 Eurasian Collard Doves, 3 Golden-Crowned Sparrows, 14 House Finch, a Varied Thrush and a White-Throated Sparrow for a total species count of 26 for November.  She still has her California Quail in the yard.  She spotted 8 in December.  Her total species count of 25 for December also included 5 American Goldfinch, 21 Dark-Eyed Junco, 3 Fox Sparrow, 2 House Sparrows, 4 Northern Flickers, a Pileated Woodpecker, a Townsend's Warbler and 5 Steller's Jays.

PKriss Erickson reported 26 American Crows in her yard in Everett.  She also listed 6 American Robins, 4 Northern Flickers, 16 Bushtit, 2 Anna's Hummingbirds, 5 Western Gulls for a total species count in November of 16.  For December she listed 11 Black-Capped Chickadees, 4 Golden-Crown Sparrows, 17 Dark-Eyed Junco, 6 Song Sparrows, 2 Downey Woodpeckers, 7 Chestnut-Backed Chickadees, 17 European Starlings and a Pacific Wren for a total species count of 17.

Reporting from Snohomish, Sue Klinker listed 7 Chestnut-Backed Chickadees, 15 Dark-Eyed Junco, 3 Hairy Woodpeckers, 7 Northern Flickers (6 Red Shafted and 1 Yellow Shafted), 2 Pileated Woodpeckers, 13 Pine Siskin and 3 Red-Breasted Nuthatch for a total species count of 17 for November.  In December she spotted 120 Trumpeter Swans in a field in Monroe and a Spotted Sand Piper at Priest Point.  Her total species count of 25 for December included a Barn Owl, 5 Golden-Crowned Kinglets, 4 Anna's Hummingbirds, 5 Varied Thrush, a Belted Kingfisher, a Brown Creeper and 6 American Crows.

Julie O'Donald still hears the Western Screech Owl in the Greenbelt near her home in Brier.  She listed it for November and December.  Her November species count of 23 included 60 American Crows, a Barred Owl in the Trees, 2 Bewick's Wrens, a Cooper's Hawk on top of the feeder, 4 Golden-Crowned Kinglets, 2 Red-Breasted Nuthatch and a Townsends Warbler.  Decembers count included 2 Anna's Hummingbirds, 10 Dark-Eyed Junco, 3 Golden-Crowned Sparrows, a Hermit Thrush, a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, 5 Varied Thrush and a Yellow-Rumped Warbler for a total species count of 24.

Mary Sinker's November report from Stanwood included 14 Black-Capped Chickadees, 8 Chestnut-Backed Chickadees, a Great-Blue Heron at the creek, 13 Mourning Doves, 5 Northern Flickers, a Pileated Woodpecker, a Red-Breasted Sapsucker and a Red-Tailed Hawk for a total species count of 24.  Her December species count of 25 included 27 American Robins, 2 Bewick's Wren, 58 Dark-Eyed Junco, 5 Downey Woodpeckers, 10 Pine Siskin,  a Sharp-Shined Hawk, 14 Steller's Jays, 2 White-Crowned Sparrows and 2 Pacific Wren.

Reporting from Marysville I listed 17 Species for November and 23 for December.  My report included 40+ American Crows in the fields, 2 Great Horned Owls calling in the woods, 3 Northern Flickers, a Pileated Woodpecker, 4 Steller's Jays, a Cooper's Hawk that just seems to hang around, 30+ European Starlings in the fields, 5 Mallard in the pond, 2 Varied Thrush, a Pacific Wren, a Great-Blue Heron at the pond, a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet and 2 Common Ravens in the trees.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact me at pricemara@clearwire.net or call by cell at 425-750-8125.

Birding Highlights
May 26 - June 25, 2013

Mara Price - Sightings Coordinator

We certainly are having a very pleasant summer. It’s a great time to get out and bird watch. We had some interesting sightings this period. Cedar Waxwings were spotted at several locations and a couple of Red-Crossbills.  

As usual, the Carole and Larry Beason had a very good month with a total species count of 42 from their home at Lake Bosworth. They listed 2 Bald Eagles, 4 Barn Swallows, a Kingfisher flying over the lake, 11 Brewer's Blackbirds under the feeders, 20 Band-Tailed Pigeons, a Cedar Waxwing, 8 Evening Grosbeaks, 16 Mallard, an Osprey over the lake, 12 Pine Siskin, 4 Pileated Woodpeckers (2 adults and 2 juveniles), 4 Red-Breasted Sapsuckers, 18 RedWinged Black Birds, 6 Swainson's Thrush, 6 Violet-Green Swallows and 3 Red-Crossbills.

Kriss Erickson's report from Everett listed 3 Steller's Jays, 2 Anna's Hummingbirds, 2 Northern Flickers, 7 American Crow in the yard, 5 Mallard, 7 Black-Capped Chickadees, 3 Chestnut-Backed Chickadees, 3 American Robins, 2 Dark-Eyed Junco, 3 Western Gulls and a Bald Eagle flying over for a total species count of 13.

Hilkka Egtvedt has been busy filling the bird feeders because the food is disappearing so fast. She reported 3 Band-Tailed Pigeons and I think they may be the cause because they can empty out a feeder in no time. Her report from her home in Mukilteo also included 2 Anna's Hummingbirds, a Bald Eagle, a Bewick's Wren, a California Quail (heard in the yard), 4 House Sparrows, an OliveSided Flycatcher, 13 Pine Siskin, 2 Red-Breasted Nuthatch, 3 Red-Crossbills, 2 Rufous Hummingbirds, 2 Violet-Green Swallows and 2 White-Crowned Sparrows for a total species count of 27.

Sue Klinker's home in Snohomish seems to be a popular site for American Goldfinches and Hummingbirds. She listed 9 American Goldfinch at the feeders, 9 Anna's Hummingbirds, 16 Cedar Waxwings at the Snoho Station, 3 Evening Grosbeaks, 2 Fox Sparrows, a Golden-Crown Kinglet, 3 Pileated Woodpeckers, 5 Red-Breasted Nuthatch, 7 Rufous Hummingbirds and 9 Spotted Towhee for a total species count of 27.

Five Cedar Waxwings topped Gail Dibernardo's report from Brier along with 8 California Quail (must have included juveniles), 6 Wood Ducks at the Brier Pond, 5 Red- Breasted Nuthatch, 2 Swainson's Thrush, 10 Band-Tailed Pigeons at the feeders, 5 Violet-Green Swallows, 3 Spotted Towhee, 4 Dark-Eyed Junco, a Great-Blue Heron overhead, 12 Pigeon Guillemots at the Edmond's Ferry and a Chipping Sparrow for a total species count of 26.

A Western Screech Owl is still frequenting the area around Julie O'Donald's home in Brier. Her report also included 10 American Crows in the trees - mobbing, 2 Barn Swallows, a Bewick's wren, 2 Black-Headed Grosbeaks, 5 Chestnut-Backed Chickadees in a nest, 2 Golden-Crown Kinglets, a Pacific Wren, a Pacific Slope Flycatcher, 3 RedBreasted Nuthatch, 2 Rufous Hummingbirds in the flowers, 2 White-Crowned Sparrows and a Wilson's Warbler for a total species count of 26.

Mary Sinker reported 8 Cedar Waxwing in her yard in Stanwood. She also reported 18 American Goldfinch at the feeders, 20 American Robins, 6 Band-Tailed Pigeons, 10 Black-Headed Grosbeaks, 10 Black-Chickadees, a Brown Creeper, 8 Brown-Headed Cowbirds, a Great-Blue Heron at the creek, 2 Hairy Woodpeckers, 15 Mourning Doves in the yard, 2 Red-Breasted Nuthatch, 5 RedWinged Blackbirds, a Sharp-Shinned Hawk flying around and 2 Wilson's Warblers for a total species count of 36.

Good news from my home in Marysville. The California Quail couple had 7 little Quail so now I have 9 to report.  Also the Band-Tailed Pigeons are down to 3 now. My total species count of 25 included 10 American Crows in the field, American Robins, 10 Black-Headed Grosbeaks, 4 Dark-Eyed Junco, 4 Evening Grosbeaks, 2 Mourning Doves, 4 Northern Flickers, 2 Purple Finch, 7 Steller's Jays, 3 White-Crowned Sparrows, 2 Great-Horned Owls in the woods, 2 Brown-Headed Cowbirds, 2 Downey Woodpeckers and 3 Tree Swallows.

Judy Rowe Taylor sent a very interesting bird report from her farm in Warm Beach. Her list consisted of 29 species which included an Orange-Crowned Warbler, a Western Wood Pewee, a RedTailed Hawk, a Bald Eagle, a Willow Flycatcher, a RedBreasted Nuthatch, a small flock of Bushtit, 2 Cedar Waxwing, 5 American Goldfinch, an Olive-Sided Flycatcher, 2 Barn Swallows and 5 Black-Headed Grosbeaks.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me a pricemara@clearwire.net or call my cell at 425.750.8125.

Tree Swallow ~ Rex Guichard