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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.

 Birding Highlights
March 26, 2015 - April 25, 2015

Mara Price - Sightings Coordinator

Carol and Larry Beason noted that the number of birds is low this month compared to the number of species.  I also noticed that the number of Chickadees is down and the number of House Finches is also down.  It may be because of seasonal changes or something else is causing the drop in bird numbers.

Carol and Larry Beason’s species count was high as usual, but the number of birds was down from last month.  Their total species count from their home near Lake Bosworth was 47.  They listed 17 American Robins, 3 Barrow’s Goldeneye, 8 Brewer’s Blackbirds, 12 Band-Tailed Pigeons, 6 Bufflehead on the lake, 2 Common Loons, 3 Common Mergansers, 9 Evening Grosbeaks, 6 Mourning Doves, an Osprey over the lake, 34 Pine Siskins in the trees and feeders, 12 Red-Winged Blackbirds, 2 Ring-necked Ducks, a Red-Breasted Sapsucker, 2 Rufous Hummingbirds, 2 Tree Swallows and 9 Violet-Green Swallows.
Hilkka Egtvedt’s total species count of 23 from her home in Mukilteo included 3 American Goldfinch, 3 Anna’s Hummingbirds, 2 Bald Eagles, 5 Band-Tailed Pigeons, 2 Black-Capped Chickadees, 7 Canada Goose, 13 Dark-Eyed Junco with numbers dropping, 3 Northern Flickers, 35 Pine Siskin, 3 Purple Finch, 2 Rufous Hummingbirds, 3 Steller’s Jays, 2 Violet Green Swallows and a White-Crowned Sparrow.
Reporting from Everett, Kriss Erickson listed 6 American Robins, 5 Steller’s Jays, 2 Anna’s Hummingbirds, 21 Bush Tit, 8 Western Gulls, 6 Song Sparrows, 7 American Goldfinch, 16 Black-Capped Chickadees, 6 Chestnut-Backed Chickadees, 2 Bewick’s Wren, 10 House Finch,  2 Varied Thrush, 44 European Starlings, a Merlin and 2 Northern Flickers for a total species count of 25.
Mary Sinker’s report from Stanwood looks pretty good for number of birds spotted.  Her total species count of 38 included 17 American Robins, 9 Anna’s Hummingbirds, 5 Bewick’s Wrens, 3 Black-Headed Grosbeaks, 15 Dark-Eyed Junco, 5 Evening Grosbeaks, a Great-Blue Heron by the creek, 3 Kinglet Species, a Pileated Woodpecker, a Red-Breasted Nuthatch, 7 Red-Winged Blackbirds, 8 Rufous Hummingbirds, 14 Steller’s Jays and 4 Tree Swallows.
My species count is about the same from my home in Marysville.  I listed 50 American Crows in the fields, 100+ Western Gulls also in the fields,  15 Dark  Junco in the yard, 2 Great-Horned Owls, 40-50 Mallards in flooded fields, 2 Mourning Doves, 3 Song Sparrows, 3 Varied Thrush, a Red-Tailed Hawk flying over, a Cooper’s Hawk on top of the feeders, 1 Common Raven, 3 Steller’s Jays, a Pacific Wren in the woods and 3 Ring-Necked Ducks in the pond for a total species count of 24.
If you are interested in helping with our bird reporting, please email me at
pricemara1@gmail.com or leave a message at (425) 750-8125.

Birding Highlights
February 26, 2015 - March 25, 2015

Mara Price - Sightings Coordinator


Another amazing month. It is time to start planting flowers for the hummingbirds and bees. The Rufous Hummingbird has been back for a while and always flying around looking for something bright to sample.

Carole and Larry Beason’s total species count for this month was 41 from their home at Lake Bosworth. They have good areas for viewing land species and water species. Their report included 21 American Robins, a Bald Eagle, 8 Brewers Blackbirds, 9 Bufflehead on the lake, 11 Canada Goose, 3 Common Ravens overhead, 18 Dark-Eyed Junco in the yard, 6 Evening Grosbeaks, 50+ Pine Siskins, 8 Purple Finch, 1 Red-Breasted Nuthatch, 3 Ring-Neck Ducks on the lake, 3 Turkey Vultures over Highway 9, 4 Varied Thrush and 9 Violet Green Swallows over the lake.

Hilkka Egtvedt’s report from Mukilteo includes her regular Anna’s Hummingbirds with 3 reported this month, a Bewick’s Wren, 5 California Quail, 23 Dark-Eyed Junco, a Fox Sparrow, 4 Golden-Crowned Sparrows, 3 Northern Flickers, a Pileated Woodpecker, 2 Rufous Hummingbirds, 2 Song Sparrows, 5 Steller’s Jays and a White-Crowned Sparrow for a total species count of 21.

The only reported sighting of Cedar Waxwings was by Kriss Erickson in Everett. She reported 23 Cedar Waxwings eating Hawthorne berries in her yard. Her total species count of 25 also included 7 American Robins, 3 Spotted Towhee, 29 Bushtit, 16 Western Gulls, 5 Song Sparrows, 8 Mallards, 10 American Goldfinch, 21 Black-Capped Chickadees, 2 Bewick’s Wren, a Cooper’s Hawk, 20 House Finch and 34 European Starlings in her yard.

Mary Sinker also reports a large variety of species from her home in Stanwood. She listed 11 American Robins, 7 Anna’s Hummingbirds, 2 Bald Eagles, her daily Black-Chinned hummingbird, a Brown Creeper, 27 Dark-Eyed Junco, 5 Evening Grosbeaks, 4 House Finch, 3 Killdeer, 17 Mourning Doves, a Red-Breasted Sapsucker, 15 Red-Winged Blackbirds in the trees, 5 Rufous Hummingbirds, 12 Steller’s Jays and 8 Varied Thrush for a total species count of 37.

My report from my home in Marysville includes 10 American Crows flying around the fields, Bufflehead in the pond, 1 Bald Eagle watching over a chicken coop, a California Quail, 16 Dark-Eyed Junco, 50+ European Starlings in the field, 30+ Mallards mixed with 10+ Eurasian Wigeons in the flooded fields, 3 Northern Flickers, 20-30 Pine Siskin in the trees, 6 Rock Doves on the wires, 3 Spotted Towhees, 2 Great-Horned Owls and a Pileated Woodpecker for a total species count of 24.

If you are interested in becoming one of our bird reporters, please email me at pricemara1@gmail. Com or leave a message on my cell at (425) 750-8125.

Tree Swallow ~ Rex Guichard