What's New in Our Backyards

 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.

 Birding Highlights
October 26, 2014 - November 25, 2014

Mara Price - Sightings Coordinator

Looks like the reports will be shorter until we get some new reporters to help with our local bird counts. If you want to volunteer, all you have to do is email me your names, address, phone number and email address and I will send you the forms to fill out.

The Pine Siskins are back in large numbers. Larry and Carole Beason reported 24 in the trees near their home at Lake Bosworth. They also listed 6 American Coot, 31 Bufflehead, 12 Common Merganser and a Common Goldeneye on the lake, a Kingfisher, a Cooper’s Hawk in the Birch tree, 7 Double Crested Cormorants on the deck, 8 Evening Grosbeaks at the feeder, 2 Great Blue Heron flying over, 2 Vireo in the Lilac bush, 2 Osprey diving in the lake, a Red-Tailed Hawk over the house, 24+ Red-Winged Blackbirds, 3 Ring-Necked Ducks, 5 Lesser Scaup, 14 Spotted Towhees and 4 Varied Thrush for a total species count of 44.

Hilkka Egtvet’s report from Mukilteo included 3 American Goldfinch (still here), 3 Anna’s Hummingbirds, 10 Band-Tailed Pigeons, 5 California Quail, 17 Dark-Eyed Junco, a Fox Sparrow, 5 Golden-Crowned Sparrows, 7 House Finch, 1 Northern Flicker, a Pileated Woodpecker, 4 Purple Finch, 2 Red-Breasted Nuthatch, a Sharp-Shinned Hawk, 3 Steller’s Jays and a White-Crowned Sparrow for a total species count of 26

Kriss Erickson reported 16 Mallard Ducks in her yard in Everett. Her report also included 6 American Robins, a Cooper’s Hawk, 33 Bushtit, 2 Bewick’s Wren, 5 Western Gulls, 4 Song Sparrows, 2 Downey Woodpeckers, 2 Pacific Wrens, 6 Northwestern Crows, 12 Black-Capped Chickadees, 6 Chestnut-Backed Chickadees, 15 Dark-Eyed Junco and an Anna’s Hummingbird for a total species count of 16.

Mary Sinker reported 3 different owl species in her report from Stanwood. She listed 2 Barred Owls, 2 Great-Horned Owls and a Northern Pygmy Owl in her yard. Her total species count of 31 also included 7 very busy Anna’s Hummingbirds at the feeders, a Black-Chinned Hummingbird that comes back every day, a Brown Creeper, 50 Dark-Eyed Junco, 7 Kinglett Species, 11 Mourning Doves, a Pileated Woodpecker, a Red-Breasted Sapsucker, 6 Song Sparrows, 12 Steller’s Jays, 2 Varied Thrush and 4 Pacific Wrens.

My report from Marysville is a little short because I was gone for 10 days on a trip to Hawaii. I am concerned about some of the bird populations there. We usually see a large number of Java Sparrows, but only a few this trip. Also, we did not spot any Northern Cardinals and we usually see a few. My report from Marysville includes 7 Chestnut-Backed Chickadees, 1 Bewick’s Wren on the deck, a Cooper’s Hawk the visits regularly, 10 Dark-Eyed Junco, a Great-Blue Heron flying over the fields, 30-40 European Starlings on the wires, 6 Glaucous-Winged Gulls flying over the field, a Pileated Woodpecker at the suet, 2 Mourning Doves, 3 Northern Flickers, 4 Spotted Towhee, 5 Steller’s Jays, 2 Varied Thrush and a ball of Pine Siskins over the yard for a total species count of 19.

If you have any suggestions or questions you may contact me at pricemara@clearwire or my cell at (425) 750-8125.

Birding Highlights
June 26, 2014 - July 25, 2014

Mara Price - Sightings Coordinator

The numbers of House Finches are finally increasing along with several other species.  We even have some House Sparrows this month.

Carol and Larry Beason listed two types of Grosbeaks at their feeders at Lake Bosworth. Their count included 4 Black-Headed Grosbeaks and 4 Evening Grosbeaks.  They also reported 24 American Crows, 4 American Goldfinch, 4 Barn Swallows, 8 Brewer’s Blackbirds, 11 Canada Goose on the lake, 7 Cedar Waxwing, a Hammond’s Flycatcher, 2 Osprey over the lake, a Pine Siskin, 4 Red-Breasted Nuthatch, 2 Red-Breasted Sapsuckers, 5 Swanson Thrush along the road, 40+ Violet-Green Swallows, 2 Western Tanagers, 2 Wilson’s Warblers, 2 Vireo and 2 Red Crossbills at the feeders for a total species count of 43.

Hilkka Egtvedt’s total species count of 26 from her home in Everett included 200 American Crows flying over, 5 American Goldfinch, 3 American Robins, 6 Band-Tailed Pigeons, 2 adult and 2 juvenile Black-Headed Grosbeaks, 2 California Quail,  4 Caspian Tern flying over, 4 Dark-Eyed Junco, 5 House Finch, a House Sparrow, 4 Purple Finch, 2 Red-Breasted Nuthatch, 2 Rufous Hummingbirds, 2 Spotted Towhee, 3 Violet-Green Swallows, 3 Western Tanager and a White-Crowned Sparrow.

More House Finches at Kriss Erickson’s home in Everett.  She reported 5 House Finches and 5 Purple Finches.  She also listed 6 Song Sparrows long with 2 White-Crowned Sparrows, 10 American Robins, 7 Steller’s Jays, 4 Anna’s Hummingbirds, 2 Rufous Hummingbirds, 8 Western Gulls, 2 Downy Woodpeckers, 42 Bushtit, 5 Golden-Crowned Kinglets, 2 Bewick’s Wrens, 4 Mourning Doves, 53 European Starlings, a Bald Eagle, 4 Violet-Green Swallows and a Yellow Warbler for a total species count of 28.

Reporting from Stanwood, Mary Sinker’s report included 8 House Finch, 7 Song Sparrows and 6 White-Crowned Sparrows.  She also reported 17 American Goldfinch along with 4 Barn Swallows, 7 Bewick’s Wrens, 14 Black-Capped Chickadees, 8 Black-Headed Grosbeaks, 5 Cedar Waxwing, 7 Downey Woodpeckers,  Evening Grosbeaks, 11 Mourning Doves, 2 Red-Tailed Hawks, 11 Rufous Hummingbirds, a Sharp-Shinned Hawk, 6 Tree Swallows, 2 Veery, 5 Western Tanagers and 2 Pacific Wren for a total species count of 33.

I have to make a correction to my last report.  I listed a Great-Gray Owl, but now think that the owls are Great-Horned Owls.  We finally got a look at the juveniles and they appear to have the beginnings of horns on their heads.  They come out just as the sun is going down and start screeching and flying around.  They are also very large.  My total species count of 23 from my Marysville home includes 6 American Robins, 2 California Quail, 14 European Starlings, 9 Barn Swallows, 3 House Finches, 2 Mourning Doves, a Pileated Woodpecker, 2 Purple Finch, 3 Northern Flickers, 4 Spotted Towhee, 4 Steller’s Jays, 2 Red-Breasted Nuthatch and a Bewick’s Wren.
If you have any questions or requests, you can reach me at pricemara@clearwire.net or leave a message on my cell (425)750-8125.



Tree Swallow ~ Rex Guichard