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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.
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Birding Highlights
April 26, 2014 - May 25, 2014

Mara Price - Sightings Coordinator

As the weather warms up more and more bird species are arriving in the Pacific Northwest.  One of my favorites is the Western Tanager.  It was spotted from GraniteFalls to Mukilteo.

Carol and Larry Beason were thrilled to spot 3 Myrtle Warblers in a tree at their home at LakeBosworth.  They had never seen them there before.  Actually Myrtle Warblers are Yellow-Rumped Warblers.  They have a bright yellow rump with blue-gray above and a heavy black breast patch.  They also listed a Black-Throated Gray Warbler.  Their total species count of 48 also included  6 Barn Swallows, a Kingfisher, 12 Black-Headed Grosbeaks, 6 Brewer's Blackbirds, 14 Band-Tailed Pigeons flying over, a Common Loon on the lake, 9 Evening Grosbeaks, a Hutton's Vireo,  14 Northern Shovelers on the lake, 3 Osprey, 2 Red-Breasted Sapsuckers, 2 Ring-Necked Ducks, 7 Song Sparrows, a Varied Thrush, 18 Violet-Green Swallows, 3 Western Tanagers and 2 Wilson's Warblers.

Hilkka Egtvedt also reported Western Tanagers at her home in Mukilteo.  She listed 2 of them, along with 4 American Goldfinch, 3 Anna's Hummingbirds, 4 Band-Tailed Pigeons,3 Black Headed Grosbeaks, 1 California Quail, an Orange-Crowned Warbler, a Pileated Woodpecker, 4 Purple Finch, 2 Red-Breasted Sapsuckers, 2 adult Rufous Hummingbirds with 1 juvenile, Violet-Green Swallows, 2 Steller's Jays, a Spotted Towhee and a White-Crowned Sparrow for a total species count of 27.

Kriss Erickson is happy to report the Mallards near her home in Everett were spotted with their ducklings. She listed 7 adult Mallards and 13 ducklings. Being near the water she spots a larger variety of species.  Her total count of 21 included 10 Western Gulls, 7 Red-Winged Blackbirds, 9 Golden-Crowned Kinglets, 12 Black-Capped Chickadees, 4 Song Sparrows, 10 House Finch, 2 Downey Woodpeckers, 16 Bushtit, 2 Bewick's Wren, 8 Band-Tailed Pigeons, 5 Mourning Doves 2 Spotted Towhees and 3 American Goldfinch.

My backyard in Marysville got really busy this month.  I had a total species count of 28 which included a Western Tanager, 3 American Goldfinch and a Yellow Warbler.  I also listed 6 American Robins (they seem to be everywhere), 2 California Quail, a Common Raven in the woods, 2 adult Downey Woodpeckers and a juvenile. 20+ European Starlings in the field, 4 adult Northern Flickers and 1 juvenile, 3 Rufous Hummingbirds, 6 Barn Swallows in the fields, 7 Black-Headed Grosbeaks, 3 Spotted Towhees, 2 Mourning Doves, 4 Steller's Jays and 3 Song Sparrows.

Many thanks to all the reporters for their continuing support.  If you have any questions or would like to be included in the report, please contact me at pricemara@clearwire.net or leave a message on my cell at 425-750-8125.

Birding Highlights
March 26, 2014 - April 25, 2014

Mara Price - Sightings Coordinator

Looks like another short report as 2 of my Bird Sighters seemed to have dropped out.  The Beasons's are leading again with 44 species.  Reporting from their home on Lake Bosworth Carole and Larry Beason listed 24 American Robins, 4 Brown-Headed Cowbirds (unfortunately, they are back), 17 Band-Tailed Pigeons, 6 Bufflehead on the lake, a Common Raven overhead with Crows chasing it, 15 Evening Grosbeaks, 5 Golden-Crowned Sparrows, 5 Mourning Doves, an Osprey over the lake, 5 Purple Finch, 2 Red-Breasted Sapsuckers, 3 Rufous Hummingbirds, 41 Violet-Green Swallows flying over the lake, 18 Red-Winged Blackbirds and a Pacific Wren.
Hilkka Egtvedt had a good month also from her home in Mukilteo. She reported 9 Band-Tailed Pigeons in her yard along with 4 American Goldfinch, 2 Anna's Hummingbirds, a Bald Eagle flying over, 2 Black-Capped Chickadees, she heard a California Quail in the bushes, 4 European Starlings in the yard, a Fox Sparrow, 3 Golden-Crowned Sparrows, 4 House Finch, 3 Purple Finch,  Red-Breasted Nuthatch, 3 Spotted Towhees, a female Townsend's Warbler and 2 White-Crowned Sparrows for a total species count of 27.
Black-Capped Chickadees abound at Kriss Erickson's Everett location.  She listed 16 at her feeders.  She also listed 9 Golden-Crowned Kinglets, 3 Varied Thrush, 6 Steller's Jays, 6 Mallard in the water, 16 Western Gulls in her yard, 6 Red-Winged Blackbirds at the water's edge, 17 Bushtit in the trees, 12 American Robins, a Bewick's Wren, 4 Band-Tailed Pigeons, 2 White-Crowned Sparrows and 2 Mourning Doves for a total species count of 23.
Wow! Can you imagine 7 Bald Eagles in your yard all at the same time?  Well, they started gathering at Mary Sinker's home in Stanwood.  Her chickens ran for the fully enclosed safe house where they stayed the entire day.  Mary Sinker also had a very good month with 37 species reported.  She listed 17 American Goldfinch at the feeders, 23 American Robins (one female nesting in a tree by her garage), 33 Band-Tailed Pigeons, 18 Black-Capped Chickadees, 14 Dark-Eyed Junco, 6 Downey Woodpeckers, a Great-Blue Heron by the creek, a Great-Horned Owl, 2 Killdeer in the pasture, 3 Northern Flickers, 2 Pileated Woodpeckers, 5 Pine Siskin, 9 Tree Swallows and 4 Varied Thrush still around, but she expects them to be leaving soon.
Well, my report from Marysville is very short.  I don't know why, but I only had 18 species this month.  The best news is that the California Quail returned after a year's absence.  My report of 18 species includes 2 California Quail, 4 American Robins, 5 Black-Capped Chickadees, 4 Dark-Eyed Junco, 2 Common Raven in the woods, 6 European Starling along the road, 3 Northern Flickers, a Pileated Woodpecker, 3 Mallard in the pond, a Red-Winged Blackbird near the YMCA, 2 Song Sparrows, 3 Steller's Jays and a Pacific Wren in the woods.


Tree Swallow ~ Rex Guichard