Trip reports 2012 October through December

Fir Island – Tueday October 2, 2012
We know that winter is coming as we saw our first Snow Geese of the year. 
Margaret B., Virginia, Wilma, Rick, John, Alannah, Margaret P., Merilee, Joe, Art, Carlos, Doug, Howard, Kathleen, John, Phil and Rex
CHECKLIST:
WATERFOWL:  Snow Goose(3,160), Canada Goose(12), Wood Duck(4), American Wigeon(25),Mallard(10), Northern Shoveler(12),Green-winged Teal(), Northern Pintail(20),
LOONS, GREBES: Pied-billed Grebe(1)
PELICANS, HERONS, IBIS: Great Blue Heron(6)
RAPTORS:  Bald Eagle(3), Northern Harrier(3), Sharp-shinned Hawk(1), Red-tailed Hawk(2), American Kestrel(2), Peregrine Falcon(2)
RAILS, CRANES: American Coot(1)
SHOREBIRDS: Greater Yellowlegs(9), Lesser Yellowlegs(12), Long-billed Dowitcher(13), Wilson’s Snipe(4)
TERNS, JEAGERS: Caspian Tern(1)
DOVES, PIGEONS: Rock pigeon(45), Eurasian Collared-Dove(15)
KINGFISHER: Belted Kingfisher(3)
WOODPECTKERS: Northern Flicker(5)
SHRIKES: Northern(1)
CORVIDS: Steller's Jay(8), American Crow(4), Common Raven(5)
LARKS, SWALLOWS: Cliff Swallow(2), Barn Swallow(2)
CHICKADEES, BUSHTIT: Black-capped(4)
WRENS: Bewick's(2)
THRUSHES: American Robin(21)
STARLING:  European Starling(35)
WAXWINGS: Cedar(1)
LONGSPURS, WARBLERS: Yellow-rumped(2)
SPARROW, TANAGERS: Spotted Towhee(4), Savannah Sparrow(15), Song Sparrow(6), Lincoln's Sparrow(6),White-crowned Sparrow(7), Dark-eyed Junco(21)
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES: Red-winged Blackbird(3), Brewer's Blackbird(1),

FINCHES, WEAVER FINCH: Purple Finch(6), House Finch(2), Pine Siskin(58), American Goldfinch(12), House Sparrow(30)


Silvana Roads – Tuesday October 9, 2012
The bird of the day had to be the Sharp-Tailed Sandpiper as it was a lifer for most of us.  This bird was viewed on the North side of the bridge just before you come to Camano Island. 
Virginia, Merilee, Joe, Art, Carlos, Howard, Margaret B., Mike, Rex, Kathleen, Margaret P., Rick, Phil and Wilma
61 Species I’d(Approx. Qty.)
CHECKLIST:
WATERFOWL:  Snow Goose(523), Canada Goose(30), American Wigeon(6), Mallard(9), Green-winged Teal(17), Hooded Merganser(4)
GALLINACEOUS BIRDS: Ring-necked Pheasant(4)
LOONS, GREBES: Horned Grebe(1), Western Grebe(4)
PELICANS, HERONS, IBIS: Double-crested Cormorant(1), Great Blue Heron(1)
RAPTORS: Bald Eagle(2), Northern Harrier(2), Red-tailed Hawk(5), American Kestrel(1), Merlin(1), Peregrine Falcon(2)
RAILS, CRANES: American Coot(17)
SHOREBIRDS: Killdeer(4), Sharp-Tailed Sandpiper(1), Pectoral Sandpiper(2), Least Sandpiper(2), Long-billed Dowitcher(1), Wilson’s Snipe(3)
GULLS: Ring-billed(8), Glaucous-winged(10)
DOVES, PIGEONS: Rock Pigeon(120), Eurasian Collared-Dove(25), Mourning Dove(2)
HUMMINGBIRDS: Anna's(1)
KINGFISHER: Belted Kingfisher(1)
WOODPECTKERS: Downy Woodpecker(1), Northern Flicker(4)
SHRIKES: Northern(3)
CORVIDS: Steller's Jay(8), American Crow(36)
CHICKADEES, BUSHTIT: Black-capped(3), Chestnut-backed(2), Bushtit(12)
NUTHATCHES, CREEPER: Brown Creeper(1)
WRENS: Pacific(5)
KINGLETS: Golden-crowned(1)
THRUSHES: American Robin(8), Varied Thrush(1)
STARLING:  European Starling(50)
LONGSPURS, WARBLERS: Yellow-rumped(50)
SPARROW, TANAGERS: Spotted Towhee(2), Savannah Sparrow(1),Fox Sparrow(1), Song Sparrow(8), Lincoln's Sparrow(2),White-crowned Sparrow(4),Golden-crowned Sparrow(1), Dark-eyed Junco(1)
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES: Red-winged Blackbird(35), Western Meadowlark(10), Brewer's Blackbird(150)

FINCHES, WEAVER FINCH: House Finch(10), Pine Siskin(50), American Goldfinch(3)


Point –No-Point – Tuesday, October 16, 2012
We did get to see the Western Scrub Jay today.  We saw over 1000 Bonaparte’s Gulls. 
Phil, Virginia, Wilma, Art, Carlos, Judy, Doug, Merilee, Joe, Margaret P., Kathleen, John, Rex and Rick
71 Species I’d(Approx. Qty.)
CHECKLIST:
WATERFOWL:  Cackling Goose(2), Canada Goose(21), Eurasian Wigeon(1), American Wigeon(56), Mallard(30), Northern Pintail(2),Green-winged Teal(5), Ring-necked Duck(30), Black Scoter(2), Surf Scoter(15), White-winged Scoter(9), Red-breasted Merganser(20)
LOONS, GREBES: Pacific Loon(4), Common Loon(13), Pied-billed Grebe(3), Horned Grebe(20), Red-necked Grebe(34), Western Grebe(17)
PELICANS, HERONS, IBIS: Double-crested Cormorant(42), Pelagic Cormorant(5), Great Blue Heron(5)
VULTURE: Turkey Vulture(1)
RAPTORS: Bald Eagle(1), Red-tailed Hawk(1), Merlin(1)
RAILS, CRANES: Virginia Rail(1)
SHOREBIRDS: Black-bellied Plover(6), Semipalmated Plover(1), Greater Yellowlegs(2), Black Turnstone(2), Pectoral Sandpiper(4)
GULLS: Bonaparte's(1,000), Heermann's(10), Mew(15), Ring-billed(2), California(1), Thayer's(2),  Glaucous-winged(2)
ALCIDS: Common Murre(4), Pigeon Guillemot(2), Marbled Murrelet(2)
DOVES, PIGEONS: Rock pigeon(1)
KINGFISHER: Belted Kingfisher(3)
WOODPECTKERS: Downy Woodpecker(1), Northern Flicker(2)
CORVIDS: Steller's Jay(1),Western Scrub-Jay(1), American Crow(10),Common Raven(2)
CHICKADEES, BUSHTIT: Black-capped(1), Chestnut-backed(2)
NUTHATCHES, CREEPER: Red-breasted(3)
WRENS: Pacific(1), Marsh(2)
KINGLETS: Golden-crowned(1), Ruby-crowned(1)
THRUSHES: American Robin(4)
STARLING:  European Starling(350)
WAXWINGS: Cedar(6)
SPARROW, TANAGERS: Spotted Towhee(3), Fox Sparrow(1), Song Sparrow(1), White-crowned Sparrow(1),Golden-crowned Sparrow(1), Dark-eyed Junco(2)
 BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES: Red-winged Blackbird(3)

FINCHES, WEAVER FINCH: House Finch(5), Pine Siskin(40), American Goldfinch(1)


North Everett to South Marysville – Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Kathleen, Virginia, Margaret B., Margaret P, Art, Carlos, Keith, Mike, Ray and Phil
59 Species I’d(Approx. Qty.)
CHECKLIST:
WATERFOWL:  Snow Goose(218), Canada Goose(12), Gadwall(4),  American Wigeon(300),Mallard(323), Northern Shoveler(37),Green-winged Teal(22), Northern Pintail(16),Canvasback(1), Redhead(1), Ring-necked Duck(10), Greater Scaup(60), Lesser Scaup(70), White-winged Scoter(2), Bufflehead(3),  Common Merganser(6), Ruddy Duck(6)
LOONS, GREBES: Horned Grebe(13), Red-necked Grebe(3)
PELICANS, HERONS, IBIS: Double-crested Cormorant(94), Great Blue Heron(6)
RAPTORS: Bald Eagle(8), Northern Harrier(8), Sharp-shinned Hawk(2), Cooper's Hawk(1), Red-tailed Hawk(13)
RAILS, CRANES: American Coot(43)
SHOREBIRDS: Killdeer(2), Spotted Sandpiper(1)
GULLS: Bonaparte's(1033), Mew(24), Ring-billed(2), Glaucous-winged(3)
DOVES, PIGEONS: Rock pigeon(14)
KINGFISHER: Belted Kingfisher(2)
WOODPECTKERS: Downy Woodpecker(1), Northern Flicker(6)
CORVIDS: Steller's Jay(2), American Crow(39),Common Raven()
CHICKADEES, BUSHTIT: Black-capped(14)
WRENS: Bewick's(2), Pacific(1), Marsh(2)
KINGLETS: Ruby-crowned(3)
THRUSHES: American Robin(131)
STARLING:  European Starling(510)
WAXWINGS: Cedar(35)
LONGSPURS, WARBLERS: Yellow-rumped(41)
SPARROW, TANAGERS: Spotted Towhee(6), Fox Sparrow(1), Song Sparrow(79), Golden-crowned Sparrow(2), Dark-eyed Junco(11)
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES: Brewer's Blackbird(25)

FINCHES, WEAVER FINCH: Purple Finch(11), House Finch(2), Pine Siskin(150), American Goldfinch(6)


South Whidbey – Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012
Birding was between rainstorms and sprinkles, but we had a good number of species for the weather.  Sunlight Beach was probably the best as we saw most of the shorebirds there including the plovers, Western Sandpipers and Dowitchers. 
Virginia, Margaret P, Kathleen, John S., John D., Mike and Wilma
63 Species I’d(Approx. Qty.)
CHECKLIST:
WATERFOWL:  Gadwall(6),  American Wigeon(601),Mallard(7), Northern Shoveler(4),Green-winged Teal(30), Northern Pintail(12), Ring-necked Duck(1), Greater Scaup(12), Surf Scoter(400), White-winged Scoter(3), Bufflehead(35). Hooded Merganser(15), Common Merganser(2), Red-breasted Merganser(6), Ruddy Duck(8)
LOONS, GREBES: Common Loon(20), Pied-billed Grebe(3), Horned Grebe(7), Red-necked Grebe(3)
PELICANS, HERONS, IBIS: Double-crested Cormorant(30), Pelagic Cormorant(13), Great Blue Heron(8)
RAPTORS: Bald Eagle(2), Northern Harrier(2), Red-tailed Hawk(5), Merlin(1)
RAILS, CRANES: American Coot(5)
SHOREBIRDS: Black-bellied Plover(30), Killdeer(2), Greater Yellowlegs(1), Western Sandpiper(5), Dunlin(15), Long-billed Dowitcher(1)
GULLS: Bonaparte's(6), Mew(14), Ring-billed(14), Glaucous-winged(15)
ALCIDS: Pigeon Guillemot(34)
DOVES, PIGEONS: Rock Pigeon(12), Mourning Dove(13)
KINGFISHER: Belted Kingfisher(1)
WOODPECTKERS: Northern Flicker(5)
CORVIDS: American Crow(31),Common Raven(1)
CHICKADEES, BUSHTIT: Black-capped(12), Chestnut-backed(1)
NUTHATCHES, CREEPER: Brown Creeper(2)
WRENS: Bewick's(2), Pacific(1), Marsh(1)
KINGLETS: Golden-crowned(9), Ruby-crowned(6)
THRUSHES: American Robin(12)
STARLING:  European Starling(20)
SPARROW, TANAGERS: Spotted Towhee(3), Fox Sparrow(1), Song Sparrow(3), White-crowned Sparrow(2), Dark-eyed Junco(16)
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES: Red-winged Blackbird(5), Brewer's Blackbird(5)

FINCHES, WEAVER FINCH: House Finch(8), Pine Siskin(224) 


Snohomish-Tuesday November 6, 2012
We saw our first Rough-legged Hawk for the season  and enjoyed watching the Snow Geese fly overhead. 
Phil, Virginia, Wilma, Rex, Kathleen, Rick, Carlos, Judy, Doug, Merilee, Joe, Margaret P., Ray, John and Margaret B.
56 Species I’d(Approx. Qty.)
CHECKLIST:
WATERFOWL:  Snow Goose(54), Cackling Goose(1), Canada Goose(4),Trumpeter Swan(2), Wood Duck(1), Gadwall(16),  American Wigeon(25), Mallard(15), Northern Shoveler(12),Green-winged Teal(25), Northern Pintail(2), Ring-necked Duck(18), Hooded Merganser(3),Common Merganser(1)
LOONS, GREBES: Pied-billed Grebe(2)
PELICANS, HERONS, IBIS: Double-crested Cormorant(2), Great Blue Heron(2)
RAPTORS:  Bald Eagle(3), Northern Harrier(1), Sharp-shinned Hawk(1), Red-tailed Hawk(6), Rough-legged Hawk(1),American Kestrel(2)
RAILS, CRANES: American Coot(5)
SHOREBIRDS: Killdeer(15)
GULLS: Mew(2), Ring-billed(41), Glaucous-winged(6)
DOVES, PIGEONS: Rock Pigeon(85), Eurasian Collared-Dove(2)
HUMMINGBIRDS: Anna's(1)
KINGFISHER: Belted Kingfisher(1)
WOODPECTKERS: Downy Woodpecker(1), Northern Flicker(9)
CORVIDS: Steller's Jay(1), American Crow(336), Common Raven(1)
CHICKADEES, BUSHTIT: Black-capped(7), Chestnut-backed(4)
NUTHATCHES, CREEPER: Red-breasted(1)
WRENS: Bewick's(2), Marsh(2)
KINGLETS: Golden-crowned(3), Ruby-crowned(3)
THRUSHES: American Robin(17)
STARLING:  European Starling(426)
LONGSPURS, WARBLERS: Yellow-rumped(1)
SPARROW, TANAGERS: Spotted Towhee(5), Fox Sparrow(3), Song Sparrow(22), Dark-eyed Junco(5)
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES: Red-winged Blackbird(88), Brewer's Blackbird(61),
FINCHES, WEAVER FINCH: Pine Siskin(205), House Sparrow(1)

Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary – Tuesday, November 13, 2012
We had a really fun day of bird watching and was able to bird all day without rain.  After we quit it poured.  We enjoyed feeding the Black-capped Chickadees and having them land in our hands.  The Snowy Owls are back.  We saw one at Reifel and 13 at Boundary Bay.  It was a three Owl day with also sightings of the Great Horned Owl and 5 Shor-eared Owls.
Virginia, Merilee, Margaret P., Art, Carlos, Phil, John S., Keith, Rex, Wilma and Rick
56 Species I’d(Approx. Qty.)
CHECKLIST:
WATERFOWL:  Snow Goose(520), Canada Goose(91),Trumpeter Swan(16), Wood Duck(21), Gadwall(10),  American Wigeon(3,200), Mallard(1500), Northern Shoveler(17), Green-winged Teal(6), Northern Pintail(54), Lesser Scaup(3), Bufflehead(21),  Hooded Merganser(4), Common Merganser(1)
LOONS, GREBES: Common Loon(1)
PELICANS, HERONS, IBIS: Double-crested Cormorant(2), Great Blue Heron(6), Black-crowned Night-Heron(1),
RAPTORS: Bald Eagle(13), Northern Harrier(11), Cooper's Hawk(3), Red-tailed Hawk(4), Rough-legged Hawk(3), Peregrine Falcon(2)
RAILS, CRANES: American Coot(34)
SHOREBIRDS: Dunlin(5,000), Short-billed Dowitcher(35)
GULLS:  Glaucous-winged(201)
DOVES, PIGEONS: Rock Pigeon(12), Eurasian Collared-Dove(1), Mourning Dove(1)
OWLS: Great Horned Owl(1), Snowy Owl(14), Short-eared Owl(5)
WOODPECTKERS: Northern Flicker(9)
CORVIDS: American Crow(15),Common Raven(2)
CHICKADEES, BUSHTIT: Black-capped(210)
NUTHATCHES, CREEPER: Red-breasted(2), Brown Creeper(1)
WRENS: Bewick's(1), Marsh(1)
THRUSHES: American Robin(259)
STARLING:  European Starling(209)
SPARROW, TANAGERS: Spotted Towhee(12), Fox Sparrow(7), White-crowned Sparrow(2),Golden-crowned Sparrow(42), Dark-eyed Junco(24)
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES: Red-winged Blackbird(30), Brewer's Blackbird(30)

FINCHES, WEAVER FINCH: Purple Finch(6), House Finch(6), Pine Siskin(20), American Goldfinch(12), House Sparrow(50) 


 

Spencer Island – Tuesday, November 20, 2012
We only birded for 2 ½ hours today, but in that time we had some great bird sightings.  A Merlin was sitting on top of a tree for all to enjoy.  A Virginia Rail peaked out of the cattails so we got a brief glance.  Snow Geese were frequently flying overhead. 
Virginia, Wilma, Carlos, Art, Rex, Merilee, Joe, Ed, John, Alannah, John, Mike, Heidi and Phil
39 Species I’d(Approx. Qty.)   
CHECKLIST:
WATERFOWL:  Snow Goose(400), Trumpeter Swan(14), Gadwall(50),  American Wigeon(25), Mallard(600), Northern Shoveler(250), Northern Pintail(800), Ring-necked Duck(15), Greater Scaup(6), Lesser Scaup(35), Common Goldeneye(1), Ruddy Duck(1500)
LOONS, GREBES: Horned Grebe(1)
PELICANS, HERONS, IBIS: Great Blue Heron(5)
RAPTORS: Bald Eagle(1), Northern Harrier(2), Red-tailed Hawk(3), Merlin(1)
RAILS, CRANES: Virginia Rail(2), American Coot(10)
SHOREBIRDS: Black-bellied Plover(50), Pectoral Sandpiper(6), Dunlin(3,000)
GULLS: Glaucous-winged(12)
WOODPECTKERS: Northern Flicker(1 Yellow Shafted and 2 red), Pileated Woodpecker(1)
CORVIDS: American Crow(6)
CHICKADEES, BUSHTIT: Black-capped(6)
WRENS: Bewick's(1), Pacific(2), Marsh(4)
KINGLETS: Ruby-crowned(4)
SPARROW, TANAGERS: Spotted Towhee(3), Savannah Sparrow(2), Fox Sparrow(3), Song Sparrow(20), Dark-eyed Junco(10)
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES: Red-winged Blackbird(1)
FINCHES, WEAVER FINCH: Pine Siskin(50), American Goldfinch(1)

Blaine, Semiahmoo, Birch Bay – Tuesday, November 27, 2012
This was one of the good days birding up north as it was a sunny day and lots of birds.  We watched a Merlin eating away at another little bird with feathers flying all over the place.  We saw a raft of Black Scoters floating in a row at Birch Bay Park and finally after several years of looking for that bird that we were told it is always there we finally got to see the Leusistic Red Tailed Hawk. 
Margaret B, Wilma, Virginia, Merilee, Margaret P, Joe, Art, Doug, Carlos, Judy, Kathleen, John, Mike, Heide, Ed, Phil, Rex, Ginger, David and Connie
70 Species I’d(Approx. Qty.)
CHECKLIST:
WATERFOWL:  Canada Goose(18), Trumpeter Swan(3), Wood Duck(4), Eurasian Wigeon(1), American Wigeon(223), Mallard(320), Green-winged Teal(2400), Northern Pintail(1900),Canvasback(1), Ring-necked Duck(1), Greater Scaup(1), Lesser Scaup(35), Harlequin Duck(16), Black Scoter(15), Surf Scoter(525), White-winged Scoter(180), Long-tailed Duck(12), Bufflehead(91),  Common Goldeneye(28), Barrow's Goldeneye(15), Hooded Merganser(1),Common Merganser(5), Red-breasted Merganser(16), Ruddy Duck(12)
LOONS, GREBES: Red-throated Loon(5), Common Loon(58), Pied-billed Grebe(1),Horned Grebe(73), Red-necked(7)
PELICANS, HERONS, IBIS: Double-crested Cormorant(7), Pelagic(10), Great Blue Heron(10)
RAPTORS: Bald Eagle(5), Sharp-shinned Hawk(1), Red-tailed Hawk( 1 Leusistic), Merlin(2), Peregrine Falcon(1)
RAILS, CRANES: American Coot(250)
SHOREBIRDS: Black-bellied Plover(1), Killdeer(6), Greater Yellowlegs(1), Black Turnstone(32), Dunlin(191)
GULLS: Bonaparte's(200), Mew(2), Herring(10), Glaucous-winged(6)
ALCIDS: Pigeon Guillemot(4)
DOVES, PIGEONS: Rock Pigeon45)
KINGFISHER: Belted Kingfisher(3)
WOODPECTKERS: Northern Flicker(1)
SHRIKES: Northern(1)
CORVIDS: Steller's Jay(1), American Crow(38),Common Raven(1)
CHICKADEES, BUSHTIT: Black-capped(2)
WRENS: Bewick's(3), Marsh(1)
KINGLETS: Golden-crowned(14)
THRUSHES: American Robin(7)
STARLING:  European Starling(124)
SPARROW, TANAGERS: Spotted Towhee(4), Fox Sparrow(1), Song Sparrow(8), White-crowned Sparrow(15),Golden-crowned Sparrow(15), Dark-eyed Junco(6)
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES: Red-winged Blackbird(14)
FINCHES, WEAVER FINCH: House Finch(47), Pine Siskin(20), American Goldfinch(2)

Camano Island – Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Our best sighting of the day was seeing the Snow Bunting on the Thomle Road just south of Stanwood.  While this is not on Camano Island, we went down this road to see the Snowy Owls which we did see, but also found the Snow Bunting.  We also enjoyed seeing the mixture of Creepers, Kinglets, sparrows, wrens, Humming birds and the various birds in the water at English Boom. 
Virginia, Phil, Rex, Wilma, Kathleen, Margaret P., Joe, Merilee, Art, Carlos and Doug
69 Species I’d(Approx. Qty.)
CHECKLIST:
WATERFOWL:  Snow Goose(50), Trumpeter Swan(23), American Wigeon(3), Mallard(126), Green-winged Teal(45), Northern Pintail(150), Lesser Scaup(140), Surf Scoter(2), Bufflehead(75),  Common Goldeneye(178), Barrow's Goldeneye(15),Hooded Merganser(7),Common Merganser(2)
LOONS, GREBES: Red-throated Loon(2), CommonLoon(1), Horned Grebe(41), Red-necked Grebe(2), Western(115), Clarks(1)
PELICANS, HERONS, IBIS: Double-crested Cormorant(9), Pelagic Cormorant(1), Great Blue Heron(7)
RAPTORS: Bald Eagle(10), Northern Harrier(5), Sharp-shinned Hawk(1), Red-tailed Hawk(7), Rough-legged Hawk(2)
SHOREBIRDS: Dunlin(4)
GULLS: Mew(8), Ring-billed(12), Thayer's(1),  Glaucous-winged(18)
ALCIDS: Pigeon Guillemot(15), Marbled Murrelet(1)
DOVES, PIGEONS: Rock Pigeon(1), Eurasian Collared-Dove(2), Mourning Dove(26)
OWLS: Snowy Owl(2Short-eared Owl(1)
HUMMINGBIRDS: Anna's(2)
KINGFISHER: Belted Kingfisher(3)
WOODPECTKERS: Northern Flicker(5)
CORVIDS: American Crow(1), Common Raven(3)
CHICKADEES, BUSHTIT: Black-capped(1), Chestnut-backed(13)
NUTHATCHES, CREEPER: Red-breasted(3), Brown Creeper(3)
WRENS: Bewick's(2), Pacific(2)
KINGLETS: Golden-crowned(30), Ruby-crowned(18)
THRUSHES: American Robin(59)
STARLING:  European Starling(98)
LONGSPURS, WARBLERS: Snow Bunting(1)
SPARROW, TANAGERS: Spotted Towhee(5), Fox Sparrow(2), Song Sparrow(9), White-crowned Sparrow(4),Golden-crowned Sparrow(7), Dark-eyed Junco(12)
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES: Red-winged Blackbird(6), Western Meadowlark(8), Brewer's Blackbird(2)
FINCHES, WEAVER FINCH: Purple Finch(5), Pine Siskin(420), American Goldfinch(2), House Sparrow(30)

Lummi Flats – Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Through wind and rain, a constant all day long, we were able to see about 43 species.  Highlights included finding the Eurasian Wigeon in the group of wigeons, the Black scoter in the group of Surf Scoters and the Snowy Owl on the rooftop of a house.  We saw our first Brant for this winter also.  Two of our birders braved the worst of the wind and rain to find Sanderlings and Black Turnstones.
John, Virginia, Wilma, Carlos, Marilee, Joe, Ed, Phil, Rex, Michael, Kathleen, John S. Jeri, Margaret P
43 Species I’d(Approx. Qty.)
CHECKLIST:
WATERFOWL:  Brant(250), Eurasian Wigeon(1), American Wigeon(326), Mallard(28), Northern Shoveler(2), Green-winged Teal(40), Northern Pintail(500), Greater Scaup(430), Surf Scoter(125), White-winged Scoter(45), Black Scoter(20), Bufflehead(62),  Common Goldeneye(13), Common Merganser(2), Red-breasted Merganser()
LOONS, GREBES: Red-throated Loon(6), Pacific Loon(1), Common(11), Horned(2), Red-necked(1)
PELICANS, HERONS, IBIS: Double-crested Cormorant(3), Great Blue Heron(6)
RAPTORS: Bald Eagle(6), Northern Harrier(15), Red-tailed Hawk(2), Rough-legged Hawk(8), Peregrine Falcon(1)
SHOREBIRDS: Black Turnstone(20) Sanderling(15)
GULLS: Thayer's(1),  Glaucous-winged(10)
OWLS: Snowy Owl(1)
KINGFISHER: Belted Kingfisher(1)
CORVIDS: American Crow(6), Common Raven(3)
CHICKADEES, BUSHTIT: Black-capped(1)
WRENS: Marsh(1)
STARLING:  European Starling(24)

SPARROW, TANAGERS: Spotted Towhee(1), Song Sparrow(3), White-crowned Sparrow(3),Golden-crowned Sparrow(2), Dark-eyed Junco(4) 


 

Samish Flats – Tuesday, December 18, 2012
We saw lots of raptors today.  Everywhere we looked they were in the air.  We also spotted Tundra swans among the Trumpeters.
Art, Virginia, Rex, Kathleen, Margaret P. and John D.
61 Species (approx. Qty.)
CHECKLIST:
WATERFOWL:  Snow Goose(52), Brant(80), Trumpeter Swan(98), Tundra Swan(4), Eurasian Wigeon(2), American Wigeon(1,75), Mallard(1250), Northern Pintail(253),Green-winged Teal(123), Lesser Scaup(35), Surf Scoter(8), Long-tailed Duck(9), Bufflehead(34),  Common Goldeneye(3), Barrow's Goldeneye(2), Red-breasted Merganser(2)
LOONS, GREBES: Common Loon(13), Horned Grebe(3), Red-necked Grebe(2)
PELICANS, HERONS, IBIS: Double-crested Cormorant(1), Great Blue Heron(7)
RAPTORS: Bald Eagle(44), Northern Harrier(54), Red-tailed Hawk(23), Rough-legged Hawk(37), American Kestrel(1), Merlin(1), Peregrine Falcon(1)
SHOREBIRDS: Black-bellied Plover(15), Killdeer(10), Dunlin(2,500)
GULLS: Mew(250), Ring-billed(30), Thayer's(12),  Glaucous-winged(11)
DOVES, PIGEONS: Rock Pigeon(1), Eurasian Collared-Dove(3), Mourning Dove(2)
OWLS: Short-eared Owl(1)
WOODPECKERS: Northern Flicker(3)
SHRIKES: Northern(1)
CORVIDS: American Crow(1), Common Raven(24)
CHICKADEES, BUSHTIT: Black-capped(6), Chestnut-backed(1)
NUTHATCHES, CREEPER: Red-breasted(1), Brown Creeper(1)
WRENS: Bewick's(1)
KINGLETS: Golden-crowned(1)
THRUSHES: American Robin(23), Varied Thrush(2)
STARLING:  European Starling(106)
LONGSPURS, WARBLERS: Yellow-rumped(2)
SPARROW, TANAGERS: Spotted Towhee(1), Song Sparrow(9), Golden-crowned Sparrow(1), Dark-eyed Junco(15)
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES: Red-winged Blackbird(20), Brewer's Blackbird(77)
FINCHES, WEAVER FINCH: House Finch(12), Pine Siskin(55)