Trip Reports 2015 - January through March

Stanwood & Silvana Area – Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Our trip was changed due to flooding in the Silvana area, so we birded Lake Ki, Lake Goodwin, Port Susan and to Eide Road and saved Silvana until the end of the trip.  Our highlight was seeing the 8 short-eared Owls and the Two long eared Owls at Eide Road.  We also spotted a House Wren on Eide.  At the end of the trip we did try Silvana, found a White-throated Sparrow and then had to turn around due to deep water over the roads. 
68 Species I’d(Approx. Qty.)
Phil, Virginia, Reg, Wilma, Rick, Frank, Sherrill, Joyce, Jim, Mary, Sue, Kathleen, Rex, Cindy, Joe, Pam, Janelle, Leigh, Art, Judy, Merilee, Val, Ray and Larry
CHECKLIST:
WATERFOWL:  Trumpeter Swan(62), Eurasian Wigeon(1), American Wigeon(200),Mallard(56), Northern Pintail(300), Green-winged Teal(5), Ring-necked Duck(4), Greater Scaup(20), Lesser Scaup(2), Bufflehead(8),  Hooded Merganser(4), Common Merganser(30), Ruddy Duck(200)
GALLINACEOUS BIRDS: California Quail(1), Ring-necked Pheasant(2)
LOONS, GREBES: Pied-billed Grebe(3)
PELICANS, HERONS, IBIS: Double-crested Cormorant(4), Great Blue Heron(6)
RAPTORS: Bald Eagle(11), Northern Harrier(10), Sharp-shinned Hawk(1), Cooper's Hawk(1), Red-tailed Hawk(8), Rough-legged Hawk(5), Peregrine Falcon(2)
RAILS, CRANES: American Coot(27)
SHOREBIRDS: Black-bellied Plover(100), Killdeer(50), Dunlin(1550)
GULLS: Mew(1000), Ring-billed(30), Glaucous-winged(1)
DOVES, PIGEONS: Rock Pigeon(4), Eurasian Collared-Dove(1), Mourning Dove(25)
OWLS: Long-eared Owl(2), Short-eared Owl(2)
KINGFISHER: Belted Kingfisher(1)
WOODPECKERS: Downy Woodpecker(2), Hairy Woodpecker(2), Northern Flicker(4)
CORVIDS: Steller's Jay(3), American Crow(12), Common Raven(1)
CHICKADEES, BUSHTIT: Black-capped(1)
NUTHATCHES, CREEPER: Red-breasted Nuthatch(1)
WRENS: Pacific(1), House(2)
KINGLETS: Golden-crowned(7), Ruby-crowned(2)
THRUSHES: American Robin(1), Varied Thrush(1)
STARLING:  European Starling(40)
PIPITS: American Pipit(4)
LONGSPURS, WARBLERS: Yellow-rumped(1)
SPARROW, TANAGERS: Spotted Towhee(3), Fox Sparrow(1), Song Sparrow(8), White-crowned Sparrow(1), White-throated Sparrow(1), Golden-crowned Sparrow(1), Dark-eyed Junco(22)
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES: Red-winged Blackbird(56)
FINCHES, WEAVER FINCH: House Finch(1), Red Crossbill(1), Pine Siskin(70), House Sparrow(15)

North Everett & So. Marysville – Tuesday, January 13, 2015
This was a very foggy day making it feel colder than it really was and making it harder to spot birds.  Our best birds of the day were the Red Crossbills that were fedding in a tree where we were able to get very close to them.  Photographers were able to get close up photos.  There were lot of Ruddy Ducks and Scaup in the Marysville ponds.
54 species I’d(Approx. /qty.)
Art, Carlos, Dick, Kathy, Phil, Virginia, Wilma, Joyce, Jim, Rex, Dick, Rick, Reg, Sherrill, Mary, Larry and Wendy
CHECKLIST:
WATERFOWL:  Canada Goose(35), Trumpeter Swan(2), Gadwall(3),  Mallard(20), Northern Shoveler(100), Northern Pintail(42), Green-winged Teal(3), Greater Scaup(25), Lesser Scaup(300), Bufflehead(28), Common Goldeneye(11), Barrow's Goldeneye(6), Ruddy Duck(100)
LOONS, GREBES: Pacific Loon(2), Horned Grebe(8)
PELICANTS, HERONS, IBIS: Double-crested Cormorant(16), Great Blue Heron(3)
RAPTORS: Bald Eagle(2), Northern Harrier(1), Cooper's Hawk(1), Red-tailed Hawk(8)
RAILS, CRANES: American Coot(500)
SHOREBIRDS: Killdeer(8), Spotted Sandpiper(1), Lesser Yellowlegs(2)
GULLS: Mew(600), Ring-billed(5), Glaucous-winged(6)
DOVES, PIGEONS: Rock Pigeon(30), Eurasian Collared-Dove(1),
HUMMINGBIRDS: Anna's(2)
KINGFISHER: Belted Kingfisher(2)
WOODPECKERS: Northern Flicker(3)
CORVIDS: American Crow(16)
CHICKADEES, BUSHTIT: Black-capped(12)
NUTHATCHES, CREEPER: Red-breasted(1)
WRENS: Bewick's(1), Marsh(2)
KINGLETS: Golden-crowned(1), Ruby-crowned(1)
THRUSHES: American Robin(10)
STARLING:  European Starling(12)
SPARROW, TANAGERS: Spotted Towhee(1), Fox Sparrow(2), Song Sparrow(14), Lincoln's Sparrow(2), Golden-crowned Sparrow(11), Dark-eyed Junco(4)
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES: Red-winged Blackbird(24)
FINCHES, WEAVER FINCH: House Finch(1), Red Crossbill(6), Pine Siskin(25), American Goldfinch(4), House Sparrow(6) 

 Deception Pass – Tuesday, January 20, 2015
This was a nice sunny day and thus it was a good day for bird watching.  A flock of Redhead Ducks on Lake Erie was a favorite sighting for the day.  The black Oystercatchers are always a treat, especially the 24 on the rock at the Cranberry Lake saltwater beach. 
78 species I’d(Approx. Qty.)
Phil, Wilma, Virginia, Sherrill, Art, Carlos, Val, Judy, Kathleen, John, Rex, Sue, Jim, Jim, Janelle, Leigh, Merilee,  Joe, Joyce, Reg, Rick and Frank
CHECKLIST:
WATERFOWL:  Snow Goose(1000), Brant(150), Canada Goose(6), Trumpeter Swan(23), American Wigeon(20), Mallard(12), Northern Shoveler(35), Northern Pintail(35), Green-winged Teal(4), Redhead(12), Ring-necked Duck(106), Greater Scaup(200), Lesser Scaup(150), Harlequin Duck(4), Surf Scoter(20), Bufflehead(22), Common Goldeneye(19), Barrow's Goldeneye(2), Hooded Merganser(6), Common Merganser(3), Red-breasted Merganser(5), Ruddy Duck(24)
GALLINACEOUS BIRDS: California Quail(5)
LOONS, GREBES: Red-throated Loon(2), Pacific Loon(3), Common Loon(1), Pied-billed Grebe(1), Horned Grebe(7), Red-necked Grebe(3), Western Grebe(2)
PELICANTS, HERONS, IBIS: Double-crested Cormorant(38), Pelagic Cormorant(3), Great Blue Heron(23)
RAPTORS: Bald Eagle(10), Red-tailed Hawk(4)
RAILS, CRANES: Virginia Rail(2), American Coot(50)
SHOREBIRDS: Killdeer(4), Black Oystercatcher(26), Spotted Sandpiper(1), Greater Yellowlegs(1), Lesser Yellowlegs(7)
GULLS: Mew(120), Thayer's(3),  Glaucous-winged(14)
ALCIDS: Common Murre(2), Pigeon Guillemot(24)
DOVES, PIGEONS: Rock Dove(1), Eurasian Collared-Dove(1)
HUMMINGBIRDS: Anna's(1)
KINGFISHER: Belted Kingfisher(3)
WOODPECKERS: Downy Woodpecker(1), Hairy Woodpecker(2), Northern Flicker(7), Pileated Woodpecker(1)
CORVIDS: Steller's Jay(1), American Crow(10), Common Raven(4)
CHICKADEES, BUSHTIT: Black-capped(6), Chestnut-backed(5)
NUTHATCHES, CREEPER: Red-breasted(2), Brown Creeper(2)
WRENS: Pacific(2), Marsh(1)
KINGLETS: Golden-crowned(25), Ruby-crowned(1)
THRUSHES: American Robin(19), Varied Thrush(1)
STARLING:  European Starling(10)
SPARROW, TANAGERS: Spotted Towhee(7), Fox Sparrow(8), Song Sparrow(6), Golden-crowned Sparrow(12), Dark-eyed Junco(35)
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES: Red-winged Blackbird(12)
FINCHES, WEAVER FINCH: House Finch(6), Red Crossbill(12), Pine Siskin(35), House Sparrow(12)

Guemes Island – Tuesday, January 28, 2015
It was a good size group of birders today, but we all made it onto the very small unique Guemes Island Ferry to bird for the day.  Good sightings included seeing a Hutton’s Vireo and seeing both the female and male Long-tailed Duck in there winter plumage.  We also had lessons for new birders in identifying Pigeon Guillemots in both summer and winter and in-between plumages.
45 Species I’d(Approx. Qty.)
Sherrill, Rick, Joyce, Merilee, Mary, Kathleen, Jim, Leigh, Janelle, Val, Allen, Jim, Joe, Carlos, Art, Jeff, Margaret, Virginia and Wilma
CHECKLIST:
WATERFOWL:  Mallard(5), Green-winged Teal(1), Surf Scoter(42), White-winged Scoter(1), Long-tailed Duck(8), Bufflehead(22), Common Goldeneye(16), Hooded Merganser(10), Red-breasted Merganser(6)
LOONS, GREBES: Red-throated Loon(11), Pacific Loon(1), Common Loon(2), Horned Grebe(11), Red-necked Grebe(2)
PELICANTS, HERONS, IBIS: Double-crested Cormorant(14), Pelagic Cormorant(10), Great Blue Heron(1)
RAPTORS: Bald Eagle(7), Sharp-shinned Hawk(1), Red-tailed Hawk(2)
SHOREBIRDS: Black Oystercatcher(1)
GULLS: Glaucous-winged(3)
ALCIDS: Pigeon Guillemot(93)
DOVES, PIGEONS: Rock Dove(6)
HUMMINGBIRDS: Anna's(4)
KINGFISHER: Belted Kingfisher(1)
WOODPECKERS: Northern Flicker(5)
VIREOS: Hutton's(1)
CORVIDS: American Crow(8), Common Raven(1)
CHICKADEES, BUSHTIT: Black-capped(5), Chestnut-backed(6)
NUTHATCHES, CREEPER: Red-breasted(3)
WRENS: Bewick's(4), Pacific(6)
KINGLETS: Golden-crowned(7)
THRUSHES: American Robin(35), Varied Thrush(1)
STARLING:  European Starling(2)
SPARROW, TANAGERS: Spotted Towhee(3), Fox Sparrow(2), Song Sparrow(4), Dark-eyed Junco(24)
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES: Red-winged Blackbird(50), Brewer's Blackbird(14)
FINCHES, WEAVER FINCH: House Finch(6), Pine Siskin(54)

Snoqualmie Valley – Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Our birds of the day had to be seeing the Golden Eagle at Carnation Farms and seeing the Northern Pygmy Owl at Chinook Bend.  We had really good views of both of these and the Pygmy Owl was a lifer for several birders today.  At the prison farm in Monroe we did see a couple of Canvasback Ducks-that is not counting the wooden one.
42 Species I’d(Approx. Qty.)
Leigh, Janelle, Rex, Art, Pam P. Pam, Sherrill, Alannah, John, Jim, Virginia and Wilma
CHECKLIST:
WATERFOWL:  Canada Goose(36), Trumpeter Swan(4), American Wigeon(140), Mallard(98), Green-winged Teal(2), Canvasback(2), Ring-necked Duck(12), Lesser Scaup(2), Bufflehead(21), Common Common Merganser(2), Ruddy Duck(2)
LOONS, GREBES: Pied-billed Grebe(3)
PELICANTS, HERONS, IBIS: Double-crested Cormorant(2), Great Blue Heron(3)
RAPTORS: Bald Eagle(6), Cooper's Hawk(1), Red-tailed Hawk(8), Golden Eagle(1), American Kestrel(1), Merlin(1)
RAILS, CRANES: American Coot(217)
GULLS: Mew(145), Glaucous-winged(120)
DOVES, PIGEONS: Rock Pigeon(2), Eurasian Collared-Dove(100)
OWLS: Northern Pygmy Owe(1)
HUMMINGBIRDS: Anna's(1)
KINGFISHER: Belted Kingfisher(1)
WOODPECKERS: Northern Flicker(1)
CORVIDS: Steller's Jay(2), American Crow(25), Common Raven(1)
CHICKADEES, BUSHTIT: Black-capped(4), Chestnut-backed(3)
NUTHATCHES, CREEPER: Brown Creeper(1)
KINGLETS: Golden-crowned(6), Ruby-crowned(3)
THRUSHES: American Robin(24)
STARLING:  European Starling(16)
SPARROW, TANAGERS: Song Sparrow(6), Lincoln's Sparrow(1)
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES: Red-winged Blackbird(20)
FINCHES, WEAVER FINCH: Pine Siskin(36)

Port Townsend – Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Our best birding of the day was at Fort Flagler State Park where we were seeing shorebirds on both sides of the spit.  We had Black Turnstones, Plovers, Dunlin. Western Sandpiper and Sanderlings to look at.  At Fort Worden State Park we enjoyed seeing the Common Murres and the Marbled Murrelets. 
63 Species I’d(Approx. Qty.)
Phil, Virginia, Sandy, Sharon, Merilee, Joe, Kathleen, Sherrill, Joyce, Sue, Art, Carlos, Val, Judy, Jim, Janelle, Lee, Rick, Wilma and Loretta
CHECKLIST:
WATERFOWL:  Brant(150), Canada Goose(55), American Wigeon(50), Mallard(38), Northern Shoveler(12), Green-winged Teal(10), Harlequin Duck(14), Surf Scoter(26), White-winged Scoter(1), Long-tailed Duck(19), Bufflehead(16), Common Goldeneye(31), Hooded Merganser(4), Common Merganser(16), Red-breasted Merganser(37), Ruddy Duck(4)
LOONS, GREBES: Pacific Loon(4), Common Loon(12), Horned Grebe(66), Red-necked Grebe(26), Western Grebe(5)
PELICANTS, HERONS, IBIS: Brant’s Cormorant(1), Double-crested Cormorant(7), Pelagic Cormorant(19), Great Blue Heron(30)
RAPTORS: Bald Eagle(7), Red-tailed Hawk(1)
RAILS, CRANES: American Coot(25)
SHOREBIRDS: Black-bellied Plover(30), Black Oystercatcher(5), Greater Yellowlegs(2), Black Turnstone(39), Sanderling(35), Western Sandpiper(1), Dunlin(30)
GULLS: Mew(4), Ring-billed(2), Glaucous-winged(12)
ALCIDS: Common Murre(2), Pigeon Guillemot(90), Marbled Murrelet(6)
DOVES, PIGEONS: Rock Pigeon(16), Eurasian Collared-Dove(1)
HUMMINGBIRDS: Anna's(2)
KINGFISHER: Belted Kingfisher(2)
CORVIDS: Steller's Jay(1), American Crow(143), Common Raven(1)
CHICKADEES, BUSHTIT: Black-capped(2), Chestnut-backed(2)
WRENS: Pacific(4)
KINGLETS: Ruby-crowned(3)
THRUSHES: American Robin(3)
STARLING:  European Starling(1)
SPARROW, TANAGERS: Spotted Towhee(4), Fox Sparrow(2), Song Sparrow(1), White-crowned Sparrow(10), Golden-crowned Sparrow(8), Dark-eyed Junco(36)
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES: Red-winged Blackbird(2)
FINCHES, WEAVER FINCH: House Finch(6), Red Crossbill(10)

Fir Island – Tuesday, February 17, 2015
How often does it happen that at the first place that we stopped at to look Swan’s, we found the Tundra Swan’s.  We also found one Blue Goose amongst the flock of Snow Geese in Fir Island and saw our first Tree Swallow’s of the year. 
65 Species I’d(Approx. Qty.)
Mary, Janelle, Lee, Sue, Phil, Virginia, Wilma, Reg, Jim, Rex, Joe, Kathy, Art, Judy, Val, Merilee, Frank, Sherrill, Rick, Joyce, Sharon, Sandy, Lavonne and Pamela
CHECKLIST:
WATERFOWL:  Snow Goose(8,000 /c one Blue Goose), Canada Goose(12), Trumpeter Swan(250), Tundra Swan(6), Gadwall(2),  Eurasian Wigeon(1), American Wigeon(300), Mallard(750), Northern Pintail(24), Green-winged Teal(45), Ring-necked Duck(20), Bufflehead(13), Hooded Merganser(3), Common Merganser(1)
PELICANTS, HERONS, IBIS: Double-crested Cormorant(2), Great Blue Heron(8)
RAPTORS: Bald Eagle(14), Northern Harrier(7), Red-tailed Hawk(19), Rough-legged Hawk(1), American Kestrel(4), Peregrine Falcon(1)
RAILS, CRANES: American Coot(2)
SHOREBIRDS: Black-bellied Plover(3), Killdeer(2), Greater Yellowlegs(6), Dunlin(5,000)
GULLS: Ring-billed(37), Glaucous-winged(1)
ALCIDS: Pigeon Guillemot(1)
DOVES, PIGEONS: Rock Pigeon(30), Eurasian Collared-Dove(6)
HUMMINGBIRDS: Anna's(1)
KINGFISHER: Belted Kingfisher(2)
WOODPECKERS: Downy Woodpecker(2), Northern Flicker(4)
SHRIKES: Northern Shrike(3)
VIREOS: Hutton's(1)
CORVIDS: American Crow(10), Common Raven(1)
LARKS, SWALLOWS: Tree Swallow(2)
CHICKADEES, BUSHTIT: Black-capped(8), Chestnut-backed(2), Bushtit(2)
WRENS: Bewick's(6), Pacific(3), Marsh(3)
KINGLETS: Golden-crowned(3), Ruby-crowned(2)
THRUSHES: American Robin(6)
STARLING:  European Starling(400)
LONGSPURS, WARBLERS: Yellow-rumped(1)
SPARROW, TANAGERS: Spotted Towhee(2), Fox Sparrow(5), Song Sparrow(5), White-crowned Sparrow(1), Golden-crowned Sparrow(4), Dark-eyed Junco(23)
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES: Red-winged Blackbird(80), Western Meadowlark(2), Brewer's Blackbird(10)
FINCHES, WEAVER FINCH: Purple Finch(1), House Finch(3), Pine Siskin(1), House Sparrow(14)

 Boundary Bay – Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The highlight of this trip was seeing the Great Gray Owl at Reifel.   We had the close views of the very colorful Wood Ducks.  The rookery of Great blue Herons was fun to see.
61 Species I’d (Approx. Qty.)
Pam P, Virginia, Barb, Pam, Rick, Joyce, Mary, Art, Judy, Carlos, Val, Kathleen, Rex, Jeff, Merilee, Jim, Janelle, Lee, Sue, Frank, Blair, Reg, Sherrill, Wilma and Loretta
CHECKLIST:
WATERFOWL:  Brant(8,000), Canada Goose(3), Trumpeter Swan(30), Wood Duck(8), Gadwall(2),  American Wigeon(100), Mallard(50), Northern Shoveler(26), Northern Pintail(45), Green-winged Teal(200), Greater Scaup(30), Lesser Scaup(30), Harlequin Duck(6), Surf Scoter(14), Bufflehead(26), Common Goldeneye(2), Barrow's Goldeneye(1), Hooded Merganser(3),
Red-breasted Merganser(28)   
LOONS, GREBES: Common Loon(8), Horned Grebe(3)
PELICANTS, HERONS, IBIS: Double-crested Cormorant(6), Great Blue Heron(406), Black-crowned Night-Heron(4),
RAPTORS: Bald Eagle(30), Northern Harrier(10), Red-tailed Hawk(11), Peregrine Falcon(2)
RAILS, CRANES: American Coot(1), Sandhill Crane(2)
SHOREBIRDS: Killdeer(1), Black Oystercatcher(2), Greater Yellowlegs(10), Sanderling(60), Dunlin(2)
GULLS: Mew(50), Glaucous-winged(10)
DOVES, PIGEONS: Rock Pigeon(5), Eurasian Collared-Dove(1)
OWLS: Great Gray Owl(1)
HUMMINGBIRDS: Anna's(2)
WOODPECKERS: Northern Flicker(1)
VIREOS: Hutton's(1)
CORVIDS: American Crow(21)
CHICKADEES, BUSHTIT: Black-capped(5)
NUTHATCHES, CREEPER: Red-breasted(2)
WRENS: Marsh(1)
THRUSHES: American Robin(5)
STARLING:  European Starling(3)
WAXWINGS: Cedar(6)
SPARROW, TANAGERS: Spotted Towhee(27), Fox Sparrow(6), Song Sparrow(5), White-crowned Sparrow(1), Golden-crowned Sparrow(43)
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES: Red-winged Blackbird(9), Brewer's Blackbird(1)
FINCHES, WEAVER FINCH: Purple Finch(3), Pine Siskin(50), House Sparrow(50)

Camano Island – Tuesday, March 3, 2015
We saw our first Rufous Hummingbird of the year on this trip.  They must have got word of our beautiful warm winter and came earlier than usual.  Dowitchers were at Eide road.
69 Species I’d(approx. Qty.)
Wilma, Virginia, Rex, Carlos, Art, Doug, Mary, Jim, Janelle, Sue, Lee, Pam P. John D. Pam, Sherrill, Frank, Rick and Reg
CHECKLIST:
WATERFOWL:  Snow Goose(1000), Canada Goose(4), Trumpeter Swan(400), American Wigeon(50), Mallard(200), Northern Pintail(10), Green-winged Teal(258), Ring-necked Duck(6), Greater Scaup(300), Surf Scoter(8), Long-tailed Duck(9), Bufflehead(50), Common Goldeneye(2), Barrow's Goldeneye(12), Red-breasted Merganser(2)
LOONS, GREBES: Red-throated Loon(2), Horned Grebe(200), Red-necked Grebe(6), Western Grebe(200)
PELICANTS, HERONS, IBIS: Double-crested Cormorant(150), Great Blue Heron(2)
RAPTORS: Bald Eagle(4), Northern Harrier(2), Sharp-shinned Hawk(1), Red-tailed Hawk(3), Rough-legged Hawk(1), Merlin(1)
RAILS, CRANES: Virginia Rail(1)
SHOREBIRDS: Killdeer(3), Greater Yellowlegs(12), Lesser Yellowlegs(2), Long-billed Dowitcher(8)
GULLS: Mew(1), Glaucous-winged(2)
ALCIDS: Pigeon Guillemot(6), Marbled Murrelet(4)
DOVES, PIGEONS: Rock Pigeon(3), Eurasian Collared-Dove(2), Mourning Dove(6)
HUMMINGBIRDS: Anna's(3), Rufous(1)
WOODPECKERS: Red-breasted Sapsucker(1), Northern Flicker(2)
VIREOS: Hutton's(1)
CORVIDS: Steller's Jay(6), American Crow(12)
LARKS, SWALLOWS: Tree Swallow(10), Violet-green Swallow(4)
CHICKADEES, BUSHTIT: Black-capped(2), Chestnut-backed(15), Bushtit(10)
NUTHATCHES, CREEPER: Red-breasted(7)
WRENS: Bewick's(1), Pacific(2)
KINGLETS: Ruby-crowned(3)
THRUSHES: American Robin(36)
STARLING:  European Starling(68)
SPARROW, TANAGERS: Spotted Towhee(5), Fox Sparrow(14), Song Sparrow(6), Lincoln's Sparrow(1), White-crowned Sparrow(3), Golden-crowned Sparrow(10), Dark-eyed Junco(6)
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES: Red-winged Blackbird(3), Western Meadowlark(1), Brewer's Blackbird(4)
FINCHES, WEAVER FINCH: House Finch(5), Red Crossbill(12), Pine Siskin(1), House Sparrow()

 Birch Bay and Blaine – Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The day started out very foggy so seeing the birds at Blaine and Semiahmoo was very difficult.  After lunch however the fog lifted and bird watching improved.  A good sighting was  the large flock of Black Turnstones with Sanderlings feeding with them at Simiahmoo.  We also had a good view of Canvasback Ducks on a pond when driving toward Lake Terrill.
64 Species I’d(Approx. Qty.)
Phil, Virginia, Jeff, Mary, Pam P. Margaret, Wilma Loretta, Blair, Frank, Rex, Sherrill, Rick, Reg, Joyce, Jim, Art, Carlos, Kathleen, John, Merilee, Joe, Allen, Barb, Janelle and Lee
CHECKLIST:
WATERFOWL:  Brant(210), Canada Goose(12), Trumpeter Swan(1), Gadwall(4),  American Wigeon(12), Mallard(33), Northern Shoveler(12), Northern Pintail(262), Green-winged Teal(106), Canvasback(3), Ring-necked Duck(5), Greater Scaup(14), Harlequin Duck(6), Surf Scoter(39), White-winged Scoter(14), Long-tailed Duck(3), Bufflehead(115), Common Goldeneye(9), Barrow's Goldeneye(3), Common Merganser(60), Red-breasted Merganser(6), Ruddy Duck(2)
LOONS, GREBES: Common Loon(7), Pied-billed Grebe(2), Horned Grebe(6), Red-necked Grebe(3)
PELICANTS, HERONS, IBIS: Double-crested Cormorant(5), Pelagic Cormorant(3), Great Blue Heron(5)
RAPTORS: Bald Eagle(8), Red-tailed Hawk(3), Rough-legged Hawk(1), American Kestrel(1)
RAILS, CRANES: American Coot(8)
SHOREBIRDS: Greater Yellowlegs(7), Black Turnstone(30), Sanderling(10), Dunlin(400)
GULLS: Mew(18), Glaucous-winged(5)
ALCIDS: Pigeon Guillemot(1)
DOVES, PIGEONS: Rock Pigeon(29)
HUMMINGBIRDS: Anna's(2)
KINGFISHER: Belted Kingfisher(1)
CORVIDS: American Crow(27)
LARKS, SWALLOWS: Tree Swallow(30), Violet-green Swallow(6)
CHICKADEES, BUSHTIT: Black-capped(1), Chestnut-backed(1), Bushtit(1)
NUTHATCHES, CREEPER: Red-breasted(1)
WRENS: Bewick's(2), Pacific(4)
KINGLETS: Golden-crowned(1)
THRUSHES: American Robin(6),
STARLING:  European Starling(15)
SPARROW, TANAGERS: Spotted Towhee(1), Fox Sparrow(3), Song Sparrow(6), White-crowned Sparrow(11), Golden-crowned Sparrow(2)
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES: Red-winged Blackbird(6)
FINCHES, WEAVER FINCH: House Finch(2), Pine Siskin(6)

 Samish Flats – Tuesday, March 17, 2015
We saw more Eurasian Wigeons today that we had been seeing on other trips.  One of the more challenging bird to see was a Wilson’s snipe hiding in the wetlands.  We would find the bird and then it would disappear as it was camouflaged so well in the grass.  Had a good view of a Peregrine Falcon.  Enjoyed seeing the short-eared Owls and Black-bellied Plovers.
71 Species I’d(Approx. Qty.)
Virginia, Wilma, Pam P. John, Rick, Sherrill, Nancy, Janelle, Art, Joe, Doug, Judy, Jim, Barb, Merilee, Ray, Rex and Reg
CHECKLIST:
WATERFOWL:  Snow Goose(300), Brant(3,000), Canada Goose(11), Trumpeter Swan(200), Tundra Swan(35), Gadwall(2),  Eurasian Wigeon(9), American Wigeon(990), Mallard(292), Northern Shoveler(60), Northern Pintail(50), Green-winged Teal(260), Greater Scaup(150), Lesser Scaup(6), Surf Scoter(35), Long-tailed Duck(3), Bufflehead(500), Common Goldeneye(4), Barrow's Goldeneye(1), Hooded Merganser(2), Red-breasted Merganser(2)
GALLINACEOUS BIRDS: Ring-necked Pheasant(2)
LOONS, GREBES: Red-throated Loon(2), Common Loon(5), Horned Grebe(15), Red-necked Grebe(1)
PELICANTS, HERONS, IBIS: Double-crested Cormorant(7), Pelagic Cormorant(80), Great Blue Heron(5)
RAPTORS: Bald Eagle(28), Northern Harrier(9), Red-tailed Hawk(5), Rough-legged Hawk(3), American Kestrel(1), Peregrine Falcon(2)
SHOREBIRDS: Black-bellied Plover(18), Killdeer(5), Dunlin(40), Wilson’s Snipe(1)
GULLS: Glaucous-winged(1)
ALCIDS: Pigeon Guillemot(2), Rhinoceros Auklet(3)
DOVES, PIGEONS: Eurasian Collared-Dove(2), Mourning Dove(2)
OWLS: Short-eared Owl(2)
HUMMINGBIRDS: Rufous(2),
WOODPECKERS: Northern Flicker(8)
CORVIDS: Steller's Jay(1), American Crow(12), Common Raven(3)
LARKS, SWALLOWS: Tree Swallow(1)
CHICKADEES, BUSHTIT: Black-capped(2), Chestnut-backed(1)
NUTHATCHES, CREEPER: Red-breasted(12)
WRENS: Pacific(1), Marsh(5)
KINGLETS: Ruby-crowned(1)
THRUSHES: American Robin(27)
STARLING:  European Starling(26)
LONGSPURS, WARBLERS: Yellow-rumped(2)
SPARROW, TANAGERS: Spotted Towhee(3), Song Sparrow(4), White-crowned Sparrow(4), Golden-crowned Sparrow(3), Dark-eyed Junco(1)
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES: Red-winged Blackbird(11), Western Meadowlark(1), Brewer's Blackbird(13)
FINCHES, WEAVER FINCH: House Finch(2), Pine Siskin(15), House Sparrow(2)

Point-No-Point – Tuesday, March 24, 2015
We had a great day of bird watching with a lot of species seen or heard.  Our first birds to see on the ferry were Pelagic Cormorants in breeding plumage.  We enjoyed finding the Black Scoter’s at the nature conservancy and had a very close-up view of a March Wren singing away.
81 Species I’d(Approx Qty.
Phil, Virginia, Jeff, Wilma, Art, Jim, Judy, Sheryl, Frank, Joyce, Rick, Sherrill, Kathleen, Merilee, Joe, Reg, Rex and John
CHECKLIST:
WATERFOWL:  Brant(500), Canada Goose(24), American Wigeon(20), Mallard(20), Green-winged Teal(1), Ring-necked Duck(5), Black Scoter(6), Surf Scoter(20), White-winged Scoter(3), Long-tailed Duck(5), Bufflehead(17), Common Goldeneye(4), Barrow's Goldeneye(2), Hooded Merganser(3), Red-breasted Merganser(16)
GALLINACEOUS BIRDS: California Quail(3), Ring-necked Pheasant(1)
LOONS, GREBES: Red-throated Loon(1), Common Loon(4), Horned Grebe(9), Red-necked Grebe(31), Western Grebe(177)
PELICANTS, HERONS, IBIS: Brandt’s Cormorant(2), Double-crested Cormorant(2), Pelagic Cormorant(12), Great Blue Heron(3)
RAPTORS: Bald Eagle(11), Red-tailed Hawk(1), Peregrine Falcon(1)
RAILS, CRANES: Virginia Rail(1), American Coot(1)
SHOREBIRDS: Black-bellied Plover(6), Killdeer(2)
GULLS: Bonaparte's(1,000), Mew(4), Glaucous-winged(8)
ALCIDS: Pigeon Guillemot(9), Marbled Murrelet(2), Rhinoceros Auklet(8)
DOVES, PIGEONS: Rock Pigeon(2), Eurasian Collared-Dove(6)
HUMMINGBIRDS: Anna's(1), Rufous(2)
KINGFISHER: Belted Kingfisher(3)
WOODPECKERS: Red-breasted Sapsucker(1), Hairy Woodpecker(1), Northern Flicker(5)
VIREOS: Hutton's(1)
CORVIDS: Steller's Jay(3), Western Scrub-Jay(1), American Crow(25), Common Raven(1)
LARKS, SWALLOWS: Tree Swallow(12), Violet-green Swallow(1)
CHICKADEES, BUSHTIT: Black-capped(1), Chestnut-backed(2)
NUTHATCHES, CREEPER: Red-breasted(2), Brown Creeper(1)
WRENS: Bewick's(1), Pacific(27), Marsh(3)
KINGLETS: Golden-crowned(2), Ruby-crowned(6)
THRUSHES: American Robin(20), Varied Thrush(1)
STARLING:  European Starling(7)
LONGSPURS, WARBLERS: Yellow-rumped(2), Townsend's(2)
SPARROW, TANAGERS: Spotted Towhee(4), Savannah Sparrow(1), Fox Sparrow(1), Song Sparrow(5), White-crowned Sparrow(3), Golden-crowned Sparrow(10), Dark-eyed Junco(1)
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES: Red-winged Blackbird(6)
FINCHES, WEAVER FINCH: Purple Finch(1), House Finch(6), Red Crossbill(25), Pine Siskin(14), American Goldfinch(2), House Sparrow(8)