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State of Washington

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Birding Washington

The state is divided by the Cascade Mountains, with the western third (Western Washington) being the wet side and the eastern two-thirds (Eastern Washington) being the dry side.

Western Washington is dominated by wet coniferous forests, and by coastal areas and inland marine habitats. There are an abundance of wetlands as well. The, Olympic Mountains, separated from the rest of Western Washington by Puget Sound, reach to nearly eight thousand feet (2400 meters).

The Cascade Range is even more impressive with a ridge running north to south across the state, ranging from about 3000 feet high to over 8000 feet (900 - 2400 meters); and with four huge volcanoes (Adams, Baker, St. Helens, and Rainier) towering above. Mt. Rainier, at 14,411 feet (4392 meters) is the fifth tallest peak in the 48 contiguous states.

Eastern Washington, while generally drier (and much less populated) than Western Washington, has perhaps even more habitat diversity. The eastern slopes of the Cascades feature dry coniferous forest, which fades into sagebrush hills. The mighty Columbia River cuts across the state, providing water to orchards and fields. In the northeast, higher elevation dry forest changes to wet forest again, as the Rocky Mountains just touch the northeast corner of the state. In the centre and southeast of Eastern Washington, huge wheat fields dominate.

Because of the wide range of elevations, habitats, and climatic zones, there is no simple list of best birding spots. Luckily, despite its large size, any point in Washington can be reached in a single day's drive from Seattle, as long as you don't stop to bird too much on the way!

On the coast, the area around Grays Harbor is recommended, as is the less accessible Cape Flattery area. Some of the best birding is at Ocean Shores. Pelagic trips are periodically run out of Westport www.westportseabirds.com/ Along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, which separates the Olympic Peninsula from Vancouver Island, there is an abundance of good birding, especially around Port Angeles and Sequim.

In the Puget Sound area, Whidbey Island is a good bet, but there are an abundance of good locations in and around the cities as well, including Discovery Park (Seattle); Spencer Island (Everett) and the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) (south of Tacoma).

Birding the Cascade crest is more difficult, but can yield White-tailed Ptarmigan and Gray-crowned Rosy Finch (both only at highest elevations).

In Eastern Washington, the dry coniferous forests can be outstanding, especially spring in the Wenas valley, between Ellensburg and Yakima. The Okanogan region, with its higher latitudes and higher elevations, is the best place for boreal species. To the south, the Walla Walla river delta is great, especially for fall shorebird migration. The potholes area and the Columbia NWR, in the centre of the state, has countless lakes and ponds in a desert environment, providing oases for birds.

The best existing site guide for Washington State is A Guide to Bird Finding in Washington, by Terence R. Wahl and Dennis R. Paulson. It is available through the Washington Ornithological Society www.wos.org

Contributor

Michael Hobbs

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Number of Species

Number of bird species: 518

(As at August 2018)

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Useful Reading

A Birder's Guide to Washington

Edited by Jane Hadley | Washington Ornithological Society | 2015 | Paperback | 613 pages, 220+ b/w maps |

ISBN: 9781878788405

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Birding Washington

By Rob McNair-Huff & Natalie McNair-Huff | Falcon Press | 2004 | Paperback | 388 pages, 65 b/w photos, 50 maps |

ISBN: 076272577X

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Birds of the Inland Northwest and Northern Rockies:

(Includes Idaho, Eastern Washington and Oregon, and Western Montana) | By Harry Nehls, Mike Denny & Dave Trochlell | R W Morse Company | 2008 | 422 pages, colour photos, maps |

ISBN: 9780964081062

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Birds of the Pacific Northwest

(A Photographic Guide) | by Tom Aversa, Richard Cannings & Hal Opperman | University of Washington Press | 2016 |Paperback| 458 pages, 900 colour photos, 400 colour distribution maps |

ISBN: 9780295999920

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Birds of Washington State

By Brian Bell, Gregory Kennedy, Chris Fisher & Andy Bezener | Lone Pine Publishing | 2017 | 384 pages, colour illustrations, colour distribution maps |

ISBN: 9781772130232

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National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: Washington and Oregon

By Jonathan Alderfer | National Geographic Society | 2006 | Paperback | 272 pages, maps, photos, drawings |

ISBN: 0792253132

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Washington State Birds : A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species

By James Kavanagh & Raymond Leung | Waterford Press | 2001 | Unbound | 12 pages, colour illustrations, 1 colour map |

ISBN: 1583551190

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Useful Information

State Bird

Willow Goldfinch Fringilla tristis

Organisations

Admiralty Audubon

Website

Birding around Port Townsend…

Audubon Washington

Website

Audubon Washington conserves and restores natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity…

Black Hills Audubon.com

Website

Black Hills Audubon Society represents Lewis, Mason, and Thurston counties in Washington. We are affiliated with National Audubon. Our goals are to maintain and protect our ecosystems for future generations, and promote environmental education and recreation…

Blue Mountain Audubon Society

Website

Blue Mountain Audubon Society general membership meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month, 7:30 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall, First Congregational Church, corner of Palouse and Alder, Walla Walla…

Central Basin Audubon Society

Webpage

We are a chapter of the National Audubon Society with national memberships of over 500,000. There are over 30,000 memberships in the state of Washington. Our chapter now has about 150 members and is growing. We received our charter in 1989. The purposes of the CBAS are education, conservation, and recreation, to encourage public appreciation of the values of wildlife and natural habitats and to stimulate action for their protection.

Discovery Coast Audubon Society

Facebook Page

This Chapter welcomes all new members. Learn abut birds, conservation regarding our local habitat. We accept land donations. We always need volunteers, from Board members to taking injured birds to the hostpital. come join us!

Eastside Audubon

Website

Eastside Audubon serves east King County through birding activities, conservation, and nature education. Our communities include Bellevue, Bothell, Carnation, Clyde Hill, Duvall, Fall City, Hunts Point, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kirkland, Medina, North Bend, Preston, Redmond, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, Woodinville, Yarrow Point, and unincorporated areas.

Grays Harbor Audubon Society

Website

Grays Harbor Audubon Society PP.O . Box 470 Montesano, WA 98563

Kitsap Audubon Society

Website

…To preserve the natural world through education, environmental study, and habitat protection; and to promote awareness and enjoyment of local and regional natural areas…

Kittitas Audubon Society

Website

The mission of the Kittitas Audubon Society is to develop an appreciation of nature through education and conservation with a focus on birds.

Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society

Website

The Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society is the chapter of the National Audubon Society located in the Tri-Cities area (Richland, Kennewick, Pasco) of south-eastern Washington State. Our area is primarily a dry, sagebrush/chaparral type of environment, but we are located at the confluence of three major rivers, the Yakima, the Snake, and the Columbia, which, together with much agricultural irrigation, gives us a large amount of wetlands and riverine environments. This combination of factors, as well as our location under a major bird migratory pathway, gives us a much larger variety of species than might otherwise be expected…

Nature Conservancy of Washington

Website

Our vision is of thriving nature and thriving communities — a shared future that enables us to prosper while we care for the lands and waters that sustain us. Learn more about the places you are helping us protect in Washington state.

North Cascades Audubon Society

Website

Since 1970, the North Cascades Audubon Society has represented the interests and importance of wildlife, habitat and the environment in Whatcom County.

North Central Washington Audubon

Website

North Central Washington Audubon Society is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society dedicated to furthering the knowledge and the conservation of the environment of North Central Washington, our nation, and the world.

Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society

Website

Bird Walk every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Meet at the Dungeness River Audubon Center

Palouse Audubon Society

Website

The mission of the Palouse Audubon Society is to promote education, conservation, and the restoration of natural ecosystems focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.

Pilchuck Audubon Society

Website

Pilchuck Audubon Society is a grassroots environmental organization with approximately 1,500 members in Snohomish County and Camano Island, WA. Our mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems focusing on birds and other wildlife for the benefit of the earth`s biological diversity…

Rainier Audubon Society

Website

Mission: To conserve and restore natural ecosystems and protect birds and other wildlife for the benefit of humanity and biological diversity in South King County and the world we live in…

San Juan Islands Audubon Society

Website

This is the web site of the San Juan Islands Audubon Society. We are a group who meets for bird walks monthly on one of the four islands in the San Juan Islands serviced by the ferry system. Our basic philosophy is enjoy the wildlife and try to tread lightly. Our goal is to attain a better understanding and respect for the flora and fauna of our surroundings. We invite all to join us…

Seattle Audubon Society

Website

Seattle Audubon Society serves its members in their endeavours to appreciate, preserve and enjoy birds and the natural environment in the Pacific Northwest.

Skagit Audubon Society

Website

The mission of the National Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the Earth`s biological diversity. This site is also a better than average one; well laid out and full of good stuff.

Spokane Audubon

Website

To provide services to the Spokane region that allow natural ecosystems to become more healthy, thriving and restorative, to nurture and protect birds and other wildlife and their habitats, and to encourage biological diversity for the benefit of people and nature in the Spokane region and the world we live in. Education Program services include Audubon Adventures, Nature Mapping projects and the Spokane Audubon Centre for nature projects. Conservation Program services include the Important Bird Areas program. An attractive site with nice bird photos too.

Tahoma Audubon Society

Website

The Tahoma Audubon Society connects people to nature through education, recreation and conservation. Founded in 1969, Tahoma Audubon Society is a member-driven and volunteer-supported grassroots organization that is recognized as a conservation leader. Tahoma Audubon Society is the Pierce County Chapter of the National Audubon Society. Tahoma Audubon's members, volunteers, and staff partner together to make a positive difference in the lives of people, birds, and wildlife in Pierce County, Washington, while protecting habitats for future generations.

Vancouver Audubon Society

Website

Vancouver Audubon Meets at the: Clark County Genealogical Society, 717 Grand Boulevard (Grand & Evergreen) Vancouver, Washington (just south of Mill Plain on NE corner)

Vashon-Maury Island Audubon Societ

Website

The Vashon-Maury Island Audubon Society was founded in 1989. From the beginning, our membership included individuals of diverse ages and backgrounds who shared a common interest in nature and an enthusiasm for the very special environment of Vashon and Maury Islands. Today, at any one of our program meetings, you will find birders of all skill levels, wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts, environmental activists, and people who simply enjoy listening to our guest speakers and socializing with other members…

Washington Bird Records Committee & Rare Bird Reports

Website

Details of what to submit and where to send it etc.

Washington Brant Foundation

Facebook Page

The Black Brant (Branta bernicla nigricans) is a small sea goose that is about the size of the common Mallard and stages one of the most spectacular migrations of all waterfowl…

Washington Ornithological Society

Website

The Washington Ornithological Society was chartered in 1988 to increase knowledge of the birds of Washington and to enhance communication among all persons interested in those birds...

Whidbey Island Audubon Society

Website

Whidbey Audubon Society is dedicated to the protection of wildlife species and their habitat on Whidbey Island and surrounding waters…

Willapa Hills Audubon Society

Website

Willapa Hills Audubon Society (WHAS) is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society and is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization. WHAS covers Cowlitz County, Wahkiakum County and all parts south of South Bend in Pacific County in Southwest Washington as well as parts of Columbia County in Northwest Oregon.

Yakima Valley Audubon Society

Website

The Yakima Valley Audubon Society (YVAS), in Yakima, Washington, is dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of the natural world. Through birding, education and conservation activities in our community, we raise awareness and promote the cause of global environmental protection. YVAS is a chapter of the National Audubon Society and serves its members in the Yakima Valley.

Reserves

Abbreviations Key

NC Adriana Hess Wetland Park

Webpage

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Tahoma Audubon offers a wide range of activities at this small urban park. If you are looking to stay outdoors, you'll find an ADA-compliant trail that leads you through our demonstration backyard habitat area along the Donna Cooper Pepos Native Plant Trail. You will be surprised by the peaceful Morrison Pond - brimming with cattails, spirea and lily pads. You'll often see and hear Red-winged blackbirds, Violet green swallows, Buffleheads, and even the occasional Great blue heron perched high in a fir tree towering over the pond.

NC Dungeness River Audubon Center

Website

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The Dungeness River Audubon Center is intended to enable residents, students and visitors to enjoy and understand the unique natural character of the Olympic Peninsula, with special focus on the Dungeness River and watershed…

NC Seward Park Environmental & Audubon Center

Website

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The Seward Park Environmental & Audubon Center is part of national Audubon’s vision to make conservation the path to a better future by building a constituency as diverse as nature to help protect nature….

NC Tacoma

Webpage

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The Tacoma Nature Center is a 71-acre nature preserve encompassing Snake Lake and the surrounding wetlands and forest. Stroll nature trails to experience native birds, animals and plants. Join in exciting nature programs and summer day camps. Visit our collection of small animals including an observation beehive!

NRCA Woodard Bay

Information

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Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area is a natural reserve in Olympia, Washington protected under the Washington Natural Areas Program. Once an important processing facility for the logging industry, it has been designated as the Weyerhaeuser South Bay Log Dump Rural Historic Landscape. Today the area is a renowned sanctuary for a variety of birds, harbor seals, river otters, bald eagles, and a colony of bats, as well as serving as an important great blue heron rookery.[2] A recent conservation program in the area between the State of Washington and the Nature Conservancy is the first of its kind in the country.

NWR Nisqually

Webpage

Satellite View

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Complex includes Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually and Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuges.

NWR Ridgefield

Website

Satellite View

Ridgefield NWR has a total of 5,150 acres of marshes, grasslands, and woodlands. Preservation of the natural Columbia River floodplain is the management objective of the Carty (2-mile self guided hiking trail) Roth and Ridgeport Dairy units. The River 'S' (4.2 mile auto tour route and 1.2 mile seasonal hiking trail) and Bachelor Island units are managed to maximize habitat for waterfowl and other wetland wildlife.

NWR San Juan Islands

Information

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The habitats of the various islands range from small rocks to larger grassy or forested islands, some with high cliffs that provide nesting sites for a large variety of marine birds.

NWR Willapa

Webpage

Satellite View

Unique among National Wildlife Refuges, Willapa encompasses a broad diversity of habitats. Hundreds of plant and animal species use habitat protected by this refuge, including a number of endangered species. Over 200 bird species...

Forums & Mailing Lists

Bird Web

News & Sightings

Seattle Audubon's Guide to the Birds of Washington State

Washington Tweeters

News & Sightings

Bird News by Date

Western Washington Birders

Discussion Group

For birders of all levels to share information and ask questions about wild birds in Western Washington and nearby birding hotspots. Please note that only local (Pacific Northwest) birders or people with a...

Guides & Tour Operators

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Bird Treks

Tour Operator

Bird Treks has been providing small group and custom birding tours for over 20 years. Visit their website to see the incredible tours available, including Mount Rainier and a full day pelagic with Westport Pelagics!

Peregrine Northwest

Tour Operator

Brian Bell Providing personalized guided birding services for beginners, those new to the northwest, and old hands at birding that want to see that special bird that they need!

San Juan Safaris

Tour Operator

Charter one of our boats for a Birding Safari which is 3 - 4 hours in search of birds and wildlife in obscure coves and backwaters of the San Juan Islands.

Sea Quest Expeditions

Tour Operator

Washington state is famous for its spectacular scenery and wonderful bird watching tour opportunities. The variety of bird habitats, from ocean coast and inland waterways to mountain peaks, and from rainforests to deserts, can be astounding. Washington birding trips can be very rewarding as many bird species are found here in greater numbers than any place else on the continent, including several that are rare and endangered. From Bald Eagles to Hutton’s Vireos, Laysan Albatross to Hermit Warblers, Spotted Owls to Marbled Murrelets: one can begin a love affair with bird-watching in Washington.

Westport Seabirds Offshore Trips

Tour Operator - Pelagics

Join us in the 2018 Season for one of our all day pelagic birdwatching trips to one of several deep water submarine canyons that are 30 nautical miles from the mouth of Grays Harbor, on the edge of the North American continental shelf. The outer half of the shelf and the Canyons support a vast array of marine life. In addition to regular species like Black-footed Albatross and Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, our trips feature seasonal species such as Laysan Albatross, Flesh-footed, Short-tailed, and Buller’s Shearwaters, and South Polar Skua among many other offshore species. You may wish to choose one of our mid-summer trips that leave at 5:30 am. when we will take you a little further offshore looking for Leach’s Storm-Petrel.

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2012 [05 May] - Bob Sundstrom - Oregon & Washington

PDF Report

…The splendid drive through the grasslands was dotted with good bird sightings: Long-billed Curlews foraging off the roadside, a Gray Partridge flying off the shoulder and then pausing in the open along a fence line, Say’s Phoebes and Rock Wrens at basalt outcroppings, and flashy Horned Larks and Lark Sparrows….

2013 [02 February] - Terry McEneaney

Report

…We ended up with 103 species of birds, and 7 species of mammals, which was nearly identical to the species richness we encountered in 2012. There were some birds we missed, other new ones we picked up, typical for any tour…

2013 [05 May] - Bob Sundstrom - Oregon & Washington

PDF Report

…The Rivers and Mountains of Oregon and Washington tour begins (and ends) in Portland, Oregon, and then works east along the Columbia River Gorge, whose towering basalt cliffs and green-clad lower reaches place it among the most scenic places in the United States. By the first afternoon, we turn north from the river toward towering Mt. Adams in the South Cascades, where we will spend two nights at Mt. Adams Lodge….

2013 [06 June] - Bob Sundstrom

PDF Report

…Early morning and during afternoon breaks, the balcony is a lovely spot to sit and watch: perhaps Evening Grosbeaks or Western Tanagers foraging near the river’s edge, Violet-green Swallows fluttering at the balcony railing, Common Mergansers flying along the river, or a family of marmots scampering among the rocks. White-headed Woodpeckers nest nearby, and are sometimes seen at the lodge, and Pygmy Nuthatches are regular visitors to the pines here…

2013 [07 July] - Bob Sundstrom

PDF Report

…A Bewick’s Wren buzzed and showed itself and, a bit later, a Pacific Wren sang from the brushy edge. A Pacific-slope Flycatcher, a secretive bird of the mid-canopy, perched in the open for all to see. A bit later, a Willow Flycatcher perched on a utility wire. An hour later, during an outdoor dinner at Bob Sundstrom’s home in the country, we watched Rufous Hummingbirds buzz furiously around the yard. Black-headed Grosbeaks, boldly patterned in black and orange, visited the bird feeders, alongside raspberry hued Purple Finches, as California Quail crept into the feeding area…

2014 [02 February] - Terry & Karen McEneaney

Report

…We concluded the trip with 105 species (106 taxa) of birds and five species of mammals. We observed more than 100,000 individual birds, with approximately 44,000 Snow Geese in four discernable geographic flocks comprising the bulk of the birds seen….

2014 [09 September] - Bob Sundstrom

PDF Report

...The first morning of the tour was devoted to inland birding near Scatter Creek south of Olympia, Washington. Here a Northern Pygmy-Owl perched for fine scope views, as a trio of Hutton’s Vireos and a family of Red-breasted Sapsuckers showed their alarm at the hooting owl. At leader Bob Sundstrom’s yard where we birded and picnicked, Band-tailed Pigeons perched in tree tops, seed feeders were busy with Purple and other finches, Spotted Towhees and a Black-headed Grosbeak picked up fallen seed, and an assortment of swallows and other birds put in their appearances....

2015 [06 June] - Bob Sundstrom

PDF Report

...Sparkling male Lazuli Buntings sang from shrub tops, and Calliope Hummingbirds with purple gorgets perched overlooking their territories. Nashville and MacGillivray’s warblers sang from brushy places, and Townsend’s Warblers sang from the conifers. We watched three species of chickadees in the same tree, and both Cassin’s and Purple finches peered down from the tree tops. Nice views of a Red-naped Sapsucker were soon followed by a wonderful study of a pair of Williamson’s Sapsuckers displaying side by side, a twosome so different in appearance they were once labeled distinct species.

2016 [02 February] - Terry & Karen McEneaney - Pacific Northwest

Report

...Bird sighting highlights for the tour included Eurasian Wigeon, Long-tailed Duck, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Red-throated and Pacific loons, Cackling Goose, Black Turnstone, Surfbird, Lesser Yellowlegs, Rhinoceros Auklet, Short-eared Owl, Anna’s Hummingbird, Thayer’s Gull, Mew Gull, Bonaparte’s Gull, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Western Scrub Jay, Northwestern Crow, Pacific Wren, Varied Thrush, Hutton’s Vireo, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Red Crossbill, Purple Finch, and surprising female Common Yellowthroat...

2016 [06 June] - Bob Sundstrom - Washington Cascades

PDF Report

Our Spring in the Washington Cascades tour begins in Seattle and comes at a perfect season to bird across the Cascade Mountains and among the varied habitats near Leavenworth, Washington. Just over two hours east across the Cascade Mountains from Seattle and near the confluence of Icicle Creek and the Wenatchee River, Leavenworth looks up at splendid, snowcapped Mt. Stuart...

2016 [08 August] - Michael O'Brien - Washington Cascades

PDF Report

After a hiatus of three years, we ran this camp again in 2016, with a crew of fourteen enthusiastic and talented young naturalists. It was a special treat to have Victor Emanuel himself as one of the leaders on this event. The year 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of VENT’s youth birding camps, and Camp Cascades has been part of that program for much of that time. Congrats to Victor on 30 years of mentoring the next generation of birders, naturalists, and conservationists!

2016 [09 September] - Bob Sundstrom

PDF Report

...At our first stop at the bird feeders in leader Bob Sundstrom’s yard, we saw a nice array of birds for the first time on the tour: Purple Finches, Golden-crowned and “Sooty” Fox sparrow, Spotted Towhee, and Band-tailed Pigeons....

2017 [06 June] - Bob Sundstrom

PDF Report

The morning of the fourth day of our 2017 Spring in the Washington Cascades tour found us at the foot of a canyon in the Entiat Mountains, just where the canyon opens to the massive Columbia River. At the canyon’s mouth, basalt cliffs tower several hundred feet above steep slopes of grass and sagebrush. Boldly marked White-throated Swifts zipped across the high rim of the cliffs, alongside Violet-green Swallows. A Canyon Wren sang its whistled, descending phrases. Soon a Yellow-breasted Chat sang its way to the top of a bare twig, where spotting scope views enhanced the bold yellow of its breast...

2017 [06 June] - Richard Rae - California, Oregon & Washington

PDF Report

This report describes the birding I was able to include on a road trip through these western states with my wife, 2 young children and sister-in-law. While birding was clearly not the primary aim of the trip, I was extremely happy with what I was able to see, which included the majority of species I considered realistically possible on such a trip, with a few bonuses thrown in...

2017 [06 June] - Woody Wheeler - Olympic Peninsula

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Annotated list

2018 [06 June] - Woody Wheeler - Washington’s Olympic Peninsula

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Annotated species list...

Festivals

Othello Sandhill Crane Festival

Facebook Page

The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival is a three-day event generally held that end of March. Pricing ranges from $5/$7 general admission fee to tour fees ranging...

Port Susan Snow Goose & Birding Festival

Webpage

Birding in the Stanwood Camano Island Area continues to be wonderful all winter long. The Snow Geese don’t typically head north until April 15th, so there are still thousands of reasons to come visit us. You’ll find plenty of beautiful scenery, hawks, herons, ducks and more. After the Geese and ducks are gone, there is still plenty to do and see…

Wings Over Water NW Birding Festival

Website

The 17th Annual Wings Over Water Birding Festival March 15 – 17, 2019 in Blaine, Washington celebrates the incredible variety of migratory birds that flock to the coastal waters of Drayton Harbor, Birch Bay and Semiahmoo Bay at the northwest corner of Washington State. This major stopover on the Pacific Flyway between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, BC is designated as an Important Birding Area (IBA) and is the anchor for the North Cascades Loop of the Great Washington State Birding Trail.

Museums

Burke Museum

Museum

The Ornithology Collection at the Burke serves as a unique resource for formal scientific research. Specimens in the collection are the only mechanism for learning new things about historical populations and environments. The collection is like a library, allowing researchers to examine specimens collected well before research questions are asked.

Slater Museum Ornithology Collection

Museum

The Slater Museum of Natural History was founded as the Puget Sound Museum of Natural History in 1930. James R. Slater started the museum as a collection of reptiles and amphibians and was the director from 1930-1951. The Bird Division was established in 1934 by Gordon D. Alcorn.

Blogs

Brendan McGarry - Wingtrip

BLOG

Brendan McGarry’s exploration of the natural world through photography & writing with a decidedly avian bent…

Greg Gillson - Pacific NW Backyard Birder

BLOG

No longer updated as he moved to San Diego - Enjoying and learning about common birds in British Columbia, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and northern California…

Gwyn Calvetti - Bird Brained Stories

BLOG

Last update April 2011 - Along with being an erstwhile birder and blogger, I spin yarns of a different sort as a professional storyteller…

Other Links

Bird Notes

Website

This web site is designed to gather information on bird distribution throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia.

Bird Watching Hotspots in Walla Walla Vicinity

Website

The delta is fast becoming one of the hottest birding spots in Eastern Washington. Spring and fall migrations bring thousands of shorebirds to this ever-increasing delta area. Some of the better state records are now being seen at the delta. The one drawback is the erratic decisions by the PUDs upriver on the Columbia and their drawdowns on water. You never know how exposed the mudflats will be. The best place to view the delta is difficult to find. Going north on Highway 12 from the junction, watch for a left turning (rough road) just past the bridge over the Walla Walla River…

Birding Klickitat County

Website

Washington's home to the Acorn Woodpecker, Ash-throated Flycatcher & Lesser Goldfinch.

Birding Washington State

Website

Washington offers tremendous birding opportunities; the state checklist includes approximately 500 species. Scenic landscapes and habitats vary from seacoast to rainforest to rugged mountains to a semi-arid inland sea of sagebrush. This website organizes information from a variety of sources to help the traveler plan trips throughout the state.

Sequim

Wiki

The North Olympic Peninsula offers exceptional bird watching year round. Our mild winter supports large numbers of ocean birds, including waterfowl. Spring and fall are migration times and offer great diversity in species. Summer residents are numerous and varied due to the diversity of habitat - from rain forest to tidelands.

The Great Washington State Birding Trail

Webpage

Along the Great Washington State Birding Trail, you’ll find the best places for the best bird watching in the Evergreen State. Described in full-color maps with original artwork by Ed Newbold, birds are identified along seven routes, plus descriptions of habitat, access, and when to go.

Photographers & Artists

Artist - Don Wesley

Gallery

Strange and intesting bird paintings…