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Fall 2015 Whistler is online

Click to Download the pdfThe Fall 2015 Whistler is available now.

 

Read more of its content:

  • Lower Columbia Interpretive Center Bird Exhibit
  • Membership Form
  • Ridgefield Birdfest and Bluegrass
  • Okanogan Trip – Spring 2015
  • Unusual American Goldfinches
  • Loss of Forest Snags in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
  • WHAS partners with Lower Columbia School Gardens
  • Marbled Murrelet updates
  • Audubon Birds and Climate Change Report
  • Programs and Fieldtrips

 

 

 

Summer 2015 Whistler is online

Click to Download the pdfThe Summer 2015 Whistler is available now.

 

Read more of its content:

  • Invitation to the Annual Picnic for Members and Friends on Sunday July 26
  • Become the Leader for the Leadbetter Christmas Bird Count
  • Membership Form
  • Lake Sacajawea - Family Friendly in a BIG way
  • Book Review: The Thing with Feathers
  • Black Phoebe's at Julia Butler-Hanson Refuge
  • Program and Field Trips

 

 

 

An Egrets Frustration

Image by Keith Ikerd

This Egret caught this bull frog several times, but it was too big, and eventually it walked away from it.

Image by Keith Ikerd

 

Spring 2015 Whistler is online

Click to Download the pdfThe Spring 2015 Whistler is available now.

 

Read more of its content:

  • Annual Membership Dinner and Meeting coming March 29
  • Larry Schwitters to speak on Vaux’s Swift Migration
  • A Message to Our National Members
  • Membership Form
  • Birding related events
  • 2014 CBC Recap
  • Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey
  • WHAS Bird Box Workshop w. LCSG
  • Bald Eagles nest by Lewis & Clark Bridge
  • EarthDay Volunteers
  • New Ideas on Bird Phylogeny
  • Primal Warblings
  • A Week in Browns Canyon
  • Field Trips and Programs

 

 

2014 Cowlitz County bird count recap:

Acorn Woodpecker - Image Rob Kredenburg

Here is Russ Koppendrayer's take on 2014:

We finished the last couple months of the 2014 Cowlitz County Bird Count with some nice finds.

The county's first ever Acorn Woodpecker visited a Longview feeder for three days in late November.

Also the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website had a photo of Snow Bunting taken in December on their Mount Saint Helen's Wildlife Area. Not a source I've ever checked, but I was alerted to it by a friend in Spokane.

This was our eighth year of this project and the averages are beginning to be meaningful. The 197 species in the county this year is above our 191 average but short of the 2011 record of 203.   

 

Winter 2014 Whistler is online

Click to Download the pdfThe Fall 2014 Whistler is available now.

 

Read more of its content:

  • Annual Lake Sacajawea Bird Walk and Social
  • Amphibian Egg Mass Surveys
  • Membership Form,
  • In Memory of Bill Lammi
  • CBC information
  • Rail and Marine Oil Transportation Hearing
  • Online Bird Resources
  • "To Do" list from your backyard wildlife family
  • 10years no-LNG Anniversary
  • Field trips and programs

 

 

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Fall 2014 Whistler is online

Click to Download the pdfThe Fall 2014 Whistler is available now.

 

Read more of its content:

  • Rare Sighting of a Brown Thrasher in Pacific County
  • Vaux's Swift watching in Rainier,
  • The Whistler goes quarterly
  • Membership Form,
  • WHAS contact information
  • Oregon denies permit for coal terminal
  • 2014 CBC dates
  • Proposed Killing of 25% of Double-Crested Cormorant
  • Summer Picnic Impressions
  • Birding and Leisure in Southern Arizona
  • Bird Watching Australia
  • Loving Hummingbirds to Death
  • WHAS Fieldtrips and Programs

 

July - August 2014 Whistler is online

Click to Download the pdfThe July / August 2014 Whistler is available now.

 

Read more of its content:

  • Invitation to the WHAS Annual Picnic for Members and Friends
  • Conservation Faces Many Challenges 
  • Membership Form
  • WHAS contact information
  • Betty Mayfield 1930-2014
  • Osprey Nest near Woodland
  • Birding and Leisure in Southern Arizona
  • Purple Martins are welcome at Indian Jack Slough
  • Summer Birding on the Long Beach Peninsula
  • Longview Reynold’s Aluminium Smelter Cleanup
  • Loving Hummingbirds to Death
  • WHAS Programs and Field Trips;

 

First Ever Black-throated Sparrow seen in Woodland

May was an exciting month for rare migrants in Cowlitz County. The headliner had to be the county's first ever record of Black-throated Sparrow. The bird was seen and photographed in a Woodland yard on the 20th and seen briefly the next morning before it disappeared.  Primarily a species of the arid southwest U.S., there are a few nesting on arid slopes near Vantage in eastern Washington, but to find a migrant west of the Cascades is very rare.
 
Other birds recorded less than annually included a Swainson's Hawk seen soaring over the Woodland Bottoms for a few minutes on the 4th, before disappearing to the south. A Wilson's Phalarope was seen by a number of people when it spent the 10th in a Woodland Bottoms pond. Starting on the 15th a Yellow-breasted Chat spent at least 6 days singing at Willow Grove, to delight of many. 
 
While not showing on this list, a hybrid Lazuli x Indigo Bunting was found singing on territory near Cougar on the 29th. With only a handful of records in Washington state, this spot has become famous among folks who are into these phenomenon, since this is the 5th consecutive year for this hybrid at this location.
 
Lastly a migration extravaganza was witnessed on the 5th as 4000 Band-tailed Pigeons streamed north along the Columbia River at Kalama in a half hour.

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