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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.

May - June 2014 Whistler is online

Click to Download the pdfThe May / JUne 2014 Whistler is available now.

Read more of its content:

  • Indian Jack Slough Update
  • New Board Officers Announced
  • Membership Form,
  • WHAS contact information
  • Board Meeting Notes
  • Washington Birding Trail ID’s Lake Sacajawea
  • Update on Conservation Concerns
  • Wood Duck Boxes installed
  • Images from recent field trip to Woodland Bottoms
  • Earth Day Booth a Big Success
  • WHAS Programs and Field Trips;

 

WHAS recent Field Trip featured in The Daily News

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Willapa Hills Audubon's recent field trip to local birding locations at an industrial park, a sewage lagoon and a mothballed nuclear power plant was featured in Longview's The Daily News. The participants spotted 51st species that morning including a rare (for Longview) red-shouldered hawk at Willow Grove.

January - February 2014 Whistler is online

Click to Download the pdfThe January / February 2014 Whistler is available now.

Read more of its content:

  • Lake Sacajawea Bird Walk and Social Recap
  • Membership Form,
  • WHAS contact information
  • Amphibian Egg Mass Training
  • Bald Eagle found at Lake Sacajawea
  • Christmas Bird Count Recap
  • Are Your Birds Southbound, Just Arriving, or Homebodies
  • Thea Linnaea Pyle: Naturalist,
  • WHAS Officer nomination form
  • Book Review: The Snow Geese
  • WHAS Programs and Field Trips;

 

November - December 2013 Whistler is online

Click to Download the pdfThe November / December 2013 Whistler is available now.

Read more of its content:

  • Bald Eagle Released at Willow Grove Park
  • Welcome back Pacific County Auduboners
  • Membership Application Form,
  • A special Memorial Gift
  • Christmas Bird Count Information
  • WHAS helps with Forestry Day
  • Washington Audubon, WHAS and Coal,
  • Highlights of State Audubon Meetings
  • Update on LNG
  • Book Review: Freeway Birding: San Francisco to Seattle
  • WHAS Programs and Field Trips;

 

September - October 2013 Whistler is online

Click to Download the pdfThe September / October 2013 Whistler is available now.

Read more of its content:

  • Bird Report from a summer in Alaska
  • Fall events
  • Membership Application Form,
  • WHAS contact information
  • Photo impressions form WHAS picnic
  • HE” Hope & Endurance
  • DVD Review: Nature: An Original DUCKumentary
  • Visitors seen in the Kastberg’s garden
  • WHAS Programs and Field Trips;

July - August 2013 Whistler is online

Click to Download the pdfThe July / August 2013 Whistler is available now.

Read more of its content:

  • Invitation to the WHAS Summer Picnic
  • Membership Application Form,
  • WHAS contact information
  • Conservation updates
  • S.W.A.M.P. Picnic a Rousing Success
  • Sapsucker has found his instrument
  • Washington States has two new IBA’s
  • Fundraising for Coal Dust Research
  • Barred Owls camp in Longview yard
  • WHAS Programs and Field Trips;

 

 

May - June 2013 Whistler is online

Click to Download the pdfThe May / June 2013 Whistler is available now.

Read more of its content:

  • Indian Jack Slough Update
  • Great Backyard Bird Count Review
  • Membership Application Form,
  • WENAS Campout
  • Book Review: Gifts of the Crow
  • Translucent Windows Bird Tape
  • Program: Diving Birds
  • WHAS Programs and Field Trips;

 

 

 

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