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WHAS - Bird Lists and Wildlife Sightings

Please send information about wildlife sightings to our Wildlife Sightings Chair.

To see some recent Washington State bird sightings go to the Tweeters list. To subscribe to Washington State Tweeters or to get more info about Tweeters visit WA Tweeters.

Sandhill Crane (WDFW Image)

 

Local Christmas Bird Counts Overview

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is citizen-science at its best. You can help with this effort, whether you have ever gone bird watching or not. You will have the opportunity to meet new people with interests in birds, or spend time with friends from previous years. Again this year WHAS sponsors the following CBC's:

  • Leadbetter CBC on Saturday Dec 15th: contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Wahkiakum CBC on Friday Dec 28th: contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Cowlitz Coweeman Columbia CBC on Tuesday January 1st: contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is your chance to help collect the information which will direct decisions in the future, decisions which will affect how much natural beauty, including birds, remains for future generations.

Bring your binoculars if you have some, boots, warm clothes and a lunch, and join us for a day outside, looking closely at some of Nature's most interesting creatures, sharing the day with people who have similar interests.

Cowlitz County Bird List (August update)

Townsend Solitaire - Image WDFWRuss Koppendrayer just updated the 2012 Cowlitz County Yearlist:

"We continue to chip away at the yearlist, making a few additions here and there. I just did a check and we only have one species available in the yellow code (Townsend's Solitaire) and none in the blue or green codes. This means that all further additions will be species that occur in Cowlitz County less than annually.

Still at 196 species we have a good shot at breaking last year's record of 203.

Let's get out there and find some unusual fall migrants."

For more information contact Russ Koppendrayer through our Wildlife Sightings area, where you can find this list (and others) as a pdf file.

Cowlitz County Bird List (May update)

Whimbrel - Image: USFWSThe big excitement in May was the first ever record of Whimbrel in Cowlitz County. A small flock was found in the Woodland Bottoms on the 25th and grew to 33 birds a couple days later. There were still 9 present on the 31st.

We are now at 187 species which ties our second best year ever and we still have 7 months left, but besting last year's record may prove formidable as we have already found nearly all the annual species.

For more information contact Russ Koppendrayer through our Wildlife Sightings area.

Find this list (and others) as a pdf in our Wildlife Sightings area.

Red-shouldered Hawk seen at Willow Grove

Red Shouldered Hawk (USFWS)

On Tuesday, February 21, a Red-shouldered Hawk was seen at the west end of the county park in Willow Grove, Longview.

Local birders have been seeing a Red-shouldered at this location through late fall, but no recent sightings had been reported. This may or may not be the same bird.

Still this is not a common local sighting.

 

 

 

 

30th Cowlitz Columbia CBC Results

On January 1, 2012 the 30th 3CBC was held as part of Audubon's 112th Christmas Bird Count. Twenty-Two field observers and 3 feeder watchers joined and spent the sunny day finding 17,771 birds and a record 105 species. The temperature ranged from 36° to 48°. This was the nicest day we have had in many years.

We had several high counts: 139 Great Blue Heron, 558 Tundra Swan, 60 Trumpeter Swan, 165 Mourning Dove, 105 Eurasian Collared-Dove, 3 Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owl, 21 Anna’s Hummingbird, 16 Northern Harrier, 47 Red-tailed Hawk, 20 Bald Eagle, 33 American kestrel, 60 Northern Flicker, 123 Western Scrub Jay, 8 Brown Creeper, 19 Marsh Wren, 18 Bewick’s Wren, 472 American Robin, 15 Lincoln’s Sparrow, 6 White-throated Sparrow, and 71 American Gold Finch.

Seen during count week:  3 Ruddy Duck, 1 Brown Pelican, 1 Oregon Dark-eyed Junko (Pied), and 1 Evening Grosbeak. New to the count this year: 21 Black-bellied Plover and 3 Thayer’s Gull.

Thank you all for a great job and a great potluck. Hope to see you all next year on Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013.

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