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Some Birds seen on the Oregon Coast

Townsend's Warbler by Dane Osis
Townsend's Warbler by Dane Osis

This year-round bird was found during a morning bird walk at Fort Stevens State Park on the north Oregon Coast.

Whimbrel by John Green
Whimbrel by John Green

Two Whimbrels were seen on the beach at Gearhart.  This is a sure sign that the spring shorebird migration is about to begin.

Snowy Plovers by Dane Osis
Snowy Plovers by Dane Osis

This pair of snowy plovers may be anticipating nesting on the Geahart Spit at the mouth of the Necanicum River.  The banded bird is the male. These birds have been observed at this location since last December.

White-crowned Sparrow by John Green
White-crowned Sparrow by John Green

This White-crowned Sparrow is establishing its territory and hoping to attract a mate with his song.


Tundra Swans and Canvasback Ducks near Svensen OR

Tundra Swans - Image John Green

These photos were taken on March 4, 2017 near Svensen, Oregon, a small community off OR30 and show an abundance of Tundra Swans and Canvasback ducks.  The quiet of the morning allowed John and Margaret Green to hear the lovely sounds of the swans feeding.  They saw a plethora of waterfowl including Snow Geese and Cinnamon and Green-winged Teal.  A few Greater Yellow Legs searched for breakfast.  Eagles were in the tree tops.

Tundra Swans and Canvasback Ducks - Image John Green


Eagles feeding at Ft. Stevens State Park

Eagles feeding on Elk carcass - Image John and Margaret Green

There were actually 9 eagles, both immature and mature on the ground at the elk carcass and 4 mature soaring above.  This was near the south jetty at Ft Stevens State Park in NW Oregon.  Quite remarkable.  There were also ravens as you can see and John saw 2 Turkey Vultures as well, despite it still being early for vultures.

Spring 2017 Whistler is online

The Spring 2017 Whistler is available now.


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Read more of its content: 

  • Annual Meeting and Dinner Announcement
  • The Green's Observation on Living on the Coast
  • A Message to Our National Audubon Members
  • Membership Form
  • NW Birding Events
  • Help Protect the Marbled Murrelet
  • Trumpeter Swan on Long Beach
  • CBC Results
  • Great Egret images
  • Bald Eagle Surveyors Spy Twelve
  • Plant a Tree for Wildlife
  • WHAS brings nature to the Children’s Discovery Museum
  • Programs and Fieldtrips


The Green's Observation on Living on the Coast

By Margaret Green
Bald Eagle - Image: John Green

Just 80 miles west of Longview/Rainier one can discover new opportunities for observing wild life beyond our customary species.  We moved from Longview to Gearhart, Oregon in April 2016, and now are coastal residents of nearly a year.  Living and exploring the coastal forests and prairies, the dunes and beaches has offered some delightful experiences. 

One of our more interesting sightings happened last summer, when we began seeing large black fins circling just beyond the breakers off Gearhart Beach.  Amongst these were repeated whale spouts.  We identified 3 whales and at least 5 Orcas.  Several local naturalists offered the explanation that this rogue Orca pod (often seen at the mouth of the Columbia) was trying to separate a mother gray whale from her calf.  The mother was successful in staying between her calf and the predators as two whales were seen a few miles north within an hour of our sighting.  It is hard to know who to root for during these natural world battles.

John takes a daily beach walk and it is always interesting.  We have seen 6 eagles at one time, “celebrating” a comrade’s successful catch of a small sea perch, too small to share.  Another day, one was clinging to a crab and puzzling over its best approach for consuming.  The eagles are plentiful this winter and John sees them daily.  We hope to find successful nests over the next couple months for observation.

Surfscoters - Image John Green

One of the most exciting finds has been a group of 5 Snowy Plovers that have been present almost daily for nearly two months.  This is a rare and endangered shore bird for which there are recovery plans/actions happening at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Penninsula. 

Read more: The Green's Observation on Living on the Coast

Winter 2016 Whistler is online

The Fall 2016 Whistler is available now.


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Read more of its content: 

  • Lake Scajawea Bird Walk and Count
  • WHAS sponsors Arizona field Trip
  • Membership Form
  • NW Bird Events
  • 2016 Christmas Bird Count Details
  • Ongoing Citizen Science at home “Project Feeder Watch”
  • Bring more birds to your home with native plants
  • Coffee 101
  • During this dark season, remember that too much light can be hard on wildlife
  • Programs and Fieldtrips

Vaux's Swifts have been seen in Rainier, OR

Linda Jennings reported that on Saturday, August 13, 259 Vaux's Swifts roosted in the chimney of Carpet One in Rainier, across highway 30 from the City Hall. And on Monday, August 15, she counted 374 using the chimney.

People wishing to check out this phenomenon for themselves will have the best chance from half an hour before sunset until half an hour after sunset. (The southward migration of the swifts from all over the Northwest usually starts in September, affording us more opportunities to view hundreds of them entering the chimney.) You can park along Highway 30 or along A Street, or in parking lots nearby.

 If you have questions or info to share you may call Darrel Whipple at 503-556-9838, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Linda. 

Summer 2016 Whistler is online

Click to Download the pdfThe Summer 2016 Whistler is available now.


Read more of its content: 

  • WHAS has a new Board
  • Hummingbird feeder info
  • Membership Form
  • NW Bird Events
  • Update on the Gourds installed at Indian Jack Slough
  • Update on the Fallen Leave Niche
  • Images of RB Nuthatch and Cormorant
  • WHAS will be at Bob’s Kids day
  • Would-be rescuers should leave young wildlife alone
  • Programs and Fieldtrips

Spring 2016 Whistler is online

Click to Download the pdfThe Spring 2016 Whistler is available now.


Read more of its content: 

  • Annual WHAS Dinner and Meeting on March 26, 2016
  • WHAS Slate of Candidates for 2016 Election
  • A Message to Our National Members
  • Membership Form
  • NW Bird Events
  • WHAS sponsors a Nature Library
  • 34th Cowlitz CBC results
  • Volunteer for Earth Day
  • Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey
  • WHAS Board Retreat
  • Fare Thee Well
  • Birds of the Lower Columbia River
  • Action Alert – Exploratory Mining Proposal for Mt St Helens
  • Get nest boxes ready for new occupants
  • Nesting and Roosting Boxes for Birds
  • Call for Citizen Scientists
  • 2015 Cowlitz County Bird List
  • Programs and Fieldtrips



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