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2020 Cowlitz County Bird List - January Update

Redheads - Image courtesy of Russ Koppendrayer
Redheads - Image courtesy of Russ Koppendrayer

By Russ Koppendrayer

As usual we got the year off to a fast start with the Christmas Bird Count on New Year's Day. No real rarities were found  in January, but we did find three less than annual species that we missed in 2019.

Two male Redheads were at the former Longview Sewage Ponds. Three California Quail were reported from the Woodland Bottoms. This species was formerly more common there, but habitat fragmentation and spring floods in their nesting area have combined to drive their numbers to nearly nothing and making sightings quite rare. Also a Pacific Loon was in the Columbia River near the Kalama Marina. Here's to a fine year of birding in 2020 for all of you.

Download the pdf here.

Redheads - Image courtesy of Russ Koppendrayer
Pacific Loon - Image courtesy of Russ Koppendrayer