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2022 Cowlitz County Bird List - June Update

Red-necked Grebe - Image courtesy of Wikimedia
Red-eyed Vireo - Image courtesy of Wikimedia

By Russ Koppendrayer

We've arrived at the halfway point of 2022 with a typical number of species on our Cowlitz County year list. With the number of people using eBird constantly increasing we had recorded almost all of the expected returning neotropical migrants by the end of May. That's a big reason we only added two species in June. Red-eyed Vireo is a late migrant that doesn't typically arrive until early or even mid June. As usual at least one was in their traditional haunts at the Port of Kalama north beach area. There also were reports from two other sites by the end of the month. The other addition was a Yellow-breasted Chat found at the Longview Mint Farm complex. While found in the county most years, we occasionally miss them completely. While always in low numbers if not a single pair, they also seem to use different locations from one year to the next making them more difficult to find.

Here's to a great second half of the year with a few rarities as well as filling in with some species seen most years but not so far this year.

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