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)


Red-breasted Sapsucker has found his instrument

One of Darrel Whipple's resident Red-breasted Sapsuckers has found his instrument! Every day he hammers out his signature rhythmic cadence on the top end of a 16-foot aluminum ladder. The irony is Darrel put the ladder up at the corner of the house to keep the Sapsucker from making more holes in the wood siding. The tactic saved the house, but now Darrel is awakened every morning by the resonating ladder.

Read more: Red-breasted Sapsucker has found his instrument

Cowlitz County Bird List (January 2013 update)

Russ Koppendrayer just updated the 2013 Cowlitz County Yearlist:

"The 2013 list includes the new taxonomic order which includes the counter-intuitive placement of falcons between woodpeckers and flycatchers. Also you will find some updating of abundance codes, but more needs to be done before next year.

January was launched from the springboard of a record CBC and continued with some good coverage and nice finds in Cowlitz County. We already have identified 114 species for the year."

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

Local Christmas Bird Counts Results

Leadbetter CBC 2012

Image: Suzy Whittey - Male Summer Tanager

By Suzy Whittey

This was the Christmas bird count that almost did not happen.  When I discovered in mid-November that no one was organizing the Leadbetter CBC that I had participated in for years, I volunteered for the job.  I could not imagine a Christmas without counting birds.  I also, could not imagine the job, or I might not have tackled it.

Continue reading to see the results for Cowlitz-Columbia and Wahkiakum County circles.

Read more: Local Christmas Bird Counts Results

Redhead Duck seen in Cowlitz County

Redhead Duck - Image Royce CraigThis Redhead Duck is a rare sighting for Cowlitz County -- only the 4th recorded.

Royce Craig captured the photo on his 3rd visit to the Kalama River area where the bird was found on the ponds along Tradewinds Road.

The bird was first seen on November 12.

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.


Upcoming Events

Aug 08, 2020
WHAS Annual Picnic
Sep 12-13, 2020
Puget Sound Bird Fest now online
Sep 24-27, 2020
Wings Over Willapa
Oct 24, 2020
WHAS Board Meeting