WHAS - Bird Lists and Wildlife Sightings

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

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Sandhill Crane (WDFW Image)


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.

Leadbetter Point CBC Results

One of two Snowy Owls found by the Leadbetter Point Christmas Bird Count. Image: Shawn SchmelzerMany thanks to everyone that participated in the 2011 Leadbetter Point Christmas Bird Count on December 17.  For those of you not familiar with Leadbetter Point, it is a 15-mile radius circle generally in the area around Willapa Bay.  This year, we had a total of 34 participants working in five sectors and two participants monitoring feeders.

We had good weather with temperatures ranging from freezing to about 50-degrees.  Winds were not a factor. This sounds like perfect birding weather, right?  It was!

In total, we identified 110 species with about half being water fowl and shore birds and the other half upland species.  The least found group was owls with only 2 snowy owls being spotted.  The most common species was Dunlin with 29,950 spotted.  Second was Northern Pintail duck at 16,141.  No rare species were seen but species unusual to the Willapa Bay area in December included Western Scrub Jay (5), Brown Pelican (1) and Orange-Crowned Warbler (30).

Most participants were from the Longview-Kelso-Castle Rock area.  A few from Long Beach-Ilwaco.  Others came from Seattle, Portland and Alaska to be day-long participants.  We had four new people turn out and we hope they make the C an annual event.


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