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)


Rainier's Vaux's Swifts fall update

Vaux Swift in Rainier OR

Upon learning that 3,000 Vaux's Swifts were observed at Chapman School in Portland the other night, Darrel Whipple decided to check out Carpet One in Rainier.  Result was Carpet One - 0, Rainier's Old Hall (Big Green) - 82. The migrating swifts are dropping into the tallest chimney in Big Green (the northwest corner, behind City Hall). Some were observed there during the northward migration in May,

Read more: Rainier's Vaux's Swifts fall update

Check out our bird lists

Do you know about our bird lists?

You will find different bird lists in the "Wildlife Watching & Sightings" section. Russ Koppendrayer just updated the Cowlitz County bird list adding this: "We have surpassed our best year ever with 4 months to go, and the question now is weather we can break the 200 barrier".

The list provides you with information about this year's bird sightings by date and location.

Bird spring migration maps

Spring Migration for 31 birds

Thanks to one of our members, who sent in an email with the link, here is a great source to learn more about spring migration for up to 31 different bird species. From the eNature website: "For each species shown below, we have created spring migration maps that show the winter range, the migratory path, and the dates when you might expect to see the first arrivals in your area." (Thanks John for the link.)

Click here to see the maps.

An Unusual Avian Visitor

long-tailed duck

A long-tailed duck (previously called old squaw) was first sighted at Lake Sacajawea in Longview by Russ Koppendrayer on January 21, 2011.  It is still being seen as of 2/2/2011 hanging around the Washington Way bridge and Lion's Island.  The male bird is in non-breeding plumage.  If it stays long, we may see it molt towards breeding plumage and develop its characteristic long tail.  This sea duck is more commonly found in pelagic waters and often seen in Puget Sound in winter.

Wahkiakum CBC Results

Sanderlings (Image: USFWS)

On Thursday December 30, 19 volunteers participated in the thirteenth Wahkiakum Christmas Bird Count. The Wahkiakum Count straddles the Lower Columbia River, including the Julia B. Hansen and Lewis & Clark National Wildlife Refuges and the towns of Brownsmead, Knappa & Westport in Oregon and Cathlamet, Puget Island and Skamokawa on the Washington side. Weather was clear with a mild east wind, with a low near 28 degrees F and a high near 40.

The final species count is 114 plus two additional count week species, which is six species above average and one short of the record for this count circle.

Two species were new to the Wahkiakum CBC: a Redhead was at Little Island and a flock of nderlings, long overdue for this count circle, were on Grassy Island. A Black Phoebe was on Little Island, and a Northern Mockingbird was seen on Puget Island. Other species uncommon in this count circle included White-winged Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-necked Grebe, and Savannah Sparrow.

Read more: Wahkiakum CBC Results


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Aug 08, 2020
WHAS Annual Picnic
Sep 12-13, 2020
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Sep 24-27, 2020
Wings Over Willapa
Oct 24, 2020
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