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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)

 

2009 Christmas Bird Count Results from Leadbetter Point

Golden-crowned Sparrow (U.S. FWS)For the Leadbetter Point Christmas Bird Count (CBC), on December 19, 2009, we noted 91 species, including one species new and another species with the highest number during our 35+ years of doing the Count.

Number of individuals: 29,508.  Temps: low 38F, high 54F.  Winds: 0 to 10 mph. Cloud cover 90% to 100%, light rain or mist at nearly all times, 95% of day, 0.5 inches total.  Low fog hampered views of water birds, and shortened visibility significantly.  At least the wind wasn't blowing!  Many very low counts or groups of species missing which are noted nearly every year: scoters, loons, grebes, cormorants, finches.

Our number of participants, 37, was the highest ever for our count. Our CBC circle

Read more: 2009 Christmas Bird Count Results from Leadbetter Point

2009 Christmas Bird Count Results from Wahkiakum County

On December 29, 2009, 21 volunteers participated in the twelfth annual Wahkiakum Christmas Bird Count.

Though the temperature rose into the low 40's from the morning's freezing temperatures, a cold east wind blowing over 20 mph in many parts of the circle made it hard to find birds. Some afternoon rain and snow didn't help either.

The count of 104 species is three below our average. Two species were new to the Wahkiakum CBC. Eurasian Collared-Doves are now well- established on Puget Island, where 10 were found on count day. An Empidonax sp. flycatcher was found near the east end of East Birnie Slough Road, Puget Island. I attempted to relocate it, but did not succeed.

Other uncommon finds for our circle included an Eared Grebe,

Read more: 2009 Christmas Bird Count Results from Wahkiakum County

Christmas Bird Count discussed on NPR's Science Friday

Listen to an interview with the Christmas Bird Count and Feeder Watch coordinators on NPR's Science Friday from 2009 here and from 2008 here and continuing here with a discussion of the benefits of shade grown coffee.  The 2009 interview in particular talks about the northward movement of birds as documented by the counts.

Snake Meets Its Match

On a recent hike in the North Oregon coast range, the Greens came upon a garter snake crossing the trail.  The snake was impeded by an enormous mouthful of slimy slug.  On the return from Cape Falcon, two hours later, the snake was in the same location

Read more: Snake Meets Its Match

WDFW Wildlife Watch Camera

Website of WDFW WildWatchCAMDid you know that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has set up Wildlife Watch Cameras which offer a great selection of wildlife viewing?

At the time of providing this information to you they had live and recorded images of Bats, Bluebirds, Eagles, Herons, Martins, Ospreys, Owls, Salmon and Seals.

Check out these images and more wildlife information: Go to the WDFW WildWatchCams website.

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