Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest: 85 Unforgettable Species, Their Fascinating Lives, and How to Find Them
Sarah Swanson, Max Smith
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Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest is a lively, practical guide that helps readers discover 85 of the region’s most extraordinary birds. Each bird profile includes notes on what they eat, where they migrate from, and where to find them in Washington and Oregon. Profiles also include stunning color photographs of each bird. Birds are grouped by what they are known for or where they are most likely to be found—like beach birds, urban birds, colorful birds, and killer birds.
This is an accessible guide for casual birders, weekend warriors, and families looking for an outdoor experience. Eight easy-going birding weekends, including stops in Puget Sound, the Central Washington wine country, and the Klamath Basin, offer wonderful getaway ideas and make this a must-have guide for locals and visitors alike.
larger white patches than the Harlequin and the female is tiny with a single white spot. Surf Scoters are larger and chunkier than Harlequins with longer, heavier bills. Male Harlequin Ducks FOOD AND FORAGING Harlequin Ducks are devoted consumers of aquatic invertebrates—caddisfly larvae in mountain streams are a large component of their summer diets. Crabs, barnacles, and snails are on the menu during coastal winters, and they will occasionally eat fish and fish eggs as well. During a
then swallow it whole, headfirst. PAIRING AND PARENTING This species’ nest is unique among the region’s fish-eating birds. Pairs work together to excavate a horizontal burrow into the exposed soil of a riverbank. Both parents enter the nesting chamber to incubate the six or seven eggs and feed nestlings that hatch in 22 days. On the menu for newly hatched nestlings: regurgitated balls of partially digested fish. As nestlings grow older, their meals become more appetizing as parents deliver
acorns and deliberate over the perfect spots to place them in a granary tree is a wonderful way to spend a fall day. With social lives that could inspire a soap opera, these birds have kept ornithologists perplexed for decades. The white patches on its wings and rump in flight contrast with its black back and catch your attention. Upon closer inspection, you’ll see its yellow face, which is unmistakable, as are its red cap and pale iris. Its memorable laughing call, reminiscent of Woody
creating new nest sites, wildfires provide habitat for a variety of birds. While you’re looking for Black-backed Woodpeckers, you might also find OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS, WESTERN BLUEBIRDS, LAZULI BUNTINGS, TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRES, and LEWIS’S WOODPECKERS. PILEATED WOODPECKER Dryocopus pileatus Male Pileated Woodpecker with nestling A HAUNTING CALL echoes through an ancient stand of Douglas-fir. You feel it resonate in your chest, and goose bumps rise on your arms. Woodchips rain down as a
the protected Dungeness Bay on the other. Even if you don’t make it the 5 miles to the lighthouse, you’ll enjoy some amazing views and see some great birds. MUST-SEE BIRDS: Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Northern Harriers, Brant, Marbled Murrelets, Eurasian Wigeons, and Long-tailed Ducks. OTHER INTERESTING BIRDS: Pacific Loons and Northern Pintails. The occasional stray Snowy Owl spends the winter here. Bonus: Keystone Ferry from Port Townsend to Whidbey Island If you can fit it into your