BirdWeb: Seattle Audubon's Guide to the Birds of Washington State
Bird of the Week
As our national symbol, the Bald Eagle is the most recognizable bird in North America. Although not actually "bald," this species doesn't attain its diagnostic white head until it reaches approximately five years of age. The population recovered from historic lows after the pesticide DDT was banned. Recently, their booming population has had negative impacts on other species, including Great Blue Herons and Common Murres.
Birding Site of the Week
Marshes, lakes, and small streams constitute the lowlands of the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge, a 40,000-acre area that ranges from dry forest up to 5,600 feet. Streamside vegetation harbors American Redstarts and Northern Waterthrushes. Move to higher elevations for chances to see Spruce Grouse, American Three-toed Woodpeckers, and Red Crossbills.