BirdWeb: Seattle Audubon's Guide to the Birds of Washington State
Bird of the Week
"Seagull"? There's no such thing! Nine species of gulls winter in Puget Sound, one of the smallest of which is the Mew Gull. This species breeds in the boreal forest where it nests in trees. Look for the Mew Gull on Puget Sound, picking food from the water's surface with its unmarked yellow bill.
Birding Site of the Week
At least 17 species of sandpipers and plovers have been recorded at Crockett Lake on Whidbey Island. It's an Important Bird Area and a valuable migratory stopover for shorebirds. You can expect to see Western, Least, Baird's, Pectoral, and Semipalmated Sandpipers, as well as Black-bellied and Semipalmated Plovers. Visit the beach across the road for wintering waterfowl. Crockett Lake is near the Keystone ferry to Port Townsend.