BirdWeb: Seattle Audubon's Guide to the Birds of Washington State
Bird of the Week
An elegant dabbling duck, the Northern Pintail can be found throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. This species is an early breeder, nesting as soon as the ice melts in the northern part of its range. Northern Pintails arrive at their wintering grounds early as well, where they flock by the thousands to feed on grains, seeds, and aquatic invertebrates.
Birding Site of the Week
Located at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia Rivers. The park is productive year-round, but it's an especially good place to find wintering waterfowl and gulls. Look also for sparrows - Lincoln's, Golden-crowned, White-crowned, Fox, Savannah, and (rarely) American Tree, Vesper, Harris's, and White-throated. Not enough sparrows? These species have been recorded once or twice: Baird's, Chipping, Brewer's, Clay-colored, and Lark Sparrow, in addition to Lapland Longspur.