BirdWeb: Seattle Audubon's Guide to the Birds of Washington State
Bird of the Week
The Western Grebe is a gregarious species, forming large wintering flocks mostly in salt water and then breeding colonially in fresh water. Both the male and female help build a floating nest on the edge of a marsh, where they are vulnerable to fluctuating water levels and disturbance from watercraft. Their breeding display is considered by many to be the most impressive of any North American bird species!
Birding Site of the Week
Scatter Creek is a clear, cobble-bottomed salmon-bearing stream. Check the grasslands (a globally rare glacial outwash prairie) for Savannah Sparrows, Western Meadowlarks, Violet-green and Tree Swallows, Northern Harriers, and American Kestrels. Head for the oak woodlands for a chance to see Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Black-throated Gray Warblers, Warbling Vireos, and Lazuli Buntings.