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
No other place in Washington feels more like the Canadian Rockies than Salmo Mountain in the extreme northeastern corner of the state. The Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir forest offers opportunities to find Spruce Grouse, American Three-toed Woodpeckers, and Boreal Chickadees. Salmo Mountain may be the best spot in the state to find Boreal Owls and White-winged Crossbills.