Two local birds have been split in the past few years, Winter Wren and Blue Grouse.
On this website, those changes are made in the checklists and associated resource pages.
Otherwise, keep your thinking caps on, as there is no plan to revise bird names
in older documents.
The Winter Wren was split in the summer of 2010 into the western U.S. variety --
now named Pacific Wren (Troglodytes pacificus) -- and the eastern U.S. variety,
which retains Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) as its name.
The Blue Grouse was split
into Sooty Grouse (Dendragapus fuliginosus) and
Dusky Grouse (Dendragapus obscurus) in 2006.
In a broad sense, Sooty Grouse is found west of the Cascades, and Dusky Grouse is found
further east. There is some overlap of their ranges.
Sibley nicely covers both species in his big field guide (published in 2000).
For more information on our local birds, follow the links
to the left:
Birdathon (BAT) results for 2010; also a table of results
for 1994-2010. Both are PDFs.
Sequim-Dungeness Christmas Bird Count (CBC) results for
2004-09 -- Bob Boekelheide's articles, plus complete tallys -- and
a sizable table showing counts for 33 years: 1975 through 2010 (the 1990
count was cancelled due to an ice storm). Please be patient while the table
Port Angeles Christmas Bird Count. Results for the CBC on Jan. 2, 2011
are available as a small PDF file.
"Our Birds" captures our new (as of Sept, 2007) monthly series of columns,
which run under that banner in the Sequim Gazette.
The monthly column appears in the Gazette on the third Wednesday of each month.
I post it on this website at least one week after if appears in the Gazette.
Online version of the pocket-sized bird checklist
available at the Dungeness River Audubon Center. The checklist features
sublists by habitat, seasonal subsets of common birds (for newcomers and
beginning birders), and direct links to details of bird families and species,
and abundance maps for breeding birds and winter populations (at BirdWeb
for bird families and the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center for the
Bird Sightings -- Bob Boekelheide's
series of articles, which appear in our newsletter. (This series was cancelled as
of Sept., 2009, due to lack of interest from the readers of these pages. His articles
continue in the newsletter, available as PDFs on this website, under News.)
Birding Locations -- where to look locally
and what birds to look for.
Status of Washington’s Birds -- declining