BirdWeb: Seattle Audubon's Guide to the Birds of Washington State
Bird of the Week
Washington's largest plover, the Black-bellied Plover, nests in the Arctic and winters on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, as far as southern Brazil. After shedding their striking breeding plumage, Black-bellied Plovers look downright subdued in winter. Look for their black axillaries, or "armpits," in flight.
Birding Site of the Week
The Walla Walla River Delta is an oasis in a huge monoculture desert of dry-land wheat farms. Consequently, it is a great place to find wintering waterfowl in abundance, especially Northern Pintails, Green-winged Teal, and American Wigeons. If the water levels are right, the expansive mudflats can attract numerous species of shorebirds. Keep an eye out for rarities!