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TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2011

SUNDAY, DEC. 25, 2011

FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2011

TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2011

A rare sighting of a Ross's gull in Okanogan County was documtented in this photo by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Jeff Heinlen. (Jeff Heinlen / Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Rare Ross's gull spotted in Okanogan County

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A rare sighting of a Ross’s gull has been reported on Palmer Lake in Okanogan County by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) biologist Jeff Heinlen. The Ross’s gull (Rhodostethia rosea), an East Siberian arctic species that normally winters at sea,...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2011

MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2011

MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2011

MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2011

A snowy owl was photographed in Lincoln County on Dec. 10, 2010. The arctic visitors delight birdwatchers when they arrive in Eastern Washington each winter. (Buck Domitrovich)

Snowy owl dazzles birders along Lake CdA 

BIRDWATCHING -- Along with the first lowland snowfall, a snowy owl migrating to this area from the arctic was reported seen on the Rathdrum Prairie on Saturday by Inland Northwest Birders. On Sunday a different snowy owl was photographed along Wolf Lodge Creek and the...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2011

FRIDAY, NOV. 4, 2011

THURSDAY, NOV. 3, 2011

TUESDAY, OCT. 11, 2011

MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2011

TUESDAY, SEPT. 20, 2011

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2011

TUESDAY, AUG. 30, 2011

Banks Lake drawdown attracts shorebird watchers

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The drawdown of Banks Lake for spillway construction that will last into next year is a pain for boaters (see post below), but it's considered an opportunity for birdwatchers. The drawdown is exposing muddy banks that are attracting shorebirds. Although better viewing...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 23, 2011

MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2011

FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2011

Project returns bluebirds to San Juan Islands

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A five-year project has succeeded in returning the Western bluebird to Washington’s San Juan Islands. The bird had historically inhabited the islands, but changing land use practices and a paucity of nesting sites meant the species had not nested there for over...

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FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011

Bald eagles in a nest in Seattle as viewed through the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department's EagleCam. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Fledgling ‘EagleCam’ star found dead

WILDLIFE WATCHING-- One of the young eagles monitored on a popular Seattle-area EagleCam has died, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports. The fledgling eagles were just learning how to fly when one was found dead near the nest tree Tuesday. There were no visible...

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MONDAY, JULY 4, 2011

Abagail  Alfano of Pine, La., put a sugar-water solution in a red plastic cup and didn't have to wait long before she had a swarm of feathered friends.
 (Courtesy photo)

Hummingbirds not above a handout

BIRDWATCHING -- Living in a hummingbird migratory route has its benefits for close-up bird observation. When the activity was peaking at her feeder, Abagail Alfano of Pine, La., put a sugar-water solution in a red plastic cup and didn't have to wait long before she...

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FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2011

A  robin leaps into the air while taking a bath in a parking lot puddle at River Forks Park near Roseburg, Ore. (Associated Press)

Centennial Trail flush with nesting birds

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Serious birdwatchers are finding plenty to see and hear along the Spokane River Centennial Trail this week. Here's part of a report posted today by Tina Blewett on Inland Northwest Birders. Went on a walk on the Centennial Trail yesterday and saw...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011

Cats frolicking in your flowerbeds? All-natural products can control critters in your garden and are safe for children and pets. (ARA)

Lame birdwatching joke of the day

CRITTER WATCHING -- I take no responsibility for this: Two robins were sitting in a tree. "I'm really hungry," the first one said. "Me, too," said the second. "Let's fly down and find some lunch." They swooped to the ground and found a plot of...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2011

THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011

Mikal Moore, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department East Side waterfowl specialist, orchestrates a Canada goose banding project.  (File)

Researchers round up geese around Spokane

WILDLIFE RESEARCH– Biologists and a team of volunteers are herding Canada geese into pens and clamping leg bands on about 1,000 young birds in Eastern Washington for a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife study of goose population trends. The teams were herding geese at...

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