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Several dozen great blue herons were perched on pilings in the Pend
Oreille River at Usk, Washington Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Area birding
enthusiasts said this is the time of year large groups of the giant
birds can be seen migrating and resting in certain areas, such as the
Pack River Delta along Lake Pend Oreille. Soon they will disperse in
smaller groups to nesting rookeries in cottonwoods or other woodlands
near water. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Prime time for seeing tundra swans

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- With lakes losing their ice caps and rain saturating the region's wetlands, this is prime time to view the waterfowl migration throughout the region. Reports are coming in of big congregations of tundra swans, ducks as well as sandhill cranes and other...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2011


A clump of buttercups are among the first flowers of the coming season. (Mike Prager)

Spring birds filling the wet scablands

NATURE WATCHING -- January's warm streak was cruel, luring buttercups to bloom prematurely west of Spokane. But now they're blooming with confidence around town, and birds are flocking in all around us. Spokane Auduboner Kim Thorburn takes a special interest in the Swanson Lakes Wildlife...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 26, 2011

Eagles terrorize Sprague Lake coots

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The winter ice cap was almost gone from Sprague Lake a few days ago, but this week's cold snap has reversed the trend -- and that's bad news for the coots that had taken up residence in the open waters. Here's the...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 25, 2011

A northern flicker stops for a bite of suet from a backyard feeder in North Spokane on Thursday. The flicker is a type of woodpecker. (Bill Morlin)

Robins looking forward to spring, too

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Bird feeders are especially alive with activity in this cold weather as birds -- and other wildlife -- look for easy calories. To get a cross section of species, you need seed feeders filled separatel with black sunflower seeds and others with...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 24, 2011

TUESDAY, FEB. 22, 2011

More swans sighted, but big freeze coming

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Another report on tundra swans in the region, this one coming from Warren Current in the Colville area: "Yesterday afternoon I saw seven tundra swans along the shoreline of Lake Roosevelt just south of Colville Flats (Highway 25). Other species in the...

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MONDAY, FEB. 21, 2011

THURSDAY, FEB. 17, 2011

SATURDAY, JAN. 29, 2011

Birds show signs of spring fever

BIRDWATCHING -- The ever-vigilant eyes of area birdwatchers are finding more to see every day. Here's this week's report from Charles Swift in Moscow: I had a smallish mixed flock of Bohemian and cedar waxwings on campus this morning. There might be more Bohemians around...

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Dine for birds with CdA Audubon

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- If you have a love for birds, make time in your Valentines Day for the Coeur d'Alene Audubon Society's Midwinter Banquet, Feb. 14, at the Greenbriar Inn, 315 Wallace Ave., in Coeur d’Alene. Cost: $35. Reservations due by Feb. 7 to Coeur...

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MONDAY, JAN. 24, 2011

A sub-zero air temperature produces fog around waterfowl huddled on a pond at sunrise.  (Associated Press)

Let winter get you down

WATERFOWL -- These ducks are offering their free services as models to promote the effective qualities of down insulation as they hang out comfortably on the ice in below-zero conditions. Down is the lightest most compressible and efficient natural insulator for cold weather clothing. But...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 23, 2011

TUESDAY, JAN. 11, 2011

A bird attacks a kite designed like it during the International Kite Festival in Ahmadabad, India, Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. Kite-flyers from 36 countries are participating in the festival which runs from Jan. 9. to Jan. 14. (Ajit Solanki / Associated Press)

Hawks higher than a kite

WILDLIFE -- Hawks aren't fond of competition in their territory, as we see in this photo of a bird attacking a hawk-shaped during the International Kite Festival in Ahmadabad, India, on Monday. Kite-flyers from 36 countries are participating in the festival. No word on how...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 8, 2011

A rough-legged hawk. (Terry Gray)

Search for rough-legged hawks

BIRDWATCHING -- The big rough-legged hawks Inland Northwest birders are used to seeing perched on power poles along roadways during winter seem to be in short supply this season. In some years it's been common to see a the eagle-like hawks on almost every other...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 7, 2011

Wind farms such as the one shown above at Altamont Pass in California are killing hundreds of thousands of birds each year, according to the American Bird Conservancy. Wind turbines -- depending on their size, location and speed of the blades -- have been identified as a lethal threat to birds and bats. (Photo: Mike Parr / American Bird Conservancy)

Recent bird kills tip of the iceberg

WILDLIFE -- While recent reports of 3,000 blackbirds falling to their deaths from the sky in Arkansas generated international publicity, that number is but a tiny fraction of the birds killed each year from human causes, according to American Bird Conservancy. Estimates from various studies...

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Workers collect about 500 red-winged blackbirds and starlings on around that fell dead from the sky this week near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Associated Press)

Another large blackbird dieoff reported 

WILDLIFE -- After reports of thousands of dead red-winged blackbirds falling from the sky in Beebe, Arkansas on New Years Eve -- along with reports of a massive fish kill in the same area -- raised eyebrows across the nation, another bird kill is being...

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MONDAY, JAN. 3, 2011

Marilyn Omler of Ponti Veterinary Clinic noticed what looked like burn marks on the pads of the immature bald eagle's large taloned feet.  It's possible the bird came in contact with powerlines, leading to its poor health.  (Tina Wynecoop)

Update on eagle rescued from river

WILDLIFE -- Much like some people you might have seen on New Year's Eve, the immature bald eagle was grounded, wings spread with its head face-down in the snow along the Little Spokane River. It was rescued after an ordeal and it's still alive Monday...

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A dead red-winged blackbird, one of nearly 2,000 found in Beebe, Ark., on Jan. 1, 2011. (Warren Watkins / The Daily Citizen)

Video report: Birds fall dead from sky

WILDLIFE -- The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said is still investigating why around 3,000 red-winged black birds fell from the sky and died in Beebe, Ark. The agency said its enforcement officers began receiving reports about the dead birds about 11:30 p.m. Friday. Lightning...

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