WOSNews Issue 182

October-November 2019


Cooper’s Hawks Return to Seattle and Flourish

By Ron Post

Cooper’s Hawks are colonizing — or probably re-colonizing Seattle — and other urban areas, says Ed Deal, one of the co-founders of the Urban Raptor Conservancy. Seattle’s Cooper’s Hawks have been under study since 2003. The data show their numbers are sharply increasing. Urban life brings collisions with windows, autos and wires. And, because of the expansion of the population, more intense competition….

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From the Board

By Eric Dudley

WOS volunteers deserve a word of thanks. Elaine Chuang is lining up some long-sleeved t-shirts on the blackbird theme. The next WOS annual conference is set for September 10-14, 2020 in Astoria in cooperation with the Oregon Birding Association. Stump the Chumps is on the agenda, as is John Fitzpatrick, director of Cornell Lab of Ornithology, who is expected to be keynote speaker….
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A Status Report on the State’s 15 Species of Owls

By Ron Post

Three owl species are really declining: Spotted, Short-eared, and Burrowing. One species holding its own is the Great Horned. Barred Owl is another….
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Washington Field Notes December 2017 to February 2018

By Ryan Merrill

An inland Brant seen in Lewis County, a Harlequin Duck that spent most of the season in Franklin and Walla Walla Counties, and the state’s fifth documented Arctic Loon at Neah Bay are among the highlights of this edition of the field notes reporting notable sightings during the period…..
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A Talk with Conservationist and Author Paul Bannick

By Ron Post

Bannick spends three months-plus owling, waiting in the dark through cold and fog and snow to get his well-known and loved pictures of owls. But he’s also director of Conservation Northwest, where he focuses on habitat connectivity….

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Burrowing Owls in Oregon and Washington

By Ron Post

David H. Johnson has built many houses for Burrowing Owls on the Umatilla Army Depot in Oregon, which hosts some 50 pairs of breeding owls in 190 artificial burrows. He has caught and banded every adult Burrowing Owl on the Depot for the past five years. His expertise is critical. “You will just feed the coyotes if you put the burrows in the wrong places,” he says….
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Birding Panama’s Cloud Forest

By Thomas Bancroft

Eight days birdwatching in the mountains of Western Panama will turn up familiar birds such as Swainson’s Thrush, Scarlet Tanagers, Wilson’s and other warblers that you can see in the U.S. But then there are the Resplendent Quetzals, tinamous, guans, redstarts, tropical thrushes, and the Three-wattled Bellbird, among dozens of others….
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