WOSNews Issue 199

October 2022 – November 2022

WOS in Attendance at Bird Lover’s Day

By Elaine Chuang

Caspian Tern in flightUS Army Corps of Engineers local staff organized a Bird Lover’s Day in August at the Ballard Locks, and WOS was well represented with a flock of volunteers, hand-outs and displays. Caspian Terns circled loudly the whole afternoon, and conveniently, WOS was ready with a flat mount of that species! This was the first-ever public event of its kind for the local corps. Due to the great reception and public participation that flowed through the event, the locks staff are aiming to make this a regular event. The WOS contingent also had a great time.  Read more >>>


A new era for WOS News  

By Editor Chris Rurik

WOS News logo overlays front cover of Washington Birds Vol 13Editor Chris Rurik outlines planned and possible changes for the WOS newsletter, beginning with the next issue in December. Chris lays out his vision and invites ideas and participation by WOS members. Perhaps the biggest change will be a switch from the current schedule of every other month to publication quarterly. With the discontinuation of Washington Birds journal, the new era could be seen as a merger of the two publications, Chris writes. “WOS News is perfectly positioned to knit Washington birding culture together by going in-depth on the stories, personalities, hotspots, identification challenges, and species that make birding so exciting here.”  Read more >>>


A rare bird stakeout gone right

By Nancy Morrison

photo of Red-flanked BluetailLake Forest Park resident Nancy Morrison found herself unexpectedly thrust into the world of bird-counting and bird-chasing begining March 17, 2022–and what a whirlwind it was! She saw a bird she didn’t recognize in her backyard and snapped a photo. One person on Facebook suggested it might be a Red-flanked Bluetail. Nancy laughed and decided to link to the picture on Tweeters for a “real” answer. Within minutes the rare bird ID was confirmed and hordes of birders soon flooded the neighborhood. Nancy discusses what she did to manage the situation and prevent a downward spiral distressing for the bird and her neighbors. Find out what she learned from the experience.  Read more >>>

The Sinlahekin Valley and the Veery

By Tom Bancroft

picture of a Veery perched on a branch with green backgroundThe Veery was the bird Tom Bancroft had come to north central Washington to find. Tom regularly hears Swainson’s and Hermit Thrushes; but the Veery, the third member of the Catharus genus, has been less common for him. Here in Washington the Veery’s preferred habitat is limited to valleys with dense wet woods and thick understories — like the Sinlahekin. That’s where its liquid notes sounded like a waterful and emanated from the dense rose bushes and briar understory of quaking aspens and red alders one June morning. Tom’s story also includes a link to his recording of the effusive singing of the Sinlahekin Veery.   Read more >>>


Washington Field Notes August – November 2020

By Ryan Merrill

picture from below looking up at front of Prairie Warbler

Among the notable sightings of this period were the state’s third Prairie Warbler, found in Thurston County; an Emperor Goose in Benton County, only the second for Eastern Washington; a Curlew Sandpiper seen in Grant, also only the second for Eastern Washington; and a Wedge-tailed Shearwater seen in Skagit County in late August that was the state’s third record but only the first to be seen alive. Read more >>>


One of the best benefits of WOS membership is being extended

By Ed Pullen

picture of Cornell's Birds of the World logoLast year as a way to add value to WOS membership, the board decided to include a subscription to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Birds of the World website for all WOS members. Birds of the World ambitiously gathers something approaching the sum total of knowledge for each of the world’s 10,000+ bird species by combining four celebrated works of global ornithology with eBird and the Macaulay Library into an easily navigated repository of scientific information. The board recently decided to continue this fabulous benefit.  Read more >>>

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