This week’s photo, taken June 14, 2014 in Yakima County, WA, features an EASTERN KINGBIRD, one of Washington state’s Bonus Birds.
When I moved from the Southwest to the Northwest nearly two years ago, I knew there would be fewer bird species up here, but that fact didn’t bother me a bit. After all, the state of Washington offers enough “new” birds to challenge, excite and entertain me for years to come.
What I didn’t expect to experience in the northwest are a few species that I considered to be “eastern” birds. I now know that if you cross over the Cascades to the eastern half of our state, EASTERN KINGBIRD, GRAY CATBIRD, RED-EYED VIREO and VEERY can all be found during the breeding season if you explore the right habitat. Their presence here is a delightful and unexpected bonus to me.
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