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Birds of Winter Creek

    Our Port Orchard property offers a great variety habitat for year-round and migratory birds.  On the 25 acres of secondary forest, which is interspersed with wetlands, many native plants thrive, providing food and shelter to the birds.  Alders are an important source of food for woodpeckers and also provide housing for the cavity nesters.  Large Douglas Firs, Cedars, and Maples also grow on our property and are perfect for gleaning birds to feed on and to find protection.  Many birds are difficult to spot due to the tall thick tree canopy, so some birds I’ve only heard.  For the ground dwelling birds, the undergrowth is thick with Salal, Sword Ferns and Huckleberry.  Salmonberry, Indian Plum, Snowberry, and Red Elderberry also grow on the property and offer food during the summer and fall.  

Click here for a description of the Port Orchard property also called Winter Creek.

Below are a few of the birds I’ve identified at the property.  I’m sure there are many more and I still have a lot of time to spend looking and listening for them.  Click on the bird name to see a picture of it on our property.

Great Blue Heron
Canada Goose
Red-tailed Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Bald Eagle
Caspian Tern
Glaucous-winged Gull
Band-tailed Pigeon
Barred Owl
Rufous Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Western Wood-Pewee
Pacific-sloped Flycatcher
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Hutton's Vireo
Steller’s Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Black-capped Chickadee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick’s Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Cedar Waxwing
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Western Tanager
Song Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Spotted Towhee
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin

Winter bird counts (in its infancy) - we've only begun doing an annual bird count so we have no trends or baseline
2006 count
2007 count
2008 count
2009 count
2010 count

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