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Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird  

One of the many bluebirds that nests near Ellensburg, WA

Western Bluebird

Western Bluebird  

a male, photographed at his nestbox near Yakima, June of 2001.

Black-headed Grosbeak

Black-headed Grosbeak  

This male was spotted off Umptanum Road, near Ellensburg, WA in June of 2001.

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow 

These swallows were photographed along Crab Creek Road in central Washington in June of 2002.

Brewer's Blackbird

Brewer's Blackbird  

a male, photographed along Umptanum Road, near Ellensburg, WA in April of 2002.

House Finch

House Finch  

Probably the most common finch in the area, this male was photographed in Roslyn, Washington in April of 2002.

California Quail

California Quail  

This male was sighted along Umptanum Road, near Ellensburg, WA in April of 2002. It was pretty windy, as is evident from the ruffled feathers!

Chukar

Chukar  

This Chukar was found in the parking lot of a raptor center, just outside Boise, ID in February of 2000.

Least Chipmunk

Least Chipmunk  

One of the many chipmunks that are commonly seen in the Yakima Canyon in April of 2002.

Townsend's Ground Squirrel

Townsend's Ground Squirrel  

A tiny ground squirrel, photographed in the Yakima Canyon in April of 2002.

Belding's Ground Squirrel

Belding's Ground Squirrel 

One of the tons of ground squirrels at the refuge headquarters at Malheur, Oregon.

California Ground Squirrel

California Ground Squirrel  

This large ground squirrel was photographed in the Yakima Canyon in April of 2002.

American Avocet

American Avocet  

In the arid center of Washington state, any water can attract great birds, like these avocets in a drainage channel near Vantage

Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilt  

Another wading bird of the Columbia Basin, this stilt was also photographed near Vantage

Wilson's Phalarope

Wilson's Phalarope  

Often seen in shallow roadside ponds in the summer, this phalarope was photographed along the road at Malheur in southeastern Oregon in June of 1998.

Horned Lark

Horned Lark  

This bird was photographed at Hart Mountain antelope refuge, in southeastern Oregon in June of 1998.

Loggerhead Shrike

Loggerhead Shrike  

This shrike was photographed at Crab Creek, near Mattawa, WA in June of 2000.

Black-billed Magpie

Black-billed Magpie  

A common sight in the Columbia Basin, this magpie was photographed at Gingko State Park near Vantage, WA in April of 2002.

Violet-green Swallow

Violet-green Swallow  

Common on both sides of the Cascades, this swallow was sighted in Roslyn, WA in April of 2002.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler 

This male was hanging out at the Malheur headquarters in early May of 2002...

Gray Flycatcher

Gray Flycatcher 

... as was this flycatcher.

Loggerhead Shrike

Loggerhead Shrike 

This shrike was photographed at Hart Mountain.

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Yellow-headed Blackbird  

a male, photographed at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon in June of 1998.

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Yellow-headed Blackbird 

This male was photographed at ponds near Othello in May of 2002.

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow  

Predominantly found east of the Cascades, this swallow was photographed at Columbia NWR in June of 2002.

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird 

One of the many kingbirds spotted along Crab Creek in central Washington in June of 2002.

Western Kingbird

Western Kingbird 

Another kingbird spotted along Crab Creek in central Washington in June of 2002.

Lark Sparrow

Lark Sparrow  

This sparrow was photographed along Lower Crab Creek Road in Grant County, WA in June of 2002.

Lewis Woodpecker

Lewis Woodpecker 

One of the two Lewis Woodpeckers sighted at Malheur refuge headquarters in May of 2002.

Western Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark  

this meadowlark was photgraphed at Columbia NWR, near Othello, WA, in April of 1999.

House Wren

House Wren  

This wren was found nesting in a small cavity in a fencepost along Umptanum Road in June of 2001.

Cassin's Finch

Cassin's Finch  

This male was photographed in the Yakima Canyon in April of 2002.

Say's Phoebe

Say's Phoebe  

This phoebe was sighted along Crab Creek, near Vantage, WA, in spring of 2000.

Lazuli Bunting

Lazuli Bunting 

A colorful male bunting, along the Crab Creek trail at Columbia NWR in June of 2002.

Vesper Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow  

This Vesper Sparrow was photographed off Umptanum Road, near Ellensburg, WA in April of 2002.

Bullock's Oriole

Bullock's Oriole 

This male oriole was spotted near the Potholes Reservoir in June of 2002.

Brown-headed Cowbird

Brown-headed Cowbird 

This cowbird was photographed off the main service road through Malheur.

Common Nighthawk

Common Nighthawk 

This nighthawk was spotted along Crab Creek in central Washington in June of 2002.

Cliff Swallow

Cliff Swallow 

A frenzy of Cliff Swallows, photographed at a rest area just outside the Hanford reservation in south central Washington.

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis 

Some ibis photographed near Burns, Oregon in May of 2002.

Long-billed Curlew

Long-billed Curlew 

There were some curlews and willets mixed in with the ibis at Burns, but these curlew were photographed in a field several miles to the north.

Ring-necked Pheasant

Ring-necked Pheasant 

This pheasant was hanging out by the main road at Malheur.

Pronghorn

Pronghorn 

This pronghorn was found just west of Hart Mountain refuge in southeastern Oregon in May of 2002.


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