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A Visit with the Birds of the Proposed Douglas Fir National Monument
|For a page with photos of some birds found in the Doug go to Birds.
It also has an Alphabetical Checklist and a Bird list by Location.
| This is not an exhaustive list of the birds you
might see in the Doug, but it includes most of them. It is slightly
different than the mentioned above. Each search for birds will be different.
To be frank, you may not see many birds, not because they are not there, but because they are in the tops of the trees, or hiding in the bushes just out of sight. Still, hunting to see any of the birds is fun, because it is challenging and the rewards are often great.
You may have more luck hearing birds, and maybe you will come to identify some of the songs, or at least identifying with some of them. To the author of these pages, the song of the Swainson’s Trush epitomizes the deep woods of the Northwest. Probably because you can hear its bubbling twill whenever you visit the old-growth woods, but you may never actually see the bird.
With luck and persistence, you may see a Swainsons Thrush. You may also hear and see Chickadees, Robins, or a Pacific Wren or a Bewick’s Wren, or some other hidden or partially hidden songster.
This list is a list of what might be the most likely of the birds present in the Doug, based on reports of birds common to the central Cascades, as shown on the maps in the Atlas of Oregon Wildlife (Csuti, et al). The list is sort of organized by common birding taxonomies, except when that does not assist in presenting the list.
The birds in this list that have their own page are a smaller and more arbitrary group: those that I have been able to photograph (apologies and excuses), or get a photo of (submissions welcome) or have some notes about the bird relevant to the Doug. Because, as noted, it is hard to see birds in the forest, and even harder to get a picture, most of these photos were not taken within the Doug, but the birds can be seen there, if you are lucky. The pictures are here not to serve as a means of identification, but like all the pictures on this web site, to share some of the beauty that you can find in the Doug.
| Great Blue Heron
HAWKS AND SIMILAR LOOKING
Bald Eagle California Quail
DUCKS AND RELATED BIRDS Cooper’s Hawk Common Snipe
Barrow’s Goldeneye Golden Eagle Killdeer
Blue-winged Teal Goshawk Mountain Quail
Bufflehead Kestrel Ruffed Grouse
Cinnamon Teal Osprey Sooty Grouse
Common Merganser Peregrine Falcon
Coot, American Red-tailed Hawk DOVES AND PIGEONS
Harlequin Duck Sharp-shinned Hawk Band-tailed Pigeon
Hooded Merganser Turkey Vulture Mourning Dove
OWLS Common Nighthawk Belted Kingfisher
Barred Owl Vaux’s Swift
Great Horned Owl WOODPECKERS
Great Gray Owl HUMMINGBIRDS Red-breasted Sapsucker
Northern Pygmy-Owl Calliope Hummingbird Williamson’s Sapsucker
Northern Saw-whet Owl Rufous Hummingbird Downy Woodpecker
Spotted Owl Hairy Woodpecker
Western Screech-Owl Three-toed Woodpecker
FLYCATCHERS CORVIDS BUSY LITTLE BIRDS (obviously not
Olive-sided Flycatcher Gray Jay a formal category)
Western Wood-Pewee Steller’s Jay Black-capped Chickadee
Willow Flycatcher Clark’s Nutcracker Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Hammond’s Flycatcher American Crow Mountain Chickadee
Dusky Flycatcher Common Raven Bushtit
Pacific-slope Flycatcher Red-breasted Nuthatch
SWALLOWS Brown Creeper
Cliff Swallow American Pipit Gold-crowned Kinglet
Barn Swallow Cedar Waxwing Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Violet-green Swallow VIREOS AND WARBLERS
WRENS THRUSH FAMILY Warbling Vireo
House Wren Mountain Bluebird Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pacific Wren Western Bluebird Hermit Warbler
Winter Wren Townsend’s Solitaire Townsend’s Warbler
Marsh Wren American Robin Orange-crowned Warbler
Varied Thrush Yellow Warbler
American Dipper Swainson's Thrush Wilson’s Warbler
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Hermit Thrush MacGillivray’s Warbler
Golden-crowned Kinglet Nashville Warbler
SPARROWS Black-throated Gray Warbler
Spotted Towhee Western Tanager
Dark-eyed Junco Black-headed Grosbeak
Chipping Sparrow Evening Grosbeak
Fox Sparrow Lazuli Bunting FINCHES
Song Sparrow Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch
Lincoln’s Sparrow Cassin’s Finch
Golden-crowned Sparrow Purple Finch
White-crowned Sparrow House Finch
Red-winged Blackbird Pine Siskin
Brewer’s Blackbird Lesser Goldfinch
Brown-headed Cowbird American Goldfinch