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Favorite local birding sites: WHERE TO FIND BIRDS: Port Townsend, Quimper Peninsula, Oak Bay, Indian and Marrowstone Islands, Discovery Bay (printable pamphlet in PDF format)

East Jefferson County Bird Checklist (printable pamphlet in PDF format)

How to create a backyard wildlife sanctuary, from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:

Landscape design for wildlife

Nest boxes for birds

Nest box specifics

Instructions for building your own next boxes

Christmas Bird Count and eBird

Crossbill Inquiry:
I teach at Pacific Lutheran University and I work on Red Crossbills (specifically song divergence). This summer I am trying to record the songs of as many of the call types as possible. I would greatly appreciate any information that anyone has about red crossbills. They will likely be settling down to breed soon and so if anyone hears crossbills singing or observes behaviors that suggest that they are likely to remain in a given area to breed I would greatly appreciate an email to indicate where they were observed.

Also helpful is information about developing cone crops. They specialize on seeds in conifer cones and so if there is a large cone crop in a given area this can be a good indicator that crossbills may breed in that area in July - August. It would be very helpful to know about cone crops for the following conifers - Ponderosa pine, Engleman spruce, Douglas fir, Western hemlock, Sitka spruce.
Thanks for your help.


Julie Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447