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Winter Birds of Harrison Ridge

By Wayne Grytting

Harrison Ridge is a surprisingly good spot for birdwatching, good enough that it recently attracted Ed Dominguez (of Seattle Audubon) to lead a birding tour of the greenbelt. We have over 26 species of birds (not counting robins, crows or starlings) that have been spotted in our six acre urban forest by my partner, Kevin Castle, myself and other volunteers since the beginning of December. Kevin is an actual birder who’s able to identify numerous birds by their songs. I’m a pretend birder who has a wonderful bird app on his smartphone called Merlin that identifies bird songs with pretty high accuracy. Together we've been making at least weekly inventories of the locals before the flood of migratory birds arrive from the south in the spring. Below is our list of the winter "regulars" (and above is a photo of a Bewick's Wren).

Song sparrow

Black-capped Chickadee

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Red-winged Blackbird

American Goldfinch


House Finch

House Sparrow

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Pine Sisken

Bewick’s Wren

Steller’s Jay

Dark-eyed Junco

Northern Flicker

Ruby- crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Anna’s Hummingbird

Downy Woodpecker

Brown Creeper

Townsend Warbler

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Spotted Towhee

Pacific Wren

Barred Owl

Red-tailed Hawk

Bald Eagle

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