BirdWeb: Seattle Audubon's Guide to the Birds of Washington State
Bird of the Week
Formerly a bird of the American Southwest, House Finches are now common in agricultural and urban areas all over Washington State and throughout North America (even Hawaii). The red color of mature males is based on the amount of carotenoids in their diet; fewer carotenoids means yellow or orange plumage.
Birding Site of the Week
The 585 acres of varied habitat at Discovery Park offer great birding opportunities year-round. In winter, scan the blackberry brambles around the south parking lot for wintering Golden-crowned, White-crowned, Song, and Fox Sparrows. Feel like a long walk? Make your way down to the lighthouse to scan for wintering seabirds on Puget Sound.