Backyard Birding Information

Great Egret feeding on Stickleback

Great Egret - Image Suzy Whittey

This winter there have been 3 Great Egrets around the Long Beach Peninsula in Pacific County - probably coming from the rookery in Kalama, WA. 

This species is a recent addition to Pacific County.  As the cold winter began freezing all the lake the egrets found one shallow river with surrounding wetland to feed in.  Then the high tides arrived making that area to deep to feed. 

These photos were taken in a road side ditch where the county had recently cut back the cattails opening the water for them to feed in.  They were feasting on the tiny Stickleback fish.

Trumpeter Swan on the Long Beach Peninsula

Trumpeter Swan and Goose
Trumpeter Swan and Goose - Image Suzy Whittey

Twenty-two Trumpeter Swans were counted during the Leadbetter CBC (Pacific County WA, the Long Beach Peninsula) in December - a higher number than recent years.

They have been very visible this year on many of the freshwater lakes making for wonder photographic opportunities. There are five signets in that number and the parents have been showing them all the good feeding locations.

In the 17 years Suzy Whittey has lived on one of those small lakes the swans have been on the lake on a hand full of occasions. This winter they have been coming to the lake every few days and even coming out of the water in her yard to relax.

This photo was taken from Suzy's patio door.

Backyard Bird Lists

We are presenting three bird lists (pdf file) from the yards/backyards of WHAS members. We would welcome additional lists from others. These will be of general interest and will also help those who are new to birding or new to this area have an idea of what they might expect to see in their own yards.

While our website does have bird lists for Cowlitz County, Wahkiakum County, and Lake Sacajawea, birds from individual yards will be much more restricted. This three lists represent two residential yards in Longview neighborhoods and one fairly rural yard in Rose Valley. But we have a wide variety of “yard” habitats in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties that will result in different assemblages of birds. As we get more lists, there will be more kinds of environments represented.

If you have a bird list for your yard and would like to add it to this website, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Names will be used only with permission, along with a generalized location; Addresses will not be used on the web site.